Aurora Theatre rings in holiday season with Christmas Canteen 2017

Aurora Theatre rings in holiday season with Christmas Canteen 2017

Theatergoers to take delight in the 22nd anniversary of theatrical holiday tradition

Thursday, October 12, 2017 — CLICK TO TWEET!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Aurora Theatre! Christmas Canteen 2017 will ring in its fan-favorite seasonal phenomenon November 16-December 23, with new hosts Caroline and Nick Arapoglou. The stunning musical revue celebrates its 22nd anniversary as Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition, wowing audience members year after year with joyous musical numbers and hysterical comedy – all the ingredients for a very merry Christmas!   

“Christmas Canteen serves as a personal way for Aurora Theatre to spread holiday cheer to our incredible community,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Producing Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre. “Audiences of all ages will leave this show feeling the joy and goodwill signature to the holiday season. We are delighted to be the destination for this winter wonderland celebration for the 22nd consecutive year!”

This year’s magical, musical performance is co-directed by Jen MacQueen and Anthony Rodriguez , with original writing by Brandon O’Dell, musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence and choreography by Jen MacQueen. The jolly variety show comes to life with the talents of new co-hosts Nick and Caroline Arapoglou who will be joined by Canteen favorites Jen MacQueen, Lyndsay Ricketson Brown, Christian Magby and Cecil Washington Jr. New this year, the show will feature Chani Maisonet and Cansler McGhee, as well as Aurora Apprentice Company members Cheyanne Osoria and Daisean Garrett. Christmas Canteen 2017 opens the week before Thanksgiving to welcome in the winter season!

Aurora Theatre’s annual Festival of Trees will also continue this spirited season, ensuring no shortage of holiday cheer in downtown Lawrenceville! The Festival of Trees will be held in the Aurora Theatre lobby throughout the season, featuring nearly 30 trees decorated by local businesses, supporting both the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots and local food banks. Theatergoers are encouraged to leave unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items under their favorite tree, casting their vote for most decorative tree by their offerings. Join in the fun to help ensure that all have a warm, heartfelt holiday season!

Christmas Canteen 2017 is presented November 16-December 23 and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets range from $30-$65 with an additional matinee showing on Tuesday, December 5, 12 and 19 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 678-226-6222.

Regular show times are as follows:

  • Tuesday- Saturday: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

*There will be no performances on Tuesday, November 21, Wednesday, November 22 or Thursday, November 23 in honor of Thanksgiving.

*Performances at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5 and 12 and Saturday, December 16 are sold out.

Brandon O’Dell <br/>(Photo by Ken Mucke)
Cecil Washington Jr.<br/>(Photo by Chris Bartelski)
Christian Magby <br/>(Photo by Chris Bartelski)
Lyndsay Ricketson Brown <br/>(Photo by Chris Bartelski)
[L-R] Brandon O'Dell and Diany Rodriguez (photo by Chris Bartelski)
[L-R] Candy McClellan, Cecil Washington Jr., Lyndsay Ricketson Brown, Christian Magby, Diany Rodriguez, Brandon O’Dell, Jen MacQueen & Cody Russell<br/>(Photo by Chris Bartelski)
[L-R] Cecil Washington Jr., Jen MacQueen, Diany Rodriguez, Brandon O’Dell & Lyndsay Ricketson Brown<br/>(Photo by Chris Bartelski)
[L-R] Lyndsay Ricketson Brown, Jen MacQueen & Diany Rodriguez<br/>(Photo by Chris Bartelski)