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Aurora Theatre Presents Broadway Hit South Pacific at Lawrenceville”s Prelude

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Aurora TheatreAurora Theatre returns for a seventh year to Lawrenceville”s Prelude event featuring a Broadway classic musical and fireworks free on the lawn of the Lawrenceville Historic Courthouse on Wednesday July 3. Lawn seating begins at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance.

This year, Aurora Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein”sSouth Pacific. Well known for its extraordinary score, the songs include Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, Bali Ha”i, There Is Nothin” Like A Dame, and I”m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.

Based on James A. Michener”s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, the musical took home the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1950. South Pacific has stockpiled a staggering 17 Tony Awards, ten for the original run and seven for the 2008 revival. It”s a perfect choice for this patriotic celebration because its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.

Following the performance is a fireworks display, accompanied by the Aurora Theatre orchestra playing the patriotic anthem Stars and Stripes Forever in a moving tribute on the eve of our country”s Independence Day.

Freddie Ashley, Actor”s Express artistic director, directs a cast of Atlanta”s top musical theatre talents, and Aurora Theatre Associate Producer and Resident Musical Director Ann-Carol Pence conducts the 20-piece orchestra. Bring the whole family for a picnic dinner and a show. Reserve a table for the best view and a chance to order exclusive catering packages from local restaurants.

For more information or to reserve a table contact Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association at 678.226.2639 or www.visitlawrenceville.com