Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Present 2014 PRELUDE Event, Featuring SOUTH PACIFIC, Today

July 3
12:30 AM 2014

The City of Lawrenceville will host its 9th annual PRELUDE celebration to honor America's Day of Independence tonight, July 3rd 2014 at 7:30pm. The event will feature the classic Broadway musical, South Pacific - performed by the award-winning Aurora Theatre followed by Fireworks. Free to the public, Lawrenceville's PRELUDE event will be held on the Lawrenceville Square by the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

"We are thrilled to be partnering again with the Aurora Theatre to provide a great evening of family fun for the Lawrenceville community" said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. "Celebrating our Nation's history with a spectacular fireworks display and also celebrating the local arts with Aurora's Broadway production provides only a glimpse of what the Lawrenceville community spirit encompasses."

South Pacific, a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic presented by the Aurora Theatre, is well known for its extraordinary score, the songs include Some Enchanted Evening, 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, a grand fireworks display will light up Gwinnett's County Seat, 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.

Bring the whole family and a picnic dinner to enjoy during the show. Lawn seating begins at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm performance. Reserve a table of premium seating for 6, only $100 before June 24th, then $125 until July 3rd.

For more information or to reserve a table, call 678.226.2639 or VisitLawrenceville.com

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