Photo Flash: First Look at CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2018 at Aurora Theatre

'Tis the season to be jolly at Aurora Theatre! The ever-popular Christmas Canteen 2018 will unwrap the magic of Christmas November 15-December 23 with new hosts Jimi Kocina and Cecil Washington, Jr. Brimming with merry melodies, hysterical comedy, trips down memory lane and a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Gwinnett's longest-running theatrical holiday tradition makes the most wonderful time of the year even more wonderful!

"Christmas Canteen is a special community tradition that we look forward to celebrating every year," said Anthony Rodriguez, Producing Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre and Co-Director of Christmas Canteen 2018. "We are delighted to ring in the holiday season with the 23rd anniversary of this fan-favorite that is sure to leave audiences of all ages feeling merry and bright!"

Co-directed by Ricardo Aponte and Anthony Rodriguez, Christmas Canteen is an Aurora original with writing by Brandon O'Dell, musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence and choreography by Ricardo Aponte. This jolly variety show will come to life via the talents of new co-hosts Jimi Kocina and Cecil Washington, Jr. who will be joined by Canteen favorites Chani Maisonet and Christian Magby. New this year, the show will feature Galen Crawley, Kristin Markiton and Kenny Tran, as well as Aurora Apprentice Company members Briana Young, Peyton McDaniel and Sarah Grace Valleroy.

Aurora Theatre will also welcome back its annual Festival of Trees. From the whimsically clever to the breathtakingly spectacular, nearly 30 trees decorated by local businesses will illuminate the theater lobby for visitors to enjoy. Guests are encouraged to cast a vote for this year's most decorative tree by placing a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item under their favorite tree. All gifts will be donated to the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and the food items will be delivered to Gwinnett's local food banks. Audiences of all ages are invited to make spirits bright and help ensure that everyone has a warm holiday season!

Recommended for all ages, Christmas Canteen 2018 will be presented November 15-December 23. Tickets start at $30 with discount matinees on Tuesday, November 27 at 10 a.m. and December 11 and 18 at 10 a.m., starting at $20. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.auroratheatre.com or by calling the box office at 678-226-6222.

Photo Credit: Chris Bartelski

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