What do theatre pros do when they’re on COVID-cation? Sing epic Broadway tunes, of course!
Aurora Theatre recently got the gang back together to perform “One Day More” from Les Miserables. Featuring cast members from the Aurora’s 2013 and 2015 productions, the actors sang from the comfort of their homes.
- Bryant Smith
- Cecil Washington, Jr.
- Kelly Martin
- Leslie Bellair
- Lowrey Brown
- Kevin Harry
- Marcie Millard
- Anthony Rodriguez
- Xylina Cassandra
- Jono Davis
- Shelli Delgado
- Jessica DeMaria
- Ally Duncan
- Ed McCreary
- Robby Owenby
- Stuart Schleuse
- Traci Weisberg
In a Facebook post about the video, Aurora Theatre co-founder and associate producer Ann-Carol Pence recalls the hope that staging Les Mis in the first place brought to her personally.
Why ONE DAY MORE? 2013 was an incredible season for us. We were able to produce the Atlanta Premiere of Les Miserables. We sold more than 10,000 tickets, and with a hashtag of #heartfulloflove, we joined together on stage so many artists who became great friends–friends to Aurora, friends to each other and friends to Anthony & me.
One year later, in 2014, as the lights were going down at an Alliance Theatre opening Jeff Watkins (the artistic director of Shakespeare Tavern, a mentor and friend) turned around and said, “You are CRAZY if you don’t remount Les Mis.” So we did! In January of 2015 we remounted the show & sold another 10,000+ tickets.
Almost everyone returned, and the new friends that joined the cast are just as special to Anthony and me. I turned 50 that year… And I lost my dad. So this epic show about one man and his impact on the world, a show which ends with a father at his death with his daughter by his side, reignited my passion for theatre.
Sometimes, we lose our way. We lose our passion. But then something happens and we are reinspired. Opening our new theatre in 2007 in Lawrenceville gave us a sense of place. Adding an Apprentice Company changed our trajectory. And producing Les Miserables with this particular group of people changed our lives.
Why? We made the commitment to telling our stories with a culturally diverse community of actors.
If so called, please renew your season tickets. Or buy season tickets for the very first time. Your support lets us know you believe in us – and you will be back, because friends, we will be back. In 2018, the arts added four times more to the U.S. economy than the agricultural sector and $200 billion more than transportation or warehousing. We are an entertainment economy. (Netflix, movies, music, books, video games and theatre).
As is our tradition, we will gather together one day soon. And we will all be joined together in Lawrenceville by a heart full of love.
Eternal gratitude to our patrons, our board, our city, and our staff. Together we are unstoppable!