Aurora Theatre is taking audiences to a Tennessee diner for an evening of music, interpersonal drama, and heartfelt laughs.

Just the facts

The Aurora Theatre will present Lori Fischer’s musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen virtually, streaming September 25-October 4. This production marks the first in Aurora’s “Our Stage Onscreen” digital series. Described as a “country fried musical,” the piece stars Chloe Kay and Skylar Brown with direction by Justin Anderson and musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence.

In the words of the Aurora Theatre

“Our Stage Onscreen is exciting for a few reasons: it fulfills our mission of producing professional theatrical for our community, it allows us to employ artists and it gives us a creative platform we’re all so desperate for at this time,” said Ann-Carol Pence, Co-Founder and Associate Producer of Aurora Theatre. “We’ve used this opportunity to implement safety protocols for our artists and staff so when we’re able to gather, we’ll be ready.”

Barbara’s Blue Kitchen affected me so deeply because the show speaks to the ache we all have to be part of a community. This diner is the center of town, much like Aurora Theatre has become the central place for Gwinnett County. The show provides an opportunity to innovate by bringing a fully-realized production to the homes of our community, who we know are starved for great musical theater. This show is relevant, yet full of hope, heart and marvelous music.”

About Barbara’s Blue Kitchen

Barbara Jean owns the diner that is the epicenter of life, love and gossip in Watertown, a small town just outside of Nashville. This musical serves up a slice of small town southern life with a heaping helping of comedy. At Barbara’s Blue Kitchen the special of the day is a genuine look into the hearts of everyday people.

The trials and tribulations of a weary nurse, an elderly widow, an overwhelmed mother of three boys, a heartbroken waitress and the topsy-turvy love life of Barbara Jean play out like a country song. The show will star WatersEdge Records recording artist and Aurora Theatre AppCo Alumni Chloe Kay.

About those tickets

Tickets are $30 per streaming view (not necessarily per person) and can be purchased here.

For those who want to help Aurora Theatre during these unprecedented times, you may donate to the theatre here.

About Sally Henry Fuller

A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people's stories, Sally Henry Fuller is a performing arts journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Josh Gad, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has also been featured on, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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