Issue 14.80 | Jan. 13, 2015
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Jan. 13, 2015 -- "Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?"
Audiences are invited to celebrate the global phenomenon of the French novel turned award-winning musical and motion picture Les Misérables. The revolution returns to the Aurora Theatre stage January 15 until March 1. Winner of five Suzi Bass awards for its 2013 performances, including "Best Musical," audiences will be immersed into Victor Hugo's heart-wrenching tale of passion, sacrifice and betrayal - a testament to the strength and survival of human spirit. Aurora's Mainstage theatre provides an intimate setting for audiences to become engrossed in one of the world's most popular musicals.
Aurora Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez says: "Les Misérables speaks to generations of audiences, through musical genius and stories of vulnerability and passion. After waiting 30 years to do this show in 2013, it exceeded all expectations. I'm thrilled for another opportunity to work with these amazing artists on this magical show. To those who did not get a ticket to our sold-out run in 2013, don't miss this second chance at an extraordinary theatrical experience."
Under the award-winning direction of Justin Anderson, Les Misérables follows the intertwined lives of several characters reeling from the legacy of the French Revolution, specifically the notorious convict Jean Valjean and his road to redemption. When met with the unexpected duty of raising the orphaned Cosette, Valjean vows to create a life of good will and peace, leaving the horrors of his soiled past behind. Emotionally charged and uplifting, this tale of how far one man will go to protect his loved ones produces a powerful production that resonates throughout the generations.
With award-winning musical direction by Aurora's Co-Founder and Resident Music Director Ann-Carol Pence and brilliant choreography by Sarah Turner Sechelski, the talented and creative team of Phil Male (set), Alan Yeong (costumes), Mike Post (lights), Scott Sargent (props) and Daniel Terry (sound) help audiences feel like a part of the action.
Les Miserables is a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, based on a novel by Victor Hugo with original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. Music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, additional material by James Fenton, orchestration by John Cameron and adapted and originally directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Recommended for audiences with an appreciation of culture and music, Les Misérables is presented January 15 - March 1, 2015. Discount weekday matinees will be offered on Wednesday, February 4 and 25 at 10 a.m. for $20-$30 per person. Regular show time tickets can be purchased for $30-$50 per person online at tickets.auroratheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222.
Show times are as follows: Wednesday - Friday: 8 p.m. (No Wednesday performance on February 4); Saturday: 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
Now in its 19th Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone's taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 600 events each year.
JAN. 13, 2015 -- Georgia's General Assembly began Monday. Watch out! Few of us are safe from its machinations!
be sure with the super majority that the Republican Party now has in the
Legislature, we will see many proposals aimed at reducing taxes, that
will give the rich more power, and forget the underprivileged. In other
words, more of the same.
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Building on the success from their previous six efforts, the Kiwanis Club of North Gwinnett is poised to host their 7th annual Father-Daughter Dance on February 6-7. The dance will be held at Buford's newest venue, the Buford Community Center and Theatre.
Also different this year is the number of dances. Since their inaugural dance in 2009, the annual dance has been limited to Saturday evening. Receiving strong response from the community, the dance was expanded to two dances in 2011. The 6 p.m. dance has sold out the past four years.
This year they will continue the tradition with dances on Friday Evening starting at 6 and 8 p.m., then also dances on Saturday at 6, 8, 9 and 11 p.m. The Saturday dances will offer a horse drawn carriage ride for an additional cost. Carriage ride tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Fathers, stepfathers, significant father-like figures, grandfathers, uncles, or role models are invited to bring their special young ladies out for an evening of dance and fun! Past attendees have ranged in age from infant to mid twenties, all enjoying a wonderful evening of music and dancing! The dance is open to daughters of all ages, young to adult!! Family friendly music will be provided to satisfy the musical taste of our guests. All proceeds from the dance and other Kiwanis Club fundraisers are reinvested into the community in the form of scholarships for area high school seniors or for other community charitable needs.
To date, the dances have returned approximately $30,000 to our community and have drawn attendance from a five county area.
With a limited number of tickets available and our past sell-out history, those interested are encouraged to purchase their tickets immediately. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.northgwinnettkiwanis.com. Refreshments will be served, affordable professional photography will be offered, and memories of a lifetime will be created! The dress is Sunday Attire.
Buford Community Center and Theatre is located at: 2200 Buford Highway, Buford, Ga. 30518. Due to limited capacity, only paying guests may attend. For more information, visit the Kiwanis website or call David Williams at 404 386-4782.
United Ebony Society plans 15th MLK Parade in Lawrenceville
The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. will host the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 19, in Lawrenceville. The theme, "Uniting in Faith and Perseverance: Celebrating 15 Years in Gwinnett," underscores how faith and perseverance enabled the United Ebony Society to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through the vision of creating the first MLK Annual Parade in Gwinnett County.
The kick off will be held on Langley Drive in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley at 9:30 a.m. The parade concludes at Moore Middle School at 1221 Lawrenceville Highway at the intersection of Johnson Road.
health and wellness fair will take place after the parade at Moore Middle
School. Attendees of the health and wellness fair will benefit from free
preventative health screenings and educational opportunities. There will
be artwork on display and varied performances from Gwinnett elementary,
junior high and high school students.
The 35th annual Environmental Consciousness and Stewardship Awards Dinner is set for January 23 at Gwinnett Center, a key function each year of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful (GC&B). The dinner will start at 6 p.m. with hospitality, while the awards dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person.
organization seeks to help Gwinnett be America's greenest, cleanest, most
This coffee-table size, 500-page book is a companion to the recent television series of the same name. Just reading the captions in the 796 photos, many of them never published before, is entertaining enough. But the detail that the 14-hour television series didn't cover gives even more meaning. Brilliantly documented are the lives of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. This is called 'an intimate account,' as it straight-forwardly recounts the uneven life that sometimes befell these Roosevelts. It gives behind-the-scenes accounts, such as Teddy's aborted campaign seeking a third term as a Bull Mooser, Eleanor's unhappy childhood and difficulties as First Lady, and Franklin's overcoming polio, off-camera dalliances, and his wartime leadership. This book will be a welcome addition for people who want to understand this extraordinary family to whom our nation owes so much. ---eeb
In 1778 hundreds of Loyalists from Georgia and the Carolinas were making their way to the British fort at St. Augustine, Fla. On their way through Georgia, they robbed and plundered farms and towns. John Houstoun believed that the British were amassing an army in St. Augustine, which was known to many Americans as "that Pestiferous nest." He took the lead in organizing an invasion force consisting of troops under the commands of the Continental Congress and of the states of Georgia and South Carolina. In the spring and summer of 1778, Governor Houstoun (pictured below) personally commanded the troops of the Georgia militia in this campaign, hoping to drive the British out of Georgia and to invade Florida and take St. Augustine.
After the American troops succeeded in forcing the British out of Georgia, the commander of the Southern Department of the Continental army, Major General Robert Howe, determined that the British forces in Florida would not cross the St. Marys River to invade Georgia, and thus he opposed Houstoun's plan to capture St. Augustine. Without the support of the Continental army, Houstoun's plan to invade Florida failed. The Americans, suffering from disease, desertions, and dissension, returned to Savannah. The Continental Congress shared some of the blame for this failure. South Carolinian Henry Laurens, former president of the Continental Congress, observed that Congress was prevented from aiding Houstoun and the patriotic Georgians by the "venality, peculation, and fraud" that permeated that august body.
The failure of the military campaign to remove the British threat from Florida left Georgia open to invasion and conquest. On December 29, 1778, Savannah and Georgia fell to the British, and "one star and one bar" were removed from the American flag. Governor Houstoun's last official act was to flee the capital city of Savannah in time to avoid capture by the British troops.
The British left Savannah in 1782. Houstoun was elected governor of Georgia for a second one-year term in 1784. In 1787 he served on a commission to settle boundary disputes with South Carolina. Houstoun refused to sign the agreement reached by this commission, believing that it gave to South Carolina land that rightfully belonged to Georgia. Today's map reflects the legacy of this agreement: the boundary between the two states suggests that South Carolina did indeed take a small bite out of Georgia's northeast corner.
In 1790 Houstoun was elected as the first mayor of Savannah. He was reelected in 1791 but declined to serve. The same year, he was elected judge of the Superior Court of Georgia. In 1792 he was appointed president of Chatham Academy. On July 20, 1796, Houstoun, a lifelong defender of the liberties and interests of the citizens of Georgia, died at his home in White Bluff, near Savannah.
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(NEW) Community Fine Arts Festival at Lanier High School near Sugar Hill, on January 17 from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free, sponsored by the Lanier Educational Foundation. Performances and activities will include many entertainers plus the Lanier's Symphonic Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Chorus and Orchestra. This is the inaugural Festival.
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