Fox Files                                                                             May 2016
Season 31 was an incredible year for The Fox. We set records for fundraising and total attendance. We smashed our all-time highs for ticket revenue and season subscriptions (an astounding 26 percent). We achieved high and unquantifiable artistic successes. We pushed ourselves as individual artists and stretched the very definition of what it means to be a collaborative arts center.
 
And, we had unprecedented challenges. We've had staff changes, budget crises, weather and other assaults as well as intense personal hurdles.
 
As arts advocates and administrators we remove obstacles. We deflect worry and distraction from our artists whenever possible. We don't want them to know how hard it can be. When you have gifted painters living in your community the last thing you want them to worry about is how to buy paint or where to hang their finished work. You want them to create art for all of our benefit. That is my job and the job of other administrators and advocates for The Fox. I am very proud of our results this year.
 
We need help. We need your vocal support. We need advocates. We need ambitious new board members and volunteers. And we need you to subscribe. More then anything your purchase of future shows proves to our artists that you value them and fuels our budget. It proves to me that you are looking forward to season 32 as enthusiastically as I am.

Charles Packard, Executive Producer
 
Two Weeks Left! 
 
Catch It While You Can!
This fast-paced, rollicking musical starring Tim Howard as Frank Abignale, Jr. and Keegan Flaugh as Detective Carl Hanratty follows the true story of a young man who left home and  forged his way around the world by posing as an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer. Frank is searching for a better life of fame, fortune and high fashion, but the FBI is always on his tail. Fox favorite Piper Lindsay Arpan returned to direct and choreograph.

This show has proven to be the biggest song and dance spectacular of the season! A high energy cast of  local favorites entertains and delights. So check your vitals, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to take off on a flight back to the 60s!

Rave reviews are coming in!
Dave Perry at the Aurora Sentinel says "the Fox has once again accumulated outstanding talent and an eye-popping set." Read the review.

In Focus's Eden Lane calls it a "stylish, sexy success." Read the review.  

Tickets $22-$31
  • Fridays, May 6 and 13, 7:30 pm
  • Saturdays, May 7, and 14, 7:30 pm
  • Sundays, May 8, and 15, 2 pm
Click the link to the right, or call the Box Office at 303-739-1970 for tickets! 
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Announcing Season 32
The Aurora Fox Arts Center Presents Season 32
Life On the Margins of Polite Society
Welcome to the 32nd Season at the Aurora Fox!
Once again, we are proud to bring new and exciting titles to life on our stage.

Dracula 
October 7-November 6, 2016 
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton 
Conceived by Don Black, Christopher Hampton and Frank Wildhorn  
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

Dracula is a thrilling drama of suspense and a Gothic romance, set in Europe at the end of the Victorian Age. The story follows the famed vampire as he lusts for new blood. Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray fall victim to Dracula's unnatural charm, and along with Doctor Van Helsing, must fight Dracula's supernatural powers.  Dracula  will enthrall audiences with its powerful score and its potential for bringing the undead to life in this haunting musical of unrequited love.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
November 25-January 1, 2017 
By George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward  and Ira Gershwin  
Book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks  
Musical Score Adapted by Dierdre L. Murray 
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

This operatic adaptation of Heyward's play, Porgy and Bess follows the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, an African-American section of Charleston, South Carolina. We follow the crippled Porgy and his beloved Bess, who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown, and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin' Life.

Myth  World Premiere
January 20-February 19, 2017 
By Charles Wefso
In the Aurora Fox Studio Theatre
 
Jason's small campfire and video camera strain to penetrate the darkness of the remote woods outside of Yellow Knife, Canada. Jason is doggedly searching for the definitive proof of an undiscovered species he is certain exists, and must exist in this place.

Chinglish  Regional Premiere
March 24-April 9, 2017 
By David Henry Hwang 
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

A hilarious comedy about the challenges of doing business in a country whose language and underlying cultural assumptions can be worlds apart from those of the West. The play tells the adventures of Daniel, an American businessman from the Midwest, who hopes to establish his family's sign-making business in China. Through a comic exchange, he learns what is lost and found in translation.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Regional Premiere
April 21-May 28, 2017
Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Arranged by Stephen "Spud" Murphy
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

Based on the popular 1994 film of the same name,  Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows two drag queens and a transsexual who buy a run-down old bus (they call it Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback.  During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren't receptive to their lifestyle, but they persevere, while strengthening their own friendships.

Season Subscription Prices

Season 32 Early Bird Prices 
Available Until June 19
Renewals - $100
New subscriptions - $120
Call 303.739.1970 today and save!

Guest Productions at The Fox 
Ignite Theatre Presents

Andrew Lippa's
The Wild Party
In the Studio Theatre
Book by Andrew Lippa
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed and Choreographed by Reace Daniel
Music Direction by Linda Luchtenburg

A steamy prohibition tale steamrolling and roaring its way across the stage, Andrew Lippa's Wild Party was an off-broadway gem that garnered an array of industry accolades, including Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Obie awards. Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem of the same name, this darkly brilliant show features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written.

Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party to end all parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence is reaching a climax, so is Burrs' jealousy which erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but who's been shot?
This production is rated R.

April 16 - May 8
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm; Sundays, 2:30 pm
Aurora Fox Arts Center - Studio Theatre
Prices:
Adult $28 | Senior (65+) $26 | Groups (6+) $25 | Student $20


Mommie Dearest School of Dance and Charm Presents
The Apocalypse Is At 17th and Trenton Street
Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm
 
The Mommie Dearest Spring Show 2016 is a true variety show with dancing (jazz, hip hop, tap, Bollywood, etc.), singing and an Act II that is a mini-musical with nuns and disco queens (always a fabulous combo!) set to the music of ABBA. A family-friendly show featuring performers of all ages and abilities, the Mommie Dearest Spring Show 2016 has something for everyone. We always say "If you don't like the style of dance on stage at the moment, wait five minutes for something completely different." Audience participation just
may occur in Act II, so you may want to wear your Afro and platform shoes!

For more information and tickets click here or call
303-344-5799.
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About the Aurora Fox Arts Center 
The Aurora Fox Arts Center is a public service of the City of Aurora under the Library and Cultural Services Department. Built in 1945 as a movie theater, the Aurora Fox was purchased by the city of Aurora in 1983, and completely renovated and reopened in 1985. 2016 marks its 32nd season.