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10 Years of Make Believe

01/16/2020 07:57PM ● By Jessie Monsivais
By: Jessie Monsivais  Photo by: Alex Chapa 

Have you ever seen Dr. Frankenfurter do the time warp...again? Have you ever laughed along with the Little Sisters of Hoboken as they raise emergency funds for the convent? What about learning of the true story of a legendary Texas Brothel known as the Chicken Ranch, which operated from the 1840s to 1973? If so, then you've probably sat in a red cushioned seat, popcorn and donation wine in hand, at the Aurora Arts Theatre once or twice over the last ten years. 

Yes, you read that correctly: the last ten years. Because next Wednesday, January 22, marks the 10th Anniversary of the Aurora Arts Theatre. To celebrate this significant success, the Aurora is bringing back their inaugural productions, kicking off with Dan Goggin’s musical comedy Nunsense directed by Corey Ranson, set to open today, Friday, January 17, 2020.

Reminding those familiar with the theater of the journey and many friends made along the way, the “habit-forming” musical will reunite most of the original cast and production team, making the production extra special and come full circle. 

Edward Chapa founded Aurora Arts Theater in 2010, providing the Coastal Bend community and beyond with a theatrical venue where patrons, actors, musicians, and volunteers could come hone their craft or enjoy the multifaceted magical world of theatre. 

“We’re really excited about being in Corpus Christi for the last 10 years,” says Theater Manager, Charlie Chapa. “We’ve had so many actors come through the theater. We’re very proud to be a part of that and allow them to perform and show off their talents. It was something that we wanted to do when my brother opened up this theater 10 years ago, and we’re proud to keep his legacy going.” 

 “Eddie is often remembered for frequently saying 'LIVE THEATRE BABY' when something unexpected happened on stage,” shares Mary Chapa, Executive Director. “In retrospect, I should add that while this LIVE THEATRE did often surprise us with new and exciting challenges, there has been one constant that has been the backbone of our quaint, intimate theatre. That constant has been our community, patrons, actors, musicians & volunteers.”

Aurora Arts Theater has proudly served over 120,000 patrons, produced over 60 productions, and has welcomed over 1,000 volunteers since their inaugural show.

“It has been an honor to showcase our local talent, and we are humbled by the community support,” says Mary. Here's looking at the next ten years of outstanding community theater! 

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