The Aurora Fox Gala

The Aurora Fox Arts Center, originally built over 70 years ago, served as Aurora’s only “Movie Palace” when it first opened its doors, serving much of the quickly growing population and military personnel stationed at Fitzsimons Army Hospital and Lowry Air Force Base. In the decades that followed, the 61-foot neon sign of the Fox beckoned both children and adults looking for a night of great entertainment. With new commercial areas opening during the 70’s, the Fox survived through a period of decline and sadly a disastrous fire in 1981 caused major fire and water damage to the building. Over the next few years, the city of Aurora, private groups and civic groups worked to fund the restoration of the Aurora Fox and the building was able to reopen on March 8, 1985 as the Aurora Fox Arts Center, a permanent home for the Aurora Fox Theater Company as well as a performance venue for local performing arts organizations.
Today, the Fox is home to the award winning professional theatre company operated by the city of Aurora’s Cultural Services Division.

The Fox’s current season has already featured mega hits such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Real Women Have Curves and the Tony Award winning “Passing Strange” (which open April 13th and plays through May 13th) “Passing Strange” is a fast-paced but moving rock musical about a young African American boy’s journey of self-discovery through Europe.

In addition to the award winning stage productions at the Fox, the City of Aurora Cultural Services Division offers a variety of educational and performance experiences to students ages 4-18 as well as adults. Students learn the principles and techniques of drama and theatre arts and how to apply those principles and techniques to enrich their understanding of a wide variety of disciplines and experiences. A complete list of theater education opportunities can be found online at aurorafoxartscenter.org.

This month, theater lovers can get tickets to an unforgettable night at Aurora Fox when the run of “Passing Strange” halts for one night only in order to present the Season 33 Gala. This pinnacle event of the season is a major fundraiser to support the Aurora Fox. Tickets for this one night only event are on sale for $75 and include a pre-show dinner, wine selection and silent auction. The Aurora Fox Gala’s featured entertainment will be special guest, Tony nominated stage actor Alex Brightman. Brightman debuted on Broadway ten years ago in “Glory Days and went on to play ‘Boq’ in “Wicked” and ‘Michael Wormword’ in “Matilda.” He is probably best known for originating the role of ‘Dewey Finn’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock.” Most recently, Alex has been collaborating with famed, Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers on a musical adaptation of the blockbuster film, “Beetlejuice.” If you haven’t caught much on Broadway lately, you may recognize him from his work on the small screen in Showtime’s acclaimed series SMILF, or on USA’s Royal Pains.

The evening will commence with a scrumptious Italian dinner with wine selections from Carrabba’s and a silent auction brimming with local treats and luxury items before the show-stopping performance by Alex Brightman. As a added bonus to the evening, Gala attendees will be the first to hear to announcement of the 2018/2019 season!
Don’t miss the curtain on this event! Get your tickets today at aurorafoxartscenter.org

Season 33 Gala Benefiting the Historic Aurora Fox Dinner and Silent Auction will be held at the newly-opened “People’s Building,”
9995 E. Colfax Ave on the Northwest Corner of Colfax and Florence, across the street from The Aurora Fox.
The entertainment portion of the evening will be held on the Aurora Fox mainstage
5:30-6:00 p.m.: Arrival/Photos at People’s Building (9995 E. Colfax Ave.)
6:00-7:45 p.m.: Dinner and Silent Auction
7:45-8:00 p.m.: To Aurora Fox (9900 E. Colfax Ave.)
8:00-10:00 p.m.: Performance by Alex Brightman, final Silent Auction bids, paddle-raising auction and Season 34 announcement
FOR TICKETS GO TO aurorafoxartscenter.org

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