Save Our Theatre

The year began with such promise — our 10th Anniversary celebration! What was to be a season filled with rejoicing, would quickly turn into our biggest struggle. The year promised to be one of celebration where friends old & new would rejoice in the plays, actors, and community events that have made the Aurora Arts Theatre what it is today. Eddie Chapa realized his dream of establishing a theatre in 2010, but sadly, he was only able to see its success for one short year, as he passed away in February of 2011. While that was a devastating day for all of us, I found comfort in knowing the happiness that the theatre brought to his life. While I felt the overwhelming love of Eddie’s family and my own, I soon realized I had yet another family I could turn to — my theatre family. They rallied around me, and the theatre soon became my refuge. With the tremendous encouragement and support I received from the community, I realized that the theatre had not only been my refuge, but also the refuge for many who also found solace, cheer, and a sense of belonging at the Aurora.

The Aurora has been fortunate to be a part of such a great community for the past 10 years. When we produce a play or a musical, we instantly become a part of something much bigger than the production itself. We renew and create friendships, share ideas, comfort those in need, and share a burst of laughter that just seems to make our day. Whether it be watching or participating in a play, volunteering, or simply having conversations across the concession counter with our great volunteers, the Aurora certainly satisfies a need. The theatre has a unique way of providing a safe space for all and helping those who enter feel right at home. We are always honored and privileged when you, our community, include us in your special moments such as weddings, baptismal celebrations, birthdays, graduations, etc. We look forward to being able to share those celebrations and experiences once again.

But now, the Aurora Arts Theatre is in danger of closing its doors forever. The pandemic has affected us all, and while we continue with different activities such as curbside popcorn, cinema nights, t-shirt sales, etc. to bring in revenue, it is just not enough. While these activities do help, they are not sufficient to cover the mounting expenses each month. We know that many find themselves in the same plight as we navigate our emotional struggles and financial constraints, and we are uncertain about what the future holds. The Aurora also faces seemingly insurmountable struggles as restrictions placed on venues such as the Aurora have resulted in significant financial loss. We are humbled by friends that have already contributed to the theatre — you fill our hearts. Now, the Aurora Arts Theatre humbly asks family, friends, and community to help us get through this terrible time. Please know that any contribution is greatly appreciated and will be used to help keep our doors open as we look forward to the day when we can once again call “places” and experience the wonder of live theatre.


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  • Arleen Cronin 
    • $25 
    • 2 d
  • Renee Gardner 
    • $35 
    • 2 d
  • Susan Long 
    • $25 
    • 6 d
  • Joel Hammett 
    • $25 
    • 7 d
  • Joanna Busenlehner 
    • $100 
    • 8 d
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Mary Chapa 
Corpus Christi, TX
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