Stage Aurora Partners with Ritz Theatre and Museum

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Stage Aurora Theatrical Company has found a new home, The Ritz Theatre and Museum. The hardworking, tough, resilient and incredibly creative group is now the resident theatre company of The Ritz. This is the first pairing in Jacksonville of a local theatre group with one of the tax supported buildings devoted to theatre,----a move that should have happened 20 years ago in the city's surprising inventory of such buildings. The Ritz is providing an example to venues like the Florida Theatre and Terry Theatre (and arguably, the Snyder Memorial in Hemming Park) on how to administer public funding for the Arts in such a way that it actually benefits the creative class. A million Kudos to the Ritz. It about time that Aurora was recognized and aided by our community.

Pictured: Octavius Davis (Marketing and Development), Syrita Frinks (Event Manager), Darryl Reuben Hall (Artistic and Executive Director/Stage Aurora), and Adonnica Toler (Museum Adminstrator).

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (June 2016) – SMG is pleased to announce that the Ritz Theatre & Museum is the new home for Jacksonville’s longest running African-American production company, Stage Aurora Theatrical Company.
Stage Aurora has produced over 100+ theatrical productions including Pulitzer Prize Winners: Driving Miss Daisy, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fences, The Piano Lesson; and Tony Award Winners: The Color Purple and A Raisin in the Sun. Other classics include: Crowns, Miss Ever’s Boys, Mama I Want to Sing, Disney’s High School Musical, and a community favorite Darryl Reuben Hall’s: Frat House.

The Company just wrapped a three week performance of The Wiz at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre and preparing to produce Dreamgirls at Amelia Musical Playhouse.
Founded in 2001 under the leadership of Darryl Reuben Hall with a mission ‘to enlighten the mind by way of the Arts through the African-American experience.’ Stage Aurora is a 501c3 nonprofit professional theatrical organization that brings the Arts to underserved communities of the Northside of Jacksonville.

The organization recently held a private ‘Friendraiser’ event at the Ritz Theatre (made possible through the Delores Barr Weaver Fund); which drew nearly 200 supporters and donors.
The production company previously held plays at FSCJ’s Northside campus and was housed at the Gateway Mall, but found new residency when the facility changed management companies.

One of Stage Aurora’s debut performances at the Ritz Theatre will be a play written by Darryl Reuben Hall entitled The Dinner based on the infamous dinner at the White House between Booker T. Washington and President Theodore Roosevelt.
For more information about Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, please visit:
Tickets will be available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena or at the Ritz Theatre and Museum. Tickets are also available at or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
For more information, call the Ritz at 904-807-2010 or visit: and to see upcoming shows. The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located in downtown Jacksonville at 829 North Davis Street.
About the Ritz Theatre and Museum
The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla. During LaVilla’s height of business and entertainment activity in the 1920’s – 1960’s, LaVilla was known as the ‘Harlem of the South.’ The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is to “research, record, and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora, and present in an educational or entertaining format, the many facets that make up the historical and cultural legacy of this community.”
About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide

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