Theatrical company Stage Aurora launched in 2003 by owner and director Darryl Reuben Hall as a venue to highlight the African-American experience.
“There was a lack of such activities in Jacksonville for people of color,” says Dr. Dolores Hall, Stage Aurora’s project manager.
“We were initially at the North Campus of FSCJ, and we were there for quite a while,” Hall says. “Then we moved to Gateway Mall, and that’s where we made our home. We were there for about seven years.”
About a year ago, their section of the mall was shut down for renovations and the company evicted. Since then, Stage Aurora has continued performing in various venues and holding summer camps. But now, they may have finally found a permanent home.
“The Ritz [Theatre and Museum] asked us if we wanted to partner with them, because they knew we didn’t really have a home where we could do our shows,” Hall says. “So we’re now in the process of taking our first show there on Thanksgiving weekend.”
Stage Aurora holds its first performance at The Ritz, Dreamgirls, November 26 and 27.