Veda Deen Takes NYC!

Last season at the Thrasher-Horne we hosted our sophomore Broadway Series, building on the success of our inaugural season the year before and debuting a collection of four professional musical tours on our stage including the national and regional premiere of Into The Woods, hilarious performances from Avenue Q and Xanadu, and crowd-favorite Mamma Mia!. For only the second time in Northeast Florida history residents were offered an alternative venue outside of downtown to experience a season of blockbuster musicals fresh from the Great White Way.

We once again offered Broadway Series Subscription Packages to provide easy access and a great discount to you, ensuring your favorite seats to each one of our hit musicals without the hassle of individual ticket purchases. And we couldn’t offer all this without debuting another contest with an all-expense paid trip to New York City as the grand prize. An entry into the contest was included with the purchase of a Broadway Subscription, and our winner was announced last November before the beginning of our Broadway Season. And as you may remember, our lucky winner was none other than Veda Deen!

Like our inaugural winners The Calloways, Veda Deen was a perfect recipient of the grand prize. Since 2014, Mrs. Deen has attended every Broadway and Dance production on our Main Stage. In fact, she was completely surprised when we called to award her the prize, as she renewed her Broadway Subscription with no idea there was a contest involved. We love that kind of loyalty from our supporters, and we were thrilled to reward her with a long weekend in the Big Apple in the week leading up to the 2017 Tony Awards, complete with airfare on American Airlines, hotel accommodations at the Distrikt Hotel in the Garment District, and tickets to Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre and Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre.

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Veda Deen was completely thrilled with her New York experience. She hadn’t been to the city in over 30 years, so it was eye opening for her to see all the changes that Times Square has gone through. The weekend was spent sightseeing through Midtown Manhattan (including Trump Tower) and enjoying some authentic NY Pizza and a NY Danish. Overall, New Yorkers still moved around as quickly as Veda remembered, but everyone went out of their way to be helpful and friendly to her during her stay.

Check out some snaps of our winner’s trip below, and make sure to reserve your subscription (and secure your contest entry) for our 2017-2018 Broadway Season, including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, and Jersey Boys!

Who will win next year’s trip? It could be YOU!

So You Think You Can Dance Season 14 Tour coming to the Thrasher-Horne Center!

SYTYCD LogoYou’ve seen them on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. Now you can see your favorite dancers in person when the Top 10 Finalists perform live at the Thrasher-Horne Center on November 4, 2017!

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The all new tour features finalists Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey and Mark Villaver, plus All Stars Jasimin Harper and Marko Germar. Since being on the show, Jasmine Harper has performed in The Boss, Beyonce: Lemonade, the 87th Annual Academy Awards, and alongside Taylor Swift, Usher, and Pit Bull. Marko Germar has gone on to perform in Grease Live!, Glee, Austin & Ally, Teen Beach Movie, the 89th Annual Academy Awards, and with Jennifer Lopez.

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The high energy dance tour will highlight your favorite numbers from Season 14 plus new surprises, coming to the Thrasher-Horne Center this fall. “This is a tour you simply do not want to miss. Some of the best routines from Season 14, performed by the best dancers of the year,” stated Nigel Lythgoe, judge, executive producer and co-creator of the hit FOX series.

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Tickets for So You Think You Can Dance Season 14 Tour are currently on pre-sale to Thrasher-Horne Center Members and will be available to the public starting Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10 AM.  Prices range from $50 to $499 with all fees included. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

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The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

It’s Christmas in July and here’s our gift to you!!

The time has come for our annual
Holiday Show Announcement!
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Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR

Sunday, December 10 at 3 PM 
Member Pre-sale starts now!
Public On Sale starts Monday, August 21 at 10 AM
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‘ Twas the night before Christmas and all through the trailer…
Grab the family, saddle up the ‘ol sleigh, and come on down for an unforgettable night of music and laughs. What better way to bring families together than to enjoy a special Christmas with the boys? Take a magical, musical Christmas journey with the 3 Redneck Tenors to liven up your holidays this year.
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These real-life Broadway and Opera stars are ready to rock your holidays with a deep-fried feast of musical delights. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler – it’s infused with vitality, energy and passion. The familiar Christmas tunes in the show include classics like:
· “Sleigh Ride”
· “White Christmas”
· “I’ll be Home for Christmas”
· “Santa Baby”
· “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
· “Blue Christmas”
· “O! Holy Night”
· “Winter Wonderland”
· “Jingle Bells”
· “Silent Night”

You’ll also enjoy Christmas spoofs like:

· “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”
· “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

and a few other great surprises, too!

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The 3 Redneck Tenors join our already announced A Garfield Christmas to provide holiday fun for Thrasher-Horne fans of all ages! Pick up your tickets to A Garfield Christmas today by visiting THcenter.org, or become a member for as little as $75 a year and get access to tickets for both shows immediately! Give your family and friends a gift they’ll never forget… two wonderful nights of entertainment at the Thrasher-Horne Center!
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Announcing Our 2017-2018 School Time Series!

With a new year at the Thrasher-Horne comes the announcement of a new 2017-2018 School Time Series! We have put together a lineup of elementary age productions perfect for all your field trip needs. From science to music, technology to yuletide cheer, we have a topic and theme that will fit almost any curriculum. Check out our great show lineup below!

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Friday, October 20th, 2017

Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!
When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” He puts her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.
“No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!”
So the cows go on strike and the chickens join the cows in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

 

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MR. MOLECULE

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

See Science COME ALIVE!
When Mr. Molecule unleashes the power and excitement of science – Bing! Bang! Boom! – he creates an explosion of learning that K-8 kids can’t resist! All based on core science principals and created by Mr. Molecule right before their eyes! WOW! hmm…aha! Students are astonished to see the fantastic 12-foot tall Foam Monster, the impossible Balloons in Orbit and the hysterically funny Bernoulli TP Challenge, Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show is a whole new way for kids to discover science and excite their curiosity about the wonder-filled world we live in.

 

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A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 8th, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re the world’s best-loved and fat cat movie star, Garfield.

Coming to you with arms wide open in anticipation of all the Christmas presents he’s expecting, Garfield will light up your holiday this year with his wit, wise cracks and wisdom. Everyone’s favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie, the Audience, and his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an “enlightening” lesson.  This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Deck the Halls”, and many more.  Sing along as Garfield’s new friends including Nutcracker, Rag Doll, Teddy Bear, and even Angel from the top of the Christmas tree all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas. Join the fun as the coffee-guzzling, nap-taking, lasagna-loving fat cat Garfield decks the halls with boughs of folly!

 

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PIANO WITH JASON FARNHAM

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethoven on steroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show. 

 An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham delights audiences around the U.S., again and again.  Fans have affectionately dubbed him “Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience. The variety includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist! Jason is always looking for an interesting spin on the status quo, a way to take a classic and turn it on its ear, soooo… the newest addition to his piano show is Fur Elise with a techno-rock-dance beat: “Fur Crying Out Loud Elise, Let’s Dance!” And Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca has now become “Rondo Alla Techno”. He’s also re-envisioned Autumn Leaves into a fusion of bossa nova and samba styles. Playing the piano while lying upside down Amadeus-style? Check. And always included in the lineup are a handful of Jason’s signature original piano pieces that his fans adore, like his 2008 original instrumental hit, Lisa’s Song (When).

 

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LET’S GO SCIENCE

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining, exciting and experiential extravaganza.

Professor Smart shrinks his head, has toilet paper flying, juggles and has peoples’ hair standing on end all while demonstrating principals of physics. Researcher and comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall keeps the facts straight. During the Let’s Go Science Show, you and your kids will learn science concepts through impressive and memorable demonstrations. They will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method.

 

Tribute Concerts ROCK On The Thrasher-Horne Main Stage!

We’ve listened to your feedback and are excited to announce a return of classic concerts to the Thrasher-Horne Center! Featuring the music of artists you know and love, these tribute acts bring beloved songs from chart-topping musicians that may otherwise be impossible to see on a live tour. Give yourself a chance to relive some of your favorite concert experiences a second time, or create a first time memory you’ll never forget. With our tribute concert series, we offer a front row seat to the show of your dreams!

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First in our lineup is The Purple Xperience, bringing the power and magic of Prince to Northeast Florida on September 30th. The Purple Xperience is a five-piece tribute band hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have been touring around the country since their inception in 2011, bringing the memories of Prince and The Revolution to audiences of all generations. The Purple Xperience embodies the spirit and sounds of Prince, with front-man Marshall Charloff channeling the vocals and movements from the icon himself. The Purple Xperience brings you the greatest most authentic prince tribute show in the world leaving no one disappointed.

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Up next on March 11th is What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience. As one of the pioneers of Motown, singer-songwriter and producer Marvin Gaye helped shape the sound of R&B music and is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Soul man Brian Owens is often referred to as the “second coming of Marvin Gaye.” Owens, who has performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, dazzles audiences with performances that are full of soul and love well beyond his peers of today. His refined style combining classic soul with a slight modern touch is why audiences everywhere are calling him the new voice of American soul.

 

What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience is Brian’s tribute to the legendary artist and includes music selections that span Gaye’s music-making career. Early solo hits like “Can I Get a Witness” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” share space with “You’re All I Need to Get By” and other classic duets. And any Marvin Gaye song list would be incomplete without perennial (and challenging) crowd-pleasers like “Let’s Get It On” or “Got To Give It Up.” At its heart, Brian’s Marvin Gaye Experience is about “preservation — upholding the tradition of true soul music that is so desperately needed in our culture today.” The show prominently features a suite of pieces from Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album, counted as “one of the most socially important artistic works in the history of American music.” In light of recent events in and around Ferguson Missouri where he resides, Brian says the show also speaks to a heightened sense of urgency and the prophetic beauty of Gaye’s 1971 work.

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Finally, we close out our series with a March 16th visit from Hotel California: A Salute To The Eagles. For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken Hotel California to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists. This dynamic, highly acclaimed show incorporates their very own world renowned vocal harmony, and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments in a stage spectacle that is both modern and exciting. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy” “Heartache Tonight” and of course “Hotel California” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. The magic and mystique of this truly timeless music, is as powerful as it is captivating. So join us now on a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience Grammy award winning sounds…..Relax it’s time to check into the Hotel California.

Tickets for all three of these incredible shows are available starting today via THcenter.org, in person at our Box Office, or over the phone at (904) 276-6815. Join us as we reintroduce audiences to their favorite musicians in a new and unique way!

 

 

 

Family Friendly Entertainment Takes Center Stage In 2017-2018

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, we strive to provide entertainment options for every facet of our Northeast Florida community. To that end, we have put together a fantastic lineup of shows that are perfect for introducing your young ones to the magic of live performances while providing an experience the whole family is sure to enjoy! In our 2017-2018 Season, we will introduce four shows that explore the magic of the holidays, the strength and wonder of the human body, and the limitless possibility of music from world renowned vocalists and musicians.

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Coming first in December is The Martial Artists and Acrobats of China. The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China was established in 1957 as a combination of the former China Circus & Acrobats that was founded in 1948. It is one of the best acrobatic troupes in China with over one hundred acrobatic, magical and martial arts performers. With novelty and superior techniques, the acrobatic troupe is favored by the audiences all over the world.

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Following closely on the heels of this high energy show is a Christmas spectacular starring everyone’s favorite fat cat, Garfield! A Garfield Christmas will light up your holiday this year with wit, wise cracks and wisdom. Everyone’s favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie, the Audience, and his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an “enlightening” lesson. This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells“, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Deck the Halls“, and many more. Sing along as Garfield’s new friends all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas. Join the fun as the coffee-guzzling, nap-taking, lasagna-loving fat cat Garfield decks the halls with boughs of folly!

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Next up in the new year we welcome Jason Farnham, piano virtuoso and star of his own traveling show: Piano with Jason Farnham. Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethoven on steroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show! Piano with Jason Farnham delights audiences around the U.S., again and again. Fans love his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style comedy antics, and the clever way he interacts with the audience. The variety includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist!

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Finally, we round out your January with an appearance from celebrated UK a cappella group GOBSMACKED!. Direct from sell out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes the mind-blowing, next generation vocal show that redefines the limits of the human voice. Featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping. Heart stopping singing and jaw dropping beatboxing guarantees the audience will leave with a song in their heart and a smile on their face. GOBSMACKED! is the latest break-out show that everyone is talking about – it’s funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages!

 

Tickets to all four amazing shows are available today through the Thrasher-Horne Center Box Office. Visit us in person at the theatre or call (904) 276-6815 during regular office hours (Monday-Thursday 10:00AM-3:00PM). For 24 hour access, log on to THcenter.org to purchase your tickets now! Be sure to take advantage of the offer below, and give your family a season of theatrical experiences they won’t soon forget!

Family 4-pack available!
Get 25% off each ticket when you buy 4 or more.
Use code “4Pack” at checkout.

 

SEEN AT THE SCENE – MAMMA MIA!

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Our crowd last Tuesday night dusted off their white platform boots and boogied on down to catch MAMMA MIA! live on our Main Stage. It was a two and a half hour ABBA explosion which saw our sell-out crowd dancing and singing along to all their favorite hits. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org (especially our newly announced 2017-2018 Broadway Orange Park season) and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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