A CLOSER LOOK – Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour

Some of the most interesting details of a stage production can sometimes only be seen by the people on stage. Here at the Thrasher-Horne, we try our best to give you an inside look at all aspects of our performances. We want you to see all angles of your favorite shows and artists… more than just the view from your seat. If we can get access to it, so should you! It’s with this mentality that we bring you a new regular feature on the blog – A CLOSER LOOK. This will be our opportunity to take you into the spotlights, through the stage door, and into every nook and cranny backstage to show you how your night of entertainment comes to be – from load-in to load-out.

Shenandoah took the stage at the Thrasher-Horne on November 3rd, 2017, a homecoming of sorts for led singer Marty Raybon as well as a stunning retrospective throughout the history and music that makes up their phenomenal career. Check out some close-up shots from the performance below. If you were in the audience, you’ll agree – this was Shenandoah at the top of their game, relishing decade after decade of memories and chart topping hits!

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For more information or to purchase tickets to our upcoming shows, visit our website at THcenter.org.

Bill Engvall Makes His Triumphant Return To The Thrasher-Horne Main Stage!

After a near-sold out engagement last October, it is clear that Northeast Florida is Engvall Country! As a thank you to all his diehard Florida fans, we have booked Bill for a return engagement this Fall on our Main Stage!

Don’t miss this comedy legend as he returns with a whole new show to the Thrasher-Horne Center. Bill Engvall: Here’s Your Sign will perform on Saturday, October 14 at 8 PM.  Tickets are available now at THcenter.org or by calling (904) 276-6815.  Prices range from $49 to $129.

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Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Most recently, Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. Earlier this year, Bill lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy tour and concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT.

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Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. Bill has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography Bill Engvall –Just A Guy.

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A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill moved to Dallas and worked as a disc jockey with plans of becoming a teacher.  While in a nightclub one evening, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and found that making people laugh was truly his forte.  Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles and went on to star in the Showtime special, A Pair of Joker’s, hosted A&E’s Evening at the Improv and appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for “Best Male Stand-up Comedian.” He appeared in several episodes of Designing Women and co-starred in Delta and The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Bill resides in Southern California with his family.

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The Thrasher-Horne Center is a 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.

SEEN AT THE SCENE – So You Think You Can Dance

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. It was a whirlwind of motion (onstage and off) as dancers flooded our center earlier this month for the 14th Season tour of Fox’s smash hit show So You Think You Can Dance! The ten season finalists (along with two All-Star coaches) exploded onto the stage with a full evening of dance, complete with show-stopping routines from the competition and audience favorites. It was a phenomenal show performed with passion for a phenomenal crowd. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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SEEN AT THE SCENE – Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Classic country crooner Marty Raybon staged a homecoming of sorts as he returned to the region where he attended high school to present a full evening’s worth of hits on Shenandoah’s 30th Anniversary Tour. Our audience came in droves to witness this hometown hero and sang along energetically to almost every song. The energy in the room couldn’t have been more electric, and Marty was so touched that he spent an hour after the show greeting fans and taking photos in the lobby. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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Imagine If Hendrix Played Violin…

 

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The Thrasher-Horne Main Stage is set to be rocked on December 1st by the raw power of one of the biggest and most accomplished electric violin acts in the nation: Femmes Of Rock. Led by rock violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, Femmes has thrilled audiences worldwide with their blistering solos, unique arrangements, beauty, and charm. Femmes Of Rock is just one of several shows presented by Bella Electric Strings, a group of approximately 30 talented musicians based in several US cities who tour as electronic string quartets in a variety of different productions. Similar to theater’s Blue Man Group and Irish dance’s Lord of the Dance, Bella has multiple themed shows crisscrossing the country, and their roster includes the best of the best in the world of electric violin. These girls have performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Beyoncé, Rod Stewart, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Michael McDonald, Andrea Bocelli, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pitbull, America’s Got Talent Season 1, and many, many more. Currently based in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando, the group will soon make its way to New York City, with plans to expand internationally to Europe and Asia within the next few years.

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Featuring the music of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Metallica, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and more, the Femmes Of Rock show takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more can be expected in this high-energy show that leaves audiences awed. The only one of its kind, there are no other similar string acts operating at this level of production. Be prepared for something that you have not yet seen the likes of. The girls keep a busy touring schedule and are one of the most sought-after “hard rock” violin acts in the world.

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Tickets for Femmes Of Rock start at $39.00 and are available now through the Thrasher-Horne Center Box Office, by phone at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

Full Cast Announced for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Tour!

Complete casting has been announced for the 2017–2018 national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Produced by NETworks Presentations, the non-Equity tour of the Tony-winning musical will hit the Thrasher-Horne Center Main Stage on January 5th.

 

The cast will be headed by James Taylor Odom as the eight D’Ysquith heirs and Blake Price as Monty Navarro, with Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Erin McIntyre as Phoebe D’Ysquith.

 

The ensemble comprises Timothy Aaron Cooper, Ashton Michael Corey, Mia Fitzgibbon, Colleen Gallagher, Briana Gantsweg, Kristen Kane, Tyler Lenhart, Conor McGiffin, Ryne Nardecchia, and Rosie Webber.

Gentleman’s Guide concerns Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession—by any means necessary.

Gentleman’s Guide received ten 2014 Tony Award nominations, winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle.

Peggy Hickey will direct and choreograph, based on the original Tony-winning direction by Darko Tresnjak and Hickey’s own original choreography. The design and production team also features scenic designer Alexander Dodge, costume designer Linda Cho, associate director and choreographer Adam Cates, lighting designer Philip S. Rosenberg, and sound designer Dan Moses Schreier, with casting by Aaron Rhyne and Jason Styres, CSA. Original orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, and vocal arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak. Paul Staroba serves as music supervisor.

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SEEN AT THE SCENE – The Purple Xperience

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Our crowd last Saturday night wearing a rainbow of purple as we kicked off our 2017-2018 Season with a deliriously energetic performance by The Purple Xperience live on our Main Stage. It was an explosion of Prince’s greatest hits and crowd favorites that had our audience dancing and singing like it was 1999. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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