How do you know Todrick Hall?

Chances are you’ve seen Todrick Hall sometime in the past eight years and may not have even realized it. From season nine of American Idol, to the Virgin America pre-flight video, to over 403.5 million views of videos on his YouTube channel, you’ve probably seen Todrick around.

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At the Thrasher-Horne, we’ve known about Todrick for a while. Executive Director Denton Yockey remembers hiring him for one of his first stage gigs, long before his meteoric rise to fame had begun. When he was still a relative newcomer to show business, Denton cast a young Toddy as the Doormat in a Ft. Worth, Texas production of Beauty & the Beast. Now a full-fledged star, he owes much of his fame to people like Denton who took a chance on him early in life. As a result, Denton was able to reach out to Todrick’s people and arrange a performance of his brand new, fully updated version of Straight Outta Oz especially for all the Toddlerz in Northeast Florida.

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Todrick has an infectious sort of personality that seeps out into everything he involves himself with, whether it be music, movies, television, or stage. This personal brand is all over Straight Outta Oz. His YouTube signature style involves re-imagining fairy tales into modern mini-Broadway extravaganzas, replacing their tried and true musical standards with arrangements that speak more directly to today’s pop charts. So it’s no surprise that his first large scale musical outing takes the classic story of The Wizard Of Oz – one of the most well known and revered Broadway creations of all time – and spins it into a tale of Todrick’s journey from Plainview, Texas to the bright lights of Los Angeles, California (cast in Straight Outta Oz as Oz Angeles).

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Todrick Hall is one of those names that isn’t going away any time soon. Since landing in Los Angeles, he’s found representation with Scooter Braun at UTA (aka Justin Bieber’s agent), co-starred in videos with Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, and can count folks like Beyonce among his growing roster of Hollywood friends and collaborators (the Queen Bey herself recorded a video segment featured in Straight Outta Oz).

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This tour represents a turning point for Todrick. His star is headed to the stratosphere, catapulting him to fame at a level equal to the very musicians and stars he’s spent the first part of his career both parodying and idolizing. And with his recent stint as the lead in Kinky Boots on Broadway, this should be the last time Northeast Florida is asking itself, “How do I know Todrick Hall?”

Tickets for Todrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz are available to the general public TODAY. Prices range from $29 to $39 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.

 

Avenue Q Production Company Returns To The Thrasher-Horne With Xanadu!

Following the runaway success of Avenue Q, the good people at Slow Burn Theatre Company are once again making the trek up to Northeast Florida to showcase their newest production, Xanadu. Based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John film of the same name, Xanadu follows a group of muses from ancient Greece who spring to life from a Southern California mural in hopes of convincing a local painter to open a roller disco in an abandoned auditorium. Along the way, one of the muses falls in love with the painter, and the entire affair is underscored by the hits of Electric Light Orchestra.

Naturally, this show is not meant to be taken seriously.

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Kira & The Muses

It’s hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired! This adventurous roller skating zany musical spoof is about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. Roll and sing along to the hits “Magic,” “All Over The World,” “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive,” “Evil Woman,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu,” all composed by pop-rock legends Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

But if campy throwback humor is your forte, or even if you enjoyed Avenue Q, we recommend taking some time out of your busy February schedule to check out this pitch-perfect parody of one of 1980’s biggest cult films reinvented as a hilarious stage musical.

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Xanadu Cast

Prime seats to Xanadu are still available by contacting our Box Office at (904)276-6815 or visiting THcenter.org. Skate on over to the theatre and grab your seats today!

Announcing The Winners Of Our 2016 Broadway Theatre Trip For Two To New York!

With the announcement of our 2016-2017 Broadway Season came another chance to win an all-expense paid trip to New York City! Last season, we hooked up one lucky winner with a NYC vacation on us, and treated second and third place to complimentary 2016-2017 Broadway Season Subscriptions! The contest was so successful that this year, WE’VE DONE IT AGAIN!

Our lucky Grand Prize Winner this year will receive:

  • Roundtrip Airfare for two from Jacksonville to New York City
  • Two-Night Accommodations in a prime Times Square Hotel
  • Tickets to two of Broadway’s hottest shows!

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Last year, Chuck & Pam Calloway were our lucky winners. Check out snapshots and read more about their adventure right here. And so without further ado, we at the Thrasher-Horne Center are proud to announce our contest winners!

Grand Prize = Veda Deen

2nd place = Wiley Allgood

3rd place = Britt Hooper

 

The 2016-2017 Thrasher-Horne Broadway Season includes some of Broadway’s biggest and best loved musicals, including the brand new staging of Into The Woods, edgy regional productions of Avenue Q and Xanadu, and the farewell tour of Mamma Mia!. Log on to THcenter.org for more information, or call the Box Office at (904) 276-6815.

 

A CLOSER LOOK – Into The Woods

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.

Over the last few weeks, we were lucky enough to host the National Equity Touring Cast of Into The Woods while they built and assembled every aspect of their 2016-2017 Tour before sending it out into the world. We got to see firsthand what went into the monumental task of creating a multimillion dollar touring production from the ground up. Everything was laid bare on our mainstage, slowly growing throughout the month into the glowing spectacle we witnessed on opening night. One of the most incredible details of the set (which resembled the inside of an exploded piano) lay in the immaculate attention to detail provided by Scenic Designer Derek McLane. Check out some of our up close shots of the world he created, and take in a view seen by very few people… until now.

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The Set, as seen from an audience perspective

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Into The Woods Brings A Minimalist Take On Sondheim To The Thrasher-Horne

We are now four days away from the National Tour Preview of Into The Woods here at the Thrasher-Horne! Today, media flooded the building for a Meet & Greet with the directors and actors, plus a special sneak peek into rehearsals for the hit Stephen Sondheim show. This production of Into The Woods is unlike any you have seen before (unless you were lucky enough to catch their initial runs in NYC or London). It is an intimate and pared down experience, a stark contrast from the Disney film adaptation of the same name, and even the original Broadway production and more recent Delacorte Theatre revival in Central Park.

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Using minimal props, costumes, and set on a stage reminiscent of an exploded piano factory, the troupe of ten actors bring to life this story of fairy-tale mashups, asking audiences to imagine along with them as they are transported to lands far-far away. Playing multiple characters, multiple instruments, and almost never leaving the stage, the audience is treated to a spectacle of artistic gymnastics that really reminds us what it’s like to see a living, breathing performance. Stripping away all the pomp and circumstance of modern theatrical constructs helps us to get to the melodies and the words that are at the heart of every Sondheim show, and this troupe of actors are handling that epic task with the utmost style and panache.

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Minimalist Theatre can be a terrifying term, conjuring up images of dark berets and even bleaker plotlines, but this cast brings a warmth and personality to the material that will completely immerse you in the story from beginning to end. This is definitely a performance you won’t want to miss!

Tickets to Into The Woods are available through our website, www.THcenter.org.

For further reading about the intricacies of Into The Woods, check out this great article from Playbill!