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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THREE DAYS until The Purple Xperience lights up the Thrasher-Horne Main Stage!

This Saturday night, we begin our 2017-2018 Season with a performance by The Purple Xperience that is sure to be both inspirational and electrifying! And if you haven’t secured your seats yet, you might just be running out of time!

As an added bonus, and as an homage to one of his most successful songs, we have made select seats available for The Purple Xperience for $19.99! These special “purple seats” are available on a first come, first served basis, and can be purchased NOW by contacting the Box Office at (904) 276-6815 ext. 1, or purchasing online at THcenter.org.

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The Purple Xperience is a five-piece tribute band hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have been touring 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. They promise to bring you the greatest most authentic Prince tribute show in the world!

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Lead singer Marshall Charloff not only styles the magic of Prince’s talent in an uncannily unmatched fashion with his appearance, vocal imitation, and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano, but also performs nationwide fronting world-class symphonies in most major cities in the US and Canada. Recently, Marshall Charloff teamed up with the famous jazzman Marcus Anderson (New Power Generation, 3rd Eye Girl sax player) in Raleigh, NC to perform with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.

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Marshall recorded with Prince on the album for 94 East, (with Marshall on keyboards and bass guitar and Prince on lead vocals). Marshall was discovered by Pepe Willie, who was one of the people responsible for getting Prince’s career up and running. In 2009, Marshall teamed up with Doctor Fink from Prince and the Revolution and Pepe Willie to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert. Additionally, Marshall is a celebrated producer and recording artist who has produced, wrote and recorded for the Commodores.

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…Do You Have Your Seats Yet?

Since opening our first two Broadway shows of the 2017-2018  season to individual ticket sales on Monday, response for Cabaret and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder has been overwhelming! To ensure a prime seat for these outstanding musicals, we recommend you purchase your seats as soon as possible. Prime locations are already selling out, and it won’t be long before seats to our one-night only engagements become scarce.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Northeast Florida premiere of 2014 Best Musical Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, or Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical Tony winner Cabaret. These shows swept the Tony’s their respective years, and now we’re bringing them directly to our community. Bask in the wonder and talent of Broadway from the comfort of your own backyard with the Broadway Orange Park series at Thrasher-Horne Center!

Gentleman’s Guide Tickets HERE

Cabaret Tickets HERE

The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Eight

Here at the Thrasher-Horne Center, weddings are second nature. Our massively accommodating Events Center has played host to hundreds of perfect weddings for couples all over the region. As a result, we’ve encountered numerous bridal checklists – all of which provided varying degrees of personal success for the new bride. After witnessing the best and the worst, we’ve assembled the following as your ultimate go-to list, which we’ll be doling out in monthly installments to keep you on schedule until your big day.

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Mother Nature found it necessary to deliver Florida some nasty storms right in the middle of your Month Seven checklist, but hopefully your home and venue weathered the hurricane and you’ve kept up to date on your plans. If for any reason you need to revisit our prior checklists, we have them available via these handy links (one, two, three, four, five, six, & seven). If not, we shall continue forward with Part Eight of our yearlong wedding planning guide. Below, you’ll find your next steps on the path to a perfectly smooth blissful wedding.

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Staying organized will keep you on track while you try to make your wedding memorable, awesome and creative. The items on our monthly checklists are your perfectly portioned must-do’s to make this spectacular event come together in a way that only we know how.

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ONE MONTH BEFORE

Is there something you’re forgetting?

Everything is going great and most of these items are just to ensure that everyone else is on the same page as you.

  • Call vendors to confirm. This is just another check-up.
  • Begin to pack for the honeymoon. Or at least decide what you’ll need for your adventure.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations and agenda.
  • Print menu cards and programs.
  • Final dress fitting if necessary.
  • Practice walking in your shoes. Especially if they are not the type you would normally wear. Purchase a pair of comfortable shoes for the reception. You won’t regret it.
  • Check in with the venue coordinator. They may want to know they have everything exactly as you wish.
  • Schedule a practice hair styling session for the big event. You want to be extra gorgeous on your special day.
  • Mail the rehearsal dinner invitations. Your wedding party will be looking forward to it.

 

white-table-setupThe Ideal Setting for your Wedding Day… The Thrasher-Horne Center, one venue which has it all!

Many stunning weddings have already been held at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center! Nestled on the scenic St. Johns River State College campus in Orange Park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere for your wedding and/or reception, with ample free guest parking, flexible catering choices with a full staging kitchen, and an accessible location right in the heart of Clay County. Comprised of six suites that can provide space in whatever design you envision, such as the Grand Banquet Room with comfortable space for up to 240 guests including enough room for dancing. Additionally, our other banquet or theatre spaces are the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, combining both of your venue needs into one!

Call 904-276-6815 or visit  http://weddingsjacksonvillefl.com to schedule an appointment with a Thrasher-Horne Center Wedding Specialist today!

We Love Our Volunteers!

Tuesday evening was a proud night for the Thrasher-Horne. It was the night of our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, when we pay tribute to the men and women who make sure our experience at the theatre is always top-notch. Past events have been epic affairs with themes like Casino Night and Speakeasy, and this year was no exception, as we booked our second annual evening at the Hilltop Club and Restaurant for a three-course dinner and awards ceremony.

Check out our pictures from the evening below, and contact our House Manager Sarah Blanc at (904) 276-6770 if you might be interested in volunteering with the Thrasher-Horne Center and attending one of our upcoming volunteer parties!

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The room was set early awaiting the volunteers…

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…who began trickling into the ballroom and found seats at the large tables

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Executive Director Denton Yockey welcomed the crowd and gave a speech summarizing the past season at the Thrasher-Horne Center

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Interim House Manager Stephanie Kloeckner (right) introduced Sarah Blanc, our newest House Manager who will lead us into our 2017-2018 Season

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Libby McInnis won our Volunteer of the Year award for most hours of service during the 2016-2017 Season 

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Verna Riley is another of our Most Valuable Volunteers, ranking second in total hours worked last season

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Sue Stobe, Barbara Elliott, and Maria Macleod are all members of our prestigious 100+ Club

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Lucy Pitts was this year’s recipient of the Ambassador Award, a new prize meant to honor the volunteer who serves as the best representative of our organization throughout the community

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Jennie White, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Sue Stobe, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Barbara Elliott, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Dave Giacomarra, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Maria Macleod, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Verna Riley, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Libby McInnis, 100+ Club Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year

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Customized Thrasher-Horne Center umbrellas were provided to all our volunteers as a gift for their continued service

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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!