Parsons Dance Creates Site Specific Art On The Thrasher-Horne Mainstage

Last week, our theatre was lucky enough to be visited by David Parsons and his troupe from Parsons Dance NYC. The company spent five days in residence at the Thrasher-Horne, and during that time treated the community to two full performances and three dance intensives and masterclasses for local dancers. The Thrasher-Horne has a year history of bringing world class dance to Orange Park, and is able to make these yearly events happen through a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

On Wednesday, over forty dancers gathered on the mainstage for a two hour class administered by David Parsons himself, with help from his full company of four men and four women. Additionally, local filmmaker and Oscar winner Drew L. Brown was brought on board (along with accomplished percussionist Jonah Pierre) to create a site specific video highlighting the Parsons dance combination taught to the students that day. This video was later edited and screened prior to Parsons Friday evening performance.

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the masterclass and the making of the video:

Additionally, David Parsons ventured to Lavilla School of the Arts in downtown Jacksonville to host two masterclasses with dance students from the surrounding community. Those classes culminated in a live performance, also hosted prior to the Friday evening performance. Among those participating in this unique show was Dante Gonzalez, a twelve year old local dance protege enrolled at the Florida Ballet who has previously studied with the Royal Ballet of London and traveled the day after our performance to Toronto to audition for the National Ballet of Canada (highlighted below in the blue shirt).

Experiences of this magnitude are rare for residents of Northeast Florida, and we are proud to have a longstanding relationship with South Arts that allows us to bring world class dance to the students and audiences of the Jacksonville Metropolitan area. Parsons Dance was sublime, and we hope that everyone reading had a chance to experience one of their many offerings last week. For more information about our season and to purchase tickets for upcoming shows, please visit the Thrasher-Horne website.



At the Thrasher-Horne Center, we have a continued dedication to nurturing and showcasing the works of local artists. Our visual arts galleries will be exhibiting the works of two local artists: David Ouellette and Jennifer Tallerico from October 7 – December 14, 2016. Both of these Northeast Florida artists use a unique stylistic approach to examine the greater meaning in the everyday aspects of life.

David Ouellette’s exhibit: Watercolors & Oils is a selection of abstract paintings which use both watercolor and oil mediums to explore the range of human experience. Mr. Ouellette finds inspiration in the more tangible world of the physical environment, the ethereal time of the past, and the potential of the future. After a 26 year tenure as an artist and professor at the Florida School of the Arts, Mr. Ouellette is currently a professor of Fine Arts, Painting and Design and Art History at St. Johns River State College’s St. Augustine campus. Watercolors & Oils will be presented in the Lee Adams Florida Artists’ Gallery.

Jennifer Tallerico: Submerged is a collection of underwater photographs that merges the two worlds of land and water into one seamless image. Submerging such items as violins, flowers, and even a piano, Ms. Tallerico creates surreal images filled with focus, intensity, dedication, and of course, a love of being underwater. Based in Palatka, Florida, Ms. Tallerico is the artist behind JT Noir Studios. She is known throughout the photography industry and the region for her unique approach to fine art photography. With its darkly romantic, fashion-inspired aesthetics, her work as an almost literary sensibility to it.  Submerged will be presented in the Jack Mitchell Gallery.

Thrasher-Horne Center Galleries are supported by the Mary Ward Huntley Florida Artist Fund. The galleries are free and open to the public during regular box office hours, all Thrasher-Horne Center events and by appointment. Additional gallery information is available at (904) 276-6815 and online at The Thrasher-Horne Center is located at the St. Johns River State College Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.



On Tuesday evening, theatre lovers of Northeast Florida braved the first rains of Hurricane Matthew to gather at WJCT Studios downtown for an exclusive first look at the documentary film Hamilton’s America. We were proud to sponsor WJCT’s preview of the first hour of the documentary (which highlights the creation of the runaway Broadway hit Hamilton) ahead of it’s world premiere as part of PBS’s Great Performances series on October 21st. The gala event was hosted by Daniel N. Austin of PBS’s Hometown, and featured live performances by Austin and local performers Katie McCloskey and Juan Carlos Unzueta.


The soundstage at WJCT was decked out with a large buffet and comfortable seating, and the giant cyclorama wall became our movie screen for the night. The energy of the room was one of excitement, with several attendees sporting pieces of period costuming. After an early threat of a power outage, we found our way to our seats and Daniel kicked off the evening’s events.


Local theatre aficionados Isom Steve Philips and his wife Toni Philips were spotted amongst the crowd of Jackonville Arts movers and shakers, who showed up in full force for this sneak peek of Broadway’s hottest show.


A preview of the PBS Fall Arts Schedule accompanied the evening’s entertainment. A full schedule was provided to each attendee.


Daniel N. Austin, of PBS’s Hometown, our vivacious host for the evening.


Katie McCloskey kicked off the live performances with a Broadway caliber rendition of “There’s A Fine, Fine Line” from Avenue Q. She also returned later in the evening to further wow us with “Don’t Wanna Be Here” from Ordinary Days.


Juan Carlos Unzueta was up next, electrifying the room with “Corner Of The Sky” from Pippin.


Daniel then treated us to “Moving Too Fast” from the seminal The Last Five Years.


Lastly, Juan segued us into the documentary with a live performance of “Wait For It” from Hamilton.


Check out some of the star-studded audience below!


Local artist Roosevelt Watson III with his beautiful better half Shawana Brooks


Former Thrasher-Horne House Manager Cindy Harmon with ushers from her new digs at the Times-Union Center.


Juan Carlos Unzueta, Katie McCloskey, and Daniel N. Austin, our powerhouse talent of the evening.


Isom Steve Philips and Toni Philips


Amanda Marron with Elijah Southworth, Rikki Southworth, and Chip Southworth


The Southworth Clan


Anne White with Shelley Cain and friends


Elena d’Amario, Eoghan Dillon, Geena Pacareu, Ian Spring, Omar Roman De Jesus, Sarah Braverman / Parsons Dance

New York Dances Its Way Into Northeast Florida

Parsons Dance is a New York City based modern dance company, internationally renowned for creating and performing contemporary American dance of extraordinary artistry that is accessible and enriching to diverse audiences. The company has toured to more than 383 cities, 22 countries and 5 continents for the most notable theaters, festivals and presenters worldwide. New York Magazine called Mr. Parsons “one of modern dance’s great living dance-makers.” In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance engages audiences of all ages through education and outreach programs, including national tours such as this one.

Geena Pacareu & Sarah Braverman / Parsons Dance

Geena Pacareu & Sarah Braverman / Parsons Dance

Known for their remarkable athleticism and stunning ensemble work, Parsons Dance delivers positive life-enriching experiences to audiences worldwide. Flawlessly fusing the gestures and movements that comprise contemporary dance with the discipline and precision of a classical company. Parsons Dance is always a favorite that can bring exuberance, joy and passion to any stage.

Parsons is visiting Northeast Florida as part of a residency program funded by a grant from South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These organizations have ensured that Parsons not only present an evening performance at the Thrasher-Horne, but also a discounted matinee performance for students, and several master classes in dance presented both at the theatre and within the community at locations like LaVilla School of the Arts in downtown Jacksonville. These outreach programs help fuel young minds with critically important arts education and bring professional quality performance to children throughout our region.



Tickets for Parsons Dance are available to the general public TODAY. Prices range from $19 to $39 with all fees included. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at


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.


Boyz II Men Individual Tickets On Sale TODAY!

Boyz II Men presented by V101.5 will be live in concert at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are available at


Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. For over 20 years the band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades: “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly” and many others.  The group’s 4 Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 20-year career, Boyz II Men have also won 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

The Boyz II Men singing group pose with their Gram


In 2011, Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled Twenty. It debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, #4 on the Billboard R&B Album Chart, #10 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and placed #1 on the iTunes R&B Soul Album Chart.  Twenty’s first single, “More Than You’ll Ever Know” cracked into the top 15 on Urban AC charts. Their eleventh album, titled Collide, was released on October 21, 2014.


In 2016, the trio appeared in Grease: Live as the teen angels and sang “Beauty School Dropout.”  Group member Wanya also recently placed 4th on the 22nd season of Dancing with the StarsBoyz II Men continues to tour across the country and around the globe, performing a mix of their latest tracks and treasured classics.


Tickets for Boyz II Men are available to the general public TODAY, Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  Prices range from $49 to $89 with all fees included. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at


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.


Volunteers Party Hard at The Hilltop

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 took over 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 Stephanie Kloeckner at (904)276-6807 if you might be interested in volunteering with the Thrasher-Horne Center and attending one of our upcoming volunteer parties!


Assistant Technical Director Manny Vidal and House Manager Stephanie Kloeckner man the check-in desk


Marketing Director Anna Zirbel works the room


Gifts for the Volunteers!


Box Office Manager Araina Eber schmoozes the crowd


Salad and bread courses were first on the menu


Our volunteers are always wearing their smiles


Lucy and Lamar Pitts, volunteers extraordinaire


Three courses of delicious Hilltop cuisine awaited our party crowd


Anna and Volunteer Libby McInnis talk shop


Anna entertains Libby McInnis and Beverly Hodge with some witty marketing jokes


Close to 50 of our volunteers joined us for this year’s celebration


The room was abuzz with excitement as the main course arrived – Chicken Marsala with Green Beans and Whipped Potatoes


Some of our volunteers come from as far away as Penney Farms to lend their hands


Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening… Fay Clare won two tickets to a show in our 2016-2017 Season!


… so did Jennie White!


… and Peg Harvey!


Executive Director Denton Yockey reminding our volunteers how important they are to the Thrasher-Horne’s continued success


(He keeps our volunteers in line with a boldly brandished butter knife)



Then came time for our annual Volunteer Awards!


The first award of the evening went to Billy Larson for Ambassador of the Year, presented by Stephanie Kloeckner


Up next was Volunteer Of The Year, going to Verna Riley, presented by Anna Zirbel


Lastly, our Executive Director Award was presented to Jack & Helen Stephens by Denton Yockey


Helen Stephens announced their retirement from volunteering in her acceptance speech, sharing stories from twelve years of volunteering going back to the theatre’s opening day


Helen and Jack will be sorely missed! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Dessert and Coffee rounded out the evening, and another year of successful partnerships growing the arts in Northeast Florida


STAGE DOOR : Elvis Presley of One Night In Memphis


Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash


as Elvis Presley

Brandon Bennett is a young man hailing from Louisiana and has quickly risen to the top of Elvis tribute performers.  Brandon has an uncanny look and feel of Elvis in his prime in the 1950’s and portrayed Elvis in the long running Broadway smash “Million Dollar Quartet” in Chicago for over 5 years running.  He has won many national Elvis contests and has impressed many with his truly great singing voice.  Unlike many other Elvis tribute artists, Brandon actually hails from the south and has that southern feel, charm and sincerity that cannot be imitated. Married with four kids to his high school sweetheart, Brandon would like to thank everyone for coming out to the show.  Read and see more about Brandon at


“One Night in Memphis” is a rocking concert tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. The show spans 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950’s rock and roll music backed by an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band that will transport you back in time to a rock and roll royalty jam session. Along the way, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at this epic recording session while experiencing true American music featuring the hits “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shaking Going On,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and many, many more, all performed live without tracks and guaranteed to get Thrasher-Horne Center rocking and rolling!

“One Night in Memphis,” will be appearing live at the Thrasher-Horne Center on October 22nd, 2016. Tickets are available at or by phone at (904)276-6815.