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A CLOSER LOOK – Billy Gardell

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.

Billy Gardell took the stage at the Thrasher-Horne on December 3rd, 2016, with good friend Joey O’Connell as his opening act. Check out some close-up shots from the performance below. If you were in the audience, you’ll agree – it was a side splitting night of comedy!

For more information or to purchase tickets for our upcoming shows, check out our website at THcenter.org!

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A CLOSER LOOK – Boyz II Men

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.

Boyz II Men brought their A game to the Thrasher-Horne stage last Thursday night! The guys showed up with almost two hours of greatest hits and audience favorites from both their catalog and other top artists of the past four decades. Without missing a beat, they stepped seamlessly into prime Boyz II Men performance mode and remained there for the duration of the show – joking, dancing, and singing as a trio at the top of their game.

Check out these shots from the performance. If you were in the audience, you’ll agree – it was a concert that was not to be missed!

For more information or to purchase tickets for our upcoming shows, check out our website at THcenter.org!

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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.

 

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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!