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Optimize Your Broadway Subscription With SWAP OR DROP!

One of the newest features of our Broadway Subscription is SWAP OR DROP, the ability to customize your Broadway Season Package to fit your life and your schedule. It allows you to get the most bang for your entertainment buck by introducing a brand new level of customization to subscriptions.

In case you are wondering how this wonderful feature works, your good friends at the Thrasher-Horne Center have put together this informative video to walk you through the process. Sit back, relax… and get ready for some Broadway!😉

 

In summary, your four show Broadway Package can now transform into a three show Package with a handy DROP. Alternately, your four show Package can remain a four show Package with the addition of one of our other non-Broadway shows through a quick SWAP. That way, your schedule never needs to be a determining factor in your entertainment. And with discounts averaging over 20% off single ticket prices, becoming part of our subscriber family has never made more sense!

This season’s Broadway offerings are white hot and include the shows Into The Woods, Avenue Q, Xanadu, and Mamma Mia! Subscriptions are available now. Learn all you need to know and take your first steps toward being a Thrasher-Horne Broadway Subscriber at THcenter.org today!

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Celebrate Back To School with our 2016-2017 School Time Field Trip Series!

Teachers and students have reached the end of their summer, but we want to step in and make your transition back as fun and smooth as possible with our 2016-2017 School Time Series. We have put together a lineup of elementary age productions perfect for all your field trip needs. From science to ecology, dance to bully prevention, we have a topic and theme that will fit almost any curriculum. Check out our great show lineup below!

 

Super Scientific Circus

Tuesday, October 11th 2016 10:30 AM
Grades K-6

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 The Super Scientific Circus starring Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime, proves that science can be fun and funny. Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedic antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bull whips, and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia,  centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light.

 

Parsons Dance

Friday, October 14th 2016 10:30 AM
Grades K-6

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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.

 

Choosy Suzy’s Bully Prevention Show

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016 10:30 AM
Grades K-6

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Choosy Suzy’s  Bully Prevention Show blends hip humor, magic and music with serious, practical suggestions for coping with bullies and helps kids discover the secrets for becoming “Bully-Proof.” Choosy Suzy’s show is exciting, fast paced and filled with the kind of comic audience interaction that kids love! Based on the bestselling book Stick up for Yourself! by Gershen Kaufman, PH.D., Choosy Suzy’s Bully Prevention Show has been proven to reduce bullying behaviors by half while doubling tolerance, increasing cooperation and promoting kind words. This means happier, safer children both in school and on buses!

 

Seussical: The Musical

Wednesday, February 1st 2017 10:30 AM
Grades K-6

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“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr.Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! But if you didn’t get your tickets early, we might not see you this time around. Our production of Seussical has unfortunately SOLD OUT.

 

Steve Trash: Ecology Is Awesome

Friday, April 28th 2017 10:30 AM
Grades K-6

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ECOLOGY IS AWESOME focuses on pollution, conservation of natural resources, and the amazing connections that exist in the natural world. It features all new music, new tricks, new explanations, new Garbage Monsters, and lots of new funny stuff. It’s a whole new show with the same ecological theme but different content! It’s a terrific eco-educational show that’s specifically tailored to the school audience. Steve’s shows are always an excellent blend of curriculum based ecological lessons (with lesson plans) and awesome green themed magic tricks, music, and craziness that kids find irresistible. ECOLOGY IS AWESOME is an amazing new show and kids will take home a new understanding of their connection to the planet.

 

 

 

 

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Wayne Brady: It’s My Line at Thrasher-Horne Center, August 27th

On August 27th, Wayne Brady will make his debut at the Thrasher-Horne Center, premiering his It’s My Line Tour for Northeast Florida audiences. In a way, this performance will be a homecoming for Wayne, who was born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised by his grandmother in Orlando. The Emmy Award winning host of Let’s Make A Deal and The Wayne Brady Show then traded Central Florida life for Los Angeles and an impressive twenty-six year career that spans television, movies, Broadway, and the recording industry. However, Wayne is most easily recognizable from his decades-long stint as a performer (and later Executive Producer) of Whose Line Is It Anyway? His current tour borrows heavily from his extensive experience in improv, most notably the titular nod to his Whose Line roots.

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Wayne’s face is most recognizable from his years of work on television. From 2001 through 2004, he hosted The Wayne Brady Show, a variety show on ABC. He also credits appearances on Reno 911, How I Met Your Mother, Chappelle Show, 30 Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Drew Carey Show, as well as high-profile hosting duties for The NAACP Awards, BET Honors, and the 2002 Miss America Pageant. He has been a judge on So You Think You Can Dance?, the original host of Fox’s Don’t Forget The Lyrics!, and last year was a guest host on The Late Late Show.

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In addition to his television career, he also has a strong background in stage and live performance. Wayne played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of Chicago, and was also a member of an all-star cast of Rent which was directed by Neil Patrick Harris at the historic Hollywood Bowl. More recently, Wayne starred in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, finishing his successful run this past March. Ben Brantley of The New York Times praised his performance, noting

“It is a relief to report that Mr. Brady’s singing and dancing chops are of Broadway caliber. Shimmying and kicking through Mr. Mitchell’s try-this-at-home choreography and belting out Ms. Lauper’s arena-pop score, he radiates stellar heat and good humor.”

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Few entertainers are as multi-talented as Brady. Facebook touts his profession as “Actor, Singer, Improv Comedian, Male Exotic Dancer.” This description accurately summarizes the variety you’ll receive when he hits the stage in Orange Park for this exclusive one-night engagement.

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Tickets to see Wayne Brady live at the Thrasher-Horne on August 27th are available now online (www.THcenter.org) or through the Box Office at (904) 276-6815.

 

 

 

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Thrasher-Horne Center Food Finds – SnacShack

Hungry for some local food on your way to a show? Want a cool “locals only” spot to visit after the finale for dessert and conversation? Check out these local hot spots recommended by Thrasher-Horne Center staff members, and let us introduce you to the best our area has to offer! With Thrasher-Horne Center Food Finds, we plan to bring you a bi-weekly spotlight that will turn your simple night at the theatre into a full-fledged event that you and your guests will remember for years to come!

 

First up on our list is SnacShack , located in the Jefferson Crossing Center and one of College Drive’s best kept secrets. Whether you are looking for a comfortable spot to relax with friends, or a quick and delicious meal, this independently owned bakery always does the trick.

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With modular seating arrangements and deep leather club seats evoking a cozy living room feel, Snac Shack makes the perfect location for your entire party. A favorite of neighboring St. John’s River State College students, you’ll find free wifi, board games, and a plethora of books and magazines to pass your time. This modern cafe provides an excellent choice for pre-theatre coffee and snacks and is only a half mile from the Thrasher-Horne, ensuring you’ll be in your seat right on time for the curtain to rise.

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In addition to the fresh baked breads and pastries, Snac Shack offers a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and their wildly popular pretzel bites. There are also daily specials and a mountain of homemade desserts.

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PRO TIP: Each ticket to a Thrasher-Horne performance purchased through the Box Office has a coupon on the back for a Free Coffee and Bagel.

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Pay a visit to Snac Shack before your next show. We promise you won’t regret it!

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The Deets:

Phone

904-322-1414 or

904-682-7622 (SNAC)

 

Location

179 College Drive
at Jefferson Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32065

 

Hours

Tu–Fri            8a – 6p
Sat                 9a – 4p
Sun & Mon – Closed

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Start Spreading The News About The 2016-2017 Thrasher-Horne Broadway Season!

Last season, fans of Broadway had a reason to rejoice as the Thrasher-Horne Center assembled its first full season of some of theatre’s biggest and best touring musicals. Audiences were treated to full-scale productions of Annie, Ragtime, Saturday Night Fever, Once, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. This year, we’ve filled the calendar once again with an assortment of shows that offer something for every theatre lover. In the coming months, our boards will be visited by the likes of Into The Woods, Avenue Q, Xanadu, and Mamma Mia! – and we want to offer our blog readers an exclusive sneak peak into these four incredible shows below.

 

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Saturday, November 26 at 8 PM

With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is INTO THE WOODS like you’ve never seen it before! This stripped-down, unplugged, thrillingly clever new version includes all the dazzling classic songs like “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky.”  Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true.

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The Fiasco Theater production of INTO THE WOODS — which recently concluded its acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement presented by Roundabout Theatre Company — will launch its national tour this season at the Thrasher-Horne Center.  Stay tuned for some behind the scenes looks on this blog as we get closer to the first performance!

This acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical is brought to you by the original Tony Award-winning producers of INTO THE WOODS and its Broadway revival.

 

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Friday, December 9 at 8 PM

AVENUE Q is the first of two shows being brought to the Thrasher-Horne through a partnership with Slow Burn Theatre Company of South Florida, giving us a chance to highlight the best of professional theatre being produced within our home state.

A laugh out loud look at life after college with badly behaved puppets. The 2004 Tony Award-winning musical, currently playing on Broadway, is an ingenious combination of The Real World and Sesame Street. Savvy, sassy and eminently likable, this breakthrough production is an “autobiographical and biographical” coming-of-age parable that addresses and satirizes the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood.

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Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, AVENUE Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.  Come explore your purpose with them when the show arrives in December.

 

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Saturday, February 11 at 8 PM

XANADU follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO…hey, it’s 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

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This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes, “Magic”, “All Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”, “Evil Woman“, “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu”, to name a few, and is based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.

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It’s hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, as one of Broadway’s master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane, weaves a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift you out of your seat. You’ll want to keep the music in your head, and XANADU in your heart, forever.

Both AVENUE Q and XANADU are presented by Slow Burn Theatre, a regional theatre company from South Florida that is making a name for itself with their exciting and fresh theatrical productions. Subscribe to our blog for exclusive behind-the-scenes glances of this incredible company and our exclusive partnerships in the months to come!

 

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Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30PM

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

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Mamma Mia! North American Tour 2015 by Joan Marcus

We are thrilled to welcome back the blockbuster MAMMA MIA! to our Northeast Florida audiences. This will mark the second tour of MAMMA MIA! to grace our stage, and also the final opportunity to see this heartwarming and hilarious show on its farewell tour. If you missed last May’s stop in downtown Jacksonville, or if you saw it and loved it, now is your chance to catch it one last time! Introduce your friends and family to the runaway disco hit that has dominated Broadway for the last two decades!

Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s #1 Show!

Broadway Orange Park is ready so let the 2016-2017 season begin!

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One Night In Memphis

“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!

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On December 4th, 1956, music history was made. This date found Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley together at Sun Record’s studio in Memphis, TN. A jam session ensued which seems to have happened by pure chance. Perkins, who by this time had already met success with “Blue Suede Shoes“, had come into the studio that day, accompanied by his brothers Clayton and Jay and by drummer W.S. Holland, to cut some new material, including a revamped version of an old blues song, “Matchbox“. Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, brought in his latest acquisition, singer and piano man extraordinaire Jerry Lee Lewis, to play piano on the Perkins session and fatten the sparse rockabilly instrumentation.
Sometime in the early afternoon, Elvis Presley, a former Sun artist himself but now at RCA, dropped in to pay a casual visit. At the time, he was the biggest name in show business, having hit the top of the singles charts five times and topping the album charts twice in the preceding 12-month period. Less than four months earlier, he had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, pulling an unheard of 55 million viewers and 83% of the television audience, the largest in history up to that time.
After chatting with Philips in the control room, Presley listened to the playback of Perkins’ session, which he pronounced to be good. Then he went out into the studio and some time later the jam session began. At some point during the session, Sun artist Johnny Cash, who had recently enjoyed a few hits on the country charts, popped in. Cowboy Jack Clement was engineering that day and remembers saying to himself “I think I’d be remiss not to record this.” He did, and the night became rock and roll music history.

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

For more show information and show highlights please visit: www.PresleyPerkinsLewisCash.net

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Merry Christmas In July! – Lightwire Brings Good Tidings to the Thrasher-Horne Center

Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas! Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky, appearing at the Thrasher-Horne for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, December 11th, 2016!

In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King. This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight and warm even the smallest of hearts.

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The process of building Lightwire Theater’s electroluminescent characters starts with the creators and the cast. They build everything themselves from the ground up, with each sculpture taking nearly 200 hours of intensive labor. The foundation begins with a base that includes triggers and armatures. They utilize recyclable materials including aluminum rods, election signs, skate board wheels, dryer ducting, plumbing supplies, PVC pipes, fishing poles, duct tape, zip ties and back packs to help define peaks and angles. These common household items help create durable and pliable sculptures that can withstand the movement of the dancers and multiple performances. Black fabric is added to the sculpture for dimension and then lined with electroluminescent wire known as “el wire” which is soldered everywhere the wire is connected. Unlike black lights, “el wire” can be powered by batteries, requires no theatrical lighting and gives a 360-degree of glowing light. Once the character is “turned on” it can use up to 16 AA or rechargeable batteries per performance. The result…anything your inner-child can dream of including 16-ft. tall birds, dinosaurs, ducks, soldiers, swords and more!

In 2012, Lightwire Theater was featured in America’s Got Talent (season 7) which launched them into the national spotlight. Since then, Lightwire Theater has been fortunate to travel internationally, sharing their unique brand of storytelling with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. During the fall of 2014, Lightwire Theater had the opportunity to compete in truTV’s newest competition series, Fake Off. In addition, their holiday production, A Very Electric Christmas debuted on public television stations in select markets, which included behind the scenes footage and interviews with Ian and Eleanor Carney.

Now, you and your family will be able to experience the magic of Lightwire Theater and A Very Electric Christmas, Sunday, December 11th at 3:00PM! Tickets are available today to Thrasher-Horne Members, and beginning August 15th for the general public. Don’t wait! Make this holiday season one your family will remember for years to come with Lightwire and the Thrasher-Horne!

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