A CLOSER LOOK: Jay Leno featuring Emily West

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.

Jay Leno took the stage at the Thrasher-Horne on January 14th, 2017, with good friend Emily West 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 night of side splitting comedy and soaring vocals!

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SEEN AT THE SCENE: Jay Leno featuring Emily West

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Check out the smartly dressed crowd filling our lobby and theatre last Saturday evening for Jay Leno and Emily West! Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!




Celebrity Photographer Jack Mitchell’s Full Collection Returns To The Thrasher-Horne Galleries!

In December of 2002, the St. Johns River State College Board of Trustees unanimously approved one of the two THCA visual arts galleries to be named in honor of Jack Mitchell.

Mitchell was the photographer for American Ballet Theater for a decade and for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for over three decades, but is also known and recognized for his special assignment photography for The New York Times and for Dance Magazine, for which he has created 166 cover photographs.

Mitchell’s photographs have also appeared on the covers of and in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, People Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Life, Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, and virtually every domestic and international publication featuring photographs of arts personalities. His long list of photographic subjects has included almost every notable performing and visual artist of the second part of the twentieth century such as actors: Robin Williams, Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Natalie Wood, and Gloria Swanson.

In addition, Mitchell had photographed subjects such as: Tennessee Williams, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Neil Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alvin Ailey and Andy Warhol, to name just a few.

His work is included in four books including the recent Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts 1960 – 1995. Mitchell received the 2002 Dance Magazine Award in New York City, the most prestigious annual recognition in the international dance community; he is the only photographer to receive this honor.

Mitchell had a history with SJR State and Florida School of the Arts (FloArts). He had left an imprint on the young artists there through teaching during two artist residencies, working with students and faculty and presenting his work in three FloArts gallery exhibits.

This Friday, January 13th sees the return of Jack’s full collection to the gallery bearing his name. Spectators and art lovers will be able to experience and view the collection of thirty-four exquisite black and white photographs from world-renowned photographer Jack Mitchell through June, when it returns once again to the theatre’s archives.


Alongside the Jack Mitchell Collection, you can see the Art Guild of Orange Park’s diverse exhibit, “The Neighborhood,” presented in the Lee Adams Florida Artists Gallery. This exhibit will be available for public viewing through April during all regular Box Office hours and Thrasher-Horne Center events.  Admission is free.

Both exhibits are generously supported by the Mary Ward Huntley Florida Artist Fund




Happy New Years! Let’s Reflect!

2016 at the Thrasher-Horne Center was definitely one for the record books! As we come to the close of another year, we would like to take a look back at the shows and artists we hosted over the past season, many of whom were visiting our area for the first time.

In the past year, the Thrasher-Horne celebrated over 320 days of use with more than 250 events between the Theatre and the Conference Center. In total, more than 50,000 people joined us for an event in 2016, with over 64% of those audience members visiting for their first time. And while we pride ourselves on being a venue for the Northeast Florida community, we also saw visitors from all over Florida, as well as 36 additional states and 5 additional countries!

The Thrasher-Horne Galleries were also busy this past year, hosting gorgeous shows by Susan Michel (Dancers In Motion), The Art Guild Of Orange Park (Music, Dance, Theatre), Jennifer Tallerico (Submerged), and David Ouellette (Watercolors and Oil). These three galleries are open not only during show nights, but also everyday during regular Box Office hours, providing a daily gallery experience for our college family and the surrounding community.

Without further adieu, here’s a chronological listing of the incredible shows we played host to this past year!







Thodos Dance Chicago: A Light In The Dark










Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E. Tour



Moscow Festival Ballet: Sleeping Beauty




Saturday Night Fever




Florence K



Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix



Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!




Once: The Musical



Phil Vassar




Wayne Brady

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




Parsons Dance

New York Dances Its Way Into Northeast Florida

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



One Night In Memphis

One Night In Memphis




Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan is back, EMMY NOMINATED, and on his way to Orange Park!



Into The Woods

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




Boyz II Men




Billy Gardell

A CLOSER LOOK – Billy Gardell



Avenue Q



Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas

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



Jason Woods: A Christmas Carol




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Keep an eye out in 2017 for many more exciting events at the Thrasher-Horne Center, including Jay Leno featuring Emily West, Kenny Rogers featuring Linda Davis, Vicki Lawrence & Mama, Broadway favorites Xanadu and Mamma Mia!, and many, many more!



Emily West Hits The Thrasher-Horne Mainstage With Jay Leno!

The big announcement earlier this year for the Thrasher-Horne Center was that we were bringing Jay Leno to our mainstage on January 14th. But what seemed to slip through the cracks was Jay’s opening act: Emily West. Signed to Capitol Records Nashville, she debuted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts in early 2008 with the single “Rocks in Your Shoes”. This song peaked at No. 39 early in the year, and is the first single from a self-titled EP. She entered the country charts a second time with “Blue Sky”, a duet with Keith Urban, in 2010.

In 2012, West guest-starred in Body of Proof. In 2014, she competed on the 9th season of America’s Got Talent, where she finished as the runner up to magician Mat Franco. Since her success on the show, West has toured extensively throughout the United States, first with her one-woman show and then with America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour! Now she’s hit the road with Jay Leno, bringing you a delicious appetizer of sultry songstress prior to your comedy main course.

Check out these incredible torch songs that prove why Emily West is quickly becoming a household name!


Tickets for Jay Leno and Emily West are available through our Box Office by calling (904)276-6815 or by visiting




SEEN AT THE SCENE – Lightwire Theatre’s A Very Electric Christmas

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Check out this crowd decked out in their holiday best for A Very Electric Christmas last Sunday afternoon! Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!