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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!

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

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Marketing Director Anna Zirbel works the room

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Gifts for the Volunteers!

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Box Office Manager Araina Eber schmoozes the crowd

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Salad and bread courses were first on the menu

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Our volunteers are always wearing their smiles

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Lucy and Lamar Pitts, volunteers extraordinaire

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Three courses of delicious Hilltop cuisine awaited our party crowd

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Anna and Volunteer Libby McInnis talk shop

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

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

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

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

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

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… so did Jennie White!

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… and Peg Harvey!

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

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

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Then came time for our annual Volunteer Awards!

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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STAGE DOOR : Elvis Presley of One Night In Memphis

ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS:

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash

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BRANDON BENNETT
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 www.elvismyway.com

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“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 THcenter.org or by phone at (904)276-6815.

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STAGE DOOR : Carl Perkins of One Night In Memphis

ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS:

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash

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JOHN MUELLER
as Carl Perkins

John Mueller is well known for his number one touring show, “Winter Dance Party,” the official and estate endorsed tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. The show has been touring for over 15 years. “One Night in Memphis” was created by John in 2012 (originally under the title of “A Night to Remember” until he realized that name was associated with the sinking of the Titanic!) and he has enjoyed singing and playing Carl’s catalog along with backing on guitar the songs of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley featuring some of the greatest rock and roll guitar solos of all time.  John is thrilled to be presenting live the music of these legendary performers during their prime, featuring the very best of rock and roll music.

Read more about John at www.winterdanceparty.com

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“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 THcenter.org or by phone at (904)276-6815.

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STAGE DOOR : Johnny Cash of One Night In Memphis

ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS:

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash

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NEIL MORROW
as Johnny Cash

Born and raised in Anaheim California, Neil Morrow always had a unique taste in music. At an early age, Neil was not drawn to the current styles of music but the music that was coined by DJ Alan Freed as “Rock and Roll.”

Morrow soon began to take up the piano and guitar and learned the styles of his favorites such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. But it wasn’t Morrow’s instrument skills that got the attention of others, it was his voice. His singing style has a familiar tone and range to everyone from Johnny Cash to Roy Orbison.

After performing in many talent competitions, Neil decided to form a band and pay tribute to his favorite music of the 50’s. It was sometime after Neil was approached to play piano for the nationally touring show “Buddy, Roy and Elvis.”  It was soon after that Neil was brought to the front of the stage as Roy Orbison.

A natural entertainer, Neil has since 2012 been featured as Johnny Cash with “One Night in Memphis” and looks forward to the show.

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“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 THcenter.org or by phone at (904)276-6815.

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STAGE DOOR : Jerry Lee Lewis of One Night In Memphis

ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS:
Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash

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BLAIR CARMAN
as Jerry Lee Lewis

Blair Carman hails from Cincinnati and has been playing piano since he was twelve years old. He grew interested in 1950’s rock and roll by listening to his parents old 45’s. A high in demand act know both nationally and internationally, Blair plays with his own band the Belleview Boys the hits of Jerry Lee, Elvis, Hank Williams and all the greats. Blair was the only Jerry Lee Lewis performer personally invited to play at Jerry Lee Lewis’s 75th birthday party at the Killer’s home in Louisiana. Blair has been rocking and rolling with “One Night in Memphis” since 2012 and thanks everyone for coming out to the show. Read and see more about Blair at www.blaircarman.com

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“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 THcenter.org or by phone at (904)276-6815.

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The Five Thoughts You Have When Seeing A Thrasher-Horne Show

1) I can’t believe how quickly we got here from downtown Jacksonville!

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For a market like Jacksonville that has been trained to drive to Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine for live entertainment, the Thrasher-Horne Center is a welcome breath of fresh air. From the center of downtown Jacksonville, a drive to our theatre averages 31 minutes. This compares almost identically to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, and beats a trip to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre by almost half an hour!

 

2) Look at how close I get to park to the theatre! Wait a minute…parking is FREE, too? Jackpot!

Here’s the parking situation for some of our local performing arts venues in Northeast Florida, via their websites when possible:

  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre –  Very limited on-site paid parking, shuttles available from satellite parking lots almost a mile away from the venue.
  • Florida Theatre – $7.00 garage parking one block away from the theatre.
  • Times-Union Center for the Arts – $10-$20, depending on day of week and lot availability.

By comparison, the Thrasher-Horne Center offers FREE and AMPLE parking to all of our guests… ALWAYS! Don’t spend your time on a shuttle from a satellite parking lot or circling downtown blocks looking for an available parking meter. Spend it inside, comfortable and stress-free.

 

3) Two concession stands and three satellite bars?! What a relief to not have to spend my entire pre-show in line!

We know the last thing you want to experience pre-show or at intermission are crippling lines to purchase snacks or beverages. At the Thrasher-Horne Center, we don’t want our guests to have to choose between using the restroom, enjoying the galleries, or stocking up on refreshments. So we’ve built two massive concession stands into our lobby (one on each level), and supplemented those with three satellite bars. This ensures optimal guest comfort and convenience, because that’s exactly how we’d expect to be treated.

Pro Tip: Become a member of the Thrasher-Horne Center and enjoy more with access to our Circle Club! Dedicated bar service and complimentary hors d’oeuvres before every show and during intermission is a perk you don’t want to miss. Ask our Box Office Representatives for more information today.

 

4) With all this time I saved parking and buying my reasonably-priced drink, what am I going to do pre-show? I guess I’ll wander around the lobby…and into the THREE art galleries!

 

GallerySpeaking of galleries, we have three of them located directly off our main lobby, filled with rotating exhibits from local and regional artists, as well as our permanent exhibit of world-famous photography by Jack Mitchell. Instead of sitting and waiting for your show, spend some time with our art instead. You’ll be glad you did!

 

5) Check out my spacious seat! The aisles are massive and my knees aren’t touching my chin when I sit down!

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Theatres from the turn of the century are known for their gorgeous and awe-inspiring architectural details, but they typically don’t offer much in the way of creature comforts. Occupying precious real estate in downtown city centers, theatre owners of the era designed their spaces to maximize profit and minimize space. As a result, the houses of these grand buildings often feel like they were designed for humans two feet shorter than today’s variety. This is not the case at the Thrasher-Horne Center. With our plush modern seating and ample, easy navigable aisles and rows, you’ll never have an uncomfortable moment (until you finally have to leave).

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Explore Broadway’s best in New York City compliments of Thrasher-Horne!

With the announcement of our 2016-2017 Broadway Season comes 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’RE DOING IT AGAIN!

Simply purchase a Broadway Season package and register to win before October 20, 2016 to be placed in our drawing for:

  • 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 this time around, IT MAY BE YOU! So join us as we welcome our exciting new season, secure your four show package with prices starting at $99, and start planning your Big Apple escape today!

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.

Be sure to check out our website for full rules and details on this contest!