Orange Park

“Paint the Park Purple” The Purple Xperience at Thrasher-Horne

Live at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts Prince would be pleased with the tribute from the Purple Xperience. Led by the immensely talented Marshall Charloff, the five-piece group mesmerized the audience at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park on Sept. 30th for nearly two hours. It was one incredible night. The Purple Xperience created a sound that will transport you back to 1984. Marshall channeled Prince with breathtaking moves and a striking voice. He was able to effortlessly nail the high pitch notes.  He struggled a bit at the beginning of When Doves Cry and the first note of …

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Once Upon A Time…”SHREK: THE MUSICAL”

Shrek: The Musical Venue: Orange Park Community Theatre Performances: August 21 – September 3, 2017 Book & Lyrics By: David Lindsay-Abaire Music By: Jeanine Tesori Directed By: Tricia Williams & Vicki Lowe Once upon a time in a land far far away, a young ogre named Shrek () is sent out into the cold cruel world by his parents with a warning that since he isn’t handsome his story won’t have a happy ending. Meanwhile, Princess Fiona () is also seven years old when she is locked in a castle that is guarded by a ferocious dragon (). As the …

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“LEGALLY BLONDE” at the Orange Park Community Theatre: Filled With Wit And Clever Numbers

ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE REVIEW The Orange Park Community Theatre opened the final show of its 47th season on June 9, 2017 with the musical “Legally Blonde.” It will be on stage at 2900 Moody Avenue through July 2. Call 904-276-2599 for reservations. “” began as a novel, was made into a successful film musical starring Reese Witherspoon in 2001, and was transformed into a stage musical in 2007. It remains a popular musical in the USA. The music and lyrics by Neil Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe (of “Batboy: The Musical” fame) are upbeat, and along with the book by …

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Orange Park Community Theatre Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Loyal patrons of were surprised this season by a first for the theatre, which has a forty-eight year history: the staging of a play by the great Southern writer . “” opened March 25, 2017 and will run through April 9 at 2900 Moody Avenue. Call 904-276-2599 or visit opct.info for reservations. “Menagerie” is a memory play narrated by a man looking back on his young adulthood in St. Louis in the late 1930s. Times were tough as jobs were scarce. Unmarried women without relatives …

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Kenny Rogers – Can’t Keep The Gambler Down

On a brisk Saturday evening, heated up the stage of the to bring a little bit (alright, quite a bit) of music history to his fans. The Gambler’s Last Deal opened up with the instructions to take as many pictures as possible because Kenny Rogers wanted us to. As he so graciously pointed out, some of the patrons were too young to really know his music yet they were there in the packed theater along with us diehard fans. I thought that there would be more dancing but I think that the audience was simply stunned by the warmth of …

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“Bye Bye Birdie” a rollicking stroll through the 1950’s

Take a rollicking stroll through the late 1950’s at ’s production of . The American classic is in good hands with director , who’s worked with OPCT since 2001. The original Broadway play is quite different from the beloved 1963 film adaptation starring Ann-Margret and Dick Van Dyke. Both stories are based on Elvis’s 1957 army draft and the chaos that ensued among crazed teenaged girls of the time. The musical opens in the offices of the Almaelou record company. Agent Albert Peterson, played by , is distraught. He’s entered the office only to find that his company’s biggest star, …

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Slow Burn Theatre Ignites Thrasher-Horne “AVENUE Q” and “XANADU”

Live theatre plays an important role in our lives. It provides reflection and distraction, comfort and escape, risk and reward. It’s whatever we need it to be when we need it the most. Founding partner and artistic director of the , , took a risk six years ago with a fledgling company hoping to fill the void in regional theatre in south Florida. With executive director , Slow Burn turned up the heat, presenting material that was both thought provoking and entertaining. Slow Burn Theatre makes its northeast Florida debut with “” Dec. 3 at the . Fitzwater spoke with …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW : MARY POPPINS “lively, charming, strongly cast, delightfully engineered, and engaging”

ORANGE PARK COMMUNITY THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The opened , the 2006 Tony Award winning musical, on September 9, 2016, which will run through October 2, 2016. The theatre is located at 2900 Moody Avenue in Orange Park, Florida. Tickets are selling fast. Call 904-276-2599 or visit www.opct.info for additional information. Mary Poppins is based on the popular 1964 Disney film of the same name, which was adapted from an earlier series of children’s books by author P. L. Travers, and is a spectacular and family-friendly musical. Under the direction of …

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Starring: Brandon Leoparti as J. Pierrepont Finch Tim DeBorde as J.B. Biggley Breanna Shuman as Rosemary Pilkington Courtney Russell as Smitty Jacob Taylor as Bud Frump Theresa Buchanan as Miss Jones Steve Cohn as Mr. Twimble Steve Conrad as Wally Wompee Aimee Low as Hedy LaRue Evan Bowen as Mr. Bert Bratt Tom DeBorde as Mr. Milton Gatch Music & lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert Based on the book by Shepherd Mead “Orange Park Community Theatre is a family that plays together.” How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is based …

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BRAVO! Once was incredible.

 Starring: Sam Cieri as Guy Mackenzie Lesser-Roy as Girl Patricia Bartlett as Baruska Jenn Chandler as Bank Manager John Hays as Billy Bristol Pomeroy as Da Theodora Silverman as Ivanka Issac Haas as Andrej Liam Fennecken as Svec Dan Tracy as Eamon Agnel Lin as Emcee Nyssa Duchow as Ex-girlfriend His Music Needed One Thing.  Her BRAVO!  Once was incredible.   It was a musical experience and by far, one of the best I have ever seen and heard.  The music and harmonies were exquisite.  The talented cast of Once, led by Sam Cieri (Guy) and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy (Girl) put their …

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