Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thrasher-Horne gets North Pole and Scrooge visits before Christmas

Electric Christmas / Christmas Carol
Come celebrate the holiday season at Thrasher-Horne Center with two unique Christmas shows.  On the Main Stage, Lightwire Theater will perform the family-friendly A Very Electric Christmas” on Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.  In the Studio Theatre, Jason Woods brings his dramatic one-man show A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.

Performed in complete darkness and set to timeless holiday classics, Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas tells the story of a young bird named Max and his family who are heading south for the winter (see a video on their website above).  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.

As seen on ‘America’s Got Talent’, Lightwire Theater builds everything themselves from the ground up, with each sculpture taking nearly 200 hours of intensive labor.  They utilize recyclable materials including aluminum rods, election signs, skateboard wheels, dryer ducting, plumbing supplies, PVC pipes, fishing poles, duct tape, zip ties and backpacks 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.  Unlike black lights, “EL wire” can be powered by batteries, requires no theatrical lighting and gives 360-degrees of glowing light.  Once the character is “turned on” it can use up to a 16AA or rechargeable batteries per performance.

On December 17, be haunted by three spirits and over 25 additional characters with Jason Woods: A Christmas Carol in the Thrasher-Horne Center Studio Theatre (see their video on his link above).  Enjoy this classic Charles Dickens tale brought to life by one actor as Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve and ultimately learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Jacksonville resident Jason Woods has won acclaim for his performances as Elwood P. Dowd in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey and as tortured genius Ludwig Van Beethoven in Moises Kaufman’s Tony-nominated play 33 Variations.  Woods is also a director with credits that include his original works St. George & the Dragon and Peter Pan, A New Adaptation, which includes an original soundtrack of music and songs he composed and was sung by Jacksonville performers.

“Christmas at Thrasher-Horne Ctr.”

LOCATION:The Thasher-Horne Ctr.

St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

TICKETS:Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas tickets are $19.  Family four-packs are also available for $60.
Jason Woods: A Christmas Carol tickets are $29.   All Thrasher-Horne Center shows are available for purchase by calling (904) 276-6815 or the online links above.

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