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Britt Godwin Appearing April 30 in Virtual Acoustic Series

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Britt Godwin Appearing April 30 in Virtual Acoustic Series

Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting its second performance of the Virtual Acoustic series. Britt Godwin will be playing tonight, April 30, 2020, at 7:00 P.M. You can enjoy this virtual event from the comfort of your home by tuning it to the OCVB’s Facebook page at 7 PM. Godwin is the very best in classic country music –“The REAL Deal.”

The event will stream live and will stay on their Facebook page and can be viewed at any time under the “videos” tab.

UPDATE:  You can listen to the recording here.

All Stark Cultural Venues Closed and Events Canceled

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All Stark Cultural Venues Closed and Events Canceled

After careful consideration, the Stark Museum of Art, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and the W.H. Stark House are to close beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice. This includes general admission and all venue offices including The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. All special programming and events scheduled at Stark Cultural Venues will be canceled through May 1, 2020.

Tad McKee, CEO of The Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation said, “Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our community and employees. We want to be responsible and help keep our patrons, staff, and volunteers healthy.” The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is monitoring the progress of the Covid-19 virus and following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will update as needed. Stark Cultural Venues staff are saddened to close the doors to such a wonderful and supportive community but want to do what is best for everyone.”

For more information, please visit

Cancellations for Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center:
-Spring Into Nature Camp – March 17-19
-Saturday Adventure Series: Incredible Adaptations – March 21
-Bird Watching Wednesdays – March 25, April 8 & 22
-Saturday Adventure Series: Trash to Treasure – March 28
-Up Close with Nature – March 28
-Saturday Adventure Series: Cooking with Chef Soleil – April 4
-Saturday Adventure Series: Bark Art – April 11
-EcoFest and Butterfly Release – April 18
-Saturday Adventure Series: Hop, Ribbit, Splash – April 25
-Up Close with Nature – April 25

Cancellations for W.H. Stark House:
-Second Friday & Saturday Tours – March 13-14
-Second Friday & Saturday Tours – April 10-11
-Art in the Park 1st Floor Tours – April 4
-Chapter One: Literature & Legacy at the W.H. Stark House – April 16
Postponed for a later date:
Stark Reading Contest County Final

Cancellations for the Stark Museum of Art:
-CREATE! Workshop: Glazing Pottery – March 14
-Spring Break Doodle Days – March 17-20
-Drawing Teacher Workshop – March 27
-Lunch & Look Drawn to Horses: Ila Mcafee – March 28
-Follow the Line Juried Student Art Reception & Awards – April 1
-SMA Playdate: Let’s Build – April 3
-Afterschool Art (9th – 12th) Drawing Realistic Hands – April 7, 1, 21, 28, May 5
-Easter Face Painting – April 10
-CREATE! Workshop: 3D Pop Art Portraits – April 25
-SMA Playdate: Let’s Play with Clay – May 1
Postponed for a later date:
Adult Studio Workshop: Pottery Wheel Basics

Updated: Lutcher Theater Closed Until Further Notice

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Lutcher Theater Postponing and/or Rescheduling Events
The Lutcher is closed until further notice and has temporarily suspended all public performances and events beginning today, March 17 through April 30, 2020, in compliance with orders and recommendations regarding the coronavirus and social gatherings declared by the Center for Disease Control and our federal, state and local governments.
The impacted events are:
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – March 19th
  • Peter Rabbit Tales – March 25th (Lutcher Incredible Kid’s Event)
  • Fiddler on the Roof – March 30th
  • Viva Momix – April 5th
  • Service League Follies – April 17th
  • Diary of a Wombat – April 27th (Lutcher Incredible Kid’s Event)
  • Rent – April 30th
They are currently working with agents and producers attempting to reschedule events. As soon as they have “show-specific” information, the Box Office will contact the ticket holders for each show. If deemed safe to gather, and they are able to reschedule the show, your ticket for that show will be transferrable for the new date. If they are unable to reschedule or if you are unable to attend on the new date, you will be eligible for a refund.
Because so much of this information is still unknown, and because rescheduling involves decisions by several parties at various levels, they will not be able to process any refunds until final decisions are made for the remainder of the season.
The Lutcher Theater is working diligently to resolve these matters and will be in touch with you via email or phone call as soon as plans are finalized. Questions can be directed to or you may leave a voicemail at 409.886.5535. They are checking messages regularly.

Tony Award-Winning Musical, An American in Paris, Comes to Lutcher Theater

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Tony Award-Winning Musical, An American in Paris, Comes to Lutcher Theater

Romance! Adventure! Gershwin! Who could ask for anything more? Filled with the music of legendary composers George and Ira Gershwin, the Tony Award-winning masterpiece, An American in Paris, is dancing its way to the Lutcher Theater in Orange, TX, Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 3 pm.

Tickets for An American in Paris are on sale now and start at $55. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 409-886-5535 or by visiting the Lutcher Theater Box Office at 707 Main Ave in Orange, TX.

Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris transports the audience to post-war Paris, where romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. In this poignant production, Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris to try and make his mark as a painter. Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets the mysterious Lise, a young Parisian ballet dancer with a haunting secret who, like Jerry, is yearning for a new beginning.

The winner of four Tony Awards, this exquisite production features classic Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.” The New York Times proclaimed “Pure Joy…An American In Paris is a TRIUMPH!”

For previews, visit

W.H. Stark House Reopens for Tours

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W.H. Stark House Reopens for Tours

The opening of The W.H. Stark House following a major restoration was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting on Friday . The home experienced a third-floor water leak in 2019. After amazing team efforts, a new, beautifully painted ceiling, and so much more, they have now reopened for 2020.

The W.H. Stark House is excited to announce 2nd Friday & Saturday Monthly Tours for the 2020 season. Tours include all three floors of the main House, feature two recently restored rooms, and, as always, display original family furnishings, personal effects, and decorative arts.

Tours can accommodate a maximum of 7 people. Participants must be at least 6 years old and able to walk up and down 44 steps to take a house tour. For safety reasons, parents may not carry infants or younger children on the tour.

Register for a free tour here.

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