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Lutcher Theater Presents The Simon & Garfunkel Story

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The Lutcher Theater presents the internationally-acclaimed hit theater show, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, telling the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the `60s and to their dramatic split in 1970. The show culminates with the pair’s famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981, which had more than half a million fans in attendance.

The show uses state-of-the-art video projection, photos, and original film footage. Featuring a full live band, audience members can expect to hear all of Simon and Garfunkel’s hits, including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound,” and many more.

“We are thrilled to bring this nostalgic-filled show along with this level of entertainment to Southeast Texas,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director of the Lutcher Theater. “This tour, produced by Ruckus Entertainment, is part of a 50-city stop that will travel across the United States.”

With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel’s perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time. Throughout the years, they won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1977, the Brit Awards honored their “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album with Best International Album. In 2003, Simon & Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the following year saw their “The Sound of Silence” awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is generously underwritten by Diane and Don Shaver, Terese and Tad McKee, and Kathy and Tommy Gunn.

Limited tickets are available for The Simon & Garfunkel Story and can be purchased at or by calling the Lutcher Box Office at 409.886.5535. The Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main Avenue in Orange, TX.

Orange CVB Sets April 1 as Art in the Park Date

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The Orange Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has set Saturday, April 1, 2023, as the date for the 21st Annual Art in the Park. Hours will be 9 AM – 3 PM in its traditional location at Stark Park. There will be kid’s activities and food trucks, in addition to many vendors selling arts and crafts.

Registration for the vendor market is now open for registration. To receive a registration form, please contact Brandy Judice at or pick up an application inside City Hall at 812 N. 16th St. Orange, Texas 77630.

Stark Museum of Art Announces Family Day

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Artists young and young-at-heart are invited to join the Stark Museum of Art at Family Day on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a wide variety of activities designed to keep the whole family happy. From hands-on art-making to scavenger hunts and special activities from Orange County nonprofits, this Family Day will have something for everyone!

Activities include:

  • Kid-friendly arts and crafts
  • Go on a scavenger hunt and win a prize
  • Visit ART: It’s Elementary in the Community Art Gallery, an exhibition of original works of art created by K-3rd grade students in the region.
  • Stop by our Tot Spot for children 4 and under for fun with your tiniest ones!
  • Take a peek at the special exhibition “A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation.”
  • Enjoy special activities hosted by The W.H. Stark House, Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Heritage House Museum of Orange County, and the Service League of Orange.
  • Celebrate our ART: It’s Elementary Artists during the Artist Recognition Ceremony from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

For more info, visit their Facebook page.

Stark Museum of Art to Host Afterschool Art Program in January

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The Stark Museum of Art will give students the opportunity to sharpen their drawing skills in January. During this four-week class, Fundamentals of Prismacolor Colored Pencils, students in 5th-8th grade will learn how to layer color using Prismacolor Colored Pencils. Students will learn how to properly hold a pencil, how to draw and shade, and create realistic textures using only colored pencils.

The class will culminate with a matted 11×14 apple study that students will be proud to display. This four-week class will provide a solid skill base for your young artist to advance their ability and deepen their love of drawing. The class size is limited to a maximum of 10 students. Registration is $40 per student, and all materials are provided.

To register, click here.

This four-week class will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. onĀ  January 17, 24, 31, and February 7 and will focus on specific skill-building using colored pencils. Students may be assigned some brief at-home assignments during the course of the class that will reinforce the instruction that is given in the studio. Class size is limited to 10 students to allow one-on-one time with our Teaching Artist. All materials needed for the class are included in the $40 class.

For more information, please contact or call 409-886-2787, extension 3028.

Lutcher Theater Rocks Around the Christmas Tree with Million Dollar Quartet Christmas

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Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree this season as the Lutcher Theater presents “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas!” The heartwarming holiday musical is set to play one night only on November 29, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., as part of a 26-city national touring production. Members of the original Million Dollar Quartet team, Tony-nominated book writer Colin Escott and orchestrator Chuck Mead reunite with director Scott Weinstein for this new musical holiday celebration.

In “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas,” rock `n’ roll newcomers, and soon-to-be legends, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the holidays. Inspired by the true story of their December 1956 homecoming at Sun Records, this endearing rock n’ roll musical rings with sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made the Million Dollar Quartet famous. The gang is up to their usual antics as we journey through stories of Christmas past, present, and future in a joyful evening filled with nostalgic holiday hits including “Run Rudolph Run,” Jingle Bell Rock,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and more.

“Get ready to ring in the holidays at the Lutcher Theater, rock ‘n’ roll style, with this fun, upbeat, family-friendly show. There’s going be lots of great music and maybe some dancing in the aisles,” said Lynae Sanford, executive director of the Lutcher Theater. “We are going to pay homage to some of music’s legends during this production.”

The cast of Million Dollar Quartet Christmas will include Alex Swindle as Elvis, Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, Brandon Fillette as Jerry Lee Lewis, Kurt Jenkins as Carl Perkins, Kathleen Macari as Dyanne, Matthew Mucha as Sam Phillips, Nathan Yates Douglass as Brother Jay and Sean Preece as Fluke, along with understudies Dan Middleditch, Hunter Semrau, and Brynn Smith-Jenkins. The design team for “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas” includes scenic design by dots, lighting design by Ryan J. O’Gara, sound design by Diego Garzon, costume design by Izumi Inaba, and prop design by Douglas Clarke. The production is general managed by Evan Bernardin Productions and booked by Broadway & Beyond Theatricals / BBT.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 409.886.5535. The Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main Avenue in Orange, TX.

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