Some Enchanted Evening Became 'Marvelous' Evening

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Byline: PATTI LEVINE-BROWN

Moments before the curtain rose, Tony Walsh, executive director of the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, told a full house that turned out for the April 21 one-night performance of Some Enchanted Evening - featuring the songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein - that they would be entertained.

They were not disappointed.

Such words as fabulous, marvelous, tremendous, inspiring, exciting, and wonderful rolled off the tongues of those who attended the 90-minute performance.

"It is wonderful," said Mary Engelman, 23, during intermission. "I recognize a lot of the songs, and I am really enjoying myself."

Musical director and accompanist Steve Zumbrun, along with the extraordinary voices of the five-member cast (Tala Al-Khudhairi, Adam Clough, Katie Nicole Svela, Amanda Shae Wilborn and Chris Wright) received critical acclaim from many in the audience.

"The music was marvelous and the cast did a very nice job," said Jacksonville resident David Selin. He added that he was very impressed with Center for the Arts. "This is the first time I have been here. It is beautiful."

The evening encounter led some audience members to recall their past experiences with two of the world's most well-known musical talents, who together compiled an impressive list of achievements including 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and two Grammy Awards.

"This really takes me back," Claudia Ingaldi said. She had seen two of Rodgers and Hammerstein's original musical productions on Broadway. …

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