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The Florence Events Center is the heart and soul of the city’s community life, annually hosting events ranging from ballet to the blues. It is home to the Last Resort Players theater company, as well as Seacoast Entertainment Association’s annual concert series.





  • Repeats every day until Sat Nov 08 2014 .
    Fri, Nov 7th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    Les Miserables: Is It or Isn’t It Opera?

    Les Miserables has the history in the theater industry of being called a mega-musical. What that means is that the vocals, chorus, orchestra, sets, lighting, sound, costumes and special effects are as powerful, emotional and over the top as you can possibly get. But, to answer the question, it is actual opera.

    The challenge with referring to Les Mis as “opera” is that many audiences are turned off by opera. People often think of Wagner, Verdi, Mozart or Puccini when they hear the word opera. Les Mis is opera because of the way Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil wrote the music. In creating the music, they use specific themes to convey specific emotions.

    For example, when Valjean - the principal hero, played by John Pohlman – sings “What Have I Done?” in the Prologue, he is singing an emotional epiphany, a realization that his life has been rescued and completely changed by the powerful purchase of his soul for God.

    In the auditions and in recruiting singers for Les Mis, the directors--Leah Goodwin and Laura Merz--looked specifically for singers with classical training. There is no pop singing in this show. They wanted singers who had experience, big ranges, and were able to convey the emotions needed for this unusual show. 

    “We wanted to bring a new experience to Florence theater-goers,” Merz says. “When potential auditioners questioned us about what we were looking for, we simply said, ‘passion.’”

    As in opera, this story is sung-through. There are no long scene changes. The audience will not have to sit through the frequent orchestra vamps as they have in the past. There is very little dialogue; Les Mis is 97% sung. The story is told through solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, chorus and recitative – all aspects of opera.

    “Our orchestra is the best,” Merz believes. “I’m extremely proud of all the players. We have four brass, four woodwinds, two keyboardists, an acoustic bass player and percussionist. All thirteen of us have our work cut out for us, but the music of Les Mis is so incredibly fabulous that it is, without a doubt, a work of joy.”

  • Sat, Nov 8th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    Les Miserables: Is It or Isn’t It Opera?

    Les Miserables has the history in the theater industry of being called a mega-musical. What that means is that the vocals, chorus, orchestra, sets, lighting, sound, costumes and special effects are as powerful, emotional and over the top as you can possibly get. But, to answer the question, it is actual opera.

    The challenge with referring to Les Mis as “opera” is that many audiences are turned off by opera. People often think of Wagner, Verdi, Mozart or Puccini when they hear the word opera. Les Mis is opera because of the way Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil wrote the music. In creating the music, they use specific themes to convey specific emotions.

    For example, when Valjean - the principal hero, played by John Pohlman – sings “What Have I Done?” in the Prologue, he is singing an emotional epiphany, a realization that his life has been rescued and completely changed by the powerful purchase of his soul for God.

    In the auditions and in recruiting singers for Les Mis, the directors--Leah Goodwin and Laura Merz--looked specifically for singers with classical training. There is no pop singing in this show. They wanted singers who had experience, big ranges, and were able to convey the emotions needed for this unusual show. 

    “We wanted to bring a new experience to Florence theater-goers,” Merz says. “When potential auditioners questioned us about what we were looking for, we simply said, ‘passion.’”

    As in opera, this story is sung-through. There are no long scene changes. The audience will not have to sit through the frequent orchestra vamps as they have in the past. There is very little dialogue; Les Mis is 97% sung. The story is told through solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, chorus and recitative – all aspects of opera.

    “Our orchestra is the best,” Merz believes. “I’m extremely proud of all the players. We have four brass, four woodwinds, two keyboardists, an acoustic bass player and percussionist. All thirteen of us have our work cut out for us, but the music of Les Mis is so incredibly fabulous that it is, without a doubt, a work of joy.”

  • Repeats every week until Sun Nov 16 2014 .
    Sun, Nov 9th 2:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    Les Miserables: Is It or Isn’t It Opera?

    Les Miserables has the history in the theater industry of being called a mega-musical. What that means is that the vocals, chorus, orchestra, sets, lighting, sound, costumes and special effects are as powerful, emotional and over the top as you can possibly get. But, to answer the question, it is actual opera.

    The challenge with referring to Les Mis as “opera” is that many audiences are turned off by opera. People often think of Wagner, Verdi, Mozart or Puccini when they hear the word opera. Les Mis is opera because of the way Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil wrote the music. In creating the music, they use specific themes to convey specific emotions.

    For example, when Valjean - the principal hero, played by John Pohlman – sings “What Have I Done?” in the Prologue, he is singing an emotional epiphany, a realization that his life has been rescued and completely changed by the powerful purchase of his soul for God.

    In the auditions and in recruiting singers for Les Mis, the directors--Leah Goodwin and Laura Merz--looked specifically for singers with classical training. There is no pop singing in this show. They wanted singers who had experience, big ranges, and were able to convey the emotions needed for this unusual show. 

    “We wanted to bring a new experience to Florence theater-goers,” Merz says. “When potential auditioners questioned us about what we were looking for, we simply said, ‘passion.’”

    As in opera, this story is sung-through. There are no long scene changes. The audience will not have to sit through the frequent orchestra vamps as they have in the past. There is very little dialogue; Les Mis is 97% sung. The story is told through solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, chorus and recitative – all aspects of opera.

    “Our orchestra is the best,” Merz believes. “I’m extremely proud of all the players. We have four brass, four woodwinds, two keyboardists, an acoustic bass player and percussionist. All thirteen of us have our work cut out for us, but the music of Les Mis is so incredibly fabulous that it is, without a doubt, a work of joy.”

  • Repeats every day until Sat Nov 15 2014 .
    Fri, Nov 14th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    Les Miserables: Is It or Isn’t It Opera?

    Les Miserables has the history in the theater industry of being called a mega-musical. What that means is that the vocals, chorus, orchestra, sets, lighting, sound, costumes and special effects are as powerful, emotional and over the top as you can possibly get. But, to answer the question, it is actual opera.

    The challenge with referring to Les Mis as “opera” is that many audiences are turned off by opera. People often think of Wagner, Verdi, Mozart or Puccini when they hear the word opera. Les Mis is opera because of the way Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil wrote the music. In creating the music, they use specific themes to convey specific emotions.

    For example, when Valjean - the principal hero, played by John Pohlman – sings “What Have I Done?” in the Prologue, he is singing an emotional epiphany, a realization that his life has been rescued and completely changed by the powerful purchase of his soul for God.

    In the auditions and in recruiting singers for Les Mis, the directors--Leah Goodwin and Laura Merz--looked specifically for singers with classical training. There is no pop singing in this show. They wanted singers who had experience, big ranges, and were able to convey the emotions needed for this unusual show. 

    “We wanted to bring a new experience to Florence theater-goers,” Merz says. “When potential auditioners questioned us about what we were looking for, we simply said, ‘passion.’”

    As in opera, this story is sung-through. There are no long scene changes. The audience will not have to sit through the frequent orchestra vamps as they have in the past. There is very little dialogue; Les Mis is 97% sung. The story is told through solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, chorus and recitative – all aspects of opera.

    “Our orchestra is the best,” Merz believes. “I’m extremely proud of all the players. We have four brass, four woodwinds, two keyboardists, an acoustic bass player and percussionist. All thirteen of us have our work cut out for us, but the music of Les Mis is so incredibly fabulous that it is, without a doubt, a work of joy.”

  • Sat, Nov 15th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    Les Miserables: Is It or Isn’t It Opera?

    Les Miserables has the history in the theater industry of being called a mega-musical. What that means is that the vocals, chorus, orchestra, sets, lighting, sound, costumes and special effects are as powerful, emotional and over the top as you can possibly get. But, to answer the question, it is actual opera.

    The challenge with referring to Les Mis as “opera” is that many audiences are turned off by opera. People often think of Wagner, Verdi, Mozart or Puccini when they hear the word opera. Les Mis is opera because of the way Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil wrote the music. In creating the music, they use specific themes to convey specific emotions.

    For example, when Valjean - the principal hero, played by John Pohlman – sings “What Have I Done?” in the Prologue, he is singing an emotional epiphany, a realization that his life has been rescued and completely changed by the powerful purchase of his soul for God.

    In the auditions and in recruiting singers for Les Mis, the directors--Leah Goodwin and Laura Merz--looked specifically for singers with classical training. There is no pop singing in this show. They wanted singers who had experience, big ranges, and were able to convey the emotions needed for this unusual show. 

    “We wanted to bring a new experience to Florence theater-goers,” Merz says. “When potential auditioners questioned us about what we were looking for, we simply said, ‘passion.’”

    As in opera, this story is sung-through. There are no long scene changes. The audience will not have to sit through the frequent orchestra vamps as they have in the past. There is very little dialogue; Les Mis is 97% sung. The story is told through solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, chorus and recitative – all aspects of opera.

    “Our orchestra is the best,” Merz believes. “I’m extremely proud of all the players. We have four brass, four woodwinds, two keyboardists, an acoustic bass player and percussionist. All thirteen of us have our work cut out for us, but the music of Les Mis is so incredibly fabulous that it is, without a doubt, a work of joy.”

  • Sun, Nov 16th 2:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    Les Miserables: Is It or Isn’t It Opera?

    Les Miserables has the history in the theater industry of being called a mega-musical. What that means is that the vocals, chorus, orchestra, sets, lighting, sound, costumes and special effects are as powerful, emotional and over the top as you can possibly get. But, to answer the question, it is actual opera.

    The challenge with referring to Les Mis as “opera” is that many audiences are turned off by opera. People often think of Wagner, Verdi, Mozart or Puccini when they hear the word opera. Les Mis is opera because of the way Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil wrote the music. In creating the music, they use specific themes to convey specific emotions.

    For example, when Valjean - the principal hero, played by John Pohlman – sings “What Have I Done?” in the Prologue, he is singing an emotional epiphany, a realization that his life has been rescued and completely changed by the powerful purchase of his soul for God.

    In the auditions and in recruiting singers for Les Mis, the directors--Leah Goodwin and Laura Merz--looked specifically for singers with classical training. There is no pop singing in this show. They wanted singers who had experience, big ranges, and were able to convey the emotions needed for this unusual show. 

    “We wanted to bring a new experience to Florence theater-goers,” Merz says. “When potential auditioners questioned us about what we were looking for, we simply said, ‘passion.’”

    As in opera, this story is sung-through. There are no long scene changes. The audience will not have to sit through the frequent orchestra vamps as they have in the past. There is very little dialogue; Les Mis is 97% sung. The story is told through solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, chorus and recitative – all aspects of opera.

    “Our orchestra is the best,” Merz believes. “I’m extremely proud of all the players. We have four brass, four woodwinds, two keyboardists, an acoustic bass player and percussionist. All thirteen of us have our work cut out for us, but the music of Les Mis is so incredibly fabulous that it is, without a doubt, a work of joy.”

  • Wed, Nov 19th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    This memorable holiday extravaganza once again fills the stage with smiling faces of all ages as hundreds of young dancers join the Company to tell this beloved story with its grand adventures taken by Clara and Hans.

    The Nutcracker brings the holiday spirit into focus, transporting you through Clara's dreams and the wondrous characters she encounters along the way. With the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier as guides, you'll fly away to the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets, but not before battling the Mouse King and his pirate henchmice.

    Toni Pimble's exquisite choreography and Don Carson's colorful and magical sets are masterfully orchestrated to create the perfect tradition for everyone on your holiday list.

  • Sun, Nov 30th 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The Festival of Trees, an extravagant holiday display benefiting the Military Heritage Museum, will take place at the Florence Events Center on Sunday, November 30. It will be open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $1 for adults and children are free. Of course larger donations would be accepted and all money raised will benefit the museum. There will be 15 large trees and 10 tabletop trees available for bid or for a “buy it now” price.

  • Sun, Nov 30th 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The Festival of Trees “Gala of Giving” ticketed event will take place on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring appetizers and champagne. There will be up to seven “trees of giving” that will be live auctioned by former Mayor Phil Brubaker. Tickets to the event are $30. Call 541-997-7161 for ticket information.

    Each tree will be underwritten by one of the event's major sponsors, which include, Beachcomber Pub & Grill, KCST Coast Radio, TR Hunter Real Estate, State Farm Insurance, and the Florence Rotary Club. Sponsors will be decorating the trees, as well as providing gifts to go under each tree. The gifts under the tree will go to the charity of the buyer's choice, and the tree can be kept by the buyer or given to the charity. Teams of buyers are welcome to join forces to purchase one of the trees.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the Military Heritage Museum.

    (There is a rumor that the elves and Santa from the Holly Jolly Follies will be making an appearance!)

  • Repeats every day until Sat Dec 06 2014 .
    Fri, Dec 5th 7:00pm
    City of Florence Oregon Official Website

    The magic of Christmas is building toward an exciting sixth production of the Holly Jolly Follies. Every year has exceeded the shows before it, and this year will be no exception, according to Director Pat Sapp. 

    “Once Upon a Christmastime” is this year’s theme, dancing through the pages of fairy tales and other wonderful stories.  The audience will see such beloved characters as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Frog Prince, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and many others. There will be fairies of all sizes and kinds, dancing and singing and doing what fairies do best: having fun!