Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
The Lutcher Theater is celebrating Christmas Shoji-style.
Renowned musician Shoji Tabuchi returns to the Lutcher Theater for the second consecutive holiday season with a Christmas performance at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets for this all ages event are $20-$45 and available at www.lutcher.org or by calling 409-886-5535.
Shoji Tabuchi holds the record for consecutive sold-out events at the Lutcher Theater with six such performances in 1993 as more than 8,600 people came to Orange to see this marvelous musician. He performed two shows to capacity crowds in December 2012 at the venue.
“When the theater opened in 1980, we had the ultimate showman of the time with Liberace,” said Jim Clark, director of the Lutcher Theater. “Today, Shoji is the ultimate showman of his time and our patrons welcome him back at each performance. Dazzling performances, great music and true love of country make his show a favorite with Lutcher patrons.”
Shoji relocated to the United States to follow his passion for country music, which was inspired by Roy Acuff, a long-time member of the Grand Ole Opry. Acuff and Shoji struck up a friendship through music and, after receiving an invitation by Acuff, Shoji performed at the Grand Ole Opry. He has done so a total of 27 times.
Shoji’s reputation allowed him to flourish in the world of country music and he eventually purchased his own 2,000 seat state-of-the-art theater in Branson, Mo., the Shoji Tabuchi Theater.
For those who have never been witness to a Shoji Tabuchi performance, you will laugh, you will clap, you will sing and you will cheer. Shoji’s reputation as an entertainer is well-deserved and rivaled only by wit and comedic timing.
According to a press release from the Lutcher Theater, a representative of the Salvation Army of Orange County will be on site accepting cash donations to assist local families in need this holiday season.
Also, attendees will have the option to “adopt-a-family” with the Southeast Texas Hospice Doves of Peace Christmas tree program, which assists terminally-ill families. This will be located on the second floor of the lobby.
Also, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, all Stark Cultural Venues will be celebrating the season. Area residents can experience “Dreaming of a Green Christmas” at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, “Holiday Sights and Sounds” at the Stark Museum of Art, and “Christmas Tales” at the W.H. Stark House. Visit www.starkculturalvenues.org for more information.