Monday, December 14, 2009

FM #51 The Nutcracker Voting Episode

This internet radio show or podcast is number 51 in the series for Franklin Matters.

In this session, you give me about ten minutes and I'll fill you in on what matters in Franklin, MA as it comes to a close this week, December 13, 2009

Time: 8 minutes, 4 seconds

MP3 File

Note: email subscribers should click through to the website to hear the audio version and to view the video sample from the Bolshoi Ballet performing a portion of the Nutcracker.

Session Notes:

This internet radio show or podcast is number 51 in the series for Franklin Matters.

In this session, you give me about ten minutes and I'll fill you in on what matters in Franklin, MA as it comes to a close this week, December 13, 2009.

'Tis the season, girls in red dresses, boys with green ties, ladies with patten leather shoes...

All gathering on a night out for the annual production of The Nutcracker by the Franklin Performing Arts Company.

The parking lot for the Thomas Mercer Auditorium at the Horace Mann/Oak Street complex is filling rapidly.

Ahead of us a mother talks with her daughter about the school friend who'll be an angel and the play friend who'll be a polychannelle. While the father talks with son sternly, come on, we gotta go, you'll end up liking this … and the parents shepherd their children to the door.

Inside the door, the warmth of the corridor is welcome. The buzz is enchanting. The ticket table has a line for the “will call” tickets, all others have been sold out for this performance.

A table is set up to send a message to a 'star' performer and put it into the special mailbox.

The Spotlight Shop has oodles of stuff for sale, Nutcracker souvenirs to wear or hang or dust eventually!

The crowd moves along slowly towards the hall entrance. Odd number tickets to the left, even to the right. Triple digit tickets are in the center section so you can go in either way. A new box of playbills is cracked open, some one graciously checks your ticket, hands you a booklet and your off down the aisle to find your seat.

The audience is filling the hall, the orchestra is tuning their instruments, you may pick up a recognizable string of notes here and there as you settle in your seat.

The lights dim, Instead of the usual grand voice announcing this production and making the usual reminders to turn off your cell phones and pagers, reminding you of the prohibition on all photography, video or camera, you are startled to hear the following:

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for coming this evening, let's just take a couple of moments to reflect on the audience here tonight.

Please look around you. Don't be bashful, these are friendly folks, all related in someway to the performers this evening, hence all are connected to Franklin.

This hall seats over 800 people. There shouldn't be an empty seat here this evening, the performance is sold out. It has taken months of rehearsals, planning, posting flyers, selling tickets for this successful event. Which you are all here to enjoy.

Would the folks in the center section, rows A through J please stand up? Yes, please. Rows A through J. that's right, Thank you!

Ladies and gentlemen, the folks represent 16% of the audience here this evening. Why 16%? It was 16% of the registered Franklin voters, the folks who cared enough to cast a ballot for the most recent Town election on November 3rd. Please give them a round of applause!

These folks are the ones who have cast their ballots to elect the Town Council, School Committee and other elected board positions that effectively and on a volunteer basis will oversee Franklin's operations. These elected folks will make decisions on your behalf for the police, fire, DPW, library and School services. These folks will determine the priorities for how your property tax dollars are spent.

You may complain about what you don't like but you had a choice to vote.

You have a choice to become involved and more aware of what is going on in Franklin.
You bought a ticket to come here this evening.

You don't need to buy a ticket to go to a Town Council meeting, a School Committee meeting, or to vote.
It is your choice.

The Town Council will be approving a new trash collection contract next year. You can get involved now.

The Town Council will eventually approve the downtown renovation plan that may change some streets from one-way to two way traffic through downtown.

You can start paying attention now.

The School Committee will be determining how to meet the needs of your children's education. You can get involved now.

It is your choice.

Now, we'll return you to the scheduled performance of the Nutcracker:

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and East of Shirley. The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with permission.

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