The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for three 2014 holiday productions, Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet The Nutcracker and the original FPAC musicals Humbug! and ’Tis the Season!
The Nutcracker remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season – a popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years. Presented with live professional orchestra, FPAC’s magical journey of The Nutcracker features more than 100 area dancers and special guest artists. A family favorite since debuting as part of FPAC’s 2008 season, Humbug! is an original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
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With musical hits of every genre and live accompaniment by a 10-piece band of professional musicians, Humbug! transports audiences from Dickensian England to contemporary America as the novel’s characters and storyline are reimagined with modern setting and dialogue.
’Tis the Season! is an original large cast musical first presented by FPAC in 1995. The upbeat, jazzy holiday extravaganza features members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band and contemporary arrangements of favorite holiday classics in many musical styles including R&B, jazz, rock, Motown, gospel and Broadway.
FPAC will present The Nutcracker on December 6 and 7, Humbug! on December 12-14 and ’Tis the Season on December 20 and 21. Humbug! will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s new home and performance venue in downtown Franklin. Both The Nutcracker and ’Tis the Season will be performed at the new Franklin High School auditorium.
Open auditions for The Nutcracker will be held on Saturday, September 27 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in Franklin. Students, ages 6 and older, from all area dance schools are welcome. Ballet attire is required. Audition times are 9:30-10 a.m. for ages 6 and 7, 10-10:45 for ages 8 and 9, 11-11:45 for ages 10 and 11, 11:45-12:45 for ages 12 and 13, 1-1:45 for ages 14+ (off pointe), and 2:15-3:15 for ages 12+ (pointe audition; must be on pointe for at least one year). Off-pointe callbacks are scheduled at 1:45-2:15 p.m., with pointe callbacks from 3:15-4:00.
Open auditions for Humbug! and ’Tis the Season! will take place at THE BLACK BOX on Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m. for ages 6 and 7, 1:30 for ages 8 and 9, 2:00 for ages 10 and 11, 2:45 for ages 12 and 13, 3:30 for ages 14+, and 4:30 for adults. Students must be 6 years of age or older on the audition date to participate. Beginners and all levels are welcome. Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater or pop song. A simple dance combination will be taught at the audition.
A distinctive suburban non-profit arts organization founded in 1991, FPAC brings together professional artists, community performers and students of the arts in a collaborative and creative environment. With a focus on youth development and a commitment to live music, productions draw performers and audiences from more than 100 communities throughout the region. For more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit online at www.fpaconline.com.