Friday, January 30, 2015

The Wizard of OZ is coming to Our Town

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will present two all-student productions in February, beginning with the cherished family musical, The Wizard of Oz, on February 7 and 8 and continuing with Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Our Town, on February 28. All performances will take place at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin.

The Wizard of Oz, the stage musical adaptation of the MGM movie classic, features the film’s beloved story, iconic characters and memorable songs, including “Ding, Dong! The Witch is Dead,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “If I Only Had a Heart,” and the perennial favorite, “Over the Rainbow.” Featuring FSPA students in all levels of musical theater, the colorful, fantasy show invites audiences of all ages to follow the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man to the magical Land of Oz. FSPA’s production of The Wizard of Oz is directed by Raye Lynn Mercer, with music direction by Hallie Wetzell.

Featured roles will be performed by Jenna McDermott (Dorothy, Saturday evening and Sunday early matinee) of Wrentham, Colie Vancura (Dorothy, Saturday matinee and Sunday late matinee) of Medfield, Jason Barney (Cowardly Lion) of Franklin, Michael Fajardo (Tin Man) of Hopkinton, Aaron Frongillo (Scarecrow) of Franklin, Christian Daniele (Wizard of Oz) of Medfield, Sarah Bonde (Glinda, Saturday matinee and Sunday late matinee) of Medfield, Sammy Hartley (Glinda, Saturday evening and Sunday early matinee) of Franklin, Catherine LeClair (Wicked Witch, Saturday matinee and Sunday late matinee) of Franklin, and Melissa Wyner (Wicked Witch, Saturday evening and Sunday early matinee) of Franklin.

Our Town is a classic portrayal of small-town American life. The deeply human play in three acts depicts life and death, marriage and daily life in Wilder’s fictional, turn-of-the-century Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire. The nostalgic masterpiece is Wilder’s most renowned and frequently performed play. FSPA’s production of Our Town is directed by Nick Paone.

Featured roles in Our Town will be played by Franklin’s Graham Hancock (George Gibbs), Catherine LeClair (Emily Webb), Madi Asgiersson (Mrs. Webb), Aaron Frongillo (Mr. Webb), Lily Barney (Young Emily), and Jocelyn Jones (Mrs. Gibbs), as well as Michael Fajardo (Dr. Gibbs) of Hopkinton and Griffin Wilkins (Young George) of Walpole.

FSPA is pleased to offer prospective students a complimentary ticket to The Wizard of Oz or Our Town as part of the school’s All Access Pass program. Students interested in learning more about the school are encouraged to see the show and experience firsthand the kinds of performing opportunities available at FSPA. To reserve a complimentary ticket, contact FSPA at 508-528-8668 for more information and to schedule a free trial class or tour of the facility. Registration is ongoing for all FSPA programs.

FSPA will present The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, February 7, at 2 and 6 p.m. and on Sunday, February 8, at 1 and 5 p.m. Our Town will be staged on Saturday, February 28 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit Visit for more information about FSPA, including class schedule and course catalogue.


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