Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents an original new musical, Zero, on June 12-14. Performances will be staged Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s theater, music, and event venue in downtown Franklin.
Zero is an energetic and experimental show that tells the simple story of a fool’s journey through life. The fable unfolds in 21 distinct scenes, each inspired by the symbolism of a card from the major arcana of a tarot deck. The show will evolve throughout the rehearsal process, but the audience can expect to see magic, video projections, puppetry, innovative choreography, stunning visual effects and evocative music inspired by cultures from around the world. The musical’s hero, Zero, will encounter joy and loss, fear and wonderment, and will take audiences along for the ride.
Franklin’s Nick Paone is the creative force behind FPAC’s newest musical. He directs and appears in the production as well. A prolific FPAC performer and director, the versatile Paone has been featured this season as Captain Hook, Scrooge, and Harold Hill in Peter Pan, Humbug! and The Music Man, respectively. Humbug!, Paone’s contemporary musical adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has become a cherished part of many FPAC holiday seasons. Paone is the founder of FPAC’s annual summer Whatever Theater Festival and directs the festival’s One Acts and presentations of Shakespeare on the Common.
In addition to Paone, area performers featured in Zero include Jason Barney, Lily Barney, Julia Buccella, Brooke Collins, Aaron Frongillo, Ali Funkhouser, Kelly Irwin, Jocelyn Jones, Sydney Leach, Catherine LeClair, Lindsey Sparages, Hallie Wetzell, Lindsey Wyner, Melissa Wyner, and Peter Wyner of Franklin; Colie Vancura of Medfield; Alan Mercer of Medway; and Griffin Wilkins of Walpole. Musical direction is by Hallie Wetzell.
THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, is located at 15 West Central Street. Tickets are $26. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.