Saturday, September 12, 2015

Thanks for a Great 1st Season at THE BLACK BOX!

THE BLACK BOX celebrates one year
Dear Friend of FPAC,

Thank you for being a part of our exciting first season at THE BLACK BOX! We are grateful for the tremendous support of our audiences and patrons this inaugural year as we celebrated the grand opening of Franklin Performing Arts Company's new home and multi-purpose theater, music and event venue. With the enthusiastic participation of our community, we have accomplished great things in so short a time:

  • Recognized among some of the finest cultural organizations statewide in 2015, FPAC was awarded a prestigious $220,000 capital grant for THE BLACK BOX by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.
  • FPAC's production season expanded to include five musicals and three plays, including such iconic book musicals as Peter Pan and The Music Man; an original, experimental musical, Zero; and such through-provoking dramatic works as Nobel Poet Laureate Harold Pinter's The Dumbwaiter.
  • THE BLACK BOX quickly established itself as a key suburban hub for great music with the launch of Children's, Jazz, Cabaret, New England Artists and Local Artists Series. Featuring prominent Boston area musicians and entertainers with local roots, THE BLACK BOX welcomed such diverse artists as Jamie Barrett, Ayla Brown, Brothers McCann, and the Kenny Hadley Big Band.
  • THE BLACK BOX hosted Broadway stars Tyler Hanes and Sara Jean Ford and the NYC-based Joffrey Ballet Concert Group for Artist-in-Residence weekends featuring masterclasses and performances demonstrating FPAC's sustained commitment to quality creative expression and youth development in the arts. Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and Broadway's Alexander Gemignani headlined FPAC's Grand Opening Gala at THE BLACK BOX, bringing the magic of 42nd Street to our suburban MetroWest audiences!
  • FPAC's 8th annual Whatever Theater Festival, featuring free performances of One Acts at THE BLACK BOX and Shakespeare on the Common, was presented this year as part of the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival, showcasing the greater Franklin arts community for a week of cultural events on multiple stages throughout the town's proposed Cultural District.

With great pride and anticipation, we look forward to kicking off FPAC's milestone 25th season and ringing in the first anniversary of our downtown performing arts venue. 

We hope you will join us for many events this upcoming year, beginning with Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lost in Yonkers on September 25-27 and FPAC's 2015 Gala celebration on October 3, as we together sustain a thriving cultural center for our region!

Warmest regards,

Raye Lynn Mercer
Executive Director
Franklin Performing Arts Company

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