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Thursday, March 16, 2023
Get your Tickets for the FPAC performance of "Something Rotten!" Fri, Sat & Sun
Thursday, March 2, 2023
FSPA Musical Theater Showcase moves to 3/15/23
"In anticipation of inclement weather and missed rehearsal time, the FSPA Musical Theater Showcase (originally scheduled for March 2) is postponed and will be held Wednesday, March 15.
Dress Rehearsal information will be available shortly."
|FSPA Musical Theater Showcase moves to 3/15/23|
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
FHS Theater Company stage crew creates the "magic" of Cinderella
|FHS Theater Company stage crew creates the "magic" of Cinderella|
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Don't miss your chance to see Cinderella (Broadway Version)!
Monday, October 24, 2022
Did you get your tickets to Cinderella (Broadway Version)?
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
FPAC to present The Sound of Music Starring Broadway’s Sara Jean Ford
|The von Trapp family|
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Tickets for the FHS theatre performance of Cinderella now for sale!!!
Opening nights are November 11, 18, and 19 at 7 PM, and November 12 at 2 PM. Holding at $17 for Adults, $12 for students, $10 for Children, and $10 for FHS staff!
We can’t wait to see you there!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
FPAC’s The Sound of Music Begins Rehearsal in NYC
Rehearsals have begun for the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)’s The Sound of Music, running at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, MA October 14-23.
This past weekend, the seven local children cast as the von Trapp family traveled to New York City to rehearse with director Raye Lynn Mercer, music director Hallie Wetzell, choreographer Christopher Rice-Thomson (Broadway’s Book of Mormon, Pretty Woman, Hamilton on tour), as well as their leading lady Sara Jean Ford (Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, CATS, How to Succeed…, A Little Night Music, Finian’s Rainbow) who will star as Maria.
Additionally, the children, Ford, and cast members Nick Paone, Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Broadway’s Hairspray and Finian’s Rainbow), Jillian Paige, and John Fitzhenry participated in a promotional photo shoot in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden with NYC photographer Emily Croft.
The von Trapp family will be played by FPAC Apprentices Tatiana McAlpine (Liesl), Mason Sanford (Friedrich), Finley Doherty (Louisa), Julian DiChiara (Kurt), Aida DiChiara (Brigitta), Colette Lelievre (Marta), and Catherine Cornwell (Gretl) with John Fitzhenry as Rolf Gruber.
|Broadway's Sara Jean Ford rehearsing |
as Maria with the von Trapp kids
The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulant who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
The Franklin Performing Arts Company at THE BLACK BOX is a professional Equity theater producing musicals, plays, and more, featuring Broadway stars, professional and regional performers, and emerging artists.
For tickets and more information, visit THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call the box office at 508-528-3370.
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) Announces 2022-23 Season
|Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) Announces 2022-23 Season|
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Heard the buzz about the Footlighter's production of Annie Jr.?
Please be advised, the Franklin Middle School FOOTLIGHTERS THEATRE PROGRAM is producing ANNIE JR.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
"You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" - This Weekend at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
The script features songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. Whether you're keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find "Happiness," You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.
General Admission: $17
Senior Citizen: $13
Friday, April 29 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 30 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 30 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 1 - 2:00 PM
Performances take place this weekend at BFCCPS located at 500
sold at the door:
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
FPAC presents The Drowsy Chaperone starring Broadway’s Ben Cameron and Emily Koch
The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), Franklin’s own professional theater company, will present The Drowsy Chaperone starring Ben Cameron and Emily Koch March 12-20 at THE BLACK BOX.
Ben Cameron (Broadway’s WICKED original cast, Footloose, Aida) stars as Man in Chair alongside Emily Koch (Broadway’s WICKED, Waitress) as the title character. Featuring choreography by Clay Rice-Thomson (Broadway’s Moulin Rouge, King Kong, Newsies, Matilda). The star-studded cast will also feature Nick Rehberger (Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, The Glass Menagerie) as Robert, Sam Seferian (Broadway’s Pretty Woman) as George, Ali Funkhouser as Janet, Nick Paone as Aldolpho, Paul Rescigno and Robbie Rescigno as The Gangsters, and Kaley Were as Kitty along with an ensemble of local talent including apprentices from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. The production will be directed by Raye Lynn Mercer with musical direction by Hallie Wetzell.
|Ben Cameron as "Man in Chair." |
Photo by Paul Vicario
FPAC’s The Drowsy Chaperone runs March 12-20 at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, MA. Masks will be required for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn at all times, except while actively eating or drinking.
Tickets available at THEBLACKBOXonline.com or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in downtown Franklin, MA.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
FSPA presents a student production of CATS, and "Kittens"
FSPA will present an all-student production of CATS February 11 and 12th at THE BLACK BOX! The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year—the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Additionally, FSPA will present a youth production of "Kittens," a musical revue inspired by CATS, February 12th at 2 and 4 pm at THE BLACK BOX!
FSPA presents a student production of CATS
In-person AND live-stream tickets available for both productions! Visit FSPAonline.com or call the office at 508-528-8668.
FSPA presents a youth production of "Kittens"
CATS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group. www.concordtheatricals.com
Tickets for CATS -> https://www.fspaonline.com/news.php?id=1663
Tickets for "Kittens" -> https://www.fspaonline.com/news.php?id=1662
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Will you be at opening night for Mamma Mia!?
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Did you miss these stories in Pantherbook?
Registration is officially open for the 2021 Food Elf program with the Franklin Food Pantry. The Food Elf program is the Franklin Food Pantry’s largest fundraiser, which was made to help those in need in the Franklin community around the holidays. https://franklinpanthers.us/feature/2021/11/06/registration-now-open-for-the-2021-food-elf-program/
History of Franklin: Historical Museum
"The town of Franklin has been around for nearly 250 years since its inception in 1776. Throughout that time, both Franklin and the world around it have shifted in monumental ways to transform into the modern age of today. Since Franklin was founded: electricity has been invented, cars were created, we went to the moon, and over 100,000 people have resided in the town." https://franklinpanthers.us/entertainment/2021/11/05/history-of-franklin-franklin-historical-museum/
FHS' Theater Company produces Mamma Mia!
“Typical, isn’t it?” So here comes the FHS Theatre Company producing yet another iconic production, a fan favorite: Mamma Mia! If you didn’t already know, Mamma Mia overlooks the story of Donna and Sophie, a fun-loving mother-daughter relationship amid Sophie’s wedding. However, as Donna and her friends tirelessly plan the occasion, the bride-to-be has other intentions. On the hunt for her birth father, Sophie invites three men from her mother’s past to the ceremony in hopes that her real dad will be revealed and can walk her down the aisle on the big day!" https://franklinpanthers.us/top-stories/2021/11/04/fhs-theatre-company-presents-mamma-mia/
Visit Pantherbook for these and other stories about Franklin High School: https://franklinpanthers.us/
|Did you miss these stories in Pantherbook?|
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Heard the buzz about Franklin High School Theatre Company's production of Mamma Mia!?
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Hockomock Area Y to perform "All Together Now"
"We are so excited to join thousands of theaters across the globe to perform the musical All Together Now! For us it is not only a celebration of the return of live theatre, but also to mark 15 years of our beloved youth theatre program here at the Hockomock Area YMCA. Join us for song, dance, laughter, and love November 12th & 13th at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center / The Orpheum Theatre - Foxboro!"Ticket link -> click here
Monday, October 25, 2021
Did you get your tickets to Mamma Mia!?
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Closing Weekend of FPAC’s Mary Poppins at THE BLACK BOX
The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)’s production of Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins runs through October 24 at THE BLACK BOX. The production is choreographed by and stars Broadway’s Clay Rice-Thomson. Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes flight in THE BLACK BOX for this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.
The production stars NYC’s Kaley Were as the title character. Were has performed regionally and across America with The Wizard of Oz National as well as at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Mary Poppins, Oklahoma!, Big Fish), and Disney Cruise Line (Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream). She has most recently been sailing the seven seas with Disney Cruise Line, performing on the Disney Dream in the IAAPA award-winning production of Beauty and the Beast. Were graduated from Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre. This will be her first production with FPAC.
Choreographing the production and starring as the loveable chimney sweep Bert, is Broadway’s Clay Rice-Thomson. Rice-Thomson has performed on Broadway in KING KONG (King’s Company), Newsies (Spot Colon), Matilda (Michael Wormwood), and the Broadway National Tours of WICKED (Chistery), Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story (A-rab), and Cameron Macintosh’s Oliver. His TV credits include Saturday Night Live, The TONY Awards, MACYS Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tonight Show, GMA, The Late Show, The View, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more. With FPAC, Rice-Thomson choreographed Matilda, starred in Christopher Rice's The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE!, and most recently played Aaron Schultz in summer 2021’s Legally Blonde.
Audience member Jen from Medfield comments, “It was a Broadway show in a small arena.” She continues, “It’s just so great to be out again in a theater.”
FPAC’s production, directed by Raye Lynn Mercer, is presented with a live professional orchestra and the spectacular aerial effects of Flying By Foy. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft.
Closing weekend of Mary Poppins runs October 22-24 at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin. Tickets are on sale at www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. Patrons are invited to follow the Franklin Performing Arts Company on Facebook and Instagram (@franklin.performing.arts.co) for season updates, behind the scenes looks at their productions, and more.
|Kaley Were as Mary Poppins and Clay Rice-Thomson as Bert (Photo credited Paul Vicario)|
Monday, October 18, 2021
FHS Theatre Company: Skip the line on opening night: Buy your Mamma Mia! tickets now!