The Franklin Performing Arts Company has announced the 2022-23 season of musicals and plays at its home venue, The Black Box. The exciting line-up includes The Sound of Music, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Wolves, Something Rotten and Violet.
Additionally, FPAC Holiday Productions presents Christmas favorites The Nutcracker and Tis the Season!. in the auditorium of Franklin High School. Casts and creative teams will be announced shortly.
FPAC will open its season with The Sound of Music October 14-23 at The Black Box. The last Rodgers & Hammerstein collaboration was destined to become the world’s favorite musical. With a plethora of well-loved songs including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do Re Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the track number “The Sound of Music”, it captured the hearts of audiences worldwide and won five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoirs of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an exuberant postulate serving as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But when the forces of National Socialism conquer Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
The season continues with the stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on November 18-20. 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he excels at math but is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured beyond the end of his path alone, he loathes being touched and distrusts strangers. It’s now 7 minutes past midnight and Christopher is standing next to his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who was impaled with a garden fork. A suspect and determined to unravel the mystery of Wellington’s killer, Christopher carefully records all the facts of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, leads him on an exciting journey that turns his world upside down.
FPAC Holiday Productions will perform its annual production of The Nutcracker December 3-4 with a live orchestra, special guest artists and more than 100 local dancers. The holiday magic continues on December 17th and 18th with ‘Tis the Season!’ – an upbeat, jazzy extravaganza featuring members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band, featuring contemporary arrangements of Christmas classics in musical styles ranging from R&B, gospel and Motown to rock, pop and Broadway. FPAC Holiday Productions will be presented in the Franklin High School auditorium.
Following the holidays, FPAC will present Sarah DeLappe’s hugely popular play The Wolves at The Black Box Theater from January 6th to 8th. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and fights small battles with the panache and vigor of a pack of teenage warriors. A portrait of life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
The hilarious musical comedy “Something Rotten!” will be performed at The Black Box from March 11th to 19th. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit but find themselves stuck in the shadow of the Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard”. When a local fortune teller predicted that the future of theater would involve singing, dancing and acting all at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s first musical. But amid opening night’s scandalous excitement, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means staying true to yourself and all that jazz.
The FPAC season ends June 9-11 with the musical Violet. As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward ax while her father was chopping wood, leaving a visible scar on her face. In 1964, after finally saving up enough money, she travels the Deep South to a miracle — a TV evangelist’s healing touch that will make her beautiful. Although she may not be able to heal the scar on her face, Violet is able to repair the scars that are deeper than her skin. Along the way, she meets a young soldier whose love for her extends far beyond her physical “imperfections”.
The Franklin Performing Arts Center is a small professional theater company owned by Actors’ Equity based at The Black Box, 15 W. Central St. in downtown Franklin. Each season, FPAC produces musicals, plays, ballets and more starring Broadway stars, professional actors, local artists and art students. Tickets for the 2022-23 season will be available shortly at https://www.theblackboxonline.com/. Follow Franklin Performing Arts Company and The Black Box on Facebook and Instagram for program updates.