Tickets on sale soon for the next season of the Franklin Performing Arts Company
The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) has announced its 2022-23 season of musicals and is performing at its hometown venue THE BLACK BOX. The exciting lineup will include The Sound of Music, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Wolves, Something Rotten and Violet. Plus, APFC Holiday Productions will present holiday favorites The Nutcracker and It’s the Season! at Franklin High School Auditorium. Cast and creative crew will be announced soon.
APFC will open its season with The Sound of Music from October 14-23 at THE BLACK BOX. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the most beloved musical in the world. With a treasure trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do Re Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music captured the hearts of the audience around the world, winning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspiring story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an exuberant postulate who serves as governess to the imperious Captain von Trapp’s seven children, bringing music and joy to the home. But as the forces of Nazism take over 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 November 18-20 at THE BLACK BOX. Christopher, 15, has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional in mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured beyond the end of his road alone, he hates being touched and he is wary of strangers. Now it’s 7 minutes past midnight, and Christopher is standing next to his neighbor Wellington’s dead dog, which has been speared with a garden pitchfork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of Wellington’s killer, and he carefully records every fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that turns his world upside down.
APFC Holiday Productions will stage their annual production of The Nutcracker on December 3 and 4 with a live orchestra, special guest artists and over 100 local dancers. The holiday magic will continue on December 17 and 18 with ‘Tis the Season! – a rousing, jazzy extravaganza featuring members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band, with contemporary arrangements of holiday classics in musical styles ranging from R&B, gospel and Motown, to rock, pop and Broadway. APFC holiday productions are performed in the auditorium at Franklin High School.
After the holidays, the APFC will present the very popular play by Sarah DeLappe, Les loups, from January 6 to 8, at LA BOÎTE NOIRE. A women’s indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their extended suburban circle, the team navigates big questions and fights small battles with all the vigor 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.
The 2022-23 season will continue with the hilarious musical Something Rotten! March 11-19 at THE BLACK BOX. In the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard”. When a local diviner predicts that the future of theater lies in singing, dancing and acting all at once, Nick and Nigel set about writing the world’s first ever musical. But amid the outrageous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to themselves and all that jazz.
The APFC season will end June 9-11 with the musical Violet. As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward ax blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving a visible scar on her face. With enough money finally saved up, she travels across the Deep South in 1964 to a miracle – the healing touch of a television evangelist 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 lie deeper than her skin. Along the way, she meets a young soldier whose love for her goes far beyond her physical “imperfections”.
APFC is a small professional Actors’ Equity theater company based at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin. Each season, APFC produces musicals, plays, ballets and more featuring Broadway stars, professional actors, local artists and art students. Tickets for the 2022-23 season will be on sale soon.