Friday, November 24, 2017

#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!

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#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!
Help FPAC light the stage!

Please support FPAC and help us light the stage!

After Black Friday and after Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday allows each of us to step into the giving season with opportunities to support organizations that touch our lives throughout the year. 

Please support the Franklin Performing Arts Company as we continue to bring professional, family friendly entertainment to your backyard. Your gift to FPAC will allow us to purchase much needed lighting equipment to better light the stage for the year of performances ahead! 

Currently we are required to rent equipment to supplement what is now installed in THE BLACK BOX. FPAC's Giving Tuesday goal is $3,000 with which a spotlight, several instruments and lamps will be purchased.

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Franklin Performing Arts Company
PO Box 48
15 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Franklin Cultural District Committee Appointments scheduled for approval

One of the agenda items for the Town Council meeting November 29 will be the appointment of the 7 member Cultural District Committee. This committee would oversee and coordinate the cultural efforts for Franklin. The memo to the Town Council summarizes the proposal.

"We are requesting the Town Council ratify the following individuals to be members of the newly formed Cultural District Committee:
  1. Christopher Brady for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  2. Stacey David for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  3. Robert DeRobertis for a two-year term to expire on June 30, 2019.
  4. John LoPresti for a two-year to expire on June 30, 2019.
  5. Philip Regan for a one-yeart erm to expire on June 30, 2018.
  6. Nancy Schoen for a one-year term to expire on June 30; 2018.
  7. Tyler Warren for a one-year term to expire on June 30, 20.18.

Please note all seats are three-year terms. These are the initial terms to introduce the staggered years of the committee for initial appointments. It's anticipated the one-year termed candidates will be
considered for reappointment in June 2018.

In June 2017, the Council approved Resolution 17-44 authorizing the creation of a Cultural District Committee (resolution, map and memo attached). Over the summer, the Town held an open application period for anyone in the community to apply. We received almost two dozen applications. Through the fall, Jeff and I met with each candidate in person. Suffice to say, choosing seven folks out of the group was very difficult given the passion, creativity and interest from all applicants.

Given the work the Committee will be doing moving forward, it was important to get a diverse set of skills and interests. Our recommendation includes backgrounds in arts and culture, media, marketing, public relations, downtown economic development and more.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have."

Earlier this year, the Town Council approved this step

Franklin Cultural Festival
Franklin Cultural Festival

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BLACK BOX Jazz Presents Mark White Octet CD Release Party - Dec 1

Help celebrate the release of the Mark White Octet debut recording with a live performance at THE BLACK BOX!

Friday, Dec. 1, 8:00 PM

Tickets: Adults ~ $20
Students/Seniors ~ $15

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370

BLACK BOX Jazz Presents Mark White Octet CD  Release Party - Dec 1
BLACK BOX Jazz Presents Mark White Octet CD  Release Party - Dec 1
For more about the Mark White Octet visit their Facebook page

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THE BLACK BOX: Flashback Friday - Nov 24

Enjoy performances by FPAC alumni in a program of "Flashback Friday" – reprising favorites from the archives of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, and Electric Youth!

Friday, November 24, 2017 7:30PM

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370

THE BLACK BOX: Flashback Friday - Nov 24
THE BLACK BOX: Flashback Friday - Nov 24

Artists, educators, performers & venues wanted for ArtWeek Franklin

We want YOU for ArtWeek Franklin!

The Franklin Cultural Council is bringing ArtWeek, a statewide arts festival, to Franklin April 27 - May 6, 2018...and we want YOU involved!
ArtWeek is a 10-day festival featuring unique and unexpected arts and cultural experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Anyone can host an ArtWeek event…organizations, businesses, schools and individual artists. And while the VENUE has to be in Franklin to be part of ArtWeek Franklin, the HOST or participating organization does not! Successful events are often partnerships between artists and venues, such as a theater or dance performance in a restaurant, or an art workshop in a retail space.

What makes an event an ArtWeek event?

ArtWeek events should be unique, memorable and inspired experiences that offer a taste of the arts, culture, and/or creativity unlike others that you can traditionally experience throughout the rest of the year. Plenty of events are outside-the-box, but you can also easily transform an existing event or performance that would normally be available to the general public by adding a simple "ArtWeek twist" like:
  • Inviting the public to what is typically a closed rehearsal or offering a free pre- or post-show talk or discussion 
  • Hosting a hands-on workshop or demonstration (and it's extra cool to host them in an unexpected place)
  • Adding a twist to open studios by including a 30-minute mini-workshop or how-to session with an artist
  • Creating a partnership event between artists and businesses
  • Offering a tour, hosting a lecture or creating a panel to discuss a relevant topic in arts, culture or creativity
  • If you're a restaurant, consider participating in the Art of Food.
Learn More

Why participate?

ArtWeek brings tourists to town, customers to your business, and  attendees to your events. It can drive revenue, raise awareness, create a sense of community, promote good will, and get more people interested in your goods, services, programs, and more. Plus, ArtWeek will promote you for free!

Need inspiration?

The great people at ArtWeek have created handy inspiration sheets for every type of business, organization and venue. Follow the link below to start generating ideas for how YOU can create a unique ArtWeek event.

So let's talk money...

ArtWeek events must be open to the public (though you can limit the number of attendees through ticket sales or other means), but they don't have to be free. All events must be under $50, and you keep all revenue. Want to host a free event? Well, that's certainly encouraged too! In fact, the Franklin Cultural Council believes so strongly in ArtWeek that we are providing special grants just to those programs offered free of charge! To apply, click here:
FCC ArtWeek grants

Let's talk promo...

The beauty of ArtWeek is that it's a partnership! ArtWeek helps coordinate and promote the events through their unique, searchable database (they'll create a web page for your event free of charge!), as well as ads, press releases, and on social media.

State and regional partners such as the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism, the Mass Cultural Council, and the MetroWest Visitors Bureau will promote ArtWeek through their channels.

The Franklin Cultural Council, the Town of Franklin, and our local partners will also help raise awareness through all of our efforts. That's a whole lot of extra visibility to amplify your own efforts!

Location, location, location...

Have an idea, but don't know where to host the event? Have a venue, but looking for a program? We can help! We are putting together a list of events and venues to help match up partners. If you're interested, simply fill out this Google form:

ArtWeek Partnership Form

So where do you sign??

Ready to participate? If so, follow the link below to apply directly to ArtWeek for your event to be part of the fun! It's a short form and easy to fill out – we promise! The early bird deadline is Jan. 8; final deadline is Feb. 28. And if you don't mind, drop us a line at the Franklin Cultural Council at so that we know you want to be involved. We can't wait! Still have questions? Visit ArtWeek's FAQ's for more info.
Apply Now
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Monday, November 20, 2017

FPAC To Stage Three Holiday Season Productions

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) celebrates the holidays with three festive productions. Ring in the season with Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet The Nutcracker, FPAC’s original musical ’Tis the Season!, and the Company’s third annual holiday panto, with a twist on a fairy tale classic.

The Nutcracker remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season – a popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the world-famous ballet delights the imaginations of audiences of all ages with festive magic and colorful splendor. FPAC’s production is presented with professional orchestra, special guest artists, and more than 100 area dancers. 

FPAC invites audiences to fall under Drosselmeyer’s dreamy spell and join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a journey full of surprises and wonder. FPAC presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin High School auditorium, located at 218 Oak Street. Middlesex Savings Bank is The Nutcracker 2017 Production Sponsor.
FPAC To Stage 3 Holiday Season Productions
FPAC To Stage 3 Holiday Season Productions

’Tis the Season! is an original large cast musical first presented by FPAC in 1995. The upbeat, jazzy holiday extravaganza features members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band and contemporary arrangements of favorite holiday classics in musical styles ranging from R&B, gospel, and Motown to rock, pop, and Broadway. FPAC presents ’Tis the Season! at the Franklin High School auditorium on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m.

FPAC’s original panto will be staged at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin on Friday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m., with two shows on Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 and 7:30. The production follows in the British tradition, retelling a well-known fairy tale in an exaggerated style filled with audience participation, popular music, slapstick comedy, jokes, dances, and more. Audiences are invited to cheer for the hero, boo at the villain, and sing along to favorite songs. The panto also entertains with double entendre, references to modern culture, and open satire of other works. THE BLACK BOX theatre, music, and event venue is located at 15 West Central Street. 

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit FPAC supports educational arts experiences, quality entertainment and outstanding performance opportunities for professional artists, community performers, and students of the arts. With a focus on youth development and a commitment to live music, FPAC celebrates its 27th season. 

Tickets are $32, $34, and $36 for The Nutcracker and ’Tis the Season!, with a $34 ticket price for the holiday panto. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit

Sunday, November 19, 2017

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: DayBreakers with Copilot - Nov 22

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents DayBreakers with Copilot at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. Blending folk-rock melodies with blues guitar muscle and rock ‘n’ roll grit, the DayBreakers have crafted their own sound on the backs of bands like the Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers, and the Eagles. Combining rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, and funk, the band has worked tirelessly to craft a sound that is filled with hard riffs and soulful melodies. 

Copilot is an American Pop duo based in Norfolk, Massachusetts. As Copilot, Ry McDonald and Maggie Quealy explore their passion and unique Americana music through their popular covers and original songs in a way that many listeners haven’t heard before. 

Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $12 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: DayBreakers with Copilot - Nov 22
THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: DayBreakers - Nov 22

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: DayBreakers with Copilot - Nov 22
THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: Copilot - Nov 22