The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold an Open House for prospective students and families today, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 38 Main Street in Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facility, enjoy a host of demonstrations and performances, and learn about FSPA programs in music, dance and drama.
Bringing the performing arts disciplines together under one roof, FSPA boasts a large faculty of Boston-area artists and an expansive roster of classes for all ages and levels. FSPA programs serve students pursuing music, dance or drama for college and career as well as those who enjoy the arts for recreation.
FSPA’s Music Department provides private voice and instrumental instruction along with group voice classes, Youth Choir, and chamber music, percussion and jazz ensembles. FSPA’s innovative Little Music School teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano. The Dance Department offers programs for all ages and levels in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and lyrical, and features specialized classes for boys, adults and beginner teens. Performance opportunities for dancers include children’s, junior and senior dance companies, ProjectDance and FSPA’s Ballet Repertoire Series. Student dancers may elect to audition for The Nutcracker, an annual holiday tradition presented by the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), with live, professional orchestra.
For drama students, FSPA offers an extensive range of classes in acting and musical theater for all ages, beginning with kindergarten children. Ensemble opportunities include Obstreperous Rep for actors in grades 8-12, as well as musical theater troupes for students in grades 5-12, with annual performance trips to Walt Disney World for select ensembles. FSPA students may audition for the school’s pop musical spoof How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying, to be presented October 20, and many participate, with professional artists, amateur performers and students from the community, in FPAC’s annual season of shows.
Fall classes begin on September 10 and registration for all programs is ongoing. For more information, including the full schedule of presentations for the Open House, or to request a course catalogue, call (508) 528-8668 or visit www.fspaonline.com.