Raye Lynn Mercer
Raye Lynn Mercer founded the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) in 1985. A graduate of Middlebury College, she attended the Vienna International Music Center in Vienna, Austria. Pianist, director, producer and choreographer, Raye Lynn has presented 29 seasons of musicals, plays, concerts and dance productions with FSPA and the community-based Franklin Performing Arts Company, established in 1991. Raye Lynn serves as Administrator of the school, oversees the FSPA musical theater program and directs the international touring ensemble Electric Youth. Her school's student resumes include placement in top college and conservatory arts programs, six national Broadway tours, ten European concert tours, the American Idol finals and annual performances at Disney World. Combining profession and hobby, Raye Lynn has directed Symphony of Horses productions across the country. Locally, she is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, served on the local Cultural Council and was a 20-year volunteer to the America's Junior Miss Scholarship Program. President and Executive Director of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Raye Lynn is the visionary behind the development of a new performance and event venue in Franklin, Massachusetts, opening in the summer of 2014.
LITTLE MUSIC SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Kim Rezendes is Program Director for the Little Music School at FSPA and VISPA (Vienna School for the Performing Arts) in Vienna, Austria. She graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a BA in Music and graduated with a Masters Degree in Teaching Music at Rhode Island College. Kim studied voice, piano, acting and musical theater at FSPA when it first opened in 1985 and was an original Broadway Light member. She returned to FSPA in 1996 and, in addition to serving as Coordinator of Children’s Music at FSPA, she also teaches Little Music School, Rattles and Rhythms, Wee Play and Musical Theater. She has performed in many FPAC productions, currently serves as Associate Organist and Cantor at St. Mary Parish in Franklin and is Secretary of the Franklin Cultural Council.
Hallie Wetzell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater from Occidental College and Master of Music Degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music. She serves as the Vocal Director for FSPA, overseeing the Voice Department as well as teaching voice classes, private students and serving as music director for all ensembles. Hallie was the Vocal Director for the FSPA Children’s Choirs for the professional touring companies of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2000 and 2005 and Evita in 2004. Hallie has performed in numerous productions and ensembles in genres ranging from musical theater, to cabaret, to opera, to oratorio, to straight plays. She has been on FSPA’s Faculty since 1998 and became Vocal Director for the Franklin Performing Arts Company in 1999. Recently, Hallie served on the Executive Board of the Boston Chapter of the National Association of the Teachers of Singing. Hallie’s students have been accepted to such prestigious musical theater and classical voice programs at colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse, University of Miami, Ithaca, NYU, Eastman, Penn State, Hartt School of Music, Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory.
Nick Paone has a BA in Theater from Occidental College. An Equity performer, his performing credits include Cabaret, Oklahoma, Red Roses, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Little Shop of Horrors, and Romeo and Juliet. Nick has written and directed numerous shows and he also produced an evening of one-act plays in New York City. He has traveled all over the US performing with TheaterWorks, USA. Nick has been on the Faculty at FSPA since 2001.
Kellie Stamp began her dance training at the age of five under the direction of Pat Smith. After receiving her Masters of Performing Arts Degree from Emerson College, she continued her tap and jazz training at the On Stage Academy for the Performing Arts, as well as with Rosemarie Boyden and at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Kellie has also studied Dance for Musical Theater with Broadway actress and choreographer, Leslie Woodies. In addition to teaching dance classes as FSPA, Kellie is one of the choreographers for Electric Youth. She serves as Director of FSPA Dance Ensembles and choreographer for many FSPA and FPAC productions. Kellie first joined FSPA in 2001. Her performing credits include lead roles in 42nd Street,West Side Story and Sweet Charity, as well as many roles in FPAC productions. Her choreography credits include FSPA and FPAC productions of 'Tis the Season!, Cats, Footloose, West Side Story, Cinderella and Seussical, the Musical.