Overview and History

As the the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) grew into the space at 38 Main Street, so did our focus on creating a performance arts company that would extend our reach in the community. In 1991, we established the non-profit Franklin Performing Arts Company, and began staging bigger shows open to amateur and professional actors in the community in addition to the families and students of the FSPA.

From the beginning, FPAC has followed a mission dedicated to promoting the performing arts with an emphasis on youth development. Guided by a community advisory board, FPAC offers opportunities for everyone to get involved in drama, music and dance right in our own community. Our performances feature live orchestras and professional artists, and they often provide a first glimpse into the world of theater for local youth.

FPAC’s first production of The Nutcracker, became an instant local tradition, a must-see holiday event for the Metro West community. It signaled a new level of commitment to providing students with access to professional actors and artists, many traveling from Boston or New York to take part in FPAC productions.

From three annual musicals, to an ongoing family concert series free to the public, straight plays, classical music, jazz music, to annual holiday shows such as The Nutcracker and 'Tis the Season!, FPAC is dedicated to pursuing family and community involvement with a commitment to live music and excellence in the arts.

In 1993, FPAC presented the company’s first book musical The Music Man featuring the full Broadway orchestration and a large professional and community cast.

'Tis the Season!, was introduced in 1999. 'Tis the Season! is an FPAC original holiday extravaganza featuring a big band sound and arrangements of holiday classics in many musical styles. Professional entertainers, local talent and a large cast of young performers share the stage for this energized and uplifting weekend of music and dancing.   A second original holiday musical entitled Humbug! has been staged numerous times since 2008.  Again featuring a large cast of local performers, Humbug! is a clever and entertaining contemporary telling of Dickins' A Christmas Carol.

Today, the organization continues to stage The Nutcracker every year, along with original musicals including 'Tis the Season!, Humbug!, and a Holiday Panto, providing great opportunities.

Two spring productions regularly draw capacity crowds from the more than 45 communities that are served by Franklin Performing Arts Company.

We enjoy bringing our high quality productions to you in our home, THE BLACK BOX, providing even greater opportunities for young performers in our area to take their places on stage.