ARE KEEPING THE ARTBEAT ALIVE BECAUSE WE L❤VE THE ARTS! The Franklin-Simpson Community Arts Council also loves the great year we have planned in 2017 and you are going to L❤VE it too!
It all starts with a Dinner Theatre performance of "Love Letters" written by A. R. Gurney. Under the direction of Barbara Shriver, whom will be directing her 3rd play for the F-S Arts Council, the production will be held February 10th, 11th & 12th at the Roxy Theatre in Franklin, Ky. Steve Thurmond was chosen to play the part of Andrew Mackepeace Ladd, III and Sherry Hall will play the part of Melissa Gardner. Steve is the Director of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Brenda, is a father of three and a grandfather of ten. Sherry is a representative and advocate for Hospice. She is married to Mark Hall and has two children and two grandchildren.
The characters, Andrew (Andy) Ladd and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools." While Andy is off at war, Melissa marries; however, her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy's last letter, written to her mother after Melissa's untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. Dates and times are Friday and Saturday, February 10th & 11th at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30) and Sunday, February 12th at 3:00pm (door opens at 2:30). Tickets are $25.00for Friday and Saturday for Dinner and thePlay and$15.00 on Sunday for the Play and Dessert only. Tickets are available at The Gallery on the Square in downtown Franklin, 270-586-8055 or on-line here. Please click on the Purchase Tickets Tab.
The Love continues as the F-S Arts Council lends their support of the Franklin-Simpson High School's performance of "High School Musical". This popular musical will be held on February 17th & 18th at 7:00pm and February 19th at 3:30pm at the Goodnight Auditorium in Franklin. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, will go on sale February 1st, and will be available at the Franklin-Simpson High School or at the door.
We love romance and music....and we love drama too! For great drama, there is no better than Agatha Christie's most celebrated courtroom drama, "Witness for the Prosecution" to be held at the Goodnight Auditorium on April 28th, 29th, & 30th. A few years after World War II, Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a rich widow, Emily French, who has bequeathed him a substantial sum of money. Vole stands trial for the murder of his beneficiary, and even his wife insists he is guilty. Sir Wilfred Robarts, a skilled lawyer who has recently been ill, is asked to defend Vole. Barbara Shriver will once again direct. Tickets will go on sale in May so keep watching this website.
Everybody loves "the Wizard of 0z" and the F-S Arts Council will share that love in July as we present one of the most popular musicals of all time! Follow the yellow brick road to the Goodnight Auditorium in Franklin on July 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th to see the famous story about a man without a heart, another without a brain, one scaredy cat, a con man, and two women fighting over a pair of shoes! Now that is what makes great theatre! The “Wizard of Oz” will be directed by Jeff Moore of Bowling Green with music direction by Liz Little Cook of Franklin. Jeff and Liz are no strangers to the theatre as both have directed many productions for the F-S Arts Council. Tickets will be available in May...keep watching this website. .
What do we all love as much, if not more, than romance, music and drama? We all love to laugh.... and that is just what you will do when you come to Franklin in September to see comedian, James Gregory. Even if you haven't heard of James Gregory, there's a good chance you've heard him on radio or TV. The veteran comedian and Georgia native, who bills himself as "The Funniest Man in America”, creates an evening of non-stop laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal story-telling. The ridiculous, the common and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian. The concert begins at 7:00pm at the Goodnight Auditorium on Thursday, September 14th. Tickets will be $25.00 for reserve seating downstairs and $18.00 for Balcony seating and will go on sale in July. Tickets will be available at The Gallery on the Square in downtown Franklin, 270-586-8055 or on-line here. See the Purchase Tickets tab.
For any questions or further information on any of the above-mentioned events, please contact the Franklin-Simpson Arts Council Director, Brownie Bennett, at 270-586-6799 or 270-776-5783.