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Franklin School for the Performing Arts Looks Ahead to 2021

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) closes out 2020 with programs in music, dance, and drama continuing in person at the school’s 38 Main Street facilities, as well as virtually, for students who elect to take classes at home.   The school is following FSPA’s Reopening Plan in accordance with the Massachusetts guidelines and continues to update procedures and practices as updates become available.  

FSPA serves more than 500 students annually from 45 communities in Massachusetts’ Metro West region and is committed to quality education in the arts with exceptional curriculum, outstanding professional faculty, and unwavering dedication to every student enrolled. Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA is a unique place where students of all ages and levels of ability participate in an array of music, dance, and drama programs with professional instruction and extraordinary performing opportunities. With broad-based and varied curricula, FSPA guides students in the development of technique, creativity, and artistic expression to last a lifetime. FSPA’s faculty boasts outstanding professional artists, performers, and teachers.  Their impressive credentials are indicative of the excellent instruction available in all programs. FSPA instructors strive to meet the individual needs of each student, working to develop each student’s abilities to his or her own potential.  

Performance is an integral part of an FSPA education and the school offers unrivaled performing opportunities for students throughout the year.  On the calendar in a typical season, are student recitals, concerts by faculty and guest artists, master classes, student showcases, holiday shows, the school’s signature Spring Concert, and summer camps and intensives.  In addition, for students whose level of interest is more focused, there are special performing ensemble opportunities available by audition.  

FSPA presented outdoor performances throughout the summer and since then has organized ticketed virtual performances, including a showcase of the school’s ensembles filmed outside.

Next door to FSPA are the classrooms of FSPA Academy.  Combining the flexibility of a virtual education with the practicality of a schoolroom and partnering with the virtual Massachusetts Public School TECCA, FSPA Academy can accommodate professional opportunities, rehearsal, and performance schedules.  FSPA Academy curriculum is taught by licensed, certified teachers through a combination of live Lessons and individual assignments.

THE BLACK BOX, home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), a 200-seat flexible theater located behind FSPA, provides a professional venue for FSPA student productions, while FPAC offers opportunities by audition for student performers.

FSPA welcomes new students throughout the year.  Prospective students are invited to make an appointment to come in person for a tour and to discuss program options. As an alternative, previously conducted virtual tours can be viewed on the FSPA Facebook page.   For more information about FSPA and its programs, visit, call 508-528-8668, or stop by 38 Main St. in Franklin. Follow FSPA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.