FSPA will open at 38 Main Street on June 29 with a virtual option for Summer 2020. The school will employ safety measures for enhanced cleaning, hygiene, screening, and distancing as detailed in their Four Pillar Plan. Families who are not completely comfortable returning for classes in person may elect the virtual option for the Summer Session. “Our staff has prepared the building and adapted programs to meet the most current guidelines for a summer reopening,” comments Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “Our camps and intensives will have stable student groupings and limited class sizes, with break time and some classes held outdoors.”
FSPA provides an exciting summer session of theater programs, ballet intensives and one-week creative camps, along with music and dance classes. The 2020 summer session runs from June 29 to August 21. The summer months are a wonderful time for families new to the school, as well as beginner students, to get involved at FSPA. Summer productions provide fun performance opportunities while weekly classes and intensives give all students the chance to focus on skill building, improving technique, or trying a brand new discipline. “This summer’s shows are specifically written and planned in a creative, socially distanced format,” says Mercer.
FSPA’s Summer Ballet Intensives feature training in classical ballet technique, pre-pointe and pointe, with contemporary and jazz master classes. The four-week Intermediate/Advanced Intensive runs June 29-July 23 and the three-week Young Dancer Intensive is slated July 6-23, both under the direction of Cheryl Madeux.
FSPA Summer Theater provides the opportunity for immersion in a Broadway Boot Camp, cabaret show, play, or musical theater production, with enrollment for one to five weeks. The Cabaret week focuses on repertoire choices, song interpretation, and solo presentation, and concludes with a cabaret style revue at THE BLACK BOX theater’s outdoor stage in downtown Franklin. The three-day Broadway Boot Camp brings Broadway headliners to FSPA for song and dance master classes and coaching on individual performance skills. A weeklong drama program presents a straight play, while a two-week musical theater program stages a customized book musical at THE BLACK BOX.
A variety of weeklong performing arts camps are offered throughout the summer in addition to weekly classes for all ages and levels. Children ages 3-5, are invited to learn about FSPA’s Little Music School program in individual sessions with LMS Director Kim Rezendes.
Mercer concludes, “We are very excited to reopen at 38 Main Street, but remain prepared to make changes and adjust our plans as required by the Mass.gov reopening Massachusetts guidelines.” Details on FSPA’s Four Pillar plan for reopening may be found here.