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Summer Drama

Our summer drama program has one-week summer camps including a Creative Kids Camp for ages 5-8, a Broadway Camp for Grades K-5 and an Acting Camp for grades K-4 and 5-7.   

Our FSPA Summer Theater program provides the opportunity for hands-on immersion in a Broadway Boot Camp, cabaret show, straight play or musical theater production, with enrollment for one to five weeks.

Check out our Summer Brochure for all the details!

Summer Drama Faculty

 

Aaron Andrade

Instructor of Acting

Aaron Andrade holds a BA in Performance and an MFA in Performance and Society. He has performed throughout New England at such theaters as Trinity Repertory Company, The Trinity Summer Shakespeare Project, Company One, Daydream Theatre Company, Beowulf Theatre and Elemental Theatre Company and as a company member at The Providence Black Repertory Company. Aaron has toured the country in dual language versions of Don Quixote and Cyrano de Bergerac. He has been featured on screen in the films Future Justice, Charles & Bone, Permanent, Side by Each and others. Past favorite roles include Eugene in Yellowman, Othello, and Javert in Les Misérables. In 2013 Aaron was invited to perform the role of Clay in Dutchman at the New England Theater Conference, representing faculty and staff of Rhode Island College. Currently he is the regional and nationals host for Elite Dance Challenge Competition and an adjunct faculty member of Rhode Island College Theater Department. Aaron joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2013.

Casey Harkness Andrade

FSPA Dance Director, Dance Company Director

Casey Harkness Andrade has been a professional choreographer, educator and performer for more than 10 years. She received her BA in dance performance from Rhode Island College, where she trained and studied with exceptional choreographers such as Clay Talifaro, Sean Curran and Mark Taylor. She continues her education at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she studies weekly with Michelle Barber, Chio, Justin Boccittio and Diana Laurenson. Her choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally with numerous awards. While a member of the Andary Dance Company, Casey had the wonderful opportunity to perform at the Cunningham School in New York City. In 2011 Casey became an adjudicator and choreographer for the Elite Dance Challenge regional and national competition. Casey is an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College and has been on faculty at FSPA since 2011.

Shauna Martin

Instructor of Voice

memberphoto Shauna Martin joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2006 and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She holds a MM in Opera from University of British Columbia and a BM from Brandon University. Shauna’s performances include a wide variety of operatic and musical theater roles in works by classical as well as contemporary composers. She has performed in the Czech Republic as well as with Canada’s regional orchestras. Shauna performed several times on CBC Radio, most prominently as a soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces. She is a proud founding member of the humorous and popular children’s show, Opera Night in Canada, which successfully toured for four years and was featured on CBC Radio’s Arts Report.

Mariko Matsumura

Instructor of Voice

Mariko Matsumura, a native of Tokyo, Japan, graduated with high honors with a BM in Vocal Performance from University of Montana and a MM in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music. A recipient of the 2006 Penelope Davis Honorable Mention Award, she has served as assistant and accompanist for St. Francis Xavier, UM Dance and Drama Departments, and Missoula Children’s Theater. Mariko’s performance credits include Messiah, Aida, Hansel and Gretel, Der Rosenkavalier, The Magic Flute, and numerous premiere performances throughout the Boston area. Mariko has performed with Lorelei Ensemble, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Jyugoya Ensemble, Chorus Boston, Setegaya Women’s Chorus and Opera Unmet. She currently serves as Music Director and Soloist at First Parish in Malden. Mariko joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2002.

Raye Lynn Mercer

Director

Founder of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Raye Lynn Mercer received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Middlebury College and attended the Vienna International Music Center in Vienna, Austria, where she studied with Maria-Regina Seidlhofer of the Academy of Music. Her teachers included Guiseppe deLellis, Diana Fanning, Gabriel Chodos and Yoriko Takahashi. Pianist, director and choreographer, Raye Lynn has presented 31 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 FSPA student's résumés include Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, regional and touring companies, European concert tours, Fox-TV’s American Idol finals and performances at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, as well as placement in top college and conservatory arts programs. Combining profession and hobby, Raye Lynn has directed Symphony of Horses productions across the country. Internationally, she has developed Electric Youth’s professional concert tours in Europe and taught musical theater workshops in Austria and Hong Kong. President and Executive Director of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Raye Lynn is the visionary of THE BLACK BOX, a new performance and event venue located behind FSPA in the heart of downtown Franklin.  

Clyde Nantais

Instructor of Ballet

Clyde Nantais joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 1992. He holds a BFA from Boston Conservatory and a Master of Education from Temple University. He has performed leading roles in Equity Summer Stock and dinner theater productions. Mr. Nantais danced with Boston Ballet for seven years before teaching in its school for 17 years. He also was the principal ballet teacher at the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei. He has served as Ballet Master for the Boston Conservatory Dance Theater, the Berkshire Ballet and the Pioneer Valley Ballet. As choreographer, he has staged over 50 original works for more than 40 companies and schools worldwide. Mr. Nantais is the Executive Director of the Boston Dance Company Studios and Associate Director of the Boston Dance Company. He also teaches Advanced Ballet for Musical Theater students at The Boston Conservatory and is on the faculty of the Boston Ballet and Charlotte Klein Dance Centers.  

Nick Paone

FSPA Drama Director

Nick Paone holds a BA in Theater from Occidental College. A former Equity performer, Nick traveled all over the US performing with TheaterWorks, USA. His regional performing credits include Cabaret, Macbeth, The Wedding Singer, Little Shop of Horrors, Pirates of Penzance and The Tempest. Nick has written, conceived and directed for the Franklin Performing Arts Company since 2001. In 2007 he created FPAC’s Whatever Theater Festival, a week-long festival of one-act plays, Shakespeare on the Common and musical entertainment. Nick joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2001.  

Kellie Stamp

FSPA Dance Department Coordinator, Dance Company Director

Kellie Stamp is a graduate of Stonehill College where she was an active member of the Stonehill Theater Company.  She served on their Board of Directors and competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.  After receiving her Masters of Performing Arts Education 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 choreographs for Electric Youth, Broadway Bound, Broadway Light and many FSPA and FPAC productions. She is also the Director and choreographer of CenterStage and Next Step.  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 including Addams Family, Anything Goes, Into the Woods, Humbug!, The Miracle Worker and Little Shop of Horrors.  Her choreography credits include FSPA and FPAC productions of Humbug!, Anything Goes, 'Tis the Season, Cabaret and many others.

Hallie Wetzell

FSPA Assistant Director, Vocal Director

Hallie Wetzell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Occidental College and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music. As FSPA Vocal Director, Hallie oversees the Pro Voice program and serves as music director for all ensembles, as well as productions of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) and Electric Youth. 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. She has been on FSPA’s Faculty since 1998 and became Vocal Director for FPAC in 1999.  

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