In 1985, Raye Lynn Mercer, founder and entrepreneur, departed from her private studio of 35 piano students with a vision, and opens the doors of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) at 38 Main Street, Franklin, Massachusetts, offering the region a one-of-a-kind performing arts education program to include music, dance, and drama under one roof.
Dance Company is organized.
First Holiday Showcase is presented.
|1986||First Spring Concert is presented at Horace Mann Auditorium.
SummerStage program begins presenting dinner theater.
|1987||FSPA presents The Nutcracker with orchestra and guests from Boston Ballet.
Discussions of developing a production company begin.
|1989||Broadway Light is initiated as FSPA’s first musical theater troupe.|
|1991||Franklin Performing Arts Company is incorporated.|
|1996||FSPA Children’s Choir wins Boston Globe Choral Challenge and is cast in 3-month run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Boston’s Colonial Theater.
FSPA’s Broadway Light performs at Disney World, initiating annual trip.
|1997||Two FSPA children are cast in 3-month run of Showboat at The Wang Center.|
|1998||FSPA Youth Choir travels to Vienna for first European concert tour.|
|1999||FSPA adds street level space at 38 Main; opens new Spotlight Shop and additional studio.|
|2000||FSPA European concert tour includes Austria and Italy.
FSPA students appear in a two-week run of Joseph at Boston’s Colonial Theater.
|2002||FSPA presents Kids ‘n America tour of the East Coast following the events of 9-11.
New space on street level includes new dance and rehearsal studio, music studios and business office.
|2003||Electric Youth is organized, records CD and tours Europe.|
|2004||Eight FSPA students are cast in the Boston run of the national tour of Evita.|
|2005||Little Music School is introduced at FSPA.
FSPA students are cast in a two-week run of Joseph at Boston’s Colonial Theater.
|2006||FSPA’s Ayla Brown is a finalist on American Idol.|
|2013||FSPA’s Jack Mullen goes on the national tour of Beauty and the Beast.
Electric Youth tours England and France for the first time.
FSPA Ballet Conservatory collaborate with MetroWest Symphony Orchestra.
|2014||FSPA Ballet Conservatory collaborates with Symphony Pro Musica.|
FSPA introduces full calendar of all-student productions at THE BLACK BOX.
FSPA Musical Theater Conservatory is introduced.
FSPA launches new website.
|2017||FSPA young pianist takes the stage at Carnegie Hall
FSPA expands to the entire building of the Felix Cataldo Block
FSPA holds first All-Age Prom!
|2019||FSPA Celebrates 35th Anniversary|
|2020||FSPA launches VirtualFSPA during the pandemic
FSPA introduces Broadway Faculty
|2021||FSPA produces a movie musical|