FSPA Students to Travel to Walt Disney World This Month; DISNEY SHOWCASE Set for Today

FSPA Students to Travel to Walt Disney World This Month; DISNEY SHOWCASE Set for Today

Thirty-four local students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will travel to Walt Disney World during the April school break to perform for Disney audiences and participate in master classes with Disney performers, choreographers and directors.

FSPA musical theater troupes Broadway Ladies and Broadway Light, as well as the senior dance company, CenterStage, will entertain at Downtown Disney's Waterside Stage. Performances are on Saturday and Sunday evenings, April 19 and 20. The FSPA students also will participate in Disney's Broadway Magic, Jazz Dance and Acting 101 workshops, as well as in the American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

FSPA performing troupe and dance company members are selected at the beginning of each academic year by audition. The ensembles offer outstanding training and performing opportunities throughout the year.

The FSPA students participating in Disney Performing Arts at Walt Disney World are Marissa Carlin of Bellingham; Adriane D'Amato and Amber McGrath of Foxboro; Madison Asgeirsson, Brooke Collins, Hailey DeMello, Kendra Dombroski, Ali Funkhouser, Graham Hancock, Jocelyn Jones, Catherine LeClair, Shaina McGillis, Teagan McStay, Sarah Metras, Brian Rea, Jillian Rea, Alicia Rivera, Stephanie Schiavo, Lindsey Sparages, Lauren Szczepanowski, Katherine Waples and Melissa Wyner of Franklin; Michael Fajardo of Hopkinton; Sam Evans, Alex Vancura and Nicole Vancura of Medfield; Elizabeth Kilgallon and Maddy Williams of Medway; Katie Gray and Bridget Madden of Milford; Shannon Fox of Norfolk; Kylee Rollins of North Attleboro; Sasha Gardner of Sharon; and Jenna McDermott of Wrentham.

In preparation for the trip, FSPA will present a Disney Showcase tonight, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Lodge of Elks, 1077 Pond Street. In addition to the Disney-bound ensembles, Disney Showcase will feature the musical theater troupes Lite Brites and BLT2, with younger FSPA students, and FSPA's junior dance ensemble, Next Step. Ticket proceeds will help defray travel and workshop expenses for the Disney-bound performers.

The musical theater ensembles will be accompanied by FSPA's resident rhythm section, including FSPA Director Raye Lynn Mercer, drummer and faculty member Kenny Hadley, as well as bassist and arranger Mark Poniatowski and guitarist Mark White, both of the Berklee College of Music.

Tickets to Disney Showcase are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors, and include a dessert buffet at intermission. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Spotlight Shop (34 Main Street, Franklin), by phone (508-528-8668), and online (www.fspaonline.com), or are available at the door.

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