Electric Youth Performs at SHOWCASE LIVE at Patriot Place Today


Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will take the stage at Showcase Live, Patriot Place, in Foxboro tonight, February 10 at 6 p.m.

Backed by an eight-piece band of professional musicians, Electric Youth offers high-powered family entertainment with an extensive range of contemporary pop, classic rock, country and Broadway hits fully choreographed to delight audiences of all ages. Hear the best of Queen, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Duffy, One Direction and Green Day, as well as Broadway production Numbers from musicals including Movin' Out, Footloose and Tommy.

Electric Youth has toured Europe nine times, released five professional CDs and performed on a Royal Caribbean cruise, on Fox-TV, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, Walt Disney World and the United Nations.

Electric Youth members are selected by audition at the beginning of each academic year and are chosen for their superior musicianship, stage presence and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance and acting. Some members are preparing to pursue a career in the performing arts, while all are gaining valuable life skills through their participation, extensive training and travel experiences with the ensemble. Electric Youth 2013 includes Madison Asgeirsson, 14, Kendra Dombroski, 14, Ali Funkhouser, 16, Graham Hancock, 16, Jocelyn Jones, 13, and Shaina McGillis, 14, from Franklin; Michael Fajardo, 14, from Hopkinton; Maddy Williams, 14, from Medway and Jenna McDermott, 14, from Wrentham.

EY's show band features FSPA Director Raye Lynn Mercer on piano, Kenny Hadley on percussion, Arnie Krakowsky on tenor saxophone, Artie Montanaro on trombone, Walter Platt on trumpet, Mark Poniatowski on bass, Ken Reid on baritone saxophone and Mark White on guitar. Musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Rick Hammett, Jeff Perry, Walter Platt, Mark Poniatowski, Mark White and Ben Whiting. Choreographers include Mercer, Cheryl Madeux Abbott, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp.

Tickets prices are $18 - $37.50. To purchase tickets, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit the Showcase Live Box Office at www.showcaselive.com. For premium seating and reservations for large parties of 8, 12 and 20, contact FSPA. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for dinner and best seat selection. For more information, visit www.electricyouth.com.