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Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts Program is a vital part of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Franklin Road Academy, providing a wealth of opportunities for student participation and performance. FRA’s Fine and Performing Arts Center features beautiful facilities including an outdoor amphitheater, a 700-seat theatre with professional sound and lighting, and separate rooms and studios for visual and performing arts, band, dance, drama, and voice. FRA students have many opportunities to express their talents through Fine and Performing Arts, including two major drama productions in the upper school each year—a fall drama and spring musical, a middle school musical in the spring, and several performances in the lower school, including the First and Second Grade Christmas Musical, the Fourth Grade Variety, and a lower school spring musical. Students also explore the field of technical theatre operations, theatre maintenance, directing and theatrical production, stage management principles and practices, theatre arts and stagecraft, musical theatre, and audio and visual production.

 

Meet our Middle School Musical Director

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Mallory Mundy is originally from Melbourne, FL and first moved to Nashville when she transferred to Belmont University, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre. She has traveled to various parts of the world working as an actress, vocalist, dancer, choreographer, director, and theatre educator. She has worked with local companies such as Studio Tenn, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Blackbird Theatre Co, Boiler Room, Street Theatre Co, Music City Theatre Collective, Roxy Regional Theatre, Actors Bridge Ensemble, Acting Up, TPAC's Disney Musicals in Schools, and East Nashville Hope Exchange. Her passion is to share the truth of Christ's love, grace, and freedom through theatre art and honest interactions, and it is the reason she listened to Spirit's call to pursue a degree in Musical Theatre. She and her husband, Micah, live in Donelson with their dog, Mavis.

Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

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Students explore the four areas of Performing Arts: music, theatre, dance, and public speaking. A variety of activities include playing instruments, singing, folk music, modern and classical dance, theatre skills and games, enunciations, and practicing stage presence. These activities prepare students for a variety of performances throughout the year.

 

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Middle School students experience Instrumental Music and Vocal Music in 5th and 6th grades; their performing arts education continues as they select between Art, Band, Vocal Music, Drama in 7th and 8th grades, where students explore acting, playwriting and film making. Performance opportunities include instrumental and choral groups, participation in solo and ensemble competitions, a Christmas themed talent show called Cocoa and Carols, and an annual musical theatre production.
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Course options in Upper School include drama, band, choral music, and Theatre Technology. Drama courses focus on the study of acting, dramatic theory, improvisation, speech and nurture the creation of original student scripts with projects focused on script writing and film making.. Theatre technology students obtain practical, hands on experience in scenic design and construction, lighting design, and sound design through direct work on two full main stage productions and other school wide performance events.. Performance opportunities include two full scale theatrical productions of a Fall Drama and a Spring Musical, two variety based performing arts showcases, instrumental and vocal ensembles and participation in solo and ensemble competitions at both the regional and state levels.