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Studio Tenn’s “The Sound of Music” Opens This Weekend! Anniversary Special Gift: Free Movie Ticket for Sunday, June 3 Patrons

Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s production of “The Sound of Music” is set to open at the historic 300-seat Franklin Theatre on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at

Opening weekend of “The Sound of Music” coincides with the first anniversary of the Franklin Theatre’s grand re-opening, which took place on June 3, 2011. To commemorate the venue’s one-year anniversary this Sunday, Studio Tenn is treating all patrons of the June 3 afternoon and evening performances to a free movie ticket. Vouchers will be distributed after each performance and can be redeemed at the box office through August 2012 for a movie ticket to any regularly scheduled public screening.

The nonprofit Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration–including the addition of state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, outfitting the venue for live entertainment for the first time in its 75-year history. Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck and Artistic Director Matt Logan produced the star-studded stage show for the Franklin Theatre’s Grand Opening gala last summer, which included the popular “Do, Re, Mi” performed by cast member Shealean Newman and local school children.

Resident theatre company of the Franklin Theatre, Studio Tenn is the first professional company to bring Broadway stars along with homegrown talent to Franklin’s Main Street in original and inventive adaptations of classic American musicals and plays. Led by Broadway’s Jessica Grové (Les Miserables, A Little Night Music) as Maria and Ben Davis (La Boheme, A Little Night Music,) as Captain Von Trapp, “The Sound of Music” is an encore production to Studio Tenn’s 2011-2012 season, added after the sweeping success of its debut musical, “Guys and Dolls”, resulted in eight sold-out shows. Studio Tenn continued to sell out the house with runs of “A Christmas Carol” in December and “The Miracle Worker” in March.

“The Sound of Music” runs May 31 through June 17, with evening performances at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday of each week and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available online at and at the Franklin Theatre Box Office, which can be reached directly at (615) 538-2076. Group discounts are available for parties of ten or more. For more information visit or

Student and Actors’ Equity Rush Tickets

Studio Tenn Theatre Company will offer $15 Rush Tickets to college students and Actors’ Equity Association Members beginning with their production of “The Sound of Music”, running May 31-June 17. Rush tickets may be purchased at the Franklin Theatre box office one hour prior to showtime, pending availability. A valid student ID or Actors’ Equity Association Membership is required.

Franklin Theatre offers FREE Movie Screenings for K-12 Students

“Summer Movie Kickoff” Series Announced for May 23-25

The Franklin Theatre recently announced that it will offer a series of free movie screenings from May 23-25 for local elementary, middle and high school students. Scheduled for the Williamson County School District’s first three days of summer vacation, the Franklin Theatre’s “Summer Movie Kickoff” special is open to Kindergarten through twelfth-grade students of public and private schools in the area, as well as homeschooled children. Film offerings include matinees of “Shrek” (PG) at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and evening screenings of “Mean Girls” (PG-13) at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Advance Tickets Available through Special Promotion Code

Tickets for the free student screenings may be reserved in advance at using the promotion code, “SMK2012.” Those reserving complimentary tickets using this promotion code will be prompted to enter the name of their school (or their child’s school). Reserving tickets in advance guarantees a seat at the movie screening of your choice; remaining tickets will be available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis. A valid Student ID should be presented at the box office for each complimentary ticket. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here to visit the movies page of our website and reserve your free tickets in advance.

Public movie tickets will be sold to non-students for the everyday price of $5 while supplies last.

The mission of the nonprofit Franklin Theatre is to build community through shared experiences. As a historic Main Street movie house, the Franklin Theatre is dedicated to providing and preserving affordable options for family-friendly entertainment in Downtown Franklin.

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. More information is available online at


Marc Cohn Performance Postponed at Franklin Theatre; Reschedule Date TBD

All original tickets will be honored or refunded through June 15


We just recently learned that Marc Cohn will not be performing this weekend (Friday, May 11) at the Franklin Theatre due to an emergency medical procedure earlier this week. Fortunately, Mr. Cohn has been given a clean bill of health, but his doctor has also advised him not to travel or perform until Saturday.

The concert will be rescheduled, but the new date is yet to be determined. All original ticket(s)—including original seat(s)—will be honored for the new date. We will contact ticket holders when a new date is confirmed. You may also check back with us by calling the box office at (615) 538-2076 or visiting our website at We will post new information as it becomes available to us.

If you are not able to join us for the rescheduled concert, we will be more than happy to refund your ticket purchase in full through June 15. (This date is set to allow time to re-sell tickets to other patrons.) To receive a refund, please reply to this email or call the Franklin Theatre Box Office at (615) 538-2076.

After June 15, we will assume you plan to attend the rescheduled performance and ticket purchases will no longer be refundable.

We regret any inconvenience this may have created and appreciate your understanding while we send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. Cohn.

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or related needs we can assist with.



The Staff of the Franklin Theatre

Broadway Stars Jessica Grové and Ben Davis to Lead Studio Tenn’s “The Sound of Music” Cast

Tickets on sale now at for May 31-June 17 performances

Studio Tenn Theatre Company today announced complete casting for their upcoming musical production, “The Sound of Music,” running May 31-June 17 at the historic 300-seat Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. In leading roles are Broadway stars Jessica Grové as “Maria” and Ben Davis as “Captain Von Trapp”.

Grové has starred on Broadway in “Les Miserables” (Eponine), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Miss Dorothy), “A Little Night Music” (Mrs. Anderson) and “Sunday in the Park with George” (Celeste). She also starred as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” at Madison Square Garden with Mickey Rooney and Ertha Kitt. Last month, Jessica played Cinderella in the third annual ShowHope benefit production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”, directed and designed by Matt Logan and featuring Jake Speck of Studio Tenn at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville Symphony.

Ben Davis has starred on Broadway in some of the same shows, including “Les Miserables” (Javert), Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Trevor Graydon), “A Little Night Music” (Mr. Lindquist), “Knickerbocker Holiday” (Brom Broeck) and Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” (Marcello).

Other principal cast members include Nan Gurley as the Mother Abbess, Marguerite Lowell Hall as the Baroness, Matthew Carlton as Uncle Max, and recent Belmont University graduates Kelsey Self and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman as Liesl and Rolf. Portraying the rest of the Von Trapp children are seven of Tennessee’s most talented young actors, including Jack Alcott as Friedrich, Annabelle Fox as Louisa, Mary Marguerite Hall as Brigitta, Matthew Dyra as Kurt, Virginia Richardson as Marta and Bella Higginbotham as Gretel.

The cast will be rounded out with some of the region’s best actors and singers, including such Nashville main-stays as Shelean Newman, David Compton, Emily Webb, Melodie Madden Adams and Linda Sue Simmons Runyeon.

 Studio Tenn Managing Director Jake Speck will serve as Executive Producer and the company’s Artistic Director Matt Logan will design and direct. The production will be choreographed by Emily Tello, Chris Rayis will serve as Music Director/Conductor and Laura Matula will vocal direct.

Studio Tenn’s production of “The Sound of Music” runs Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 17 at the Franklin Theatre. Matinee and evening performances are available. Tickets are on sale now at the Franklin Theatre Box Office, (615) 538-2076 or online at Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. To inquire about group rates, please email

Studio Tenn Theatre Company Announces Expanded Five-Show 2012-2013 Season

Live Reveal on Franklin Theatre Stage Features Sneak Peek Musical Performances

Franklin, Tenn. (4/17/2012)–Studio Tenn Theatre Company today announced its lineup of shows for 2012-2013 from the Franklin Theatre stage via a series of sneak peek live performances before an audience of media and the public.
The expanded five-show season will include musicals Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Big River, My Fair Lady and holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol live on the Franklin Theatre stage. In addition, a fall production of the classic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men will be staged at the historic Williamson County Courthouse, erected in 1858.

“We are so thrilled to be returning to the beautiful and historic Franklin Theatre with four productions this season, including three full-blown musicals,” said Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck. “Franklin and Williamson County has demonstrated time and again their love for music and history.” The two converge, Speck said, in “Big River,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and “My Fair Lady.” “We are also very excited at the prospect of taking our work beyond the walls of the theater—yet still in downtown Franklin—with ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at the historic courthouse.”

Artistic Director Matt Logan said part of the nonprofit theatre company’s overall artistic vision is to continually think outside the box. “Studio Tenn specializes in reinventing classic productions,” said Logan. “We always select shows that are generally beloved and have stood the test of time—’My Fair Lady’ and ‘Twelve Angry Men,’ for example, are among the most popular productions of all time—but it is also our artistic promise to bring something new and different to the interpretation. We want you to see these shows like you’ve never seen them before.”

2012-2013 season tickets will be made available for purchase through a special pre-sale during Studio Tenn’s upcoming run of “The Sound of Music,” May 31-June 17. At each performance of “The Sound of Music,” patrons will have the opportunity to purchase 2012-2013 Season Tickets at the Box Office in advance of the public on sale date. Remaining season tickets will go on sale to the public online at and at the Franklin Theatre Box Office on Wednesday, June 20 at noon.

Tickets for May 31-June 17 performances of “The Sound of Music” are on sale now at

About Studio Tenn

Studio Tenn, proudly tapped by the Franklin Theatre to be their resident theatre company for the 2011-2012 season, made quite a splash with their highly lauded inaugural 2010-2011 season, and their upcoming productions have fulfilled their promise to be even more stellar. Following “A Christmas Carol”, “The Miracle Worker” is set for Feb. 23rd-March 4th. And an encore production, “The Sound of Music” will wrap up the season May 31-June 17.

Studio Tenn Theatre Company is led by Artistic Director Matt Logan and Managing Director Jake Speck, both Nashville natives who made good on Broadway and have brought their experience back home to Middle Tennessee. Studio Tenn was founded in the Fall of 2009 by Logan, a nationally recognized director and artist, along with Emmy Award-winning producer Philip Hall and Broadway and film actress Marguerite Lowell Hall. The company’s inaugural production of Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” was an enormous success and enough to convince Studio Tenn’s founders this was something that should continue. Shortly thereafter, Jake Speck left the Broadway production of “Jersey Boys” where he played the lead role of Bob Gaudio to join Studio Tenn as its Managing Director.

Studio Tenn’s mission is to “use a rich combination of talent from Nashville and Broadway to bring classic works of drama and musical theatre to life in Middle Tennessee, and provide innovative educational programs designed to entertain, educate and inspire the rising artists of our unique community.”

About the Franklin Theatre

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Jackson National Life Insurance

Company is the title sponsor for the Franklin Theatre’s 2012 season of live music and events. More information about the Franklin Theatre is available online at


Smokey Joe’s Cafe: September 13-30 at the Franklin Theatre

Twelve Angry Men: October 18-November 4 at the historic Williamson County Courthouse

A Christmas Carol: December 6-16 at the Franklin Theatre

Big River: February 21-March 3 at the Franklin Theatre

My Fair Lady: May 16-June 2 at the Franklin Theatre