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“A Christmas Carol” Performances Added Due to Popular Demand

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Franklin, TN –  December 1,  2011 – The Franklin Theatre and Studio Tenn Theatre Company today announced that two additional performances of “A Christmas Carol” will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at

With the initial ten-show run more than 95% sold out, Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck said the two Sunday evening shows are being added due to enduring demand for tickets in the local and regional community.

“We are thrilled with the response to this show,” said Speck. “I am elated that we are able to add these two performances and supply what the Franklin and Middle Tennessee communities have clearly demonstrated as a demand.”

Named “Best Christmas Show in Nashville” by the Nashville Scene’s Annual Best-Of issue, Studio Tenn’s “A Christmas Carol” is now in its second season and opens the same weekend as the Heritage Foundation’s annual “Dickens of a Christmas Festival” on Main Street in Franklin.

“We are so excited that Studio Tenn and the Franklin Theatre will be lending this new dimension to the ‘Dickens of a Christmas Festival’, a holiday tradition that is already so well established and beloved in this community,” said Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce.

Studio Tenn brought Broadway players to Main Street Franklin for the first time in history this past August, with a sold-out eight-show run of the 1950 classic, “Guys and Dolls.” Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck said he is looking forward to returning to the Franklin Theatre this December to perform another beloved piece.

Chip Arnold–recently voted “Best Actor in Nashville” by The Tennessean–will be reprising his stunning role as Ebenezer Scrooge. Speck will serve as Executive Producer, and the company’s Artistic Director Matt Logan will direct and design the show. The production is an original adaptation by Paula Y. Flautt of the classic Dickens novel. The show will be scored by a live four-piece Mozart ensemble led by Nathan Burbank and will also incorporate original compositions by Mr. Burbank.

Individual tickets can be purchased at or by visiting or calling the Franklin Theatre box office at 419 Main Street, 615-538-2075. Group rates are also available for parties of 10 or more. Email for group sales. For more information, please visit

What the Critics are Saying:

“Yes, it’s back – but this Christmas Carol is worth the trip, even if it’s your 20th.”
– Martin Brady, Nashville Scene

“…the best holiday theater experience that exists in Nashville this year!”
– Chad Young, Nashville Parent Magazine

(Photo of Chip Arnold as Ebenezer Scrooge courtesy of ANTHONYMATULA)


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.


Showcasing this city’s great artistic talent alongside Broadway stars, the first four shows from this young company -Our Town, Hello Dolly!, A Christmas Carol, and The Glass Menagerie, were heavily lauded by audiences and critics alike.

Studio Tenn Theatre Company is lead 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 boldly states that they will “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.”


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Heading Back Home Film Returns to Franklin Theatre for Encore on Nov. 30

Three Showings Coincide with Anniversary of the Battle; Film-maker to Moderate Panel Discussion


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Those who weren’t able to purchase tickets for the sold-out premiere of the film Heading Back Home: Franklin’s Unknown Soldier and the Civil War’s Five Bloodiest Hours are getting a second chance to see it on the big screen. The Franklin Theatre will hold three encore showings of the film on Nov. 30 – the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin – with the evening showing followed by a panel discussion.


“There has been so much pent-up demand around this film that we wanted to provide another opportunity for the public to experience it at the Franklin Theatre,” said Sara Preston, Program Director for the theater. “It made good sense to tie in with the anniversary of the battle for the encore presentation.”


The film will be shown at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, with the evening showing to include a panel discussion with Battle of Franklin Trust Director of Operations Eric Jacobson, Lotz House Foundation President J.T. Thompson, and Columbia State History Professor Thomas Flagel. Brian Speciale, who wrote, directed and produced the film with his wife, Jodi Jones-Speciale, will moderate the discussion.


Tickets are available now at, with the early showings at $5 and the 7 p.m. presentation for $12.


Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce says the film has added a new dimension to the story of what happened in Franklin on November 30, 1864.


“It’s so important that people of all ages understand our history, and viewing this film is such an enjoyable way to gain an understanding of the Battle of Franklin, ” Pearce said. “The discovery of the soldier’s remains and the way the community honored his sacrifice illustrated that our history matters to our citizens. I encourage everyone who hasn’t yet seen the film to come. You won’t be disappointed.”


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Franklin Theatre Announced Third Sheryl Crow Concert After First Two Shows Sell Out in Minutes

Proceeds of all three shows to benefit New Hope Academy

Franklin, Tenn.—Friday, November 4, 2011—The Franklin Theatre  announced that singer-songwriter superstar Sheryl Crow will perform a third concert on Sunday, December 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Friday, November 4, at and sold out the same day.


The announcement  of the third show came mere hours after tickets for Sheryl Crow’s December 2 and December 3 concerts sold out within six minutes of going on sale to the public. Some patrons lined up at the box office as early as 8 a.m. Most tickets were purchased online at


“The response this morning has been wonderfully overwhelming,” said Franklin Theatre Program Director Sara Preston on Friday. “We are beyond thrilled that Sheryl has decided to open up a third show. We know many of her fans will be just as excited to hear this news.”


All three Sheryl Crow concerts at the Franklin Theatre will benefit New Hope Academy, a Franklin school whose mission is to provide classical Christian education to an economically, racially and culturally diverse student population. Concert proceeds will go toward providing scholarships and financial assistance for New Hope Academy students.


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Sheryl Crow to play the Franklin Theatre

Sheryl Crow to Play Two Nights at The Franklin Theatre, Benefiting New Hope Academy

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m.

Nine-time Grammy Award Winning Artist and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow will perform two benefit concerts at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011. The shows will benefit the New Hope Academy, a unique children’s school, also located in Franklin. The historic Franklin Theatre, which seats only 300, will provide a wonderfully intimate setting in which to see Ms. Crow, who typically performs at venues for thousands of fans. Profits raised from the event will be used to provide scholarships to the school for children with financial hardships.

“I feel so privileged to assist the New Hope Academy, in this small way, in furthering their mission and vision,” said Sheryl Crow. “The educational excellence they provide, to a student body nearly half of which is comprised of children from low income families is so very special. And I’m looking forward to playing at the beautiful Franklin Theatre, it will feel like I’m playing for a small group of friends….and there will probably be a few in the crowd!”

The performances will include holiday songs as well as popular favorites from Crow’s extensive catalog of hits.

New Hope Academy is made up of students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, more than 60 percent of whom receive scholarships or other financial assistance from the school. The school serves more than 130 local families. 27 percent of New Hope students come from single-parent households, and 41 percent are minorities. “We at New Hope Academy are so grateful to Sheryl for this opportunity to raise funds for our school and raise awareness about the Christ-centered education we provide in this community,” said Headmaster Stuart Tutler.

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. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Sheryl to our stage,” said Sara Preston, Program Director of the Franklin Theatre. “These concerts fit perfectly within our mission: to host world-class live music, and to support our local community. We are delighted that Sheryl chose to partner with us in supporting her cause.”

Tickets for Sheryl Crow’s Acoustic Christmas start at $95 and go on sale to the public on Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m. at

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Mike Farris to play New Year’s Eve at the Franklin Theatre

Tickets On Sale Friday, October 21 at 10 a.m.

The Franklin Theatre today announced that acclaimed roots gospel/blues artist Mike Farris will give a New Year’s Eve concert at the historic 300-seat venue on , December 31, 2011. Farris and his band the Roseland Rhythm Revue first performed at the Franklin Theatre on July 9, just weeks after the venue’s grand reopening on June 3.

“We are so excited to have Mike return to our stage this New Year’s Eve,” said Franklin Theatre Program Director Sara Preston. “He brings so much energy,” Preston said. “This concert is going to be quite the party. 2011 is going to go out with a bang at the Franklin Theatre.”

Former front man of Nashville’s blues-infused “Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies,” Farris has performed as a solo act since the early 2000s and has set the standard on reinterpreting early American black gospel tunes and lending euphoric, dance-inducing rhythms with his signature powerhouse vocals. Farris was named “New/Emerging Artist of the Year” in 2008 by the Americana Music Association and won the Gospel Music Association’s 2010 award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year” for “SHOUT! Live.”

In addition to the concert, the evening will include a countdown to 2012 with a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $30. Click here to purchase.

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

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