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September 3

Help Support The Franklin Theatre

The Franklin Theatre is more than a marquee in photographs. It’s a community, it’s tradition and it is history

You inspire us to bring the performing arts to Downtown Franklin.  As our patrons and supporters, you bring life to the “Crown Jewel of Main Street” and make our programming possible.  We are excited to come back in 2021 with an incredible lineup of live performances, concerts and movies.

Please consider making a donation that will ensure we can continue our mission and bring you the programs, traditions and memories that make The Franklin Theatre so special to you and our community.

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August 24

The Heritage Foundation Announces New Advisory Board for The Franklin Theatre

Thought leaders in entertainment, marketing and non-profit industries unite to support Franklin’s beloved historic theatre.

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN has appointed a new Advisory Board for The Franklin Theatre with 16 board members representing a rich portfolio of experience in entertainment, marketing and non-profit industries, announced Bari Beasley, Heritage Foundation CEO.  The Advisory Board will work with The Franklin Theatre and the Heritage Foundation teams over the next several years to support long-term vision and planning.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this group of talented people who have stepped up to serve and support our beloved historic downtown theatre and the Heritage Foundation. The combined experience, talent and passion of these 16 people will be a key factor in our strategic planning, fundraising and programming for long-term vision of The Franklin Theatre. With this talented team rallying for us, the sky’s the limit for the possibilities,” says Beasley.

THE FRANKLIN THEATRE ADVISORY BOARD, August 2020

 

 

CHAIR Jennifer Parker.  A resident of Franklin for more than 20 years and owner of Parker Haven Interiors, Jennifer Parker brings more than a decade working in the Nashville music industry with artist labels, management companies, recording studios, and branded artist events and marketing. A Leadership Music graduate, she serves on the Heritage Foundation Board as the VP of The Franklin Theater, as well as the Board of Studio Tenn.

Trey Bruce.  An Emmy Award-winning American songwriter, Trey Bruce has written eight Billboard Number One singles with songs performed by Randy Travis, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, among others. He has also co-written numerous Top 10 singles for artists including Faith Hill, Leann Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood.

Ramon Cisneros. A specialist in marketing and engagement for Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America, Ramon Cisneros is also a consultant for corporations nationwide. He has served on the boards of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Nashville Arts & Business Council, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, Cheekwood, W.O. SMITH School of Music, Sister Cities of Franklin & Williamson County, Williamson Medical Center Foundation and many others. He is a graduate of Leadership Music.

Carla Denham. Carla Denham is a passionate brand campaign producer and marketing strategist with decades of achievement with major product, service and non-profit organizations globally. A veteran in the brand business, she has led and/or grown brand marketing agencies in the South, California and Hawaii and represented brands ranging from Philips Electronics, Chick-fil-A and Gymboree to World Vision, Soles4Souls and Feed the Children.

Fletcher Foster. One of the most connected music industry leaders serving on Nashville’s Music Row, Fletcher Foster has worked with almost every record label and publishing company across the nation, as well as artists that span genre and generation including Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Kelsea Ballerini, Whitney Houston and Annie Lennox. Currently president/CEO of F2 Entertainment Group, he serves on numerous boards including the Academy of Country Music, Leadership Music, Make-a-Wish of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Council.

David Garrett. A Franklin native and prominent family law attorney who manages the Franklin office of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett, David Garrett serves as the current president of the Heritage Foundation Board. He also served as president of the Foundation’s board from 2007-2011 during the acquisition, restoration and reopening of The Franklin Theatre. Garrett also served on the Board of Trustees for Battle Ground Academy and is a recipient of the Heritage Foundation’s Patron’s Award and Franklin Tomorrow’s Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award.

Dan Haseltine. Dan Haseltine is primary singer/songwriter for 4x GRAMMY AWARD winning band, Jars of Clay, and alt-synth pop trio, The Hawk in Paris.  Dan has written 17 #1 radio singles and is the Composer for the highest grossing crowdfunded television show in history, The Chosen. He is the Founder and Sr. Development officer of the non-profit organization, Blood:Water and co-founder of local non-profit, The PUBLIC. Dan is also author of two acclaimed children’s picture books, “The One, The Only, Magnificent Me,” and “Lulu & the Long Walk.”  He is a music producer, commercial jingle creator, speaker, songwriting coach and marketing consultant. and has lived in Franklin for 25 years with his family.

David Haskell. With more than 40 years of experience in the production business, David Haskell has served as a tour manager, production manager, front of house engineer and producer for several of the biggest names in the music industry. He began his storied career with the band Nantucket in 1978 and then went on to work with artists like Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Hall & Oates, Jim Nabors, Keb Mo and more. Haskell currently serves as president of Morris Light & Sound, a production partner of the Heritage Foundation and The Franklin Theatre.

Paul Jankowski. Paul Jankowski is a recognized expert in entertainment branding, and a thought leader, speaker and Forbes contributor on marketing and creating culturally relevant messaging in the New Heartland. His expertise in all aspects of global brand development is reflected as the founder of Nashville-based New Heartland Group and entertainment agency One Bullet Entertainment. He has served in leadership positions at Elvis Presley Enterprises, SFX Entertainment (Live Nation), Gibson Guitar Corp., MCA Records and SBK Records, and was a co-founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Sherri Leathers.  Sherri Leathers has more than 20 years of experience in arts programming, with an emphasis on performances for school and family audiences. She joined Shaw Entertainment Group in 2017 and is now working as the agent for the Southeast region and supporting other aspects of its operations including artist acquisition, development and retention and a variety of special projects.

Debbie Schwartz Linn. Debbie Schwartz Linn currently serves as Executive Director of Leadership Music and spent her early career with Sony Music in both New York and Nashville. Linn has developed brand partnerships for more than 20 artists including Kenny Chesney with JC Penney; Sara Evans with Libby’s, Maytag and Johnson & Johnson; Jake Owen with Lucky Jeans; Miranda Lambert with Vanity Clothing; and the Country Strong movie and soundtrack with Pepsi and Arby’s.

Matt Logan. A Tennessee native, Matt Logan worked on Broadway for years in costuming and casting for productions like The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Spamalot. In 2009, he returned to the South and founded Studio Tenn in Franklin with Emmy Award-winning producer Philip Hall and Broadway actress Marguerite Hall. Since then, he has worked in the creative space with Reba McEntire and on many other special projects.

Dionne Lucas. Currently serving as the Director of Retail Marketing and Sales for the National Museum of African American Music, Dionne Lucas started her professional career in marketing with The Coca Cola Company. She has successfully launched and managed numerous brands and received multiple accolades for her work with RJ Reynolds’ subsidiary Lane Limited and Tantus Manufacturing

Emily Magid. Emily Magid is a Middle Tennessee native and longtime Franklin resident and community advocate. For the Heritage Foundation, she’s best known as one of our most tenured volunteers, past board member, donor and one of the Foundation’s biggest cheerleaders. She also serves and supports many other local nonprofits and organizations including the Harpeth River Watershed Association, Franklin Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, BrightStone, Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, Williamson County Animal Center, Land Trust of Tennessee and others.

T.J. Portis. T.J. Portis has lived in the Williamson County community for decades and serves other nonprofit organizations like the Williamson County Library as a board member. She was highly recommended to the Foundation to serve on the Franklin Theatre advisory board by African American Heritage Society of Williamson County leader Alma McLemore.

Dan Rogers. A 20-year veteran of the beloved Grand Ole Opry, Dan Rogers currently serves as vice president and executive producer managing more than 200 performances annually. Rogers got his start at the Opry as a graduate intern and in his words, “…just never left. I came in at minimum wage, and with a lot to learn. But fortunately for me I was given the opportunity to learn on the job.”

The Franklin Theatre, an operating division of the Heritage Foundation, has temporarily suspended all programming until 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions on live entertainment venues. The theatre continues to provide a platform for local philanthropic engagement and to offer diverse programming for all people in 2021 and beyond.

 

Visit FranklinTheatre.com for 2021 programming.

July 20

The Franklin Theatre to Live Stream Last Two Shows Planned for 2020

Shows and events are on sale now for the 2021 performing arts and live seasons

 

Before The Franklin Theatre will take an extended programming

break through the remainder of 2020, it will host two more live shows: The Gatlin Brothers Fan

Favorites on Saturday, July 25 and Mac McAnally, Friday, July 31. Both shows, which sold seats

at a greatly reduced capacity to comply with COVID-19 social distancing requirements, are sold

out. Each show will also be live streamed from the stage and tickets for the live stream

performance are available.

 

 

Paul T. Couch, executive director of The Franklin Theatre, said he and his team were

investigating doing a combination live show/live stream and these two artists seemed like a

perfect way to introduce this concept that may become the new norm for many live venues.

“We had been negotiating these dates specifically as live, socially distanced concerts with an

added live-stream audience,” Couch said. “Since the idea of a combination live show/live

stream from our theater is such a new and innovative concept, we felt that it was in the

theater’s best interest to try this format out as it may influence the theater’s ability to reopen.”

Both the Gatlin Brothers’ and Mac McAnally’s performances will be live streamed directly from

the stage of The Franklin Theatre. To ensure the broadcast is transmitted in a high-quality

format for the online audience, the live stream will be produced by video production veteran

Alan Reitano and his company, Cypress Creek Creative.

 

 

Rudy Gatlin, member of The Gatlin Brothers said he is looking forward to the ‘Gatlin Brothers

Fan Favorites’ concert, even though they won’t be playing to a full-house.

“We just finished rehearsing and it was so much fun playing with them,” he said. “I hope the

fans enjoy hearing the songs as much as we’re going to enjoy playing them. So, get your

tickets!”

 

 

In addition to having a virtual front row seat for each concert, live stream ticket holders will be

able to message the artists and the artists will acknowledge and respond to as many of those

during the concert as time permits. Couch said ticketholders will get details on how this portion

of the live stream will work prior to the day of show.

 

 

Admission to the live stream shows is limited. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m. Doors to the

theater, for those with tickets to seats in the venue, will open at 7 p.m. To reserve your ticket to

the live stream, visit www.franklintheatre.com, or call the box office at 615-538-2076. Box

office hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

Also, check out the theater’s 2021 season of shows, which contain new dates for many of the

performances in 2020 that had to be rescheduled due to changes in touring schedules and

other COVID-19-related issues. Most of the live shows and performing arts season were able to

be moved into the 2021 season. That schedule can be found at FranklinTheatre.com/All_Events

June 18

A Message From Our CEO

A Difficult Decision That Impacts Our Community

Dear friends and supporters,

Due to ongoing health concerns and continued unknowns created by the COVID-19 global pandemic, I am here to share a very difficult announcement which impacts our community and marks an unprecedented time in the history of the Heritage Foundation.

The Heritage Foundation has a mission to save places and stories that matter in Williamson County, which includes hosting long-standing signature events that create cultural community engagement. These events also serve to generate much-needed operational revenue to keep our preservation, education and community programs going.

With a clear focus on the health and safety of our community, and after much deliberation and review of economic impact, virtual options and health and government updates, the Heritage Foundation and our Board of Directors have agreed to cancel all live festivals and events for the remainder of 2020.

In addition, we will postpone all further programming at the Franklin Theatre effective June 18, 2020 with the exception of two concert events previously scheduled in July.

The Foundation events which will be cancelled for 2020 include:

  • 37th Annual Main Street Festival scheduled for July 18-19
  • 37th Annual Pumpkinfest on October 24
  • 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas on December 12-13.

We have also made the decision to cancel the 47th Annual Heritage Ball scheduled for October 3, which is the longest-running black-tie event in Williamson County and the Foundation’s largest fundraiser.

All remaining programming, movies and events at The Franklin Theatre as of June 18, 2020 will be postponed, with the exception of two concert events previously scheduled in July (details to come).

The new live performance series slated to launch this fall will also be postponed. We are currently making our best effort to reschedule these events into our 2021/22 season and pledge to keep you informed of our progress along the way. Current ticket holders will be contacted with options, and new dates for the Performing Arts Series and other 2021/22 programming will be forthcoming.

I know this announcement is terribly disappointing to our community, vendors, local businesses and all of our supporters, but firmly believe this is the best decision to ensure that the Heritage Foundation can continue to serve our community for generations to come.

I want to thank each and every one of you who have attended any of our festivals, supported our annual fundraiser ball, or visited our beloved Franklin Theatre. Creating community and connecting people with our local heritage is critical to the mission of the Foundation. Without these major community fundraising events and theatre programming for operational revenue, we need your support now more than ever.

Only with your support can our team continue to bolster advocacy and education for historical preservation, continue our current preservation projects, and support downtown Main Street merchants through this unprecedented season. But we can’t do it without you — our community and our supporters.

We need you to be part of the story this year, so it will be possible to make 2021 a year of community celebration, reviving our downtown Franklin signature festivals and events, and filling the Franklin Theatre with the new live performing arts season.

If you would like more information about today’s decision, email info@williamsonheritage.org or CLICK HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Our team is here to answer any questions and support our community that we love to serve.

The role you play this year will be part of our story for generations to come. Please donate, join our Leadership Society, become a member or a volunteer. Just be part of the story and help us keep it going!

Bari Beasley
Chief Executive Officer

June 1

Heritage Foundation Announces Franklin Theatre Reopening Plans

The Franklin Theatre, which has been closed to the public since mid-March in response to state guidelines regarding COVID-19, will reopen to the public on June 12 at 7 p.m. with a showing of Monty Python and The Holy Grail (PG). The theater is also bringing back the popular Silver Matinee series on June 17, with a showing of Some Like It Hot(1959).
Theater Executive Director Paul T. Couch and his team have been hard at work
during the closure rescheduling shows that were slated during the latter part of
March through June and working on how and when the theater could safely reopen
to patrons. He said many of the live performances have been rescheduled in lieu of
being cancelled and it was determined showing of movies would be the best way to
ease safely back into operations.
When the theater reopens on June 12, patrons, along with the theater staff, will be
required to wear cloth face coverings while in the theater and seating capacity will
be limited to achieve social distancing safety measures.
“We have been preparing behind the scenes while waiting on clear guidelines from
the state on how and when we are able to reopen the theater,” Couch said. “Our
first priority is to consider the safety of our staff and guests. We didn’t want to open
until we were certain we could provide that. We are excited to open with a timeless
comedy classic and look forward to seeing patrons back in the theater seats in a few
weeks.”
In an effort to provide a contact-free experience, tickets for each show will need to
be purchased in advance at www.franklintheatre.com. All seating will be done with
respect to social distancing guidelines. Contact-free purchases can be made from
the theater’s concession stand.
JUNE MOVIES INCLUDE:

“Monty Python & the Holy Grail” (PG)

“The Goonies” (PG)

“Labyrinth” (PG)

“Some Like It Hot” (1959)

“How to Train Your Dragon” (PG)

“Field of Dreams” (PG)

“Roman Holiday” (1953)

“Shoplifters” (R)

FOR FULL MOVIE SCHEDULE VISIT:  https://www.franklintheatre.com/tickets/movies/

For COVID-19 Guidelines & Requirements: https://www.franklintheatre.com/coronavirus/

 

We look forward to announcing details on live performances at a later date.

March 31

Let’s #KeepItGoing

Join The Franklin Theatre and Heritage Foundation of Williamson County as we work to #KeepItGoing

As a division of the Heritage Foundation, we are part of their mission of saving places that matter and to serve our community. Our history, our community and our heritage matters now more than ever.

The Heritage Foundation is why we were able to re-open our doors in 2011. We’ve been bringing you world-class entertainment up close in what we think are the greatest 300 seats anywhere. And, we will not stop. We have been rescheduling shows affected by our temporary closure, as well as adding new ones to a calendar that is promising the rest of 2020 to be filled with exciting Franklin Theatre Live and Performing Arts Season programming.

This is an unprecedented time for us all as we have been forced to navigate through some tough changes. Music and the arts have the power to heal and bring us together again.

So, we are saving you a seat right here for when the doors open and the show goes on.

Join us in our commitment to #KeepItGoing and see what our future holds for you.

Visit FranklinTheatre.com.

#SavingYouASeat

Watch the video message below from our CEO, Bari Beasly.

Visit the HeritageFoundation.org for blog updates on what the divisions are each doing to #KeepItGoing.