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Dream of a Good Death

In an evening of music and history, Clark Hansbarger’s Dream of a Good Death traces the arc of the Civil War from its beginning to its end. Part folk opera, part multi-media lecture, this cycle of original songs follows the trials, hopes, fears and sacrifices of Civil War soldiers as they struggle through the Union conquest of Port Royal, the fires in The Wilderness, the killing fields of Cold Harbor, and the long siege of Petersburg. Joining Clark onstage are some of the Shenandoah Valley’s finest Americana musicians, including Mike Jewell, Allen Kitselman, and Gary McGraw. A National Endowment of the Arts Fellow and A PEN Syndicated Fiction Award winner, Clark’s writing has been featured on National Public Radio’s The Sound of Writing and in magazines such as Shenandoah, Witness, Web del Sol, and The Gettysburg Review.
Call to Reserve tickets: 540-338-7973
Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Franklin Park Big Band

Franklin Park Big Band’s goal is to give local musicians a steady outlet to perform big band jazz with music ranging from the Andrews Sisters to Michael Buble and everywhere in between! Currently the band contains 18 instrumentalists and 2 vocalists maintaining a dance folder of 140 professional charts (musical arrangements) and another 150 concert oriented charts. Franklin Park Big Band is a volunteer organization and thus limits its engagements to 10-12 per year.

Tickets: $10 All Seats. Call 540-338-7973 to Reserve.
Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday. October 12, 2014 @ 3:00PM

Peruvian Dancers from the Fray Masias School in PeruPeruvian Dancers-Fray Masias

Performing traditional peruvian folk dances such as national dance Marinera. Marinera was created in the last decade of the 19th century as a tribute to the Peruvian Marines that fought in the War of the Pacific. The dance describes a love story between a woman and a man and uses white handkerchiefs that symbolize peace doves. All dancers in this troupe are from the Fray Masias School in Peru; all dancers have Down syndrome. This group tours internationally and will perform at the Heritage Festival in New York City.

Tickets: $15 all seats. Click Below to Buy Online

The CrawdaddiesThe Crawdaddies

The Crawdaddies are a very popular group from the East Coast whose music combines some of Louisiana’s Cajun / Zydeco / Blues sounds with North Eastern’s Roots Rock / Americana / Ska influences to create a very unique sound that is all its own. They had the crowd up on their feet at our July 4th concert at Franklin Park and you will be dancing too!
Tickets: $15 All Seats. Click Below to Buy Online

Loudoun School of Ballet’s JAZZ&CO Dance

The Loudoun School of Ballet’s JAZZ&CO Dance, a pre-professional contemporary dance company directed by Sharon Mercke, entertains audiences of all ages with lively performances that blend dance disciplines ranging from traditional jazz and musical theater to modern and lyrical dance, hip hop and contemporary ballet. JAZZ&CO Dance offers the intensive training and performance experience that prepares students for professional dance careers. Past company members have studied at the nation’s top dance programs (NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey, Point Park University, Indiana University), and have established careers on Broadway, with Disney and Norwegian Cruise Lines, as dance company members, and as respected teachers and choreographers.
Tickets: $12 Adult, $8 Student/Senior. Call 540-338-7973 to Reserve
Friday, October 24, 2013 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, October 25, 2013 @ 3:00 and 7:30PM
Sunday, October 26, 2013 @ 3:00PM

Main Street Theatre presents: Oliver

Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and OLIVER! is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it will engage you with its pathos and drama, while delighting you with its outstanding musical numbers. Food, Glorious Food, I’d Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics. Dickens’ characters are brought to life — perhaps larger than life — with all their facets glowing in this Main Street Theater production.
Tickets: $23 Adult, $20 Senior/ Student
To reserve contact karlahlouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

Friday, October 31, 2014 @8:00 pm
Saturday, November 1, 2014 @8:00 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 2:00PM
Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 8:00PM
Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 8:00PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014 @ 2:00PM

Barefoot Puppets presents: Trickster Tales

Can a spider defeat an elephant at tug-of-war? Overpower a python? Capture a cloud of hornets? With Anansi the Spider, world famous trickster, all things are possible…if you only have a plan! This show brings traditional stories from West Africa to live with expressive rod puppets, original music, and lots of puns. Performed on a large, twelve-foot stage with colorful scenery and amazing scene changes. It’s a high-energy show with lots of laughs!
Tickets: $5/person, Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 10:00 am

VSA of Loudoun presents:
a Creative Arts Medley show

Dancers, actors and musicians will perform original pieces inspired by artwork created by DaVinci artists.
Tickets: 10 All Seats Visit www.VSALoudoun.org

Friday, November 14, 2014 @ 8:00PM
Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

capitol-steps2014The Capitol Steps

They’re back! The Capitol Steps return to Franklin Park with a new version of their wild and wacky political humor. Join us for an evening or matinee performance by the group that’s put the “Mock” in Democracy since 1981—when Reagan was President and ketchup was a vegetable! Ever since then they’ve been poking fun at Presidents, Congress, the political establishment and life in America. The Capitol Steps have recorded more than 33 albums—including their latest: “How to Succeed in Congress without Really Lying”. This comedy troupe has been featured on national TV including ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS.
“They’re the best. There’s no one like them, no one in their league!” — Larry King

Tickets: $35/$45.

Presented by The Friends (Special Gold Star Performance)
Saturday, November 15 @ 3pm and 8pm

Loudoun Lyric Opera presents: The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert & Sullivan’s swashbuckling comedy featuring pirates, police, a bevy of beautiful maidens and a “modern major-general. All tickets receive a $2 discount when ordered online at www.LoudounLyricOpera.com
Tickets: $22Adults, $17 College Students/Seniors 65+, $12 youth 18 & under. www.LoudounLyricOpera.com
Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Last Ham Standing

Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, you’ll love Last Ham Standing, the other comedy meat!
Tickets: $12 Adult, $10 Student, $8 Child. Click Below to Buy Online

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders

Award-winning sing/songwriter Andrew McKnight’s music traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk and guitar-driven rock. Featuring founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson, Les’ wife Stephanie Thompson and Lisa Taylor, Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders blends his charming tenor voice and acoustic and electric guitars with banjo, upright bass, drums and percussion. The band has delighted concert and festival audiences since their collective debut at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington (March 2008). Their eclectic arrangements of Andrew’s award-winning songs fuse oldtime influences, roots rock sounds, rich vocal harmonies and an assimilation of many stylistic elements that truly stretch “beyond Appalachian, beyond blues, beyond folk”.
Tickets: $20Adult, $15 Student/Senior. Reserve by calling 540-338-7973
Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 8:00PM

December

Riders in the Sky: A Christmas Show

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!
Tickets: $30 All Seats. Click below to purchase on-line

The White House Band

The White House Band presents”Christmastime In Washington”. A concert of uniquely arranged Christmas songs just as they were played at The White House. From traditional jazz, to New Orleans Dixieland, intermingled with funk and good old Rock and Roll, played and sung by a group of Americas finest musicians. All musicians in this group have performed at the White House and now tour and perform with National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Honors and Christmas In Washington, the TV show.
Tickets: $20 All Seats. Click below to purchase on-line

A Celtic Christmas with Iona

IONA celebrates mid-winter with wassailing songs, ancient carols and village dances! Experience the Winter Solstice festivities by being the rowdy wassail chorus, joining a Breton fest noz line dance and winding up the year singing Robert Burns’ original version of Auld Lang Syne. IONA transports its audience to all the Celtic lands: Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Galicia and Asturies as well as their transplants in the Americas.
Tickets: $20 All Seats. Click below to purchase on-line

Bright Stars Touring Theater

Nationally recognized for high quality performances that play to a young audience’s intelligence, this company will present two original 55-minute musicals! Holidays Around the World whisks visitors to winter celebrations around the globe. Audience volunteers help to ring in the Chinese New Year with a colorful dragon and play the hero of St. Lucia Day in Sweden. The second show is A Dickens Tale, a retelling of the classic Christmas Carol story. An unsuspecting student even has the opportunity to join the actors on stage in the role of Tiny Tim!
Tickets: $12 per show; $20 both shows. Click below to purchase on-line

John Gardiner WWII Stories

Loudoun author John Rolfe Gardiner teams with “Furnace Mountain” musicians David VanDeventer and Morgan Morrison for an evening of story and music reprising the World War II years. John will read “The Voyage Out” his fateful tale chosen for the O Henry Prize and Best American Short Story collections. He’ll be accompanied by the Furnace Mountain musicians playing WW II classics such as “White Cliffs of Dover”,”When the Lights Go On Again”, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “There’s A Long Long Trail”, and others. Gardiner is a winner of the Lila Wallace prize. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and many other publications. The locally-beloved Morgan Morrison and David VanDeventer, roots music masters with an international following, are staple performers at the annual Watermelon Park Festival, and have recently returned from another Furnace Mountain tour in the U.K.
Tickets: $10 All Seats. Click below to purchase on-line

Gustafer Yellowgold

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. With its unique crossover appeal, the show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer has appeared off-Broadway in his own productions of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock. In addition to touring nationally to arts centers, children’s museums, theaters and music venues, Gustafer has ventured abroad for performances in the U.K and even Korea!
A Gold Star Performance Sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center
Tickets: $8 includes pancakes; 2:00 – 3:15 pm. Click Below to Buy Online.

Main Street Theater presents:
All Snowed In on Main Street

See your favorite Main Street regulars and meet some new talent from across Loudoun for one night only as we gather to celebrate the season. Enjoy an evening of music and laughter for the whole family. Join the cast at a reception in the lobby after the show.

Tickets: $30 All seats
For Tickets email KarlahLouis@aol.com or call 540-751-9588

Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Last Ham Standing

Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, you’ll love Last Ham Standing, the other comedy meat!
Tickets: $12 Adult, $10 Student, $8 Child. Visit www.lastham.com or click below to buy online.

Family New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with Franklin Park Arts Center at our family celebration. Watch classic cartoons, laugh with LVHS Comedy Cult improv and The Funny Guy, Paul Hadfield. Refreshments and party favors, glow necklaces and more surprises will have the whole family ready for our countdown to 2015!
Tickets: $10/person or $35/family Register on WEBTRAC or call 540-338-7973 for info.
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