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Live Performances Coming to Academy Park in September

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department is opening the cutains on two live performance events at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park, 112 Everbright Avenue in Franklin, in September.

Live Performances Coming to Academy Park in September

September 10-12, Franklin Light Opera presents Pauline Viardot’s Cinderella (English translation). Based on Perrault’s original fairy tale, this lighthearted, family-friendly opera is filled with music, romance and laughter. Shows will be held Friday, September 10 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 11 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and tickets for children ages 12 and under are $10. Tickets can be purchased at

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The following weekend, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival returns with four nights of Shakespeare in the Park at Academy Park, September 16-19, continuing the now annual tradition of bringing Summer Shakespeare to Williamson County. This year’s production features a two night run of August Wilson’s Jitney, presented in partnership with the Kennie Playhouse Theatre, on Thursday, September 16 and Friday, September 17 (Jitney is rated MA for Mature Audiences), and a two night performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 (Twelfth Night is a family-friendly show).

This outdoor event includes nightly academic discussions, pre-show music and food trucks. Gates open at 5:15 p.m. followed by “Insight”, discussions featuring guest speakers on August Wilson and Shakespeare, at 5:30 p.m.; pre-show concert entertainment featuring local artists at 6 p.m.; special Elf and Fairy camp and Nashville Shakes Apprentice Company performances (September 18 and 19 only) at 6:45 p.m.; and main performances beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to public, with donations accepted.

For additional information or to register for Elf and Fairy Camp; Noble Seating or VIP Royal Packages visit




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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.