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New Performing Arts Programs Available at Rec Facilities

Williamson County Parks and Recreation (WCPR) is proud to offer a variety of new performing arts programs for youth, teens and adults. WCPR works with professionals throughout the area to offer top-notch performance-related classes, workshops and live productions.

Advanced registration is required for all programs, and class sizes are limited to meet social distancing requirements. For more information and to register, visit their website at www.wcparksandrec.com and click on the “Activities” tab. 

Here are the programs being offered this spring:


Connecting the Dots: Music Workshop for Everyone

Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road
Feb. 27, 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.; Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Whether you just sing along with the car radio or plan a musical career, everyone can benefit from some tips to amp-up their music chops! This introduction workshop will focus on rhythm, musical notation, harmony and all points in between. Local producer, recording artist and teacher, Sarah Bonsignore has designed the program to bring the FUN to the fundamentals of music for students of all talent levels from ages 11 through adults. Four separate workshops will be held at the Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, on Saturday, February 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. or from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, February 28 from 2. to 3 p.m. or from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost is only $10 per workshop! For more information contact, Joan.Wilkes@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or call (615) 790-5719, ext. 2020. 


Musical Theatre Experience Program – Theatre 101

Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, 2909 Commonwealth Drive
March 1, 8 , 15, 22 and 29 from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Musical Theatre Experience (MTE) program, under the direction of Julia Nolan and Shana Purkey with Center Stage Entertainment, offers a fast-paced, fun education in musical theatre. During the course of this program, young actors in grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade will develop and hone their acting skills and confidence performing scenes and monologues; increase their dancing skills learning contemporary and standard styles of choreography often used in musical theatre productions; and explore the fundamentals of improvisation like creative thinking, listening, support, brainstorming, team building and communication. A new, five week session will be held at the Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. beginning March 1, 2021. Each session costs $100 per student; plus a $25 supply fee. For more information contact, Chase.Cribbs@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or call (615) 302-0971, ext. 2214. 


Straight to the Stars Youth Theatre

Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. March 8 through April 16; Final performances April 29 and 30

Straight to the Stars is the newest addition to WCPR’s award-winning family of youth theatre options and produces straight (non-musical) plays starring High School actors from rising freshmen through graduating seniors. The program’s next offering will be a six week spring workshop class producing William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, directed by Erin Laming. The program will begin on March 8, 2021 and feature rehearsals on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through April 16; with Saturday rehearsals April 3 and 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road. Note: Class will not meet the week of March 15 – 19, March 25-26, April 9, and April 12. Show week rehearsals will begin the week of April 19 with final performances scheduled for April 29 and 30, 2021 at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Avenue, in Franklin. Cost for the program is $150. For more information contact Alison.Worden@williamsoncounty-tn.gov or call (615) 786-0186, ext. 2513.

About the Author

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.