FRANKLIN — While Spring tries desperately to bring warmer temperatures to eradicate the snow and foster new growth, Franklin Footlight Theatre shall endeavor to tickle funny-bones and induce introspection with a bevy of theatrical beauties in the form of five one act plays. On Friday April 10th and Saturday April 11th at 7:30 pm, with a third show on Sunday April 12th at 2:00 pm, the Franklin Opera House (inside Franklin City Hall, 316 Central St.) will part its curtain to reveal four comedies and a drama debuting the directorial talents of Annette Andreozzi, Robbie LaPlante, and John Masse, and showcasing the veteran abilities of Ryan Clark and Leigh Webb. The talented ensemble cast includes Summer McGaffigan, Benjamin Heath, Saige Granger, Denise Steadman, Kristine Snow, Jack Finley, Spencer Costigan, Joshua Bradley, Tia Turgeon, Wendy DeSousa, Meaghan Corning, Karielle Anzaldi, Cricket Basha, Sue Bitteto, Rebecca Turmel, Selena Durette, Sheri Collins, Jule Finley, Cameron Brand, and Vince Ribas.
The offerings differ considerably in tone, with "Void" by Donald Tongue being esoterically and cerebrally tongue-in-cheek, "Accused of Comedy" by Carl L. Williams relying heavily on clever puns and a touch of slapstick, "Find Me" by Dennis Bush (both "Accused of Comedy" and "Find Me" produced by special arrangement with Brooklyn Publishers, LLC) a thought-provoking drama of insight and revelation, with "General Hurtspital" by Franklin resident Leigh Webb satirically sending up serial soaps and their attendant day-time commercials, and "The Real Problem" aiming its comical message at the female audience in tune with the collected works of Shakespeare, somewhat at the expense of men.
Behind the scenes Sue Bitteto once again put her considerable expertise to work gathering and creating props, Mark Bitteto shines as Stage Manager, Ryan Clark not only doubles as House Manager, but shot and edited video footage for "General Hurtspital", Dan Darling is on lights, Chelse Proulx and Jack Finley are helping out with sound, and Annette Andreozzi created costumes for "The Real Problem".
Tickets are $12 with seniors and students discounted to $10, and can be purchased online at the Franklin Opera House website, www.franklinoperahouse.org, by making arrangements with the box office via telephone, 934-1901, or of course, at the door prior to a performance. Please indicate when making advance purchases if a wheelchair will need to be accommodated. All performances are open seating, "first come, first served".