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The arts take center stage at Franklin High each spring -- in what they call 'Arts Alive!'

DAVID F. ASHTON - Advanced Dance Class members perform a highly choreographed number, I AM. Excellence in music, performance arts, and fine arts were all on display during this year's Franklin High School (FHS) "Arts Alive!" on the first weekend in May.

"Our festival showcases the culmination of creative projects on which the students have worked for the entire school year – demonstrating how much they've learned in their technique classes, rehearsals, and studio art sessions," explained FHS Dance Teacher Sonia Kellermann.

"The 'Arts Alive' showcase is a collaboration of the FHS dance department, music department, choral Department, and theatre department – including live performances in our new theater, and an extensive display by our fine arts students in a gallery, set up in our 'Black Box' Theater," Kellerman told THE BEE.

Among the graphic arts, music, and dance performances, the spring showcase featured about 300 student participants.

"Art in school is vitally important to help round out students' educations," Kellermann remarked. "Art programs offer a place where every student can feel included and honored. We give them the opportunity to create original artworks that speak to their individual experience in life, and desire to learn."

In her public introduction to the evening program in the theater, Kellermann thanked the school's Parent Teacher Student Organization, "Because this wouldn't be possible without our army of parent and student volunteers, with special thanks to theater instructor Josh Forsyth and the technical crew, whose efforts often go unseen, but are truly appreciated."

Before the curtain parted to start the performance, Kellermann added, "I'm more proud of this show, that any other show I've done."

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