FAC Weekly Update

February 3, 2023

Good Morning, FAC Family

We hope that you have had a fantastic week! Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

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Elevate 2023 - Celebrating the Students of the Fine Arts Center

Friday, March 31, 2023

Peace Center Gunter Theatre

6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour

7:00 p.m. - Performance Start Time


Student work from the FAC Visual Arts and Architecture Programs

Outstanding Student Performers from the FAC Creative and Performing Arts Studios.

Sponsorships Available

Platinum Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Includes logo in advertising materials and program

  • Four free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Gold Sponsorship - $500

  • Includes logo in program

  • Two free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Silver Sponsorship - $250

  • Includes name in program

Please email vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us for more information on sponsorship. Scan the QR code or go to https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_9fa4fdba-3be6-11ec-ba47-026d3237139f&WidgetId=35840 to pay for your sponsorship or to donate to the event. Indicate “Elevate Sponsorship” in the comment section.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


By Leif Babin

Effective or Ineffective

In the introduction to the book, Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and I wrote:

The only meaningful measure for a leader is whether the team succeeds or fails. For all the definitions, descriptions, and characterizations of leaders, there are only two that matter: effective and ineffective. Effective leaders lead successful teams that accomplish their mission and win. Ineffective leaders do not.

It doesn’t matter that you are working hard. Are you accomplishing the goal? It doesn’t matter that you explained the “why” to your team. Do they understand, and are they executing? It doesn’t matter that you feel you have a good relationship with your boss. Does the boss listen to you and implement your recommendations? Does the boss give you the support and resources you need to be successful?

Detach and Evaluate

When you detach—from the details of a problem, your emotions, and your ego—you can evaluate the problem with an honest, realistic self-assessment. Are you effective or ineffective? If you’re ineffective, you need to take ownership of the problem and figure out an effective solution. If you’re effective, you should still carefully analyze where you can create efficiencies and become even more effective.

- Echelon Front: The Rundown #20: The Only Leadership Test That Matters

Congratulations - Reedy Reels Film Festival

Congratulations to the following current and former Fine Arts Center Digital Filmmaking students for having their films accepted into the 2023 Reedy Reels Film Festival!

Current Students:

  • Field of Crosses – Directed by Shaw Shurley; Written by Shaw Shurley, Evan Miller and Manny Friedlob; Visual Effects by Ethan Sumner; Music by Caleb Jiva
  • Die Konfrontation – Directed by Shaw Shurley, Starring Charlie Ratterree
  • Plain Sight – Directed by Meghan Kane, Starring Manny Friedlob

FAC Alumni:

  • The Gospel of Ted – Directed and Written by Alex Wroten (former music student), Starring Joe Worthen (former film student).
  • Curtain Call – Directed by Prosser Heroman, Produced by Prosser Heroman, Sarah McFeely and Kenelm Winslow, starring Sophie Reynolds, Charlotte Mikula, Shanya Hunn, Chaz Haines (theatre and dance students), and Sarah McFeely
  • Death of an Industry – Directed by Sarah McFeely
  • What the Fur? – Directed by Prosser Heroman
  • Owe Joe – Directed by Caleb Eells
  • Malignant – Directed by Ben Hess

We also want to thank Mr. Eric Rogers, FAC Digital Filmmaking Instructor, for his consistently outstanding mentorship of his students.

Congratulations - Region and All-State Band

With All-State Band auditions complete, we can now release the final results for SCMEA Region and All-State Band. Congratulations to the following FAC Percussion and Winds Chamber Music Students!

All-State Band

  • Samuel Bursch - Principal Timpani, 9-10 Band
  • Buddy Miller - 2nd Trombone, 11-12 Band
  • Matthew Revilla - 1st Alternate Clarinet, 11-12 Band
  • Evan Smith - 1st Alternate Alto Sax, 11-12 Band
  • Jacob Shum - 4th Alternate Percussion, 11-12 Band

Region 1 9-10 Band

  • Mia Ortiz - 2nd Oboe
  • William Price - 3rd Oboe
  • Charlotte Metcalf - 4th Oboe
  • Dylan Goldbach- 1st Percussion
  • Callum Anderssen - 2nd Percussion
  • Jonathan Wilson - 4th Percussion
  • Eli Wilson - 2nd Alternate Percussion
  • Seth Compton - 3rd Alternate Percussion

Region 1 11-12 Band

  • Matthew Revilla - 3rd Clarinet
  • Charlie Hinson - 11th Clarinet
  • Evan Smith - 1st Alto Sax
  • Gwendolyn Tomlin - 4th Tuba
  • Jacob Shum - 1st Percussion
  • Lucas White - 3rd Percussion
  • Diory Lucario Keller - 5th Percussion
  • Jackson Goldy - 6th Percussion
  • Poppy Hinson - 7th Percussion
  • Ian Tyner - 1st Alternate Timpani

Many thanks to Mr. Strasser and Dr. Massey for their mentorship of these students.

The Parrini Trio - Live in Concert at the FAC

Thanks to our Artist-in-Residence partnership with the Peace Center, the Parrini Trio will be spending next week at the FAC with our Strings Chamber Music students. The residency will include masterclasses, coaching sessions, private lessons, and open rehearsals. In addition, the trio will be presenting a concert for our community on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall.

The concert is free to the public, with the option to give a donation to the Strings Chamber Music. We hope you will join us for an evening of chamber music with this world-class ensemble.

Michael Flynn - Sigal Music Museum

On Thursday, February 9, at 7:30PM, Michael Flynn - FAC class of 1995, pianist, singer, and songwriter - will perform an evening of his latest award-winning songs. And along with his ensemble of violin, acoustic bass and percussion, Michael will be joined by another 1995 FAC alum, Keith Groover. Keith will perform on a remarkable electronic instrument of his own invention, the Glide.

FAC student tickets to the event are discounted to $5. All other attendees pay $20. If you’d like to experience one among the hundreds of long-term FAC success stories, don’t miss this opportunity!




A Sudden Spontaneous Event - David Lee Nelson

David Lee Nelson was a Greenville-based actor, writer, comedian and author, who sadly passed away on 9/24/20 after a courageous battle with stage 4 colon cancer. He was a beloved member of the Fine Arts Center Faculty, teaching our Theatre Foundations and Advanced Topics in Theatre courses. His play, "A Sudden Spontaneous Event," will be performed in the Main Stage Theatre at the USC Upstate Performing Arts Center.

February 16, 17 & 18, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. | February 19, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets - https://www.uscupstate.edu/academics/college-of-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/fine-arts-and-communication-studies/theatre-program/now-playing/

*This production contains strong adult language that may not be suitable for children.

Hamlet - Fast and Frenzied

Don't miss Hamlet - Fast and Frenzied, brought to you by the Greenville Shakespeare Company! The cast features FAC Instructors Teri Parker Lewis and David Schwingle (Hamlet), with the ensemble performing Shakespeare's longest work in a fast-paced 90-minute version.

Show Dates - February 9, 10, and 11

For tickets - https://www.tickettailor.com/events/summershakes/r/homepage-ticket-button/

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Greer Children's Theatre - The Lion King, Jr.

Come out and support the FAC students who are performing in The Lion King, Jr. at the Greer Children's Theatre.

  • Ellie Hambrook - Design and Production
  • Jules Higginbotham - Jazz Studies
  • Ben Turner - Theatre
  • Molly Wareham - Theatre

Show Dates: Feb 24-26 & March 3-5, 2023

Location: The Cannon Centre
​204 Cannon Street, Greer, SC, 29651

Tickets - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/68752

Big River - Greenville Theatre

Vi Hix (Theatre Foundations) will be performing the role of Simon in the Teen Ensemble in Greenville Theatre's production of Big River. The show runs March 2-19. For tickets, go to https://www.greenvilletheatre.org/mainstage.


Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”

Watson-Brown Foundation - Provides need and merit based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Details at www.watson-brown.org. February 8, 2022

The SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition is offered to current juniors and seniors in high school. Entrants may use any traditional 2-D medium; digital works are not permitted. Winners will be notified in March. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/scad-challenge Deadline: February 13, 2023

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program information is available on the SCDE website. Applications are due February 20, 2023.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $30,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline: February 20, 2023

Silver Pen writing competition is hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25 mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. silverpen-slc.com Deadline: February 21, 2022

AHAM - The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2023 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following: https://www.ahamsc.org/scholarship. Deadline: March 15, 2023

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!


  • Wednesday, February 8 - Parrini Trio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; free admission, suggested donation
  • Friday, February 10 - District Theatre Festival; for students only; WHHS and FAC
  • Saturday, February 11 - District Dance Festival; WHHS and FAC
  • Wednesday, February 15 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's; 7:30 p.m., Peace Center
  • Monday, February 20 - No School for Students and Staff; Presidents’ Day
  • Wednesday, February 22 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall
  • Saturday, February 25 - FAC Audition Day #1
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Jazz Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
  • Saturday, March 4 - FAC Audition Day #2


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