FAC Weekly Update

November 4, 2022

Good Morning, FAC Family

We had a busy week at the FAC, highlighted by three fantastic student performances. Congratulations to our Strings Chamber Music, Concert Dance, and Winds Chamber Music Studios on their first performances of the school year. It is wonderful to be back to a full performance calendar, showcasing the hard work of the students throughout the school year!

Just a reminder - the next day of school for students is Wednesday, November 9. Monday, November 7, is a teacher workday. Tuesday is Election Day, and there is no school for students and staff. Enjoy the long weekend!

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


It has been said that the goal of all teachers should be to equip students to get along without them. The same can be said of leaders who seek to enlarge others. As you work with others and help them to enlarge themselves, give them what they need so that they can learn to take care of themselves. Teach them to find resources. Encourage them to get out of their comfort zone on their own. And point them toward additional people who can help them learn and grow. If you can help them to become lifelong learners, you will have given them an incredible gift.

We've heard it said, "No one becomes rich until they enrich another." When you enrich others by helping them grow and enlarge themselves, you not only bring joy to them and yourself, but you also increase your influence and their ability to touch others' lives.

- Dr. John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader; November 4

Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can help support the Fine Arts Center Partners with your Amazon.com purchases? The Amazon Smile program allows you to select the Fine Arts Center Partners as your charity of choice, with 0.5% of qualified purchases going to the organization. There are no fees and no extra cost to you. Please click on the following link to learn more - https://smile.amazon.com/charity?orig=%2F - or scan the QR code to the right to access the Amazon Smile page on your cell phone.

Remember, the FAC Partners serve to support our students through funding...

  • Class Fees and Field Trip expenses for Pupils in Poverty
  • Guest Artist experiences
  • Scholarships to summer intensive programs
  • College scholarships for graduating FAC seniors
  • Equipment needs for FAC programs

Volunteers Needed - Just a Few Spots Left!

We have only a few volunteer spots open for our November Evening and Weekend Volunteer Opportunities: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949A9AB23A7F85-november

If you have any questions, please reach out to our FAC Parent Guild Volunteer Coordinator, Niki Peters - mailto:nikidpeters3@gmail.com.

Upcoming FAC Events

FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's - 11.9.22

Now in its fifth year, the Jazz All Stars performance series prepares student musicians for a career in the arts and entertainment industry by giving them a resume-building, professional opportunity to perform in paid settings.

The first performance of the year will focus on the tradition of classic ‘50s and ‘60s jazz. Audience members will delight in the sounds of jazz vocals, banjo and guitar alongside the piano, bass and drums. Featured works include “Can’t Get Out of This Mood” by Nina Simone, “Think of One” by Thelonious Monk, “That Old Feeling" by Chet Baker and many more.

For tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/fac-jazz-all-stars-1.

Livestream of Concerts at the FAC

We will once again livestream all of the student performances that take place in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Please bookmark the following link in your web browser so that you can easily view concerts from home - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxfW1XUikAehy-2ee0whAUg. A few things to consider regarding livestreamed performances...

1. The best way to experience performances and support our students is by attending performances in-person. Students thrive off of the energy of a supportive audience.

2. Proceeds from ticket sales are used by each FAC studio for equipment, field trip expenses, guest artists, and more. If you are watching from home on the livestream and therefore are not paying to attend the concert, please consider donating to your child's program via the donation link in this newsletter.

Re-Inventing Shakespeare - Panel Discussion

On Friday, November 18 from 6-7pm, the FAC and the SC New Play Festival are partnering to host a FREE panel discussion with Rick Dildine (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Tia James (UNC Chapel Hill Professional Actor Training Program), and Cameron Knight (Head of Acting at Mason School of the Arts at Rutgers University), moderated by West Hyler and Teri Parker Lewis, where we will discuss the trends happening with Shakespearean productions in both the educational and professional arts centers.

Tickets (free) for the Shakespeare panel:

Re-Inventing Shakespeare, Nov 18 at 6:00 pm at the Fine Arts Center — South Carolina New Play Festival


Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


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

Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network

with the larger Cooke Scholar community. https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/

Deadline: November 17, 2022

Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships provide resources and support to high school seniors from populations historically underrepresented in the theatre industry who demonstrate exceptional talent and economic need but have a lack of financial resources to attend college to study theatre. Students can apply for a scholarship to study ANY aspect of theatre from stage management to arts administration, design to performance, and many more. Up to $10,000 renewable for four years. https://alwinitiative.secure-platform.com/a/page/UniversityScholarships Deadline: November 2022

SC Teaching Fellows Program

Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community and a desire to teach in South Carolina. $6000 a year for four years to complete a degree leading to initial certification. A fellow agrees to teach one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship. Details at www.cerra.org. Deadline: December 7, 2022

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.

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Cinderella - SCCT

Please support FAC Voice students Claire Shirley and Omarion Kirksey in the South Carolina Children's Theatre production of Cinderella. The production runs from November 18, 2022 – December 11, 2022.

For more information, please click on the following link - https://cart.scchildrenstheatre.org/75922/75929.

Cinderella - Woodmont High School

The Woodmont HS Wildcat Players will be performing Cinderella at WHS on November 12, 18, and 20. Performing the title role will be the FAC's own Lauren Laxton (Theatre Studio). The cast also includes FAC Theatre student Olivia Marseil. Tickets are available for purchase at the following website - https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/68131.

Once on This Island, Jr. - Mauldin Cultural Center - 11/4-11/13

Olivia Marseil from the FAC Theatre Studio is performing in Once on This Island Jr. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The dates for the show are 11/4-11/6 and 11/11-11/13. Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.onthestage.tickets/show/mauldin-cultural-center/once-on-this-island-jr-69930.

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, November 9 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's (Peace Center); 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10 - Visual Arts Student Juried Show: Gallery Reception; 6:00 p.m., FAC Sheffield Wood Gallery
  • November 11, 12, 18, and 19 - FAC Theatre presents Pericles; 7:00 p.m., Black Box Theater
  • Wednesday, November 16 - 1:30 p.m. Jazz Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Tuesday, November 22 - FAC Percussion Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Wednesday-Friday, 11/23-11/25 - Thanksgiving Recess
  • Thursday, December 1 - FAC Voice Concert; FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Monday, December 5 - Fall Theatre Presentations; 7:00 p.m.. FAC Black Box Theatre
  • Wednesday, December 7 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's (Peace Center); 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 15 - FAC Winter Showcases; during school classes, for students only

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