FAC Weekly Update

September 30, 2022

Good Afternoon, FAC Family

I hope you and your family are staying safe during the storm. We have some events that need to be moved due to today's school cancellation - both the music field trip to the Sigal Music Museum and the FAC Visual Arts faculty show reception are being rescheduled. Stay tuned for new dates for these events.

We also have some phenomenal professional performances on the schedule for the month of October, starting with the Parrish Cello Trio on Saturday, October 8. Join us for some evenings of incredible music in the Sutherlin Recital Hall!

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Over the next few weeks, we will highlight The Four Agreements, a New York Times Bestseller for over a decade.

The Third Agreement: Don't Make Assumptions

We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. We could swear they are real. We make assumptions about what others are doing or thinking — we take it personally — then we blame them and react by sending emotional poison with our word. That is why whenever we make assumptions, we're asking for problems.

We make an assumption, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing. All the sadness and drama you have lived in your life was rooted in making assumptions and taking things personally. Take a moment to consider the truth of this statement. The whole world of control between humans is about making assumptions and taking things personally.

-Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

Getting the Word Out About the FAC

This week, the Fine Arts Center served as host for two District-level meetings - the middle school Principals visited us on Tuesday, and the high school Assistant Principals and Administrative Assistants visited on Wednesday. Each group toured the building and received information on our programs. Our goal is to create a team of advocates for the FAC at the middle and high school levels who have an understanding of our school offerings and school culture. We hope to generate a greater level of awareness of the FAC throughout Greenville County so that more students with a passion for the arts can pursue their dreams with us!

GCS Job Fair

HR Operations will host a job fair on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, from 5-7 pm at Wade Hampton High School. This hiring event will focus on hiring bus drivers, bus aides, custodians, and food service operators.

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Blake Slaughter and Dylan Westcott

Blake and Dylan will be providing live music throughout the evening at tonight's 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Greenville Jazz Collective! For more information, please go to https://greenvillejazzcollective.com/home.

DRUM Percussion Ensemble

FAC Percussionists Poppy Hinson (Junior), Eli Wilson (Sophomore), Jonathan Wilson (Sophomore), and Cal Anderssen (Freshman) are performing with the DRUM studio Youth Percussion Ensemble at North Greenville University's Percussion Ensemble concert on Monday, October 3rd at 5:30pm. In addition to performing their current repertoire, the students will also collaborate with guest clinician Jesse Willis - the Director of Percussion at Coastal Carolina University.

SC Children's Theatre - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don't miss FAC students Ayden Woo (Voice) and Vi Hix (Theatre) as they perform in the musical Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Performances run through October 9. For more information, please go to -


Ellie Rogers

Please support FAC Jazz Studies student Emma Bass, who performs under the stage name Ellie Rogers and can be heard regularly around the upstate. You can see her perform at the following locations:
  • 9/30 (Fri) – City Scape Winery
  • 10/7 (Fri) – 13 Stripes River Lodge, 6-9 p.m.
  • 10/9 (Sun) - Triune Mercy Center with Charles Hedgepath
  • 10/21 (Fri) – Growler Haus, Fountain Inn, 7-10 p.m.
  • 10/27 (Thurs) – Chicora Alley, Travelers Rest, 6-8:30 p.m.

The Bridges of Madison County - Mill Town Players, Pelzer

FAC Theatre student Lauren Laxton will be performing in The Bridges of Madison County with the Mill Town Players in Pelzer. The show opens Friday, Sept. 30th and runs through Sunday, Oct. 16th.

HONK! - Milltown Players, Simpsonville

Come out and support FAC Voice students Sarah Poinsette and Brady Green as they perform in the Milltown Players production of "HONK!" at the Simpsonville Arts Center. Tickets are available at the following link - http://www.milltownplayers.org/simpsonvilleartscenter.

Carolina Ballet Theatre - Ghosts - 10/28 and 10/29

The FAC Dance studio has a number of students who will be performing in CBT's presentation of Ghosts at the Peace Center. Tickets are available at https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/cbt-ghosts-22.

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!

Professional Performances at the FAC

FAC Wish List

As a pre-professional training ground for aspiring artists, we will at times need to augment what we are given through the school budget in order to meet professional industry standards. If you are interested in purchasing an item of need instead of donating money to the FAC, please click on the following link to access the FAC Wish List.




  • Monday, October 3 - Friday, November 11 - Theatre Artist-in-Residence: West Hyler
  • Thursday, October 6 - Parrish Trio Masterclass; 7:00 p.m.. FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Saturday, October 8 - District Dance Festival
  • Saturday, October 8 - Parrish Trio Performance; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Monday, October 10 - Friday, October 14 - Dance Artist-in-Residence: Christopher Huggins
  • Monday, October 10 - Friday, October 14 - Voice Artists-in-Residence: Danielle Talamantes and Kerry Wilkerson
  • Tuesday, October 11 - Jazz Guest Artist: Jason DeCristofaro
  • Thursday, October 13 - Visual Arts Portfolio Day
  • Thursday, October 13 - Danielle Talamantes & Kerry Wilkerson Performance; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Friday, October 21 - 2:25 p.m. Jazz Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall
  • Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28 - Jazz Artist-in-Residence: Mike Stern
  • Monday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 26 - Strings Artists-in-Residence: Paul and Rachel Aguilar
  • Friday, October 28 - Mike Stern Concert; 7:00 p.m., FAC Sutherlin Recital Hall

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