The sounds of summer are here! The Youngish Professionals Committee is thrilled to announce the return of our community concert series, Fridays at the Fountain, featuring 5 amazing live performances at the Brooks Memorial Fountain! Join us starting June 23rd (with a chair and a blanket) at the fountain.
We’d like to give a Marshall-sized THANK YOU to our sponsors, The Franke Center for the Arts, the talented filmmakers & our YPC family, who joined us for the #2023WolfTreeFilmFestival. Congrats to the festival winners and we hope to see you at next year’s event!
Best Actor……….Tara Hazel Walsh (The Funeral Photographer) Best Student Film……….An Apocalypse Best Comedy……….Season’s Greetin’s Best Drama……….The Funeral Photographer Best Thriller……….Thrashed Best in Festival……….The Funeral Photographer Audience Choice.………Joy
Wolf Tree proudly presents our 2023 🏆Official Selections🏆 for short films!
Every Wolf Tree is curated carefully and thoughtfully, from the programming to the production behind it. Our committee of fellow film and theatre aficionados invite you to experience Marshall’s own homegrown film festival – January 21, 2023 at 7pm! Join us at The Franke Center for an exciting evening of screenings and a mixer with the filmmakers and the YPC.
CW: Some films included in this festival contain mature content that may be inappropriate for young viewers and may be triggering for others. Viewer discretion is advised.
A drama about a young man who struggles with his sobriety while he and his wife host a holiday dinner with her dysfunctional family.
A comedy about a hitman who thinks he’s on a routine mission, but he’s got another think coming.
A drama about a lonely, sensitive boy and his doomsday-prepping father.
A live-action animated short about a young girl and her imaginary friend, a silent and friendly monster.
A 7th grade student shares their thoughts about being Different.
A foreign language drama about a pianist who suffers from conversion disorder, and the universal language of music.
A drama about a seasoned journalist who reevaluates the role she plays in other people’s stories.
A dark comedy about two friends who hope to buy a car but discover a corpse in its trunk.
A drama/mystery about a photographer tasked with taking photos of all in attendance at a funeral.
A thriller about two surfers who take matters into their own hands to catch a killer.
Special Mainstage Guest: Danae Lortz, Charlie King & Beau Hutchings
DOWNSTAGE CLUB PRESHOW: DANAE LORTZ | 7 PM
Please join us November 19th at 8pm for The Skivvies! Hosted by The Franke Center with Special Mainstage Guests Beau Hutchings, Charlie King, & Danae Lortz, The Skivvies are Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd, a musical comedy duo who performs stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals while literally stripping down to their underwear.
The Skivvies are Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd singer/actor/musicians performing stripped-down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but the Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. The Skivvies were born in 2012 when they became YouTube sensations with their unique covers of artists like Robyn, Carole King, and Rihanna. The videos led to live shows, and now this “musically thrilling”, undie-rock, the comedy-pop duo continues to perform to sold-out audiences in New York and beyond.
The Wall Street Journal calls them “smart, sophisticated…ingenious,” and Out Magazine says, “The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque…and unusual explosion of satire and sultry.” People Magazine named The Skivvies “The Most Playful Performers” in The Most Talked about Bodies issue and Sports Illustrated named them “Favorite New Band”. The New York Times calls them “a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and of course, highly toned displays of skin.” They were also nominated for a MAC award for show of the year.
The Franke Center brings NYC artists to facilitate workshops for youth and youngish alike! Broadway actors, musicians and teachers, Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd will offer three workshops on how to creatively and theatrically interpret a pop song through acting OR honing in the auditon skills of those called Triple Threats (actor, singer and musician) — November 15, 16 and 17, each unique to different age groups.
THREE WORKSHOPS IN NOVEMBER FOR 5TH GRADERS THROUGH TO ADULTS. Broadway actors, musicians, and teachers, Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd will offer three workshops on November 15, 16, and 17, each unique to different age groups.
Interpreting the Pop Song – Pop songs have been all over Broadway in the form of the Jukebox Musical. The objective is to teach the basics of how to creatively and theatrically interpret a pop song thru acting. The format will be set up for students to perform a 16-32 bar cut of a pop song (bring the sheet music), while receiving feedback and suggestions from the teaching duo.
Date: November 15, 2022 Time: 4-6 pm Age Group: 5th – 8th-grade students Cost: $60 Sign up here
Date: November 16, 2022 Time: 6:30-8:30pm Age Group: 9th – 12th-grade students Cost: $60 Sign up here
Are you a triple threat: Actor, Singer, or MUSICIAN? The special skill of playing an instrument as an actor will most certainly come in handy. From the Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd” to “Once” to “Spongebob Squarepants”, actors are playing instruments onstage. In this masterclass, you can bring your guitar, uke, play the piano (we’ll have for you in the room), or any other instrument you can play while singing. Nick Cearley and Sydney Shepherd out of NYC, will coach songs and talk about what is needed to prepare for an actor-musician audition and show.
Date: November 17, 2022 Times: 6:30-8:30pm Ages: 13 through Adult Cost: $60 Sign up here
About the Artists:
Nick Cearley is an American actor, musician, singer, and dancer. A Fairfield, Ohio native, Cearley received his BFA from the Boston Conservatory for Musical Theatre with an emphasis in acting. He currently resides in New York City. He has performed in several shows such as the 1st National Tour of All Shook Up, Buyer and Cellar at Bucks County, and The Rocky Horror Show. Cearley most recently performed as Seymour in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of Little Shop Of Horrors.
Sydney Shepherd is an actor, singer, and musician who studied at the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts. She plays cello, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, banjo, and more. Her theatrical credits include First Date on Broadway, August Rush, and Alice By Heart. Talkin’ Broadway called Sydney ‘beguiling and endearing with a knock-out voice”.
More Information: Check out TheFranke.org or email Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All workshops take place at The Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion Street in Marshall.
In its fifth year, Wolf Tree Film Festival showcases films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes region is defined as any state or territory that touches one of the Great Lakes (including Ontario, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York).
The festival will take place at The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall, MI* and will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, and a filmmaker roundtable with industry professionals.
The Wolf Tree Film Festival is housed in historic Marshall, Michigan, a gorgeous small town with a vibrant artistic community. Hosted by the Franke Center for the Arts and Marshall’s Youngish Professionals Committee, the festival is held at Franke Center, originally a church built in 1921, now an arts complex that is the proud home of world-class concerts, inspiring theater, and award-winning movies.
🔑 OCTOBER 1, 2022: SUBMISSIONS OPEN 🔑 DEC 1, 2022: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS 🔑 JANUARY 4, 2022: FILMMAKER NOTIFICATION DATE 🔑 JANUARY 21, 2023: WOLF TREE AT THE FRANKE CENTER
*The festival will adhere to all public health and safety recommendations at the time of the event
CONTENT WARNING: Some films included in this festival contain mature content that may be inappropriate for young viewers and may be triggering for others. Viewer discretion is advised.