FoCo High School Students Can Take Center Stage at New Performing Arts Center | John Thompson

Get ready for musical theater this summer.(Photo/Forsyth County School System)

(Forsyth County, GA) A taste of Broadway is coming to the Forsyth County Arts and Learning (FoCAL) Center in June. That’s when the beloved musical “Guys and Dolls” brings its “illegal floating poop game” to the people of Forsyth County.

The musical, based on short stories by Damon Runyon and songs by Frank Loesser, will be the first summer show at the newly opened arts center. FoCAL Center Director Dawn Phipps is excited to bring it to the community.

“We wanted to do something that appealed to kids and ‘Guys and Dolls’ was top of a show survey,” Phipps said.

Auditions for the show are April 15 and 16 and for all county high school students in the 2022-2026 classes. More information can be found here.

The FoCAL center opened in December 2021. The main facility includes an auditorium with a capacity of 1,800 seats; a black box theater at the center can seat 250 people, Phipps said.

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The FoCAL Center.(Photo/Forsyth County School System)

In addition to musical theater productions, the venue serves choirs, bands, and arts groups and has a rental venue for the community.

The March production of “Annie Jr.” featured students with special needs in all roles.

“Each student had a mentor in case a line went down or something unexpected happened,” Phipps said.

The facility is also a valuable resource for students in the county.

“There is a flip side to STEM education, and that is STEAM,” she added.

The “A” stands for arts, and Phipps said the facility gives students access to a first-class performance venue.

Phipps said the fall schedule has opened for the facility and plans to book various programs.

In the meantime, residents can head to the center in June and have a Broadway experience that’s far more accessible than a trip to New York.

If you have a current council in Forsyth County, contact John Thompson at [email protected]