Source One Five is a new Franklin-based local theatre company which will bring its first show to the stage in December at the Little Brick Theatre at The Factory in Franklin. We spoke to Co Artistic Director/Co Founder Rachel Meinhart to learn more about the theatre company and how you can take part in its first production.
Meinhart explained the name Source One Five by saying, “We thought long and hard about the name, wanting it to also stand as our mission. Anyone living in the arts can sometimes feel like they are in the dark with direction and purpose as they are finding their way. We are creating a collaborative and compassionate center for the arts; whether it’s through classes, productions, or establishing a fellowship of like minds, our mission is to help encourage and strengthen the light in this community. John 1:5 says “And the light shines in the darkness;and the darkness comprehended it not.” Source One Five will be a source for all areas of the arts so that we can best serve, impact, and reflect our community. It was also happenstance that Source One Five pays a sort of homage to 615…but that was just pure luck!”
“All of that to say, Source One Five will be a ‘Creative Community Reimagined’, focusing on connection and collaboration through all areas of the arts for all ages! It will have the perfect mix of hometown charm and real-world experience!” Meinhart shares.
Meinhart is a former Williamson County resident but after working in Chicago she has chosen to return to Franklin.
“I grew up in Spring Hill and attended Independence High School where I was greatly involved in the theater department as well as community theater such as Pull-Tight Players. I then moved to Chicago to attend college at Columbia College Chicago where I earned a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance and worked professionally in and around Chicago at theaters such as The Royal George, The Apollo Theater, and The Goodman Theater. A few years ago I was contacted to do a show back home called Franklin: The Musical (written and directed by Anna Bovi, music by Michael W. Smith) and I, along with my husband, got to come home for that production performed at The Franklin Theater! We fell in love with our beautiful town all over again and also connected with Anna Bovi over dreams of one day opening up a theater community right here in our hometown. I had work still to do in Chicago and have been there for the past few years on stage, on camera, and even at sea, but now it’s time to plant roots!” said Meinhart.
The first show for Source One Five has a special meaning to Meinhart.
“We are opening this season with one of my favorite shows, and a show I was lucky enough to perform in with Broadway In Chicago – A Charlie Brown Christmas! We are also ecstatic to call The Little Brick Theater at the Factory in Franklin “home”, and where we will be performing this Christmas season!”
Auditions take place on September 7 – 8. Information on sign-ups is available on the Source One Five website at www.sourceonefive.com or visit their Facebook.
Performances for A Charlie Brown Christmas will run November 30 through December 9.