Pandora's Box Productions, previously known as Front and Center Stage, is a professional and inclusive nonprofit performing arts company whose purpose is to produce diverse theatrical experiences and promote the practice and importance of theatre education in Northern Virginia and beyond.
A native of Northern Virginia, Rachel Harrington attended George Mason University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Education. During her time at Mason, she was awarded many accolades, including Best in Performance for her graduating class. She was also recognized as one of DCMetro Theatre Arts Best Supporting Actresses for her role as Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She has had the distinct honor of performing with Patti LuPone and has trained with world-renowned actors such as Stacey Keach and Ed Gero. Rachel is a classically trained singer who has participated in many singing groups, operas and done much solo work. She is a high ranking Mezzo-Soprano who has competed throughout Virginia for a number for titles. Her most recent operatic performance was in The Pirates of Penzance where she portrayed the character of Ruth. Some of her greatest accomplishments have been in the classroom. Rachel has had a knack for teaching theatre since she was a camp counselor. Throughout college, she continued to work with community theatres and school programs. She later taught high school theatre arts for Fairfax County Public Schools where she had the opportunity to lead a flourishing theatre community. She continues to make strides in arts education and positively impacts more lives with the power of theatre.
As a theatre practitioner and educator, Jonathan Faircloth has made his mark on Northern Virginia's theatre scene. He has previously ventured into theatre production and education with his company Front and Centre Stage. It is there that he helped provide theatrical experiences for students of all ages, in addition to producing sold-out shows. He has been recognized and given accolades for his work as a producer, choreographer, and actor in the Northern Virginia Area. And he continues to contribute to productions throughout the region. Jonathan is also coming to PBP with 10 years of experience in education. Previously he has taken on the role of Director at early childhood learning centers, as well as opening new schools. With all of Jonathan's passion, it is clear that he combines his skills and joy for education and performance to provide outstanding community outreach opportunities. He intends to continue to spread the wealth of arts education to NOVA and beyond.
The Legend says...
The story of Pandora's Box comes from Greek Mythology. According to Hesiod, when Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus, the king of the gods, took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Prometheus' brother Epimetheus. Pandora opened a jar left in his care containing sickness, death and many other unspecified evils which were then released into the world. Though she hastened to close the container, only one thing was left behind – Hope.
We find that in today's world we are still battling many of the evils that were released into the world. But just as the legend says, we believe there is still hope. We choose to take on these adversities with the theatre arts so that we can face any challenge by spread hope to others. Come with us and see what is in our Pandora's Box.