Family Friendly Productions in Pilot Point

A little local history comes to life at the Pilot Point Opera House this June in an all original, family-friendly musical comedy from Tioga-based Family Friendly Productions.

Shelby Cranfill and daughter Abby Cranfill started Family Friendly Productions in 2012 to be a workshop where kids can learn about play production and stage acting. Shelby began writing and producing plays for Abby’s home school group back in 2001. Eventually they formed a partnership to create Family Friendly Productions. Shelby and Abby create story lines and write all the scipts. Shelby adds original music and Abby is in charge of set decoration, costumes and photography. Their casts now include kids from public and private schools as well.

The newest original, The Girl I Left Behind Me, is a romantic musical comedy for the whole family, with cast of young actors, ages 9 to 17. Four are from Pilot Point, while the other 20 come from Corinth, Providence, Denton, Mountain Springs, Whitesboro, and Aubrey.

“I wrote the town of Pilot Point and the Opera House into this fun play,” stated Cranfill. “It was easy, since the script was already loosely based on North Texas history. However,” continued Cranfill, “underneath all the craziness, we celebrate the families who settled this region.”

“FFP is thrilled to be invited back to the Pilot Point Opera House. We brought one night of our show, Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, to the Opera house this past December. The place was packed and the show was a hit. Audience members and the Opera House asked for more, so we jumped at the opportunity.”

All details are available on the FFP website at

Performances are Sunday matinees, June 8 and 15 at 2 p.m., and evening shows at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14.



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