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Sights & Sounds of Christmas at the Franco Center

LEWISTON, ME (December 4, 2022) — “Make it a holiday tradition to visit the Franco Center each year for our spectacular Christmas show,” said Elaine Roop, the nonprofit’s board president. “Our show has all the best sights and sounds of the season all rolled into one magical live production.” 

With an evening show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, followed by a late afternoon show at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, the Franco Center’s beautiful Performance Hall stage will be the scene of holiday-themed performances, music, and a light show.  

Franco Center Production Director Hodgkin described the overall emphasis on an old-fashioned homestyle Christmas. “If you are looking to get in the holiday spirit, don’t miss this show,” said Hodgkin.  

Dramatical Christmas readings and skits featuring Emily Boyd, Michelle Breton, Pam Bryant, and Holden Gray are planned. Musical performances will include Emma Encarnacion, Jackie Preston, Ross Cunningham, Hodgkin, and Theresa Cormier. The Dance Center students will perform scenes from “The Nutcracker” and “Frozen 2.”  

Throughout the event several musical pieces will be accompanied by a holiday light show. A live radio show will be dramatized by CarlaRose Dubois, David Hanright, Randy Hunt, and Bob LeBlanc. Several songs will be included for the audience to sing along with the performers. Great Falls Model Railroad club will have a display in Heritage Hall that patrons can view before the show and during intermission. 

The Franco Center will be brimming with Christmas decorations, more than a dozen lit Christmas trees, holiday lights and music, throughout its building offering festive backdrops for selfies and family photos. “Make time for your loved ones this season and attend our spectacular Christmas show,” said Roop. 

Tickets for the Franco Center’s Sights & Sounds of Christmas Show range from $15 to $30 for adults and $10 to $20 for children and students. 

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 207-689-2000. Tickets can also be purchased in person at our box office between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  

Support for this Christmas event comes from Skelton Taintor & Abbott, Norway Savings Bank, Berman & Simmons, Maple Way Dental Care, Bennett Radio Group, Sun Journal, Turner Publishing, and Uncle Andy’s Digest. 

The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Parking is available in the mill lot. The building is handicap accessible on the Lincoln St. Alley side. 

 Jake Hodgkin will direct the Sights & Sounds of Christmas variety show at the Franco Center Dec. 17 and 18. Melissa Hodgkin is stage manager of the production. The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Call 207-689-2000 for tickets.  

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