Free ‘Humbug!’ for area youths

The Franklin Performing Arts Company is holding a free performance of “Humbug!’’ for members of area youth organizations Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium at Horace Mann Middle School, 224 Oak St. A contemporary adaption of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,’’ the popular holiday musical features a 10-piece band and a cast of 150 area students, community performers, and professional artists. The ensemble will distribute free tickets through community organizations, including the Hockomock Area YMCA, local Best Buddies chapters, the Franklin Food Pantry, and the Friend in Me Theater Company. For more information on ticket availability, representatives from nonprofit youth and human services organizations can call 508-528-8668. The troupe is also holding public performances on Dec. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.; tickets are $26 to $30. For more information, call 508-528-8668 or visit www.fpaconline.com .