Tuesday December 13, 2011 | 09:42 PM

Three lucky guests won free tickets to an upcoming show during tonight's kick-off mixer for the Friends of Freeport Factory Stage. In the photo above, Julia Langham is picking a winning name, while Julie George-Carlson holds the basket.

As a nonprofit, the Friends organization will be able to accept donations and host fundraisers in support of the theater company's professional work. Without such help, the theater won't be able to keep the lights on. My colleague Bob Keyes recently wrote about the theater's plans to close which were shelved after an outpouring of community support.

Now the task is to translate this enthusiasm into volunteers and financial backers, while continuing to fill the 99-seat theater.

Freeport Factory Stage offers an up-close-and-personal performance experience prized by theater buffs. Everyone I spoke with tonight praised the venue and the high caliber of the acting talent it attracts.

Julie, who founded the theater with her husband, Bud Carlson, is seen in the snapshot above revealing the show line-up between now and July. And there's lots to look forward to.

On New Year's Eve, the theater offers two performances of "Forbidden Broadway," a musical roast of Broadway hits. The new year brings "Glass Menagerie," "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" and "A Little Night Music." The theater's hoping to stage "Our Town" during the 4th of July holiday.

If you want to read more about the party and see more snapshots, don't forget to pick up the Dec. 18 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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