• Bandstand to Billboard
    Feb 24
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Bandstand to Billboard

    Performance Hall

    Bandstand to Billboard is back! This time our homegrown singing group/big band – back on the Franco Center stage in February – is bringing their high energy mix of song, dance, singalong and nostalgia called “Bandstand to Billboard: On The Flip Side” – our favorite songs and dances from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.

    The production, conceived by Eileen M. Messina, has been a favorite for the past several years and features a 6 person singing group doing both solos and close harmony numbers so famous in this time period, as well as a 12 person big band made up of some of the finest musicians in Maine. All gather for a one night performance and the chance to be rock n’ roll stars in the beautiful venue!

    In addition to Messina, the group features other favorites from central and southern Maine, Michael James Litchfield, Renee Mahon Davis, Duane Glover, Sophie Messina, and Gerry Therrien. The other big feature of the show of course is the orchestra, featuring conductor Paul G. Caron on keyboards, Mike French on acoustic and electric guitar, Shane Davis on bass guitar, Mark Fredericks on percussion, Mike Plossay and Michael Trucheon on trumpet, Bruce Theriault on trombone, Blaise Spath on reeds, Alex Wong on cello, and Kate Fox and Linda Vaillancourt on violin.

     

    Along with the music, there is as always a look back at the culture and current events of the time, as reflected in the advertising of the day, with a humorous look at vintage print ads interspersed between album covers and info about the original performers.

    This year Messina says they are starting out the show with a group dance song medley, featuring numbers such as Land of 1000 Dances, The Twist, Limbo Rock, Locomotion, Copacabana,and Y.M.C.A. among others. Messina says: “We know how much the Franco Center audiences love singing along with us, so this year I decided to start the show out with a big dance medley as well. Wear comfortable shoes, we expect everyone to be dancing in the aisles!”

    Reserved: $18

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  • F.A.B. (Franco & Bates College) - A Dance Showcase
    Mar 3
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    F.A.B. (Franco & Bates College) – A Dance Showcase

    Performance Hall

    F.A.B. (Franco and Bates) represents an ongoing effort to provide opportunities for regional dance artists to present dance works in central Maine, as well as an opportunity for local audiences to have access to contemporary dance works. Visually stunning and kinetically mesmerizing, this event combines classic and modern dance pieces in one of L/A’s magnificent performance halls.

    Reserved Ticket: $15
    Students $5 (Cash only at the door)

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  • Piano Concert Series - Henry Kramer
    Mar 8
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Piano Concert Series – Henry Kramer

    Performance Hall

    A sensational “rising star” among the elite of the new generation of classical pianists, Henry Kramer presents the fourth program in this 12th Piano Series season at the Gendron Franco Center on Thursday, March 8.  A graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School and a Juilliard School alumnus, Henry Kramer launched his concert career even before completing graduate study at Yale School of Music.  He has distinguished himself as laureate of several prestigious awards and competitions, included the Honens International Piano Competition, Calgary, and the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition, Brussels.  Having just served two years as visiting artist at Smith College, he is now artist-teacher at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City.

    Reserved Ticket: $15  Senior $10.  Free admission for students.

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  • Central Maine Comedy Invitational
    Mar 9
    7:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Central Maine Comedy Invitational

    Heritage Hall

    Think you have what it takes to become Central Maine’s Funniest Comedian? Here’s your chance to show off your skills! This second annual friendly competition offers comedians a chance to do 5 to 10 minutes of original stand-up comedy on the Franco Center stage.  Bring your friends, because winners will be chosen by audience vote.

    Interested in auditioning? Email a 3 to 5-minute video clip or link, along with a few words about yourself, to dawnmhartill@gmail.com.  Entries will be accepted until February 15, 2018.

    Ticket: $5

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  • Mar 15
    11:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    La Rencontre

    Heritage Hall

    L’Ecole Francaise du Maine proudly presents ‘Le Bonheur’, a celebration of happiness through theatrical performance that will include singing, dancing, and poetry through traditional and contemporary music.  Come see L’Ecole Francaise du Maine’s Early Childhood through Grade 6 students light up the stage!

    La Rencontre, a fun gathering for all ages, is in no way restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent. All are welcome to attend this popular monthly meal and event, as long as spots remain open. The event is sponsored by TV5MONDE USA, the global French language entertainment network, broadcasting without commercial interruptions, offering programs from France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. TV5MONDE can be found locally on Spectrum Cable at Channel 71.  The magnificent Gendron Franco Center is handicap accessible and is located on the corner of Cedar and Oxford Streets in the “Little Canada” section of Lewiston, just across the Bernard Lown Peace Bridge from New Auburn.

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  • Bangor Ballet
    Mar 18
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Bangor Ballet

    Performance Hall

    Bangor Ballet was founded in 1994 to provide performance opportunities for talented young dancers and to grow the audience for dance in Maine.  The heart of Bangor Ballet is a foundation in classical ballet training.  Company dancers have achieved a high level of technical skill and perform with grace and heart that delights both lifelong ballet fans and those experiencing ballet for the first time.   This spring, the company will present a story book classic of the ballet repertoire.

    Bangor Ballet is led by a dynamic new Artistic Director, Roberto Forleo.  Mr. Forleo was born in Italy and trained there and in Switzerland, where he studied with Maurice Béjart and danced with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne.  He has performed professionally with several dance companies in Europe and New York, and toured internationally.  Mr. Forleo succeeds Ivy Clear-Forrest as Artistic Director; many of the current company members trained with Ms. Clear-Forrest at the company’s official training school, Thomas School of Dance.

     

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  • Adult Prom Night - Just Like High School - Only Better!
    Apr 7
    7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Adult Prom Night – Just Like High School – Only Better!

    Heritage Hall

    “Just like high school … only better!”.  Bring your friends and join us for the most fun you’ve had since high school … maybe the most fun you’ve ever had! Enjoy a fun night at L/A’s Gendron Franco Center. Get dressed up and be prepared for a prom night celebration loaded with lots of laughter, great food, music from across the decades, the “prom punch” you always dreamed of, chaperones, and many more surprises! One night only! Seating is limited, so, call all your friends and book it NOW!!

    Reserved: $40

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    Tickets by Phone: 207-689-2000
    Box Office Hours:  12pm to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

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  • Piano Concert with Roberto Plano
    Apr 21
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Piano Concert with Roberto Plano

    Performance Hall

    Of Roberto Plano New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini has written: “This Italian pianist showed artistic maturity beyond his years… there was a wonderful clarity and control of inner voices in his performances…” He had already made a name for himself in Italy when he received first prize in the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, and later, as laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Calgary, and finalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005.  A member of the piano faculty at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since late 2016, he continues his schedule of solo and collaborative performances and master classes across the globe.

    Reserved Ticket: $15; Senior $10.  Free admission for all students.

     

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  • A Buccaneer Banquet - Pirates, Theater and Dinner - Savvy?
    May 4
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Buccaneer Banquet – Pirates, Theater and Dinner – Savvy?

    Heritage Hall

    Come join us as we set sail on our first daring voyage at the Gendron Franco Center!  That’s right, me hearties!  The Medieval Players have decided this year to take a cruise instead – on a pirate ship!  Enjoy a feast fit for the Pirate King and Queen, and Uncle Andy, as you watch our bold, daring, and somewhat confused pirates plunder, pillage, and pursue a mysterious treasure.  Will they succeed in their quest?  Join us and find out (but don’t get your hopes up)!  Be a pirate for an evening!  Sponsored by Uncle Andy’s Digest.

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  • A Buccaneer Banquet - Pirates, Theater and Dinner - Savvy?
    May 5
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Buccaneer Banquet – Pirates, Theater and Dinner – Savvy?

    Heritage Hall

    Come join us as we set sail on our first daring voyage at the Gendron Franco Center!  That’s right, me hearties!  The Medieval Players have decided this year to take a cruise instead – on a pirate ship!  Enjoy a feast fit for the Pirate King and Queen, and Uncle Andy, as you watch our bold, daring, and somewhat confused pirates plunder, pillage, and pursue a mysterious treasure.  Will they succeed in their quest?  Join us and find out (but don’t get your hopes up)!  Be a pirate for an evening!  Sponsored by Uncle Andy’s Digest.

     

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