Franco Center

  • Piano Concert with David Fung
    Sep 22
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Piano Concert with David Fung

    Performance Hall

    Praised for his “superstar qualities” [Le Libre], David Fung has performed with the major orchestras of the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia

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  • AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Come Out Swingin'
    Sep 24
    6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Come Out Swingin'

    Performance Hall

    Auditions for Come Out Swingin’ is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th and Monday, September 25th.  Both dates at 6PM at the Franco Center on Oxford Street in Lewiston.

    For more information, go to Open Audition Announcement – Come Out Swingin

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  • AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Come Out Swingin'!
    Sep 25
    6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Come Out Swingin'!

    Performance Hall

    Auditions for Come Out Swingin’ is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th and Monday, September 25th.  Both dates at 6PM at the Franco Center on Oxford Street in Lewiston.

    For more information, go to Open Audition Announcement – Come Out Swingin

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  • Thrilla - An Unusual and Ghastly Gala
    Oct 28
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Thrilla – An Unusual and Ghastly Gala

    Performance Hall

    “Thrilla”, one of the Center’s more “unusual and ghastly” galas, is another annual event produced by the Franco Center, featuring a gourmet reception and concert.  The concert will include songs of Broadway such as Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Dracula, Young Frankenstein, Addams Family, Wicked and many more.

     

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  • Fiddle-icious
    Oct 29
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Fiddle-icious

    Performance Hall

    Join Fiddle-icious, a non-profit, all volunteer community orchestra with members from Kittery to Augusta, as they take to the stage to share their uplifting music. Fiddle-icious is a large and vibrant group of Maine musicians playing fiddle, piano, harp, guitar, banjo, accordion, cello, tin whistle, concertina and upright bass. Their tunes are passed on from the Irish, Scottish,

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  • Piano Concert with Helene Papadopoulos
    Nov 3
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Piano Concert with Helene Papadopoulos

    Performance Hall

    A pianist with a complex and highly sensitive personality. She is a searching artist who seeks deep insight into the music and into the art of piano playing. For her there is no detail that is too small to be part of the global conception of a work. Never sacrificing details, never abandoning the big line to reveal musical subtleties in a natural manner.

     

    Reserved Ticket: $15  Senior $12.  Free admission for students.

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    Tickets by Phone: 207-689-2000

    Box Office Hours: 12pm-4pm, Monday – Friday.

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  • Nov 5
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    This Is My Brave – The Show

    Performance Hall

    JOIN US for this inspiring, monologue‐based production featuring people sharing their stories of living with and recovering from mental illness through original essay, poetry, dance and music.

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  • Nov 12
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    One Hip Afternoon of Belly Dancing

    Performance Hall

    Imari & the Sahara Desert Dancers have committed seventeen years to sharing the beautiful art of belly dancing with nursing homes and hospitals on a volunteer basis.  They spend their summers entertaining at family festivals and charity events Region-wide. This event is proud to benefit Wounded Warrior Project!

     

    Reserved Ticket: $15;    $2 for military personnel (purchased from the Box Office only)

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    Box Office Hours: 12pm-4pm, Monday – Friday.
    Phone No.: 207-783-1585

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  • Nov 17
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Fall Comedy Showcase

    Heritage Hall

    Join Lewiston comedian, Dawn Hartill, as she hosts the Center’s second Fall Comedy Showcase with a night of stand-up comedy featuring Colby Bradshaw, Ryan Gorman, Mike Levinsky, and Nick Gordon.

    Colby Bradshaw is the 2017 Winter Couch Comedy Classic Champ and can be seen in the comedy short film, “Loose Strings: The Don Delafield Story” on YouTube.  His clever observations and dead-pan delivery make him a crowd favorite.

    Ticket: $5

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  • Nov 26
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Among My Souvenirs

    Performance Hall

    The Franco Center welcomes back Louis Philippe and Reindeer Productions, presenting “Among My Souvenirs”, a musical tribute to top-charting female vocalist, Connie Francis, starring Krista Johnson and Louis Philippe.

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  • Dec 3
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    A Maine Christmas

    Performance Hall

    Debbie Morin Entertainment presents “A Maine Christmas” concert for the entire family, featuring Denny Breau, the Girls of L/A, Frank Coffin, the Edward Little High School Choir, and Melinda Liberty.  Other performers include Andy Happel, Ronnie Bouffard, Arthur Melendy and many more with Peter Allen as master of ceremonies.  The concert supports local “Music in Our Schools” with a portion of the ticket revenue to benefit the ELHS Choral Music Program.

    Reserved: $20.

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  • Dec 16
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Holiday in Lights

    Performance Hall

    Singer/songwriter, Mitch Thomas,  who is the Center’s executive director, will present several seasonal favorites, including some of his own compositions and arrangements.  The event will also feature several other local artists singing holiday songs of joy and good cheer.  A Christmas tradition for the whole family at the Center.

     

    Reserved: $15 and free admission for students.

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    Box Office: 207-689-2000
    Box Office Hours: 12pm – 4pm. Monday – Friday.

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  • Dec 31
    7:00 pm - 12:30 am

    New Year's Eve L/A

    Heritage Hall

    Bar opens for this fun and elegant evening at 7 p.m.  Prepared by our professional staff, a delicious buffet dinner will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After dinner, uests will dance to the music of one of Maine’s hottest dance bands. Guests will then be invited to the Performance Hall for the Times Square Countdown to 2018 and champagne toast at midnight. One guest will Win the Grand Prize!

    Reserved Ticket: $50

     

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  • Come Out Swingin'!  -  A Lewiston Story
    Feb 2
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Come Out Swingin'! – A Lewiston Story

    Performance Hall

    This new musical is written and composed by Brian Daly of Portland Maine.  It’s the spring of 1965, two weeks before Muhammad Ali is scheduled to defend his world heavyweight title in a rematch against Sonny Liston, and licensing problems have forced the promoters to look for a new place to hold the fight. They choose Lewiston, Maine, the unlikeliest venue ever for a heavyweight championship bout.

     

    Reserved: $18;  Free admission for students.

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  • Feb 3
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Come Out Swingin'! – A Lewiston Story

    Performance Hall

    This new musical is written and composed by Brian Daly of Portland Maine.  It’s the spring of 1965, two weeks before Muhammad Ali is scheduled to defend his world heavyweight title in a rematch against Sonny Liston, and licensing problems have forced the promoters to look for a new place to hold the fight. They choose Lewiston, Maine, the unlikeliest venue ever for a heavyweight championship bout.

     

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  • Feb 4
    2:00 pm - 4:00 am

    Come Out Swingin'! – A Lewiston Story

    Performance Hall

    This new musical is written and composed by Brian Daly of Portland Maine.  It’s the spring of 1965, two weeks before Muhammad Ali is scheduled to defend his world heavyweight title in a rematch against Sonny Liston, and licensing problems have forced the promoters to look for a new place to hold the fight. They choose Lewiston, Maine, the unlikeliest venue ever for a heavyweight championship bout.

     

    Reserved: $18;  free admission for students

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  • Feb 13
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Mardi Gras/Valentines Party

    Heritage Hall

    The Franco Center will produce another unique, festive and must-experience event with Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day Eve. In the great tradition of those legendary New Orleans celebrations and sweethearts everywhere, our Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Day audience will be treated to the sounds of the Big Easy with the State Street Traditional Jazz Band, lots of dancing, free-flowing spirits, and authentic Cajun cuisine. Consider wearing a costume at the party! Dress up! Dress down! But, come dressed!

     

    RESERVED:  $20

     

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  • Feb 24
    7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    Bandstand to Billboard

    Performance Hall

    Join us and rock out to some of your favorite ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s hits when the cast and orchestra return to the Franco Center stage for a new and exciting 2017 version of “Bandstand to Billboard”.  More information coming soon!

     

    Reserved: $18;  free admission to students.

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  • Mar 3
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    F.A.B. 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.

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  • 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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  • Apr 7
    7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    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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  • May 5
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Buccaneer Banquet

    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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  • May 24
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Maine Remembers – A Memorial Day Tribute and Celebration

    Performance Hall

    The Dollard and Priscilla Gendron Franco Center’s special tribute concert to honor Maine’s veterans and learn more about the groups who support and assist returning and active Veterans and their families.  The event is designed to motivate, educate, inspire and entertain, and to raise awareness for veterans’ organizations in Maine.  Performers will include the center’s executive director, Mitch Thomas and other local artists.  After the concert, a reception with light appetizers (included in the price of tickets) and a cash bar will be offered in Heritage Hall.  Proceeds to support the Travis Mills Foundation.

     

    Reserved: $18;  $12 for veterans.

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