Franco Center

  • Heart Of Hope Fall Fundraising Event
    Nov 25
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Heart Of Hope Fall Fundraising Event

    Performance Hall

    The Heart of Hope Charitable Fund is sponsoring a Fall Fundraising Event!
    Saturday, November 25 at 7 p.m.
    This great event will consist of music, comedy and technology featuring – AudioBody!

    For tickets please go to the Heart of Hope website, HERE

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  • Among My Souvenirs
    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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  • Piano Concert with Igor Lovchinsky and Matthew Graybil
    Dec 1
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Piano Concert with Igor Lovchinsky and Matthew Graybil

    Performance Hall

    Young artists, Igor Lovchinsky and Matthew Graybil, return December 1 for another evening of two-piano and solo compositions, performing on the Center’s two Steinway concert grand pianos. “Mesmerizing and fiery” and “profoundly communicative” are just some of the words critics have used to praise Igor Lovchinsky, who recently received his doctorate in physics from Harvard University.  Matthew Graybil, a fellow student at the Juilliard School – they both studied with Jerome Lowenthal – has been called one of the most sensitive and poetic young pianists to debut in recent memory.

     

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

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  • A Nutcracker Christmas
    Dec 2
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    A Nutcracker Christmas

    Performance Hall

    The Dance Center is proud to present A Nutcracker Christmas, a classic ballet production for all ages. Come along for the journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to the Land of the Sweets and be charmed by dancing flowers, dolls and snowflakes that come alive! We hope all can join us and make this an annual family tradition right here in Lewiston-Auburn! Come experience The Nutcracker right here in LA!

     

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  • A Nutcracker Christmas
    Dec 2
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Nutcracker Christmas

    Performance Hall

    The Dance Center is proud to present A Nutcracker Christmas, a classic ballet production for all ages. Come along for the journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to the Land of the Sweets and be charmed by dancing flowers, dolls and snowflakes that come alive! We hope all can join us and make this an annual family tradition right here in Lewiston-Auburn! Come experience The Nutcracker right here in LA!

     

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  • A Maine Christmas
    Dec 3
    2:00 pm - 5:00 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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  • The Damned One - Limited Engagement Gala
    Dec 8
    6:00 pm - 10:30 am

    The Damned One – Limited Engagement Gala

    Performance Hall

    Set just before the Civil War, The Damned One is a supernatural Western which contemplates some of humankind’s most profound questions. Cattleman John Tyler and his new wife, Dixie, are traveling through the wilderness when they are ambushed by a roving gang, led by the devious Arthur Jackson. When Arthur tells John that he must sell his soul to the devil in order to pay for the couple’s safe release, John must embark on a mission to save Dixie that will have untold consequences for the rest of his life, and beyond.

     

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  • Maine Music Society - Heritage Holidays
    Dec 9
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Maine Music Society – Heritage Holidays

    Performance Hall

    Once again Maine Music Society brings us Heritage Holidays!

    Join us for this beloved Holiday tradition when the MMS Chorale will focus on Christmas music from the U.S. singing such favorites as “White Christmas” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”  In addition, special guests Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and his wife Lisa from Temple Shalom in Auburn will perform traditional Klezmer Music and the MMS chorale will join with them for some Chanukah songs such as “I Have a Little Dreydle.”

    Tickets: $22, Seniors $20, Students $10 and Under 12-Free

     

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  • Maine Music Society - Heritage Holidays
    Dec 10
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Maine Music Society – Heritage Holidays

    Performance Hall

    Once again Maine Music Society brings us Heritage Holidays!

    Join us for this beloved Holiday tradition when the MMS Chorale will focus on Christmas music from the U.S. singing such favorites as “White Christmas” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”  In addition, special guests Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and his wife Lisa from Temple Shalom in Auburn will perform traditional Klezmer Music and the MMS chorale will join with them for some Chanukah songs such as “I Have a Little Dreydle.”

    Tickets: $22, Seniors $20, Students $10 and Under 12-Free

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  • Holiday in Lights - Franco Center Christmas
    Dec 16
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Holiday in Lights – Franco Center Christmas

    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 Hours: 12pm – 4pm. Monday – Friday.

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  • French Film Mondays - December - "Sous le figuier"
    Dec 18
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    French Film Mondays – December – "Sous le figuier"

    Heritage Hall

    French Film Mondays, sponsored by TV5Monde, continues on December 18 at 6:30 p.m. with the film;

    “Sous le figuier” – (feature film, comedy, France, 2012)
    Caught up in an existential crisis, Nathalie, Christophe and Joelle rent a house beside the river Moselle to spend their summer holiday with 90-year-old Selma.

    All films are FREE to attend.

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  • Thread Theater - The Third Wednesday of Each Month
    Dec 20
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Thread Theater – The Third Wednesday of Each Month

    Heritage Hall

    Come to the Gendron Franco Center on the Third Wednesday each month to enjoy – Thread Theater!

    This months Theme is: “Relatives”

    Thread theater is a playwright and acting group of community members, no experience necessary!
    Folks write a “Theme” based script, no longer than 10 Minutes, to submit for a reading.
    Actors submit their names for consideration in Play readings.

    The host for the evening will draw each Play (script) submitted at random and choose the applicable men & woman, also at random, to read/act that play.

    At then end of the evening everyone will vote Best Script & Best Actors for the night.

    So, check the months Theme (see The Franco Center opening Slides for the Theme or Thread theater’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/thethreadtheater/

     

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  • New Years Eve L/A
    Dec 31
    7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    New Years 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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  • French Film Mondays - January - "Richelieu, La Pourpre et le Sang"
    Jan 8
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    French Film Mondays – January – "Richelieu, La Pourpre et le Sang"

    Heritage Hall

    French Film Mondays, sponsored by TV5Monde, continues on January 8 at 6:30 p.m. with the film;
    “Richelieu, La Pourpre et le Sang”
    (made for TV film, historical drama, France,  2014)
    The ageing but still influencial Cardinal Richelieu, Prime Minister to Louis XIII, takes the Marquis de Cinq-Mars under his swing.

    All films are FREE to attend.

    Watch the Trailer here!

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  • Mardi Gras/Valentines Party
    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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  • The Early Evening Show
    Feb 23
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Early Evening Show

    Heritage Hall

    Looking for a laugh-out-loud funny show? The premise is based on a spoof of a late-night talk show, but it’s not that simple. With improvisation, sketch comedy, music, lots of special guests and surprises, no two shows are ever alike. The cast brings their warm personality and goofy sense of fun to the stage and sometimes an unsuspecting audience member or two!

    General Admission:  $15.

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  • 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

    Another excellent pianist at the Franco Center!

    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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maine Remembers - A Memorial Day Tribute and Celebration
    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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  • Fiddle-icious
    Oct 28
    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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    Tickets by Phone: 207-689-2000.
    Box Office Hours: 12pm-4pm, Monday – Friday.

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