“FATHER FRENCHIE COMES TO BIDDEFORD”

March 28, 2008

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Father Frenchie

FATHER FRENCHIE COMES TO BIDDEFORD

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Father Frenchie, the self-proclaimed Ambassador of Goodwill, will bring his brand of humor and wisdom to the good senior citizens of the Biddeford-Saco area on Sunday, April 20, to celebrate the release of his new CD.

Presented in conjunction with the Biddeford Seniors Fifty Plus Club, the afternoon of fun and laughter will take place at the Rochambeau Club, 329 South St., Biddeford, at 1:30 PM.

Actually, Father Frenchie is a character created and portrayed by Portland-based singer Louis Philippe, who regularly entertains for Senior groups, nursing homes and health care facilities throughout Southern and Central Maine.

The show is part of an ongoing effort to promote his CD, “Father Frenchie Comes To Lewiston,” recorded last year before a sold-out live audience at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston, and recently released by Reindeer Records (www.reindeergroup.org).

Complete with broken French-Canadian accent, misused language, double entendres and colorful characters, Father Frenchie shares typical everyday lifetime experiences as a traveling Catholic priest.

Father Frenchie has grown to be popular with seniors, Philippe reported, especially Franco-Americans who can relate to his background.

“Fifteen years and several cleric shirts later, I am very proud to be keeping Father Frenchie very busy, particularly with senior citizens who comment time and again how he brings them back to a more nourishing and peaceful time.  Somehow, he evokes fond memories of growing up, close relatives and endless loving memories of family.

“As a performer, Franco-American and a Christian, I must admit that Father Frenchie is my secret missionary weapon.  Portraying the character is like having a comedy ministry. It’s my way of stepping outside the politically-correct box and proclaiming a message of faith with a big dose of humor.”

Advance tickets are $8 and are available by contacting Debbie Lizotte at the Fifty Plus Club, Ross Center, 282-5005.  Admission is $10 at the door.

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