Camden Civic Theatre will open its summer musical, “The Fantasticks,” Friday night, Aug. 10 for a two-weekend run in the downtown Camden Opera House. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit or call 236-2281.

Peter Carriveau leads the company as El Gallo; although new to Midcoast audiences, the Oceanside East  teacher is well known for his work with the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth. Rachel Heard, a Mount View High School graduate currently majoring in theater at Gordon College in Massachusetts, plays Luisa. Justin Gillman, most recently seen as Sir Harry in Medomak Valley High School’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” and a frequent player at the Waldo Theatre, takes the role of Matt.

As the conniving fathers, CCT veteran Paul Aron Weintraub as Hucklebee (the role he has been “waiting forever to play”) consorts with newcomer Taylor Pohlman as Bellomy, a role he last played in college but more age-appropriate this time around. Bill Maddox, frequently seen in local Shakespeare productions, plays the old actor Henry. Ryan Jackson, fresh from his triumph as Nicky in “Avenue Q” at the University of Maine, Orono, and a local favorite in his days with Rockland’s state champion Just Off Broadway Players, plays Henry’s cohort Mortimer. Rounding out the company are the Mutes; Taylor Fairfield–Lavoie, recently Madame Giry in Camden Hills’ “Phantom of the Opera”; and Faith Stevens, whose history includes a number of Waldo and CCT shows.

Directed by Tiare Messing with musical direction by Joani Mitchell, “The Fantasticks” is returning after almost 20 years to the Camden Opera House stage. Tickets are $16; $14 for senior citizens; and $12 for students.

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