THEATER AND DANCE

CCT Casts The Fantasticks

Posted July 20, 2012, at 4:32 p.m.

Friday, July 20 to Monday, July 30, 2012; 8:18 p.m.

Location: Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street (Route 1), Camden , Maine

Contact: Tiare Messing; 207-594-9584

Website: camdencivictheatre.com

Camden Civic Theatre is pleased to announce its cast for the summer musical The Fantasticks. Leading the company as El Gallo is Peter Carriveau. Although new to mid-coast audiences, Peter is best known for his work with The Grand Auditoruim Ellsworth and as a Social Studies teacher at Oceanside East High School. Portraying Luisa, Rachel Heard is a graduate of Mountain View High School and currently a theatre major at Gordon College in Massachusetts. Taking the role of Matt, Justin Gillman was most recently seen as Sir Harry in Medomak Valley High School’s production of Once Upon a Mattress, and has been a frequent player at the Waldo Theater. As the conniving fathers, CCT veteran Paul Aron Weintraub, as Hucklebee (the role he’s been “waiting forever to play”) consorts with newcomer Taylor Pohlman, reprising Bellomy- a role he last played in college, but in a more age appropriate guise this time around. Bill Maddox, frequently seen in local Shakespeare productions, is the old actor Henry. Henry’s cohort Mortimer is acted by 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 High School’s state champion Just Off Broadway Players. Rounding out the company are the Mutes; Taylor Fairfield –Lavoie, recently Madame Giry in the Camden Hills High School production of 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 returns after almost 20 years, to the Camden Opera House stage on August 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:00 pm and August 12, 19 at 2:00pm. For more information or to purchase tickets online go to camdencivictheatre.com or cal 236-2281.

Mrs. Messing notes, “We have been extremely fortunate to attract a cast of such talent. It has been a long time since mid-coast audiences have had the opportunity to see this beloved musical theatre classic, but I think all will find this production is well worth the wait. The Fantasticks is the show to see this summer!”

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