PBS show Aug. 16

'Andre' to be screened at Opera House

Jul 25, 2014
Photo by: Jim Moore Andre the Seal performs tricks for Harry Goodridge in 1979.

Camden — A documentary about Andre the Seal and Harry Goodridge is scheduled to be aired on PBS Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. Andre was a harbor seal found as a pup by Goodridge in 1961 in the waters off Rockport, near Robinson's Rock. Goodridge raised the seal that lived for 25 years in both wild and human worlds, gaining attention and love from people around the globe.

The 50-minute film titled “The Seal Who Came Home” is the final episode in the four-part series “My Wild Affair” and includes highlights of Andre’s life; the challenges, responsibilities and rewards of raising a wild animal as a pet; and footage, photographs, and interviews with people who were close to Andre throughout his life.

Through a partnership with Maine Public Broadcasting Network, in association with the Public Broadcasting System and with support and help from members of the Goodridge family, the Camden Opera House will offer a free community screening of “The Seal Who Came Home” via the opera house’s digital high resolution projector and large, movie theater- size screen. Doors will open 7 p.m. for the free event. The show starts promptly at 8 p.m. and will be followed by community members sharing their stories and memories of that special time in Midcoast history.

Seating will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, visit camdenoperahouse.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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