The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre and School of Music will open the full-on, over-the-top, singing-and-dancing, romantic comedy “The Pajama Game” Friday, March 5 for a two-weekend run at Russell Hall on the USM campus. The cast includes a Camden Hills Regional High School alumnus.

Director Wil Kilroy says he and his large cast are reveling in the full-sized musical flavor of this Tony Award-winning audience favorite.

“What we’re doing is a big piece of classic American theater. There’s major dancing and lots of singing — and it’s a romance, definitely a romance,” he said.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1954. Musical director Edward Reichert said the show includes sassy, jubilant song and dance numbers including “Steam Heat,” “Hernando’s Hideaway” and the timeless ballad “Hey There.” Music/lyrics are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and the script is by George Abbott and Richard Bissell.

The cast includes talented musical theater majors, with the direction and design being handled by theater professionals and faculty members. Michael Frier, who graduated from Camden Hills in 2007, plays the closest thing this light-hearted show has to a villain, Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory owner Old Man Hasler.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, and Thursday through Saturday, March 11 through 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays March 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20; $14 for senior citizens and USM staff; and $10 for USM students. There will be a “$5 @ Five” show Wednesday, March 10 at 5 p.m. with all tickets $5.

Reservations are recommended; call 780-5151.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.