Camden Civic Theatre will open its summer musical, “Godspell,” Friday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. at the historic Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 2.

“Godspell” is a musical for all ages, a retelling of the parables and events found in the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The original production was conceived by John Michael Tebelak and features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz that includes such favorites as “Day by Day,” “Turn Back Oh Man,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “All for the Best.”

CCT’s “Godspell” is directed by Paul Aron Weintraub with musical direction by Joani Mitchell. To tell the story, the show draws from a variety of theater traditions including clowning, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville. In a first-time collaboration, students of the Atlantic Ballet Company, choreographed by Michéle Cox and Heather Cox Griffin, will provide dance interpretation.

Dominic Williams leads the cast as Jesus. Theatergoers will know him from previous Camden Civic Theatre productions: he portrayed both Fenton and Nym in “Merry Wives of Windsor”; and Pirelli in “Sweeney Todd.” Scott Anthony Smith of Brooks as John/Judas is another familiar face seen frequently on regional stages. His credits include Master Ford in “Merry Wives of Windsor,” Judge Turpin in “Sweeney Todd” and Edgar in “King Lear” for CCT; Sam in Midcoast Seaside Theatre’s “The Inferno Bar and Grill”; Lucas in “Conversation at Midnight” and Beverly Carlton and Richard Stanley in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” for Everyman Repertory Theatre; and Mr. Toad in “Wind in the Willows” for the Belfast Maskers.

Each member of the ensemble has an opportunity to shine in “Godspell”. Featured performers are Mim Bird, Shayna Cohen, Eliza Duggan, Sean Fay, Devin Fletcher, Jenna Hill, Ayssa Manzi, Liza Morong and Rick O’Malley. Daniel Bird, Ellen Claussen, Erica Daily, Alice Limoges and Ciara Murphy complete the company.

“I can’t imagine a better cast,” said director Paul Aron Weintraub.

“The singing, acting, dancing are all great. But what really thrills me is how they’ve come together as a group. We’re having great fun and I know that will come through on stage,” he said.

The talented cast promises to carry the audience from hilarity to despair and back to a resolute belief in the message of kindness, tolerance and love as their voices ring with tenderness, joy and fun.

Tickets are $16 for middle orchestra seats, $12 for those in wings and under the balcony; there is a $2 discount for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be ordered online at camdencivictheatre.com or purchased in advance at HAVII, Camden; Reading Corner, Rockland; Mexicali Blues, Newcastle; or at the door one hour prior to performance.

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