It’s been several years, but people are still talking about “A Day In The Life: A Beatles Experience” at the Camden Opera House. The Midcoast — and areas farther afield — can stop talking and start experiencing, because the multimedia production is about to embark on a regional tour.

“It had to come back at some point, because people really enjoy hearing Beatles music,” said Morgan Cates, who created the show his senior year at Camden Hills Regional High School and, as a 2016 UMaine grad, is bringing it back, new and improved.

“A Day In The Life” will be presented Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House on Elm Street/Route 1. After its local premiere, the show is going on the road for performances Friday, Aug. 19, at the Houlton Arts Center; Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Garland Auditorium in Saco; and Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the Highland Theater in Falmouth, Mass.

Cates and the four other cast members — like last time, there is a “fifth Beatle” on digital keyboards — have spent much of the summer rehearsing at the University of Maine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center in Orono.

“We’re working very closely with faculty and staff to put the show together, in many respects,” Cates said by phone prior to a rehearsal late last month.

It was about a year ago that Cates and crew began thinking about restaging the show that sold out the opera house in 2011 and was reprised in 2012. About six months ago, things came into sharper focus as the other performers were cast.

“We had guys from all over Maine and Canada, a lot of whom are affiliated with the university; that was never the original intention, but it turned out that way,” Cates said. “We received audition tapes form all over New England and one from Seattle, so, technically, from all over the country.”

When the dust had settled, “A Day in the Life” had what Cates considers “four really, really, solid players.” Joining Cates, the bass and piano player, on stage and tour are Ira Kramer on rhythm guitar; Josh Kovach on lead guitar; Andrew Carlson on drums; and keyboardist Colin Graebert, making “A Day In The Life” the only Beatles tribute show on the East Coast with early-Beatles-age performers.

The young men run the gamut from lifetime Beatles fans to some who have never played the Fab Four’s music live. Carlson falls into the former camp. He told Cates that he’d learned to play drums from Ringo Starr, albeit not in person.

“So it’s very cool when there’s someone who you watch and look to and learn from as a performer and then you go on to portray that performer,” Cates said.

The players who come from the other end of the spectrum have a different set of challenges, he added, but, as happened in 2012, “We’re quickly seeing that as we delve into this music, even those people are finding that it’s pretty brilliant.”

Part of the brilliance is the way The Beatles pushed the rock envelope as far as genre and instrumentation, and that’s where the “fifth Beatle” comes in. The three guitarists and drummer play live — about a third of the songs have been switched out, but the show still features almost three dozen Beatles numbers. Graebert presides over three keyboards that have been custom-programmed “to play the effects and sounds that otherwise you would need to bring in a 45-piece orchestra for.”

“We would be lost without him, he does some pretty incredible things! I guess you could say he’s portraying about a hundred people,” Cates said.

The other instruments pre-date the 21st century, for the most part.

“In order to really recreate that Beatles sound, you need to play on those instruments and amplifiers,” said Cates. “So we set out several months ago to start hunting them down and we’ve been running all over the state to get various pieces.”

They found a lot in southern Maine, some in the Bangor area and a couple in the Camden area — many through Craig’s List. Some of the instruments are on loan from personal collectors, and some of them come from within the band.

“With new performers came new gear, and we did have some authentic gear,” Cates said. “The instruments are what I think are one of the coolest things about this production.”

Also hewing closer to authenticity this time around are the costumes, the creations, as before, of Lincolnville Community School teacher Emily Widdoes. There are five costume changes over the course of the two-act show and all have been updated to some extent by Widdoes and Bobbie Mowatt.

“We’ll be using some new costumes, some returning costumes and some the audience might not notice are different, but we went back and really studied the Beatles' original costumes and updated them to be more authentic,” said Cates, who first met Widdoes in connection with a Northport Music Theater show.

The three video projection screens are back, but what will be shown on them has been completely revamped by video designer Jalina Brown. Selecting the footage to be shown has been more sobering than it was the last time, Cates said. When deciding whether and when to bring “A Day in the Life” back, it became apparent that the timing was uncanny, given what has been happening culturally and politically.

“You have a very dramatic presidential campaign, you have wars that are dividing the country, you have a lot of race tensions, things like that … those comparisons are simply more apparent today than they were and that will be reflected in the show,” he said.

There have been moments putting together the multimedia footage that have given the team pause, he added, wondering if certain sequences are “too real” for people.

“Five years ago, you could watch a lot of this footage and recognize that ‘Yeah, that was the ‘60s, and we’ve moved past that.’ It’s kind of a sad reality, I guess,” he said.

Lighting design by Micah Roemmich and sound design by Duane Shimmel complete the show’s multimedia production team. Abby Norman is production assistant​.

“In terms of the changes, just about every component of the show is different in some way, so anyone who has seen the show before is going to see a brand-new show,” Cates said.

He credited the generosity of sponsor The Bay View Collection, comprising of 16 Bay View, Lord Camden Inn and Grand Harbor Inn, for making the production a reality. “A Day in the Life” also has been supported by a few other sponsors and advertisers, “a lot of local business support and some personal investors,” Cates said, adding that the recent crowdfunding campaign “went OK” and provided some financial cushioning.

While there are no plans to present the show after the late-summer tour ends, Cates said the team is in discussion with some venues and he expects that “something will take shape” in the coming months. It’s not as if producing and performing the show is keeping him from starting his post-grad pursuits … in fact, it may well serve as a segue.

“What I want to do is work in performing arts management, marketing, etc. So this is certainly a good bridge to that field,” he said.

Tickets for “A Day in the Life: A Beatles Experience” at the Camden Opera House range from $12 to $27 and are available at; at the Camden Town Office, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; or by calling the box office at 536-5850.