The Midcoast will get to welcome spring with a world premiere. The original romantic musical comedy "Is Mozart in Maine?" will have its one-weekend world premiere production Friday through Sunday, March 23 through 25, at the downtown Camden Opera House.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m.

The new musical is the creation of Richard Cadwalader, who began sketching the framework of the story in 2004, while living abroad. The effort soon grew from a side project into a dream, and he vowed to stage the work after returning to permanently to Rockport in 2016.

In "Is Mozart in Maine?", W.A. Mozart is mysteriously transported into the future where he is adopted by a coastal village at the height of tourist season. He saves the local music festival, falls for a beautiful diva and leaves everyone changed forever. But the universe demands balance … even between timeless genius and eternal love.

The score features original Broadway-style tunes and Mozart orchestral works and arias, as well as crossover material where music from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” is paired with contemporary lyrics to fit the story. There even is a speed-metal version of the Dies Irae from Mozart’s Requiem.

“Actual friends and their musical careers inspired many of the characters in this locally themed comedy of romance and summer,” said Cadwalader. “But the greatest inspiration of all has been the State of Maine and its people, with their unique cleverness, creativity, humor and generosity. So this story is a love letter to all of you who make this place the marvelous point in the universe that it is.”

Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens and $12 for children, available online at; and at the opera house box office, which opens an hour before curtain. The auditorium doors will open a half house before. The production is a benefit for Bay Chamber Concerts.

For more information, visit the “Is Mozart in Maine?” World Premiere Musical Facebook page. Examples of the musical numbers may be sampled on YouTube.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or