Ghost, Thieves, ‘Mozart’ and more in Camden

Dec 25, 2017
Photo by: Josh Wool The Ghost of Paul Revere

Camden — The downtown Camden Opera House will offer live music, films and a world premiere musical theater work this winter and early spring. Following is a quick peek at what’s ahead.

The annual Winter Family Fun Films series continues in 2018, offering family films on the big screen plus free popcorn, thanks to sponsor Camden National Bank. Upcoming in the Sunday afternoon series are: Jan. 21, “Big Hero 6” (2014, USA); and Feb. 25, “Finding Nemo” (2003, USA). The movies are show at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 at the door, with a $15 family cap.

The opera house has announced that this year’s big Winterfest concert will be performed by one of Maine’s hottest bands. Every February, Camden Opera House hosts a hot dance band in celebration of Winterfest Week and the kick-off to Toboggan Nationals weekend. The past two years saw CJ Chenier from New Orleans; this year the heat will be generated by The Ghost of Paul Revere Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door.

The powerful, energetic, non-traditional American folk band is renowned for harmony-fueled, heart-pounding performances full of songs with undeniably their own. The Ghost has shared stages with the Avett Brothers, The Travelin’ McCourys, Spirit Family Reunion and Darlingside, as well as members of Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters and Old Crow Medicine Show.

On Friday, Dec. 29, ticket sales open for the returning-by-popular-demand Ballroom Thieves, who took the Midcoast by storm last winter on the Camden Opera House stage. This hot band, harnessing handsome harmonies and nimble, sturdy acoustic folk, will perform Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets will be $14 in advance, $16 day of the show.

March will be hoppin’ at the opera house. A two-part Date Night Films series opens Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. with the romantic drama “Before Sunrise” (1995, USA/Austria/Switzerland), followed up April 6 with the years-later sequel, “Before Sunset” (2004, USA). Tickets for the mini film fest are $5 at the door and include free popcorn.

And speaking of film fests, the CIFF Selects series, featuring documentaries curated by Points North Institute’s Camden International Film Festival and co-presented by the opera house, will continue in 2018, scheduled for the last Wednesday night of each month.

Back to March madness: what if Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were mysteriously transported into the future … and a coastal Maine village? That’s the premise of the original romantic musical comedy “Is Mozart in Maine?”, which will have its world premiere Friday through Sunday, March 23 through 25, at the Camden Opera House. General admission tickets are $12 to $20; the production is a fundraiser for Bay Chamber Concerts Music School.

In April, the opera house will welcome Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling artist Suzy Bogguss to the stage Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Country, swing, jazz, folk, Americana and more — Bogguss does it all. Reserved seating tickets are $30 and $38.

For tickets and more information, visit camdenoperahouse.com or call 536-5850.

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