Camden Opera House - AUGUST Events


Andre: The Seal Who Came Home Film

August 8th, 7:00 pm at the Camden Opera House  

Welcome Home Andre! The Camden Opera House and MPBN are once again proud to present Andre: The Seal Who Came Home.

Originally presented by PBS’s My Wild Affair, the film depicts the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who was rescued by Harry Goodridge in 1961. When Andre was older, he was free to leave the Goodridge home to live in the ocean as a wild seal, but for 25 years, he came back each summer. Although the Goodridge family had plenty of unusual pets, "What set him apart was the fact that he never went away,” Carol Goodridge said. "He kept coming back.” Andre performed tricks with Harry Goodridge that delighted thousands of locals and summer visitors over the years. Says Yankee Magazine "Andre the seal may have been one of the longest-running, free attractions that Maine has had.”

Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge, including at the end, Andre’s blindness. The story of Andre and Tony has "…been adapted into various drama documentaries and indeed a famous film — albeit featuring a sea lion,” writes Laura Werner of Blink Films UK. "Yet, even watching these other great celebrations of Andre’s life, we didn’t realize just how incredible the true story was until we contacted Toni Goodridge, and she began to tell us more, directly from the family’s perspective and their collective memory bank. A Canadian production team and director Kim Harris came to Maine and shot hours of interviews with Harry Goodridge’s surviving children, filmed harbor seals, and used a GoPro camera underwater to try to see the world through Andre’s eyes. The result is a first-hand look into the life of Harry and Andre unlike any you’ve ever seen.

Join us at the Camden Opera House for this remarkable tale of love and friendship.

General Admission, event is free and open to the public!


Blue Café Presents Scott Cleveland: The Blues Spectrum Concert

August 10th, 7:45 pm at the Camden Opera House Blue Café

Join us for our first event at the Camden Opera House Blue Café!

The Blues Spectrum is a concert presentation by pianist and singer Scott Cleveland which begins with Blues origins and traces its many branches in American music. Beginning with 18th century "field hollers", it proceeds through acoustic Delta Blues, classic Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues, urbane Blues ballads by poet/songwriters like Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, ending up with lush and astringent Jazz Blues. Join us on a journey through this uniquely American musical soundscape.

The Blue Café is a new, intimate performance space overlooking downtown Camden and the harbor. Located on the 3rd floor of the Camden Opera House, the Blue Café is a 40-seat mini-theater with adjoining lounge where local restaurant 40 Paper Bistro and Bar will serve drinks and snacks. Admission is free; donations accepted. Doors open at 7 pm.

Relax. Connect. Listen. Enjoy.


James Judd Comedian and Storyteller

August 11th, 7:30 pm at the Camden Opera House 

The Camden Opera House is proud to welcome James Judd, Comedian, Author and Radio Personality from NPR's Snap Judgment!

In addition to Snap Judgement, James Judd is a former member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and the New Faces at the Hollywood Improv. What a resume! Often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde, Judd connects with audiences as he shares stories classified as "spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures." However humiliating, they affirm that part of being human is telling the stories that have happened to us, emphasizing that even in the face of failure, it's getting up and moving forward that matters.

Judd was recently the New York All For One Theater Festival Artist in Residence, where he developed his 75-minute autobiographical play Killer Quack.  The piece details the true story of his involvement with Dean Faiello, an infamous con-man who posed as a dermatologist in Manhattan, dubbed by The New York Post as "The Killer Quack in the Concrete Coffin Case.” Faiello made tabloid headlines when it was discovered that he’d killed one of his patients, buried her in a garage, and fled to Costa Rica. Judd, looking to have a tattoo removed, became his patient, and is now his prison confidant.  DC Metro Theater Arts called Judd’s Killer Quack, "One of those rare moments in the theatre that moves the audience along the spectrum of emotion … the beauty of the work that Judd has composed, or rather lived through and repurposed into this evening of storytelling, is that he spends time in the grey areas of emotions, where humor and drama coincide, and where self-awareness and uncertainty overlap.”

The Washington Post says, "Judd’s conversation style is loud, lightning fast and nonstop — he doesn’t seem to need to breathe as much as a typical human — and the result is a constantly engaging pileup of quips. It can take a few moments for a joke to register, but by then Judd has unfurled a few more laugh-worthy lines. One of Judd’s biggest assets is his delivery, which rarely feels rehearsed, as if he’s simply recounting these absorbing personal anecdotes over dinner. And his talents extend to physical humor, whether he’s imitating a shark or mimicking an oafish boat captain.” 

"RELAX,” Judd said to the audience. "You’re in the HANDS of a MASTER.” You can take him at his word.” — The Washington Post.

Reserved seating tickets available at $28 rear, $32 prime.


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