The Everyman Repertory Theatre’s acclaimed production of “The 39 Steps,” which premiered last November, is back by popular demand. The show will play Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. Elm Street/Route 1, through July 30.

The production marks the first time Everyman has done a full production in the summer and the troupe decided against Sunday matinees because even the cast would prefer to be on the beach on a beautiful day, said artistic director Paul Hodgson.

The decision to bring the show back for locals and a summer audience was made about six hours after the end of the last show in 2010. Hodgson, who had just returned from emptying the theater followed by a cast party, answered the Everyman Rep phone that was ringing as he walked through the door. A man’s excited voice at the other end of the line asked if the rumor were true that additional performances of the show were being scheduled.

“Right then I thought maybe we can do it again, then the people who were away over Thanksgiving and the summer residents will be able to come. The summer population triples; maybe we can triple the size of the audience for this show that is perfect for all the family,” Hodgson said.

The cast remains the same, although the four have re-worked at least half the play pretty comprehensively so even returning fans will see something new. Ken Barnes’ designs make their second appearance, and Alan Hall’s show-stealing train will be back. The lights are being redesigned by Nick Belley, back from Chicago; and Dan Dalrymple takes over as stage manager with Jim Reitz and Keith MacKenzie back stage and Steve Bird running the soundtrack.

Tickets are $18, $10 for children. They are available online at or from the box office, 236-0173, as well as from the Owl & Turtle and HAV II in Camden; Reading Corner in Rockland; and Yo Mamma’s Home in Belfast.

Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)3, not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to achieve excellence in professional theater in the greater Penobscot Bay region.

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