The Everyman Repertory Theatre will present a stage parody of the classic movie “Casablanca” for three July weekends at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. The show will open Saturday, July 16, and continue the next night, Sunday, July 17. The second two weekend’s performances are Fridays and Saturdays, July 22, 23, 29 and 30. All performances are at 7.30 p.m.

“Casablanca” (1942, USA) is one of the most iconic films in cinema history. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, it follows the story of Rick Blaine, a cynical American expatriate who runs the most popular nightclub in wartime Casablanca. When his ex-lover, Ilsa Lund, suddenly appears with the leader of the underground movement, Victor Laszlo, it sets off a chain-reaction that will either push him further into his own cynical abyss — or change the course of the war.

In Everyman’s retelling of this famed story, five actors play every role in the film including passing market stall owners, camel drivers, pickpockets, Bulgarian refugees — even a beautiful woman with a visa problem for Captain Renault.

"Once we knew that each of us would be taking about 10 to 20 parts, with as much cross-dressing as we could fit in, we knew we’d set a challenge for our costume designer,” said Paul Hodgson, Everyman’s artistic director. “But through the parody, we wanted to make sure we told the story, so everyone will love this show, from 8 to 80 and beyond.”

The show stars Dagney Ernest, David Troup, Ryan Jackson, Jennifer Hodgson and Paul Hodgson. The stage is designed by John Bielenberg, the lights by Tom Sadowski and the costumes by Anna-Marlies Hunter. The play is directed by David Greenham with stage management by Kimberly Carter, assisted by Jordan Bannister and Quinn Kelley. The show also will go on the Everyman’s annual overseas tour to North Haven in August.

“So come and join us in singing the ‘Marseillaise’ and help us drown out those nasty Nazis singing ‘Wacht Am Rhein,’” Hodgson said.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students, available in advance at Zoot Coffee, Camden; Rock City Café, Rockland; Left Bank Books, Belfast; online at; and via Everyman, 236-0173 and Tickets also will be available at the door.

Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)3, not-for-profit theater company committed to bringing live, professional theater to the people of Midcoast Maine. For more information, visit the troupe’s website and Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or