The Everyman Repertory Theatre announces the new cast for its Rockport Opera House run and Drama in Schools tour of Molière’s classic French farce “The Miser.”

“We have a number of new actors working with the company, as well as performers we have worked with in the past,” said Everyman’s artistic director Paul Hodgson.

Scott Sortman, an Equity actor, joins the company for the first time as La Flèche; Jim Lattin is making his first Everyman appearance as Valère; and Everyman newcomer Evan Sposato plays Cléante. Returning are Ashley St. Pierre (“Private Lives,” “84 Charing Cross Road”) as Elise and “Gaslight” veteran Abby Norman as Mariane. Randall Merrifield emerges from backstage (he did props on “84 Charing Cross Road”) to play the detective, and founder Jennifer Hodgson plays matchmaker Frosine.

The compact set, which will have to be moved on and off high school stages in less than an hour, has been designed by John Bielenberg, Sr. and the lighting design is by Tom Sadowski. Julie Lyman is producing the show and David Troup directs.

Performances at the Rockport Opera House will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., April 22 through May 1.

“We have to break set in the middle of the week to get into Camden Hills’ busy Strom Auditorium, but the rest of the school dates are in May, sometimes requiring an early 7 a.m. start (not a time of the morning that actors are at their best). And, of course, we all have to take time off our day jobs to perform during the school day, so it’s quite a commitment from a great cast,” said Paul Hodgson, who plays the title character.

Schools on the tour include Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Mount View in Thorndike, Rockland District High School, Georges Valley in Thomaston, Medomak Valley in Waldoboro and Belfast Area High School. Midcoast private schools and the island schools have been invited to attend existing dates. Volunteers to help pitch and strike the set would be most welcome, said Hodgson.

Tickets for the Rockport Opera House shows are $18, $10 for students and children. They are available in advance at HAVII and Owl & Turtle in Camden; Yo Mama’s in Belfast; and Rock City Books & Coffee in Rockland, as well as online at and by calling the box office at 236-0173.

The 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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