Let's face it. Meetings can be boring. Despite our best efforts to be enthusiastic, staffs have attended numerous events that are really similar. People tend to tune out. How do you combat this?
Create a theme! A Casablanca themed event is a great choice and can be done on a variety of budgets.
You'll at minimum need a piano, a "Sam" and if budget permits a "Bogie". Sam has to be able to play "As Time Goes By" of course! Add some period touches and you're all set.
I performed at one event where there were cigarette girls, hostesses in period dress and a "Bacall" to be on the arm of the "Bogie". Others have had card tables where people gambled with play money in evening clothes. You can take it as far as you like.
From this point you can mix the theme throughout your entire event. Use it as a reference from the podium and in touches at the tables and announcements.
Encourage your attendees to dress in the period from the movie and you've changed another boring annual sales meeting into a memorable occasion.
If you're planning a Casablanca party in the Los Angeles area and you need a piano player who can be "Sam", let me know. I always like hearing someone say
"Play it again, Sam."
Roger Harrison as "Sam"