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Montreal Families

Play transports audiences to global destinations

A contemporary retelling of an iconic Victorian adventure tale is returning to the stage this spring, taking theatre audiences on a madcap trip around the world.

Based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days follows the globetrotting Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg and his right-hand-man Passepartout as they circumnavigate the globe by steamship, train, and other more … unusual … methods of transportation in an attempt to win a bet.

Just three actors bring a cast of more than 20 characters to life in a series of lightning-fast character transformations on stage with the help of some clever staging, accessories and props.

According to director Mike Payette, this creative — and convincing — on-stage transformation of the actors and the set speaks to the power of live theatre.  “I love the unabashed joy that the three performers have in donning all of these characters,” he said. “They’re travelling the world, yet they’re not moving large distances across the stage. Their belief in the moment and their joy in telling the story are so infectious.”

The show was road-tested last summer with theatrical runs at both Théâtre Lac Brome and Hudson Village Theatre. The stage at the D. B. Clarke theatre is much bigger than either of these two, which Payette said presented an opportunity to tweak the staging to take full advantage of the space.

Geordie Productions presents Around the World in 80 Days April 20-29 at the D. B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal. The 75-minute play is designed to appeal to adults and children over 7.

Performances are at 7 p.m., with matinée performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. The April 28 performance at 2 p.m. will also include interpretation in American Sign Language.

Tickets are $13.50 for children, $15 for teens, $17.50 for students and seniors and $19.50 for adults. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

For more information or to buy tickets, call (514) 845-9810 or visit geordie.ca.

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