“Around the World in 80 Days” set to take off Feb. 21

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Five actors will play 39 characters in Mark Brown’s comedy adventure adaptation of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days,” at the Alkek Fine Arts Center at Weatherford College main campus Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 23. Each performance starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.

The play is directed by Nancy McVean and produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock, Ill. The show is the college’s entry in the annual Texas Community College Theatre Festival, which will be held at Lone Star College in Tomball later this month.

Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, “Around the World in 80 Days,” the play follows the journey of Phileas Fogg around the world as he tries to beat the clock to win a wager that he can make the trip in 80 days – a huge feat in pre-airplane days.

The cast includes Lauren McMichael, who plays 16 characters; Kylar Dobbs, who takes on eight roles; Edna Gill, who plays two characters; Cassie Brown, who plays four characters, and Gatlin Douglas as Phileas Fogg.

The set was designed by technical director Joseph Nicikowski; lighting is by Ryan Riley, costume design is by Diane Simons and sound design is by Steven Sullivan.

For more information, call the WC Fine Arts Department at 817-598-6458.

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