Newark playgoers enjoy a classic tale

June 18, 2013 by  

Fans of live theater in and around the Newark, Ohio, area have an opportunity to go along on one of literature’s classic adventures, as Weathervane Playhouse in newark presents ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.

The family favorite is based on the Jules Verne novel, and may also have been inspired by the 1956 film of the same name, which won five Academy Awards that year, including Best Picture.

Set in 1872, the story chronicles the adventures of Phileas Fogg, a wealthy Londoner, who bets members of his club that he can go around the world in 80 days. The audience then gets to follow Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, as they try to win the bet, using every means of transportation known, including hot air balloon, elephants, and a steam train, among others. Complicating the plot is a police detective who believes Fogg has robbed the Bank of England and follows Fogg on his travels.

The playhouse has staged this production in the same style it used for previous comedies it has presented, including The 39 Steps and Leading Ladies. Weathervane casts its actors in multiple roles, so that the 20 or so characters that appear in the play are undertaken by a handful of performers.

The show is running now, and remaining performances are scheduled for 8:00 pm up until June 22. Tickets are $30 for adults and $28 for seniors and students. Tickets for children 18 and under cost $12.

Theater managers could work with brochure printers to describe this show, the others planned for the season, and the mission of the playhouse itself.