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Taproot goes behind the scenes for ’80 Days’

Taproot Theatre Company presents a behind-the-scenes look of its next production, “Around the World in 80 Days,” at the Greenwood Library on Saturday, May 9, from 5-5:45 p.m.
Left to right: Nolan Palmer, Ryan Childers and Alyson Scadron Branner. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.
The free event is designed to inspire summer reading of that story and other adventures.
“At the event, director Scott Nolte and Taproot staff will talk about the many adaptations this Jules Verne novel has seen throughout the decades—over a century—what makes this version by Mark Brown special, and more. Actors will also give the audience a sample of what they’ll see and experience during the Mainstage production.”
Five actors play more than 30 characters. Only one, playing Phileas Fogg, remains one character throughout the play. “Around the World in 80 Days” is directed by Scott Nolte. Low-price previews on May 20 & 21, and there’s a pay-what-you-can show on May 27. Tickets are $10 for all shows for those 25 and under.

Jules Verne’s 19th century novel comes to life before your eyes in Mark Brown’s wildly theatrical adaptation. A bet to travel around the world in 80 days is a fool’s venture in 1872, unless you happen to be named Phileas Fogg. Villainy, a damsel in distress and an array of transportation disasters are met with Victorian virtue and a precision pocket watch in Brown’s comic play that’s part James Bond, part Lord Peter Wimsey and pure fun.

“Around the World in 80 Days” runs from May 22 through June 20 at Taproot Theatre at 204 N. 85th St. For tickets, call Taproot Theatre’s box office at (206) 781-9707 or Ticketmaster at (206) 292-ARTS, or online.