Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days at Lake Whitney Arts, April 6-14, 2024

Adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne
Directed by Stacey Greenawalt
Audition dates: February 12 & 13, 2024, 6:30pm
Performance dates: April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick!

Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days.

But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show in which as few as five actors portray 39 characters and traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

Audition Preparation

  • Read the original novel! It's a fast, fun story, and it's available to read free online in a number of places. A link to Project Gutenberg is below. You can also find several copies at your local library.
  • Audition sides (snippets from the script) will be added to this page in mid-January.
  • Gather a list of ALL schedule conflicts between the audition date and final performance date (Feb 12-Apr 14). This is important. The director will cast the show and create a rehearsal schedule based on provided conflicts. If you are cast, it is your obligation to adhere to the rehearsal schedule once it is set.
  • If you have never auditioned with us, and/or if you have a lot of theatre credits, we encourage you to bring a theatre résumé with you to auditions. We've put together a basic theatre résumé template in Google Docs that you can copy and use as a guide. This is a generic guide only. Your résumé does not have to look like this!

Flexible casting for five to ten actors. Most actors will play more than one role. Most roles are gender-flexible.

Phileas Fogg - a rigid man of mysterious means.

Jean Passepartout - Fogg's new servant, extremely smart & resourceful.

Detective Fix - A police detective willing to do whatever is necessary to catch a thief.

Aouda - an exotic recently widowed princess.

Gauthier Ralph, British Consul, Andrew Stuart, John Sullivan, James Forster, Newspaperman, Priests, Conductor, Director of Police, Sir Francis, Judge Obadiah, Elephant Owner, Young Parsi, Oysterpuff, Bunsby, Chinese Broker, Ship Clerk, Proctor, Engineer, Mudge, Clerk, Reverend Wilson's Servant, Captain Speedy, Ship Engineer, Train Clerk...

"Smart enough to make sophisticated adults laugh out loud. And shamelessly silly enough to keep children interested and entertained!" -The New York Times

"High-spirited and cheeky." -New York Daily News

"A trip well worth taking." -New York Post

"Eye-popping … a rollicking voyage."

"Witty in the extreme. … A treat to watch." -Los Angeles Times

"Ingeniously adapted … a wildly whacky, unbelievably creative, 90-miles-an-hour, hilarious journey! A ton of fun for all ages." -The Tolucan Times

"High-spirited." "Flat-out hilarious." "Ingenious and imaginative." -Ithaca Times

"Action and hilarity to spare." -Boston Globe