BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School students will perform “Around the World in 80 Days” Nov. 18-20 in the Frances G. Wills Auditorium at the high school.
The show takes place in the auditorium’s black box theater setting, where the audience is actually seated on the stage, closely surrounding the actors on three sides.
Show times are Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov, 20, at 2:30 p.m.
The play, adapted by Mark Brown from Jules Verne’s novel, follows Phileas Fogg and his trusty manservant as they try to win an audacious bet – that they can circumvent the globe in 80 days in 1872.
Fogg’s adventures take him from London to India to Hong Kong to San Francisco and back to London, pursued by a wily and determined Scotland Yard detective, making friends and enemies and finding love along the way.
The students involved in the production have been creatively challenged to recreate global settings in the small space, including ways to simulate riding elephants, surviving raging typhoons, riding on runaway trains, serving high tea and traveling all seven continents without leaving the stage.
Members of the cast transform into multiple characters along the journey.
“Phileas Fogg carefully planned his journey, because he wanted to be sure he would win his wager, but unexpected obstacles keep popping up as he traveled,” said Director Ian Driver. “Fogg has to continually adapt to reach his destination on time, just as we, as a theatre company, have had to improvise to create our production – and just as the students have to do each day in school.”
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