AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS to Take Audiences on Classic Adventure at HVT

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS to Take Audiences on Classic Adventure at HVTHudson Village Theatre's (HVT's) third production of the summer, playing August 9 to 27, is Around the World in 80 Days, based on Jules Verne's acclaimed 1873 classic adventure.

Reimagined as family entertainment, with only three actors portraying a panoply of international characters, the Monty Python-esque send-up is a co-production with Theatre Lac-Brome in association with Geordie Productions. Three outstanding Montreal performers, Danielle Desormeaux, Mike Hughes, and Chimwemwe Miller, bring the unpredictable journey to vivid life under the direction of Mike Payette in his HVT debut.

Around the World in 80 Days is a mad-cap race against time as the fearless Phileas Fogg and his faithful valet, Passepartout, attempt to win a £20,000 bet by circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days. Suspecting Fogg of bank robbery, Detective Fix of Scotland Yard is in hot pursuit as the odd couple traverse the planet by train, steamer, and a few less conventional modes of travel, encountering a parade characters, from exotic princesses to shady operators along the way. Playwright Toby Hulse has moulded Verne's novel into a family-friendly jaunt using a contemporary lens to squeeze high-camp hilarity out of Victorian colonial attitudes. It's a thrilling ride right up to the last-second coup-de-théâtre ending.

Both Sabrina Miller (set and costumes) and Sarah Osmond (props) recreate the Victorian age of mechanized industrialization with imaginative whimsy and flare. Sound Designer, Rob Denton, bolsters the illusion through music and sound effects reminiscent of the ornate music boxes and modern time-keeping devices of the era, while Lighting Designer, Michel Charbonneau, illuminates the Far East, dockside dives, gentleman's clubs, and countless other destinations along Fogg's whirlwind escapade. Mike Sinnott is the Technical Director/Production Manager with Mélanie Ermel stage managing, assisted by Stephen Alarie.

IF YOU GO:

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

August 9 to 27, 2017

At Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Road, J0P 1H0

Tickets: $39.94 including tax & service charges
Group rates available (contact the HVT Box Office)

Showtimes:
2pm matinées (Wed., Thurs., Sat., & Sun.)
8pm evenings (Wed., Thurs., Fri., & Sat.)
Mondays Closed

Box Office: 450-458-5361 | hvtbox@videotron.ca | www.villagetheatre.ca

Pictured: Mike Hughes, Danielle Desormeaux & Chimwemwe Miller





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