Feb. 14, 2013. Appalachian State University’s Performing Arts Series hosts the oldest theatre in the country, the Walnut Street Theatre for a performance of their adaptation of the classic adventure tale Around the World in 80 Days on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Valborg Theatre. There will be a post-show Q & A with the actors. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $8 for Appalachian State University students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 828-262-4046, 1-800-841-ARTS or visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/around-the-world. For a complete overview of the Performing Arts Series spring line-up, visit www.pas.appstate.edu.
About Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days is a whirlwind journey filled with exotic locales, daring adventures, narrow escapes and great fun. Five actors create a world of merriment in Mark Brown’s thrilling and theatrical adaptation from the novel by Jules Verne with Bernard Havard as producing artistic director. This adventurous masterpiece will keep you on the edge of your seat—at least until you begin to roll in the aisle with laughter.
The story begins in London in 1872 with Phileas Fogg, a wealthy English gentleman. No one knows where his money comes from. While at the Reform Club, Phileas gets into an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph that states that, with modern transportation, it’s now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. Impossible! There’s a large wager made by his fellow club members—and Phileas is off! He brings his newly hired valet, Passepartout, along for the ride. With Passepartout’s trusty pocket watch in hand, the two men set out to conquer the world…but not without it’s challenges!
About Walnut Street Theatre
Standing at the corner of Ninth and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia for two hundred years, Walnut Street Theatre’s National Historic Landmark structure has housed two centuries’ worth of American popular entertainment. Most noteworthy American actors of the 19th century and many from the 20th century have appeared on stage at the Walnut. Some of the Walnut’s shining stars include: Edwin Forrest, Edwin Booth, Edmund Kean, the Drews, the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, Will Rogers, The Marx Brothers, Helen Hayes, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Ethel Waters, Audrey Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Lauren Bacall, George C. Scott, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Julie Harris, Jack Lemon and William Shatner. Over the years audiences have clapped and cheered for circus, opera, vaudeville, lectures, music, dance, motion pictures and of course, the live theatre productions for which it is best known today. To watch a video on the history of the theatre, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7tZ3hZTHlgE.
Upcoming Performing Arts Series Events
Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Bastien und Bastienne by W.A. Mozart
Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music Opera Program
Thursday, April 4- Saturday, April 6
An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Musical Guests
Tuesday, April 16
The 2012-13 Performing Arts Series is sponsored by: