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Journey around the world at American Stage
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From left, Matthew McGee, Brian Shea, Brian Webb Russell, Brad DePlanche and Jonelle Marie Meyer star in American Stage Theatre Company's production of Around the World in 80 Days, playing through April 13.
ST. PETERSBURG – Around the World in 80 Days continues at American Stage Theatre through April 13.

The theatre company’s fourth play of the season, Mark Brown’s Around the World in 80 Days was adapted from the adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne.

Go back to the year of 1872 to begin the adventure in London and then continue around the globe and back. Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 33 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

Travel to the Suez, Bombay, Allahabad, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, Nebraska, New York City, Liverpool and then back to London during a two-act presentation with one intermission.

Todd Olson directs this production of Around the World in 80 Days. He is in his eleventh season here at American Stage Theatre Company.

The cast includes Matthew McGee as actor #1, playing several roles. Jonelle M. Meyer is actor #4 also playing several roles. Actor #5 is Brian Webb Russell, playing the role of Phileas Fogg. Brian Shea is actor #3, playing the role of Passpartout. Actor #2 is Brad DePlanche, making his American Stage debut, also plays several characters.

The artistic staff includes Jerid Fox as scenic and property designer, Joseph P. Oshry as lighting designer, Mike and Kathy Buck as costume designers, Stephen M. Ray, Jr. as production stage manager, and Timon Brown as technical director.

Show times are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $39 Wednesday and Thursday and for matinee shows. Friday and Saturday evening shows are $49. Group ticket pricing packages are also available.

Student advance tickets are $20 and rush tickets go for $10, starting 30 minutes before curtain. Seniors receive $2 off single tickets. Active military personnel admitted free with valid military ID presented at the box office. Friends and family receive 20 percent discount.

For tickets, call the American Stage Box Office at 727-823-PLAY (7529) or visit www.americanstage.org.

American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.
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