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OST Boasts a Madcap Trip ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

”Around the World in 80 Days," opens at Ocean State Theatre Nov. 4.
”Around the World in 80 Days,” opens at Ocean State Theatre Nov. 4.

Warwick, RI – Ocean State Theatre boasts a madcap, magical adaptation of the Jules Verne classic ”Around the World in 80 Days,” opening Nov. 4.

The tale follows fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant in a race to beat the clock, dogged by a detective convinced he’s a robber on the run. On the way they encounter stampeding elephants, raging typhoons, and runaway trains in an “unabashedly slapstick” production.

Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in whirlwind action as five actors portray 37 characters traversing seven continents.

The show is directed by actor/director Mark Torres, who has appeared on Broadway (Amadeus) and acted and/or directed for numerous regional theatres throughout the country including Trinity Repertory Company, The Dallas Theater Center, The Walnut Street Theatre, and The Utah Shakespeare Festival.

The cast includes Russell Garrett of Boston, who directed and choreographed OSTC productions of The Full Monty, Hairspray, 9 To 5, Legally Blonde, and last summer’s Gypsy, playing Phileas Fogg.

The remainder of the cast, who portray multiple roles, includes Jonathan Fisher of Providence, who made his professional theatre debut in last season’s production of Dial M for Murder, Minita Gandhi of Chicago, who has been seen on both television (“Chicago Fire,” “Empire”) and at regional theatres across the country, David Groccia of North Providence, who has appeared in OSTC productions of Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady, and regional theatre, and performer,Matt Jones, who is making his OSTC debut.

The show, produced with support provided by Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, will enjoy a limited run at Ocean State Theatre from Nov. 4 – 22.

Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Wednesday (except November 11), Thursday, Friday andSaturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except November 19), Saturdays at 2 p.m. (except November 7 & 14) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Conducting Conversations Live!, a free post-show discussion hosted by WCRI’s Mike Maino, will follow the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $30 for preview performances and $34-$49 for all other performances. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (401) 921-1777 x112.

Rob Borkowski
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