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Sol Children Theatre
Around the World in 80 Days
December 8 – 23

“It’s really useful to travel, if you want to see new things.”
~ Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

November 14, 2017:
BOCA RATON, FL:  If theatre audiences are looking for travel and adventure this holiday season, they need venture no farther than to Sol Theatre in Boca Raton, where Sol Children Theatre will present a brand new musical adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic tale, Around the World in 80 Days.  From London to Bombay and Yokohama to San Francisco; through typhoons, out-of- control trains, and into the deepest reaches of the imagination, this family friendly adventure will delight audiences of all ages.  The production will run from December 8th through December 23rd in the popular ‘black box’ theatre.

Phileas Fogg has bet he can race around the world – from London and back to London – in a mere 80 days, but the pressure’s on and time is running out. At his side, a band of quirky adventurers. At their heels, a relentless Scotland Yard detective. At stake, surviving utterly fantastic adventures across India, China, Japan and America – beating the clock – and winning the bet.

The production will be directed by Rosalie Grant, Sol’s dynamic founder and artistic director:

Rosalie Grant

“When I discovered this version of Around the World in 80 Days I instantly knew two things:  Sol had to stage it, and I had to direct it!” says Grant.  “I’ve always loved the story, and this version is wonderfully funny, and the music is very catchy!  It is a perfect family theatre show with enough laughs for adults as well.  I am having the time of my life directing an amazing cast of young actors in addition to adults who are my colleagues and friends.” 

Around the World in 80 Days’ combination of adult and child actors include Murphy Hayes as Phileas Fogg, Christian Matthiesen (L’Ambiance – Virtual School) as Passepartout, Faith Alfieri (Spanish River Christian School) as Inspector Fix, and Renèe Elizabeth Turner as Aouda.

Murphy Hayes

“As soon as I heard the music from this show I knew I wanted to be part of it,” says Around the World’s Philias Fogg, Murphy Hayes. “The fact that it will kick off Sol Children Theatre’s Sweet 16 Season is even more exciting. The talent of the younger actors in this show and the amount of dedication they bring challenges us adult actors to bring our best to this amazing ensemble,” he continues.  “It’s a fun family show for everyone to enjoy together…I think people may even find themselves humming a tune or two on their way home!”

Renee Elizabeth Turner

Renèe Elizabeth Turner agrees: “I am beyond honored to be a part of this exciting production inspired by the beloved Jules Verne novel,” she enthuses. “This is a show about adventure, self-discovery, and having faith in what you can achieve even when the odds are against you. The role of Princess Aouda is one that continually proves to be far more than a traditional female romantic lead. She is a woman who is loyal, caring, well educated, and strong; even while living in a culture where the traditions of human sacrifice and arranged marriages are the social norm. Thus, these unfortunate circumstances force her into the confines of never knowing what it truly means to freely fall in love. It is an absolute joy to present the musical version of this timeless classic with this incredible cast.”

Other young cast members include Kylie Lawrence (Boca High), Ava Cavasos (Henderson School), Kate Finkelstein, sisters Megan and Samantha Mascaro (Paseos – Virtual School), Samantha Marchena (Morikami Park Elementary School), Megan Enriquez (Grandview Prep).  ‘Adult’ cast members include Jenna Wyatt, Jennipher Whitcomb, and Sara Elizabeth Grant.

Around the World in 80 Days’ Musical Director is Anthony Campisi, with choreography by Sara Elizabeth Grant. The show’s Scenic Designer is Kate McVay; Costume Designers are MJ Baum and Briana Earhart; Lighting Design and set construction is by Ardean Landhuis.  The production’s Stage Manager is Sean Smyth.

Boca Raton’s Sol Children Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre organization founded by veteran director and actor Rosalie Grant sixteen years ago.  The company’s mission is to provide children with a safe, secure, and highly professional theatre experience.  Those children in then in turn provide quality theatre experiences for audiences.

Tickets for Around the World in 80 Days are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.solchildren.org or by calling 561-447-8829.  Tickets are $20; $15 for children aged 11 or younger.  Group rates are also available. Sol Children Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

For more information about Sol Children Theatre, visit www.solchildren.org, or contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 / solchildtroupe@aol.com or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com

Around the World in 80 Days
December 8 – 23, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Chris Blackwood
Music by Piers Chater Robinson
Based on the book by Jules Verne
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Group rates are also available.
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
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This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida” (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

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