Gallery 7 Theatre presents Around the World in 80 Days

Production starts Friday, Nov. 6 at Abbotsford Arts Centre

(From left) Bethany Caldwell

(From left) Bethany Caldwell

Gallery 7 Theatre presents its production of Around the World in 80 Days starting on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way).

On a whim, wealthy adventurer Phileas Fogg makes a bet with his friends that he can travel around the world in a mere 80 days. The problem? It’s 1872 and the airplane hasn’t been invented yet.

Accompanied by his trusty servant Passpartout, Fogg embarks on a journey unlike any other, dodging a pesky, ill-informed detective at every turn. This mad-cap adventure comedy features raging typhoons, runaway trains and stampeding elephants.

Director Cody Friesen is a recent graduate of Trinity Western University Theatre.

Performing the role of Phileas Fogg is Gabriel Kirkley, a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) theatre program, who has acted in, designed or directed more then 60 productions.

Aouda, the damsel in distress who Fogg rescues part way through his global adventure, is played by Catrina Jackson, who last appeared in Gallery 7’s production of Anne (of Green Gables) as Josie Pye.

Fogg’s loyal French valet, Passepartout, is played by Thomas Smith, who appeared in last season’s production of Shadowlands.

Eli Funk, also a recent graduate of the UFV theatre program and sound designer for last season’s production of 110 Stories, takes on the role of Detective Fix. Playing a variety of characters are Bethany Caldwell and newcomer Rebecca Dougan.

Set design is by Frank Sawatzky, costume design is by Dani DeJong, lighting design is by Michael Methot and sound design is by Ron Jackson.

The stage manager is Yvonne Spuls and the production photographer is Dianna Lewis.

The production runs Nov. 6 and 7 and 11-14 at 7:30 p.m. with discount matinees on Nov. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors for evening performances, and $5 less for matinees.

Tickets are available online at gallery7theatre.com or at House of James, 2743 Emerson St. (phone 604-852-3701).