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HHS drama takes audience 'Around the World in 80 Days' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Fasten your seatbelts! The Holyoke High School drama department is about to take you on the ride of your life with their production of Around the World in 80 Days Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20 at 8 p.m. in the HHS auditorium.

Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant as they race to beat the clock after agreeing to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk.

Audience members will encounter everything from stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains in this unabashedly slapstick comedy/adventure by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne.

“This is a much more ambitious show than last year’s Better Football Through High School Chemistry, and the actors have really risen to the occasion,” said director Carla Mayfield.

“I am so pleased and amused by what I am seeing on stage, and I can’t wait for the enitre community to see it too!”

Cast members in the HHS production of Around the World in 80 Days are pictured from
left, front row, Becca Brandt, Christa Durbin, Brooke Parker, Kelsey Kramer and Joel
Rodriguez; second row, Catrina Krueger, Briar Bergner, Brittney Prottsman, Ella Stewart,
Brian DeBoer and Ben Martinez; and back row, Maddie King, Molly Brandt, Lauren Blomme,
Sarah Heermann, Preston King, Skyler Mayfield, Austin Killin and Ryan Parker.  
—Enterprise photo

Taking audience members on this incredible journey are Brian DeBoer as Phileas Fogg, Ella Stewart as Aouda, Becca Brandt as Passepartout, Lauren Blomme as Detective Fix, Sarah Heermann as Colonel Proctor and British Consul, Briar Bergner as Joan Sullivan and Young Parsi.

Preston King as Sir Francis, Judge Obadiah and US Conductor, Christa Durbin as Chinese Broker and Ship Clerk, Catrina Krueger as Gertrude Ralph, Joel Rodriguez as Mudge, Skyler Mayfield as Captain Speedy and Newspaperman.

Brooke Parker as Train Clerk and Board Operator, Austin Killin as Andrew Stuart and Priest, Ben Martinez as James Forster, Elephant Owner and Bunsby, Molly Brandt as Priest and Oysterpuff.

Maddie King as Reverend Wilson’s Servant, Brittney Prottsman as Director of Police, Kelsey Kramer as Engineer and Indian Conductor and Ryan Parker as Priest and Ship Engineer.

Head of lights this year is Jacinda Krueger while Shaylee Krueger is in charge of the sound.

“This show has also been truly collaborative across the student body,” added Mayfield. “So many kids have helped get this show together that the program will look more like a booklet than a program!”

See the set, costumes and everything in between come together Friday and Saturday nights in this year’s fall play Around the World in 80 Days.


Dinner Theatre Saturday

Be sure to get “A Taste of the World in 80 Minutes” at Holyoke FCCLA’s dinner theatre prior to the Saturday evening performance of the fall play.

Dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. in the HHS commons area. Menu items for the dinner theatre include an international collection of teas, Asian noodles and greens, stir fry chicken with rice, Golden Gate bread (FCCLA bread), New York style cheesecake, coffee and tea.

Tickets for the dinner theatre must be purchased by Friday, Nov. 19 and are available from FCCLA members or by calling 854-3421.