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Announcing the Cast of "Around the World in 80 Days" at Matthews Playhouse!

Prepare for an unforgettable journey as Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts proudly presents "Around the World in 80 Days," a timeless tale of adventure and exploration, February 22 through March 3, 2024. This epic production, based on Jules Verne's classic novel enjoyed by generations of readers, transports audiences to various exotic locations, capturing the spirit of adventure that defines this literary masterpiece.

With a blend of fast-paced action, clever comedy, and a touch of romance,  "Around the World in 80 Days" follows the story of the intrepid Phileas Fogg as he attempts to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. The production is a masterful blend of humor, suspense, and heartwarming moments, making it a perfect choice for readers and theater enthusiasts alike. The talented cast, under the direction of Rasheem Shabazz, brings Verne's iconic characters to life with wit and charm as they portray 39 characters! The cast is as follows (listed in alphabetical order)!

Hanna Atilano - Newspaper person/ Server/ Narrator/ Speedy/ Young Parsi/ Conductor

Matthew Diem - Gauthier Ralph/ Director of Police/ OysterPuff/ Ship Clerk/ Sir Francis/ Engineer

Aadee Chheda - Passerpatout

Jim Greenwood - Andrew Stuart/ British Consul/ Judge Obadiah/ Proctor/ Narrator

Chris OrtizUnderstudy Passepartout

Andrew Pippin - James Forster/ Detective Fix/ Elephant Owner/ John Sullivan

Charlotte Pollack - Aouda

Xavier Stinson - Oliver Smith/ Conductor/ Broker/ Mudge/ Narrator

Tristan Whaley - Phileas Fogg

Emily White - Newspaper person/ Bartender/ Narrator/ Conductor/ Bunsby/ Reverend Wilson's Servant/ Ship Engineer/ Train Clerk

Don't miss the adventure February 22 - March 3, 2024! Tickets range from $10-$19 and are available for  purchase. Tickets and show times are available at

Special Performances: 

  • Pay-What-You-Can-Night Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 7:30 p.m. - General admission, donations can be made at the door and most of the proceeds will benefit a local non-profit organization. 

  • Sensory-Friendly Performance Saturday, March 2, 2024 @ 11:00am​ - This performance will be modified to accommodate children on the autism spectrum and/or with a cognitive or developmental disability. All questions about this performance can be directed to

  • Weekday Performances for School Children February 26-March 1, 2024- Matthews Playhouse is offering weekday performances of “Around the World in 80 Days”  for school children, teachers and homeschool communities to enhance and support the classroom curriculum. Those interested in attending a weekday performance can visit


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