Gretna Theatre will bring the classic Jules Verne adventure novel “Around the World in 80 Days” to the stage of the Mount Gretna Playhouse in a production that runs from Aug. 4 to 7.

Adapted by Mark Brown for the stage, the story – first published in 1872 – follows Englishman Phileas Fogg, played by Dan Fenaughty, and his French valet Passepartout, played by Amy Griffin, as they race around the world, seeking to circumnavigate the globe in just a few months as part of a gentlemanly wager.

The cast of five portrays a total of 39 characters across the seven continents visited by Fogg and Passepartout on their odyssey.

“Someone is always ripping off a mustache, putting on a hat, or climbing around the set somewhere,” said director Randall Frizado in a press release. “This production is unlike any other you will see.”

“It is fast paced, silly, zany, full of a number of great theatrical gags, while telling this fun adventurous tale, in an original way.”

Actors in the Gretna Theatre’s upcoming production. From left, clockwise: Dan Fenaughty, Amy Griffin, Andrew Kindig, Gale Brennan, Asha Devi.

The production team includes William Mohney (scenic), Paul Black (lighting), Johnathan Shuey (resident sound), Emily Overmeyer (costume), Colin Sass (projection), and Doré Weaver (props).

The production will be staged for 2 p.m. matinees on Thursday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug 7. Evening performances with 7:30 p.m. showtimes will be offered Thursday, Aug. 4, to Saturday, Aug. 6. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased via the Gretna Theatre’s website.

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