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Sunday, October 4, 2015

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ next by MPOnStage at the Kelsey Theatre


The Award-winning production team of MPOnStage brings Jules Verne’s "Around the World in 80 Days" to the Kelsey stage-written by Mark Brown and directed by John M. Maurer.

This is a Comedy/Adventure for the whole family. Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 40 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

The show will run at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, NJ October 9 - 18, 2015. A public reception, with an opportunity to meet the cast and crew, will be held on opening night.

MPO’s Artistic director, John Maurer, is helming this production. A versatile theatre producer and director whose credits include large scale musicals like Singin’ in the Rain, Man of La Mancha, Avenue Q and Monty Python's Spamalot, Maurer's first love is comedy.

“Mark Brown has given us the world of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg to play in. We have 5 actors playing 40 characters’ and a world of possibilities to explore and we intend to make the most of it. Why don’t you come to the Kelsey theatre and take the journey with us?” says Maurer.

The show’s cast features Dan Keyser of Morristown as Phileas Fogg; Maria Aromando of Bridgewater as Aouda & James Forester; Kurt Penney of Pennington as Jean Passepartout; John Pinto of Yardley PA as Detective Fix, Elephant owner, Oysterpuff and more; and Dan Slothower of Plainsboro as Sir Francis, Bunsby, Colonel Proctor… and a host of others!

Maurer Productions OnStage will present Around the World in 80 Days, Fridays, October 9th and 16th at 8pm; Saturdays, October 10th and 17th at 8pm; and Sundays, October 11th and 18th at 2pm in the Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College. The college is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Free parking is available next to the theatre.

To order tickets, go online at, call 609-570-3333, or stop by the Kelsey Theatre Box Office. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $14 for students and children plus a $1 service fee. The Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

More information about this production of Around the World in 80 Days can be found online at

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