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COURTESY BEAVERTON CIVIC THEATRE - In Beaverton Civic Theatres Around the World in 80 Days, James Van Eaton (from left) plays Phileas Fogg, Adam Caniparoli is Passepartout, Priscilla Howell portrays Aouda.CBS’ “The Amazing Race” has been around since way back in 2001, and during its 16-year run has averaged almost 10 million viewers per season.


But whether you’re a fan or not, you have to honest — that show is more than 100 years late to the party.

The original “race” show was “Around the World in 80 Days,” first written by Jules Verne in 1873, popularized by a Disney film back in 1956 and brought to life anew by Beaverton Civic Theatre in April and May.

Here’s what’s in store for those who go: Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashed slapstick!

If that’s not enough to grab your attention, here’s more — theater-goers will join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout as they race to beat the clock and satisfy Fogg’s outrageous wager, a bet that puts his fortune and his life at risk.

Fogg sets out to circle the globe in what was in the late 19th century an unheard-of 80 days. But Fogg’s every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a robber on the run, and danger, romance and comic surprises ensue in this whirlwind of a show.

James Van Eaton stars as Phileas Fogg, this on the heels of his most recent BCT roles as Captain Crewe in “A Little Princess” and Sandy Lord in “The Philadelphia Story.” Adam Caniparoli plays Passepartout; he previously has performed in BCT’s “Songs for a New World,” “Elephant Man” and “Crossing Delancey.” And Jeff Giberson plays Detective Fix in his BCT debut, marking his return to theater after many years away.

The show kicked off with a free preview event on Tuesday, then opens for its full run April 29-May 14. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and for 2 p.m. Sundays at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium, 12375 S.W. Fifth Street. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and groups of 10 or more and $5 for youth.

The show is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

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