Everyone's favorite floating and flying car is coming to MusicWorks!
Everyone’s favorite fine, four-fendered friend, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior lands at MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts on Oct. 7-8. Based on the 1968 hit MGM motion picture and featuring original music from the film, this junior version is a pilot premiere created by iTheatrics and Music Theater International (MTI), who work to transform Broadway favorites to a scale and running time suitable for family theater and young performers. Lynne Meyer, director of the production and the owner of MusicWorks, was contacted by executives at MTI in the spring and asked to consider taking on the task of piloting their recent junior work. “It’s been such an honor to be one of the first directors in the country to work with this new junior musical,” said Meyer. “I loved the movie as a child and I felt like it was a show that would challenge my students, so there really wasn’t even a moment’s hesitation before I agreed to premiere the work!”
The MusicWorks production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior features a cast of 48 talented singers, dancers, and actors between the ages of 8-17. In addition to the cast of performers, parents and volunteers have also gotten involved in the production with creating some of the costumes, sets, and numerous props, including “Chitty” herself which is certainly no small task! The artistic production company includes Lynne Meyer (director/choreographer/music director), Adriane Howard (costume and production assistant), Jerri Harris (associate musical director), Tim Stiles (pianist), Shelia Sumpter (assistant choreographer), Jeff Gosnell (car designer/builder), Dedee Haas (set designer), and Tessa Rabideau (stage manager).
Originally billed as “the most phantasmagorical musical in the history of everything…” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior features an unforgettable score by the Shermann Brothers (Mary Poppins), and is a family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptuous”.
An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts (Nate Hannah), sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy (Walker Giusti) and Jemima (Kavia Dills). They soon discover that the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst (Javan Delozier) desires the magical car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious (Beth Borst) and batty Grandpa Potts (Eric Meyer) to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness (Cameron Robinson) and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher (Kyrstin McClure).
The show runs Oct. 7-8 with performances on both evenings at 7:00pm and a 3:00pm matinee on Oct. 8th. All performances are being held in the “Out of the Box” Theater at MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts, 99 Kingdom Hall Dr., in Clyde. Tickets are $10.00 and can only be purchased online at www.smallvenueticketing.com/23379