Flying cars, toy makers, inventors, barons, and child catchers — Dr. Kearney Middle School brings Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to life starting Thursday at the cultural centre.
Sixty students have been hard at work prepping for the production since October, building 150 props and two-storey sets, sewing together more than 100 costumes, and rehearsing lines and memorizing melodies.
"It has a lot of fabulous role for a lot of kids, so it's not just a one man show," said director Ginger Alexander. "All these kids get the opportunity to be a star, not just two or three of them."
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on a children's story by Ian Fleming, of James Bond acclaim and fame. The story follows the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, a single dad who buys and fixes up an old race car for his children, Jeremy and Jemima. But when the family discovers the car's magical powers, they must outwit the evil Baron Bomburst and his Baroness and their henchmen to keep the car out of their hands.
The play mixes imagination with storytelling, and deals with themes of family bonds and teamwork, Ginger said.
"That's really what this show is about, this is a team effort," she said.
This is Alexander's second production with Dr. Kearney — the work is a massive undertaking, but worth it, she said.
Her husband, Jason, spent more than 60 hours working with a friend on building the race car for the production.
The car's been engineered so the wheels move, the lights come on — all that's really missing is an engine, but that will likely come after the show wraps, when the plan is to continue working on the car to make it functional and able to take part in parades, she said.
Other props include a spinning music box — Alexander admits she always wanted to play the role of the doll in the music box as a child — and a flying outhouse.
The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the cultural centre, with the performance running through to June 1.
For more info, visit the cultural centre's website.
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