Magic and imagination take centre stage in Dr. Kearney's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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.

article continues below

"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.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at

© Copyright Alaska Highway News


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Alaska Highway News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Alaska Highway People's Choice 2020

Popular News

Lowest Gas Prices in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge
British Columbia Gas Prices provided by

Community Event Calendar

Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.