One of the best loved family musicals, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will be presented for the first time at Peoples Theatre from Monday, 28th October – Sunday 22nd December.
The charming story of an adventure with a magical car that flies through the air and sails the seas was a hit when the film was first released in 1968. Based on Ian Fleming’s children’s book, this is a perfect way to enter into the spirit of the festive season. The play features an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (of Mary Poppins fame).
An old racing car with an illustrious past ends up in an old garage. Here an eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, is restoring the old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, which include the ability to float in water and to fly like an aeroplane. The evil Baron Bomburst wants to steal the magical car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious, a lovely lady and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the devious Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.
Many grownups will remember the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which has stood the test of time, as many children today still love it.
What Luciano has to say:
I chatted to veteran actor, one of Peoples Theatres favourite performers, Luciano Zuppa , no stranger to La Voce readers, who plays the role of Grandpa Potts:
Can you tell us a bit about your character, Grandpa Potts, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
Grandpa Potts is a fun and quirky old man who spent his life in the military. Even though he has been retired from the military for many years, he still applies that discipline into his life while making every day fun for his grandchildren and son. It’s always so fulfilling playing a character who is so energetic and loveable.
Why do you think this musical has stood the test of time? (the film was released in 1968)
I think the songs are not just there in the show to sound pretty; they are an integral part of telling the story and they are so lovingly and cleverly written that you can’t help but sing along. I also believe that the simple love story with its struggles and challenges resonates with the audiences. Everyone loves a happy ending.
What has it been like working with the rest of the cast and creative team?
I really feel blessed that I have the opportunity to work with such a talented, professional and fun group of people. It makes it so easy to give your all and very best in everything that you do while still learning something new every day. It’s been “truly scrumptious”!
Says Director Jill Girard;
“Peoples Theatre presents for the first time ever this fantastic musical adventure which features the most unforgettable score by the Sherman brothers. This is a feel good, heart-warming family musical which is an absolute delight to direct, as it takes the audience back to their childhood while enchanting the next generation.”
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR is directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith, with Musical Direction by Coenraad Rall, Musical Staging by Sandy (Dyer) Richardson, Set and Lighting Design by Grant Knottenbelt and costumes by Merry Whillier and Sean McGrath.
Performance times are Mondays to Friday at 9am and 11am, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays at 10:30am and 2.30pm.
Ticket prices are R140 for general public or R100 for members of the Peoples Theatre Kids Club (You can become a member for R120 membership fee – contact Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/ 2340 for more information).
To book tickets call Sean or Beth on 011 403 1563 / 2340 or email the theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za