Chitty Chitty Bang Bang rehearsals in full flight​

Some of the Cowra M and D Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cast at one of last week’s rehearsals.
Some of the Cowra M and D Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cast at one of last week’s rehearsals.

Rehearsals are in full-swing for the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society’s production of the hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which makes its Cowra debut in September.

Based on the much loved children’s book by James Bond author Ian Fleming and made famous by the 1968 film starring Dick Van Dyke, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tells the story of eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who transforms a wrecked racing car into a magic flying machine for his children Jeremy and Jemima.

Their adventures combined with some of the most memorable songs ever written for the stage are sure to make Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the theatrical hit of 2018.

While lead rolls have been cast its still not too late to get involved with plenty of opportunities for chorus members on offer for people of all ages. There are also lots of technical and backstage support roles available for anyone wanting to be involved.

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was the first film musical I ever saw”, said M&D stalwart Lawrance Ryan who is producing and playing the role of Grandapa Potts in the show.

“I loved it in 1968 and I still love it today and am delighted to be involved with bringing it to the Cowra stage for the first time”.

The part of Caractacus Potts will be played by Simon Cato, who first appeared with the M&D in last year’s production of The Vicar of Dibley.

Simon will be joined on stage by M&D newcomer McKenzie Tarrant as Truly Scrumptious, Phil Curtis at Lord Scrumptious, Carl Erle and Kerrie Bailey as Baron and Baroness Bomburst, Chris Larkin as the Toymaker and Jenny Thompson as the villainous Child Catcher.

The role of Jeremy will be shared by Braydon Curtis and Riley Pearse. Phillipa Richmond and Niamh Webster will share the part of Jemima in alternate performances. The show is being directed by Robyn Ryan. Robyn also directed the M&D’s hit 2015 production of The Wizard of Oz.

“This is a great show for people of all ages, and whether you’re in the cast, working backstage or in the audience I’m sure that you’ll enjoy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, Lawrance concluded.

If you’d like any additional information about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, please call Lawrance or Robyn Ryan on 6341 3337 or 0408 639 088.