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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Shedley Theatre

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A Chitty-Bang family adventure
Everyone's favourite car is flying into the Shedley Theatre for Northern Light Theatre Company's production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Bring yer ol' bamboo and the kiddy-widdy-winkies for a truly scrumptious rendition of the much-loved family adventure set to entertain and delight from April 13 to 28.

Based on Ian Fleming's 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car, Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes adapted the story for the famous musical adventure fantasy film in 1968, starring Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann and Gert Fröbe. Almost 50 years after Fleming put pen to page, the musical adaptation premiered in the West End at the London Palladium 2002 with six new songs by the Sherman Brothers and went on to be the Palladium's longest ever running show.

Northern Light Theatre Company Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Potts Family - Andrew Crispe, Holly Abbott and Harry Ince

The story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang follows eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, who sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float on the high seas and take flight to the skies, among a series of glorious adventures. Trouble ensues when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself and the family find themselves dodging the Baron's bumbling spies and conniving child catcher. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious to rescue their batty Grandpa who's been swept up in the adventure.

Andrew Crispe brings the eccentricity of inventor, Caractacus Potts, to life on stage. Andrew was the stand-in actor for the same role, played by David Hobson when TML Enterprises professional production came to the Adelaide Festival Theatre in 2013 and reminisces "It was a huge amount of work in only a few weeks, but I loved it. What's more, my kids fell in love with the show. They'd have my head if I didn't try for this role!" Kate Hodges, playing Truly Scrumptious, brings sweetness to balance Caractacus' spark as another seasoned performer with recent roles including leading ladies Cinderella in the show of the same name, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

Northern Light Theatre Company Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Andrew Crispe as Eccentric Inventor, Caractacus Potts

Talented youth Harry Ince as Jeremy and Holly Abbott as Jemima play Caractacus' imaginative and adoring children, rounding out the family with Northern Light veteran Russell Ford as the hilariously aloof Grandpa Potts. Fresh off the title role in NLTC's last production Annie, Holly says "I'm absolutely loving this show! It's completely different from Annie, with one of the biggest differences being the accent that I've had to learn. I've loved working closely with Harry who plays my brother in the show and am super excited about Chitty herself. I can't wait for the audience to be as excited as I am".

The outlandish, greedy tyrant Baron Bomburst is played by Gavin Cianci, accompanied by Georgia Stockham as the overbearing Baroness. Together with bumbling spies Gary Humphries and Tom Adams, this kooky crew chase, chastise and chortle Chitty across the tyrannical land of Vulgaria. Gavin expects audiences to "love how quirky & playful the Baron & Baroness are and hilarious stupidity of the spies. The audience will love how every character on stage has a story". Georgia adds "Audiences will love the bright and bold larger than life characters in the show".

Northern Light Theatre Company Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria - Gavin Cianci and Georgia Stockham with the bumbling spies, Gary Humphries and Tom Adams

Director Gordon Combes, along with Music Director Paul Sinkinson and Choreographer Sue Pole are an experienced team, excited to bring their rendition of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to Adelaide audiences. While the London Palladium's 'Chitty' car claimed the Guinness World Record as the most expensive stage prop (costing a whopping $1.2m) NLTC's 'Chitty', generously provided by fellow local theatre company Pelican productions, is revving up to be equally astonishing! The team are confident that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the perfect family friendly musical and are very excited to be bringing this show to the Shedley stage.

Tickets are available now from or via phone on 8281 5026 (9am to 9pm).

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Friday 13th April 8pm
Saturday 14th April 8pm
Friday 20th April 8pm
Saturday 21st April 2pm & 8pm
Friday 27th April 8pm
Saturday 28th April 2pm & 8pm

Ticket prices:
Adult $30
Concession $25
Child $20 (Children under 16)
Family $90 (2 Adults / 2 Children)

Shedley Theatre, Playford Civic Centre, Elizabeth
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Why? Everyone's favourite car is flying into the Shedley Theatre for Northern Light Theatre Company's production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
When: April 14-28
Phone: 0434 202 521
Where: Shedley Theatre, Playford Civic Centre, Elizabeth
Cost: Adult $30, Concession $25, Child $20 (Under 16), Family $90 (2 Adults / 2 Children)
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