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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Shedley Theatre - Review

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5 Stars - Fun, Magical and Inventive entertainment
Northern Light Theatre Company
The Northern Light Theatre Company presents 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' is playing at The Shedley Theatre until Saturday 28th April at 8pm, with matinee performances Saturday April 21st & Saturday April 28th at 2pm. It's based on the MGM 1968 British musical motion picture of the same name. and directed by Gordon Combs, musically directed by Paul Sinkinson and choreographed by Sue Pole. It has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman & Robert B Sherman.

It is based loosely on Ian Fleming's 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. If you want a night out that will have you dancing in your chair and clapping along, then Northern Lights Production is for you. You will go home singing the theme song for the entire weekend, but this spectacular performance is well worth it.

It stars Andrew Crispe as Caractacus Potts with Harry Ince and Holly Abbott playing his children, Jeremy and Jemina. Kate Hodges stars opposite as Truly Scrumptious. It is the magical story of an inventor called Caractacus Potts who has very little in life but two beautiful children he adores. The story pushes the importance of family and working together as a whole to move through life with achievements. Mr Potts wants to make his children happy, and manages to sell an invention giving him exactly 30 shillings that he needed to buy an old broken down race car.

The children sit in the broken down car and imagine adventures and soon Caractacus makes those dreams a reality when he restores the car to brand new. They quickly discover this is no ordinary car but a magic car. The family go on a musical adventure in a car that flies through the air and sails the seas.

Northern Light Theatre Company
This beautiful production features a timeless connection between Hodges (Truly Scrumptious) and Crispe (Caractacus Potts) as they both discover a life with each other around is the life they want to live. Their connection is pure soulful entertainment that makes you feel what they're going through. It 's a lovely on-stage romance that highlighted this production perfectly.

Harry Ince (Jeremy) and Holly Abbott (Jemina) played their parts beautifully. At such a young age they both have huge talent that will follow them through a long career in the industry. They both represented a childlike innocence that fitted the story but with a knowledge and background in theatre you would've believed they were made for these roles. The trio of Ince, Abbott and Crispe singing 'You Two' was just beautiful. The on-stage connection of a father and children highlighted this performance, and the sassy, silly, childlike play made it more realistic.

Standout moments included Crispe, Hodges, Abbott, and Ince singing 'Toot Sweets'. This was creative and fun to watch and, along with the dance routines, was a favorite scene. The message of the production is the importance of family. Whether you have a little or a lot, a family needs to be there for one another even when times are tough. Crispe, Hodges, Abbott and Ince's rendition of 'Teamwork' was beautiful. Teamwork can make a dream work and that's what happened in this production: an ensemble of talented actors joined together with hard work and dedication to create a magical performance that audiences loved. Hodges' rendition of the 'Doll on a Music Box' was very creative. If you didn't already know you would have sworn she was a real doll on an actual music box. This scene was so realistic and took real dedication .

The set design for this production was incredible. To actually create a car that has wings to fly and a raft to float, as well as driving across the stage with light up headlights was incredible and like nothing I've seen before. The musical features all your favourite songs from the movie including 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'You Two', 'Toot Sweets', 'Hushabye Mountain', 'Me 'Ol Bam-Boo', 'Truly Scrumptious', 'Lovely Lovely Man', 'Posh', 'The Roses of Success', 'Chu-Chi Face' and 'Doll on a Music Box'

Northern Light Theatre Company
Starring Kate Hodges as Truly Scrumptious, Harry Ince as Jeremy Potts, Andrew Crisp as Caractacus Potts, Holly Abbott as Jemima Potts, Gavin Cianci as Baron Bomburst, Gary Humphries as Goran, Russell Ford as Grandpa Potts, Georgia Stockham A The Baroness Bomburst, Daniel Vickers as The Childcatcher, Tom Adams as Boris, Michael Trower as Toymaker, Cohen McRae as Toby, Paul Komninos as Stephen, Ben Fleming as Sid/ Lord Scrumptious, Stephen Tulip as Mr Coggins, Amanda Sharp as Miss Phillips, Jake Kempster Male as Junkman, Wade Cook as Solder Captain/Chef, Rose Vallen as Violet, Jacob Mitchell as Turkey Farmer, Chloe Pollitt as Greta, Abigail Sharp as Marta and Kailee Pollitt as Susan.

Northern Light Theatre Company never disappoint and this production is no different. 5/5 Stars for incredible set design, talented performers, catchy songs and a highly dedicated and determined ensemble of talented people involved. Don't miss your chance to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical this April at The Shedley Theatre - 10 Playford Blvd, Elizabeth

Dates:
Saturday 21st April at 8pm & 2pm
Friday 27th April at 8pm
Saturday 28th April at 8pm & 2pm

Cost:
Adult - $32
Concession - $27
Child under 16 - $22
Group Adult - $30
Group Concession - $25
Family - $98 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

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Why? Musical Theatre
When: April 21st, 27th, 28th
Where: Shedley Theatre
Cost: $20 - $30
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