Chitty Chitty Bang Bang hits the stage in the GlebeGlebe Neighbourhood Activities’ Group puts on classic musical that’s fun for the whole family
Lock the doors and windows, buckle up and hold on, because the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group is taking you on a wild ride on a floating and flying car through the depths of Vulgaria as they evade the evil Baron Bomburst.
It’s the classic tale of the loveable Potts family and their magical car, as Glebe actors and actresses will stage the “most fantastmagorical stage musical in the history of everything,” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starting tomorrow night and through the weekend.
“It’s funny and it’s quirky,” says Clare Rogers at GNAG, who adds that there are a whopping 31 actors involved in this year’s community production and another 20 or so production staff putting the play together.
Among the crew is professional director Eleanor Crowder, who spent the last year touring with big productions Mamma Mia and Wicked. Crowder took the lead on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
“We are lucky enough to be the beneficiaries of her fine skills and her rapport with the actors,” adds Rogers.
This year’s production provides a huge opportunity for young, amateur actors to learn from such a skilled director at the helm. Rogers says that’s the whole point of community theatre in the Glebe, to give amateurs exposure on the stage.
“It’s an opportunity for amateur actors at all levels to participate and be on stage, but also to learn from a professional director,” she says.
“It’s not just a productions, it’s a learning experience. We say we have auditions, but we really don’t. If you have the time and dedication, we will always find something for you to do that is suitable to your skills.”
Being so open towards the community creates just that: a theatre community that thrives. If little Billy scores the role of Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, you can bet that uncles, aunts, grandmas and parents will be lining up for tickets.
“Yeah, you get granny and everyone to come. The shows are usually well-attended.”
Although it’s community theatre, don’t expect a dry, humourless show with lack of production. The 20-plus production team has whipped up an immersive set that will take audiences through Vulgaria and back in just a couple of hours. And they got clever with a few obstacles.
“We thought, ‘how are we going to portray these people in a car?’” says Rogers.
“Are they going to hold the car while they walk around with it?” We won’t spoil the production surprise, you’ll have to see it for yourself.
GNAG stages Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at 7 p.m. starting April 7. Shows also run April 8at 7 p.m. while Saturday will see two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday’s final show is at 2 p.m.