CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Comes to Bainbridge Performing Arts
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by The Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."
An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts 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 and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is led by an impressive artistic trio. This past summer, Director Kristi Ann Jacobson marked her fifth year with the BPA Shakespeare program, directing BPA's wildly successful The Merry Wives of Windsor in the lovely meadow at The Bloedel Reserve. With a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's in French horn performance, Musical Director Kelli McAuley frequently plays in the pit orchestra, sings on stage, or provides music direction, and is the founder of both the Kitsap Community Youth Choir and Kitsap Fringe Opera. Choreographer Helen Heaslip is a recent Bainbridge Island transplant from London where she worked as a movement tutor and choreographer on the BA and MA Acting programs at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
The amazing cast includes Ryan Patrick O'Donnell, Evelyn Cantwell, Gracie Payne, Mackenzie Brown, Nelsen Spickard, Michelle Hensel, Robert Craighead, Miranda Feldtman, Gary Fetterplace, Terry McAuley, Pete Simpson, Isaac Etobi, Sarah Taylor, Jon Payne, Sophie Eldridge, Delaney Taylor, Emily Blackwell, Amber Goldby, Carter Wolff, Isabel McDermott, Molly Watkins, Audrey Benson, Olivia Opalski, Barrett Lhamon, and Hailey McCulloch.
Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG appears at BPA December 1 - 17, with evening shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., early Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. There is no evening performance on December 1, and the run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569, or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, www.MTIShows.com.
BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an "Open Doors" program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline Housethanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.
Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
Photo Credit: Jeff Watkins