Parker Middle School will present its production of the classic musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” April 21, 22 and 23 in the Howell High School Auditorium. All shows begin at 7 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, April 23. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” will take the audience on a magical journey with an out-of-this-world car. Based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is a family play that everyone will enjoy.
In “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (Nic Bishop), his daughter Jemima (Claire Kelly) and son Jeremy (Mason Burley) see the potential in a rundown racecar, transforming it into a flying and floating magic car that they loving call Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The magic car catches the eye of the evil Baron Bomburst (Danny Maura) the tyrannical ruler of Vulgaria and his wife the Baroness (Brooke Studebaker) who have outlawed children. Bomburst sends his Vulgarian spies Boris (Emily Wesley) and Goran (Madison Haefner) to capture Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Boris and Goran capture Grandpa Potts (Ben Yoder) thinking that he is the inventor of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and return him to Vulgaria.
The Potts Family and their friend Truly Scrumptions (Autumn Mullins) chase after the spies in an effort to save Grandpa Potts. Upon arriving in Vulgaria, they meet the Toymaker (Lena Zielkowski) who helps hide the Potts children from the Childcatcher (Michael Alexander Sutton). Together the Potts Family, Scrumptions and the Toymaker develop a plan to rescue Grandpa Potts and free the children of Vulgaria.
“We are very excited to bring this classic children’s story to Howell. Our cast has worked tirelessly for the last several months learning their lines and perfecting each musical number. I am very grateful for the support from the Parker staff and administration that allows us to present a full-scale musical at the middle school level,” said Kelli Falls, Parker Middle School vocal music teacher and director of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” “Very few middle schools present a full-scale musical as opposed to a junior version. Our production staff is made up entirely of volunteers and includes Parker staff, parents and Howell High School students.”