South presenting ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.’

Published 10:15 am Thursday, January 10, 2019

Everyone’s favorite flying car comes to life this week on stage at South Davie Middle School in the musical adaptation of the beloved family film.

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, and featuring a score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. is a family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”

The South Davie Tiger Players bring the children’s story about the Magical Racing Car to life on the South Davie Stage. The musical is about an eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts (Burke Rosenbaum) who sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy (Hayden Williams)  and Jemima (Sarah West Marklin). They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight.

Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst (John Stokes) desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious (Kaylee Robertson) and batty Grandpa Potts (Holden Tanis) to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness (Maelynn Kenney) and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher (Lexi Bouldin).

A stage spectacle filled with songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

“As my first show with South Davie Middle School, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been a wild ride,” said Melissa Keltner, South Davie drama teacher and the show’s director. “I have been blessed to work with such a fun and talented group of students. These kids have worked so hard to put together such a wonderful show, and I am so pleased with the production. This has certainly become a must-see.”

Public performances are Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the South Davie Theatre. Tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults. Call 336.751.5941 to learn more.