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Student actors JeweliAnna Brown, C.R. Gates and Cade Gehman demonstrate inventions during a scene of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.
HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs High School drama department will perform Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. on April 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. in the Mueller Center Theater. The play is produced by special arrangements with MTI International.
According to MTI’s website, the play takes the audience on a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the record-breaking West End production and the beloved film, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. is one blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”
The plot involves eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, sets about restoring an old race car with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car is magic, and has the ability to float and take flight. When the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself, the family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.
Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. is a high-flying fun-filled adventure that will dazzle audiences and Broadway Junior Stars alike.
The play is directed by Marilyn Rowley, who is assisted by Breanna Messerole. Melissa Vande Stroet is the musical director and Stacey Martin is the choreographer.
Following is a listing of the student cast:
Jeremy Potts - C.R. Gates
Jemima Potts - JeweliAnna Brown
Caractacus Potts - Cade Gehman
Mr. Coggins and Fair Announcer - Luke Hayes
Junkman and Toby - Brayden Coleman
Truly Scrumptious - Rachel Rickenbach
Grandpa - Jacob Haertel
Miss Phillips - Willow Heidebrink
Boris, Sid, and Lord Scrumptious - Tanner Olds
Baron - Wyatt Ellis
Baroness - Bailey Juhl
Goran and Violet - Calyn Degnan
Turkey Farmer and Marta - Kierra Coleman
Soldier 1 and Chef 1 - Katelin Wynia
Soldier 2 and Greta - Lovanna Blakey
Toymaker - Hannah Haertel
Chef 2 - Justice Pullins
Child Catcher - Breanna Remington
Ensemble (Morris Dancers, Star Chorus, Fairgoers, Factory Workers, Townspeople, Vulgarians, and Hidden Children) - Breanna Remington, Lovanna Blakey, Katelin Wynia, Hannah Haertel, Willow Heidebrink, Justice Pullins, Kierra Coleman, Brayden Coleman, Luke Hayes, Tanner Olds, Calyn Degnan, Zoey Reynolds, and Josie Stanley
Chorus - Carl Massa, Thomas Massa, Taryn Cook, Arika Brink, Alexia Barndt, and Adam Consoer
Stage Crew/Painters - Teighlor Brown Eyes, Trinity Eidsness, Lydia Still, Serenity Kasper, Ellie Eidsness