Featuring young talent from across the Toowoomba region, musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will fly into Empire Theatre for two shows on Saturday, 8 July.

The cast members have all been selected from the award-winning Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir and almost a hundred of the kids will be taking the stage in the performance. They auditioned for the musical earlier this year and have happily dedicated two weeks of their holidays to intense rehearsals.

Sean Johnson, 16, said he couldn’t wait to bring his character, the heroic inventor Caractacus Potts, to life on the  stage.

“My parents and grandparents are coming to see the show and they have all watched and love this movie, so I feel quite honoured to be able to portray Caractacus,” he said. “He is a nice character and a wonderful father.”

Joining the talent on stage will be the life-sized, custom-built, remote-controlled Chitty herself. Director Vicki Bravery said Chitty and her two specialist controllers were arriving in Toowoomba just before the show.

“This car is simply amazing and her controllers — along with some theatrical special effects — can make her do all those magical things that we all know and love from the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie,” said Bravery.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang first came to life on screen in the 1968 British musical adventure fantasy film, loosely based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car. The story follows the Potts family, whose garage shop becomes the resting place of a mysterious racing car after crashing in its final Grand Prix race.

“In Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, audiences will get to see an exciting car race set in England, a flight to the make-believe country of Vulgaria, dark villains, humourous dialogue and, of course, amazing singing, dancing and acting. What more could you want?” said Bravery.

Tickets for the two shows are available now through the Empire Theatre Box Office on 1300 655 299 or online.

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