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Auditions Open for Family Favourite ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ at Kings Theatre

Audition applications are now open for the 2023 Easter production of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ at Kings Theatre.

Following on from the overwhelming success and national recognition of Titanic the Musical last year, the Kings have seized the chance to present this show as part of their on-going commitment to provide opportunities for south coast performers at no cost to the participants.

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' has wonderful roles for all ages and a score that is bursting with iconic musical numbers.

With a cast of approximately 50 including a 12-piece orchestra, two teams of children and the high production values synonymous with the Kings Theatre added to the mix, audiences can be guaranteed a ‘Truly Scrumptious’ theatrical experience. 

With dazzling choreography, beautiful costumes, stunning scenery including a magical flying car, this show is set be the most impressive community production from the Kings Theatre to date. 

The creative team will be led by Director Jack Edwards, Musical Director Andrew Woodford, and Choreographer Michelle Antrobus.

To be considered for auditions, they are inviting adults, (18+), and children, (school years 5-9), who love to perform, to complete the application form on the Kings Theatre website.

Applications close on Monday 7th November at 9am.

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 9th November.

Auditions will take place on 13th November at The Barn, Milton Park, 182 Milton Rd, PO4 8PR.

The selected cast must be available for all rehearsals and all shows as required.

Rehearsals run from 8th January-10th April.

Performances: 11th April-16th April.

Application form and full details for auditions, rehearsals and performances are available here: 

https://www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk/chitty-chitty-bang-bang-auditions-announcement/

Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Music by special arrangement with SONY/ATV Publishing. Adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams. Based on the MGM Motion Picture. Licensed script adapted by Ray Boderick.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe.

Paul Woolf, CEO, Kings Theatre: “The Kings Theatre continues to go from strength to strength in regard to producing shows. Our pantomime is now self-produced and bigger and better than ever. The audiences just love it and when we saw the same phenomenal audience reaction to ‘Titanic’, we knew we had to continue to provide opportunities for our local community to get involved and have the chance to perform in this impressive building. We had originally decided on ‘Sound of Music’ but, when the chance came to do ‘Chitty’, we knew immediately that it was the right show for next year. We will absolutely put ‘Sound of Music’ on at a later date.

“There were lots of people that missed out on performing in Titanic so please do spread the word and encourage any budding performers you know to get along to the auditions. Nurturing new talent is very much part of our ethos here at the Kings, evidenced by our scholarships for our very own KTAA. (Kings Theatre Arts Academy).”

Jack Edwards, Artistic Director, Kings Theatre: “When we discovered the rights for ‘Chitty’ were available for a limited time, we knew it was too good an opportunity to miss. It will also be the 21st Anniversary of the London production whilst we are performing next April. The film celebrates its 55th Anniversary next year as well, so it’s even more special that the Kings will produce this show in such an auspicious year!

“There are so many great roles for adults and children alike. I am looking forward to directing this piece and the Kings stage being filled once again with incredible talent from around the area. As we saw with last year’s ‘Titanic’, The Kings productions are of the highest standard. I am certain the audiences will be impressed and very well entertained and all involved will have the time of their lives!”

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