Chitty Chitty Bang Bang begins Thursday at the Wayne Theatre

Chitty Chitty Bang BangIan Fleming’s beloved children’s book comes to life on stage at the Wayne Theatre with the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The musical about a car that comes to have magical properties will play at the Wayne for a two-weekend run – Aug. 9-12 and Aug. 16-19.

“The Wayne Theatre is excited to present this musical as the first of four productions in our 2018-19 Broadway series,” said Tracy Straight, executive director of the Wayne Theatre.

Showtimes for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students.

“Join us for this magical musical classic flying into the Wayne. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is packed with enjoyment for the entire family,” said director Hank Fitzgerald, who has called together an all-star local/regional cast.

Veteran actor Jeff Ryman is in the lead role, Caractacus Potts, an innovator, to say the least, who sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy (MacIntyre Ward/William Otto) and Jemima (Lyra Day Tusing).

Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst (Seth Kislek) desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious (Leslie Claire Wood) and batty Grandpa Potts (Bill Martin) to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness (Whitney Cole-Novotny) and their villainous henchman, the Child Catchers (Collin Wheeler).

The original unforgettable musical score composed by the Sherman Brothers (“Mary Poppins”) is brought to life in the Wayne production by musical director Amelia Fe Camacho.

Wayne Theatre regular Cory Willis is the choreographer.

Tickets are available at (540) 943-9999 or at www.WayneTheatre.org

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