Andover High is bringing their next famous play to the Collins Center this week. This family-friendly play directed by Susan Choquette is known as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
Young siblings Jeremy and Jemima meet Truly Scrumptious, who falls for their widowed father, Caractacus Potts, and his various oddball inventions, including the family’s noisy rebuilt car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Choquette said that the play is very hard to get done in just two months because it is “very technical.” However, she thinks that it is worth the challenge because “it is a really fun show to tackle and we haven’t done a children’s musical in a while.”
The cast is as excited to perform the musical as the Andover High students are to watch it. Freshman Josh Levine is excited to go to the play because he has “never been to a play here before” and “a lot of [his] friends are in it and are going to see it.”
In addition to the difficult rehearsals, the technical parts of the play are equally hard. According to the main actors, this play was not very easy to prepare for. The lead actor, Alex Hanscom (Caractacus Potts), said the hardest part of the show is the “the technical elements of the show because there are so many different things (technically and musically) that have to be integrated in order for the show to work.”
Supporting actor Daniel Webber (Baron Bomburst) believes the hardest part of the show is memorizing his lines. “It takes a little more than half of the time to memorize the lines, but the choreography is a whole different story but, it will all pay off when the premiere night arrives.”
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” premieres this Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7:30-9:30 P.M. There will be two more night performances this Friday and Saturday, November 21-22, at the same time. The two matinee performances will be held from 2-4 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids; all Andover High School students can enter for $5. This musical is funny, adventurous, and fun for the whole family.