Dundalk Musical Society’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens tonight

Dundalk Musical Society’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opens at An Táin Arts Centre tonight and runs until Sunday.

The show will take place at 8pm nightly with a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a family friendly blockbuster.

An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts (played by Paudie Breen) sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children Jeremy (Darragh White/Brendan Carolan) and Jemima (Mia Gogarty/Doireann McNally). They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst (James McGinn) desires the magic car for himself.

The family then join forces with Truly Scrumptious (Orna Sheridan) and batty Grandpa Potts (Tim Ahern) to outwit the dastardly Baroness (Carol McCourt), the Vulgarian spies Goran (Paul McGee), Boris (Gerry O’Hara) and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher (Alan Doherty).

The show also features a children’s chorus of 20 children and an adult chorus of 40, as well as a live orchestra of 12 talented local musicians.

A huge amount of work has been done by the stage crew, under the leadership of Stage Manager Niall McCooey, to bring the flying car to the stage and also costume mistress Phyllis Woods, who has been charged with dressing a cast of almost 70.

The show is directed by Tony Finnegan, choreographed by Lea Carroll with musical direction by Ronan Dennedy. The Chorus Mistress is Ann McCann.

A limited number of tickets are available for each night with the exception of Friday, which is sold out.

Tickets can be purchased at www.antain.ie or over the phone on 042 9332332.