The Elgin Opera House is at it again. They are preparing to bring another classic tale to life, right on stage of the 100 year old historic Elgin Opera House.
Opening March 7th and running every weekend through April 4th, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, newly adapted for the stage. The show boasts complex sets, special effects, and one very amazing car known affectionately as “Chitty.”
Two separate teams have contributed to Chitty’s construction—one team of craftsman who spent two months building the core car on top of a golf cart chassis and crafting retractable wings, and one team who tended to engineering details that give the car lifting and turning capabilities, as well as an inflatable boat effect.
Director Terry Hale admits the Opera House has “outdone” itself with this production, and states, “We have put more effort, time, and money into Chitty than any other stage prop we have used at [the] Opera House.”
The talented, local actor, Rick Mugrage, will play Caractacus Potts. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be directed by Terry Hale and Choreographed by McKaye Harris.
Potts is an eccentric inventor who restores an old race car with the help of his children, Jeremy, played by Henry Fager and Jemima, played by Gia Tagnoli. They soon discover the cars magical powers, as does the evil Baron Bomburst, played by Kylle Collins.
Other members of the cast include local favorites, Jeanette Smith, Wes Rampton, Heidi Laurance, Gary Bottger, Blake Rasmussen and Chad Rasmussen.