Darlington Operatic Society’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cast announced

The full cast for Darlington Operatic Society’s production of the much-loved family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” has been announced.

Two members of the amateur production company, Beth Hopper and Carolyn Lithgo, will star in the pivotal role of Truly Scrumptious.

Beth Hopper was last on stage with the Darlington Operatic Society in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, while Carolyn Lithgo appeared in “Strictly Musicals 2” with the company in November 2017.

The Baron and Baroness Bomburst will be played by Leighton Taylor and Hannah Teasdale respectively, with Christopher McCann filling the shoes of their evil henchman, The Child-Catcher.

Eddie Jones and Darlington Operatic Society newcomer Nic Myers have been cast as the bumbling comedy spies, Goran and Boris.

Meanwhile, the eccentric Potts family will be headed by Julian Cound as Caractacus, with David Murray playing Grandpa Potts.

The roles of Jeremy and Jemima Potts will be shared between Matthew Scott and Jamie Collict, Alex Lennie and Lily Singleton on alternate performances.

The principal line-up will be supported by 25 adult performers and 36 local children who have been cast from over 200 initial applicants. Two teams of 18 children will play alternate performances.

Andy Myers, Chairman of DarlingtonOS, said “Following our fabulous production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, we are so proud to be able to bring this wonderful family musical to Darlington.

“It will feature sensational sets, amazing special effects and the adorable musical score by the Sherman Brothers which includes such classics as Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

He added: “This amazing cast will be working so hard to ensure Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a show audiences will not forget.”

The 12-performance run of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be supported by Darlington Building Society.

Caroline Darnbrook, Marketing Director of Darlington Building Society, said “We are delighted to be involved with this exciting community production. It is great to see people involved from across our region.

“The fact that the company also support St Teresa’s Hospice means that not only are our members helping the people involved in the production and their audiences but also our wider community as well.”

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 until Saturday, November 3rd, 2018.

Both Fridays performances will be audio described and there will be a BSL Interpreted performance on Thursday, November 1st, 2018.

Tickets, starting at £16, are on sale now through the Darlington Operatic Society website or from the ticket hotline on 01325 244659.

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