A U D I T I O N S

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 

 

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Music by Special Arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing. Adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams. Based on the MGM Motion Picture. Licensed Script adapted by Ray Roderick.

Production Description:

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."

 

An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.

 

Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang   is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.

 

Rehearsal Details and Show Dates:

Rehearsals will begin Wednesday January 4th, 2023 and run to Sunday April 16th, 2023. Rehearsals will be held at Erindale Presbyterian Church, 1560 Dundas St. W., Mississauga. Typically, rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday from 7-10pm and Sunday from 1:30pm – 5:30pm.

 

Everyone will be required to assist with the move into the theatre on Saturday April 15th, 2023. Assistance may also be required on Sunday April 16th. 

 

Tech Week rehearsals Monday April 17th to Thursday April 20th will be 6-11pm. 

 

The production runs from April 21, 2023 to April 30, 2023 at Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Road. There are evening shows at 8 pm on Friday April 21th, Saturday April 22th, Thursday April 27th, Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th. Matinee performances will take place at 2pm on Sunday April 23rd, Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th.

There may be an additional matinee performance on Saturday April 22nd.

 

The call time for arrival at the theatre for each performance is generally 1.5 hours in advance of performance time.

 

Additional Information:

Theatre Unlimited is an inclusive, community-based, charitable not-for-profit musical theatre group. We are one of five groups in the Encore Series that showcase musical productions annually at Meadowvale Theatre. 

Theatre Unlimited supports diverse casting and welcomes new members from our extended community.

 

All cast members (or their parents) are required to contribute a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer work in show and group preparation activities (set construction, set building, fundraising, assisting with costumes etc.).

Each person cast in the show must become a member of Theatre Unlimited. Membership fees are $40 Individual and $80 Family.

 

 

Audition Dates and Times:

Auditions are by appointment only. Thursday October 20 7-10pm, Friday October 21 7-10pm, Saturday October 22 10am – 4pm, Thursday October 27 7-10pm Friday October 28 7-10pm. 

 

Call-backs (if needed) will be held from 9am to 12 Noon October 29th.

 

Covid Safety Measures and Policy

Safety is our priority when it comes to our members and volunteers. With that in mind, the TUPA Board requires everyone auditioning to be compliant with Peel Regional Public Health guidelines on vaccination against Covid-19.  Please bring proof of your vaccine status at the time of your registration. In an abundance of caution, and for the safety of everyone, we ask that you always wear a mask except during your audition time slot. 

Audition Location:

The Robinson Adamson Grange: 1921 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2 

 

To schedule an audition time please email tupamtm@gmail.com 

include:

  • Preferred Date (we will do our best)

  • full name

  • phone number

  • the role you are interested in. 

*If you are booking an audition for your child, then please also state their age.

 

Audition Process Explained:

 

Our Goal is to create a comfortable, welcoming experience and use the audition process to get to know you.  Auditions include

  • a vocal and a group dance/movement segments.  

  • We provide all material required for this process.  

  • You will receive a package that contains the sheet music and vocal track when you book your audition. 

  • You may also be asked to do a cold reading from the script at the time of your audition.

 

There will be a piano accompanist at the audition.

What you need to do that day!

  1. Dress in comfortable clothing for the dance/movement audition. Dance or Character shoes not required for the audition.

  2. Be prepared to stay at the audition for a minimum of 1 hour between the vocal segment and movement/dance segment. 

  3. Try to be on time.  Call if you are running late. 

  4. You may bring a resume if you have one. Not required.

  5. A headshot is not required as we take a photo.

 

Please download the Audition Profile and fill in making sure include all conflict dates.

Audition Profile

Audition music for roles will be provided as follows:

 

Jeremy Potts: Teamwork (Bars 153-201 "All" part)

Ensemble: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Bars 34-69)

 

Cast Breakdown: 

Ages listed for the roles are stage appearance guidelines. The directorial team may alter their choice based on turnout.

 

Actors can range from senior citizens to grade school students. They must be able to play the age of the character; therefore, consider the listed ages as extremely flexible. 20 to 30 parts approx. are available.

 

Jeremy Potts - Youth Opportunity

Featured in You Two, Toot Sweets, Posh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Truly Scrumptious, Teamwork

 

Caractacus's son. An adventurous boy with a vivid imagination. A total child at heart who loves his family. Must be able to sing and dance very well.

Gender: Male Child (Lead) or willing to appear as Male

Age: 7 to 12

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: C4

 

The Childcatcher

Major Villain.  The Childcatcher makes sure that Vulgaria is child-free. Evil and manipulative. Larger than life stage presence. Hates children almost as much as the Baroness.

Age: 30+

 

Ensemble - Very Involved - all ages 7+ and talents welcome. Descriptions below (in no particular order):

 

The Inventors: (Ages 20-70) Made up to look like old men. Featured in a comic and challenging soft shoe dance –“The Roses of Success” and included in many major dance/vocal ensemble numbers. 

Coggins: (Age 30-50) Garage Owner. Fatherly and caring. 

Junkman: (Flexible) Customer for the old race car. Greedy and spiteful. 

Miss Phillips: (Flexible) Candy factory receptionist. Very efficient and mechanical. 

Violet: (Age 20-40) Fun Fare Tourist. Pushy and overbearing. 

Sid: (Age 20-40) Violet's husband. Weak but with a strong temper. 

Captain: (Age 40+) Vulgarian ship captain. Booming voice. 

Captain: (Age 40+) Leader of Vulgarian Guards. Pompous and cowardly. 

Soldiers: (Flexible) 6 comic members of the elite Vulgarian Guard. 

Morris Women/Men (4 couples): Featured in “Me Ol' Bamboo”, “The Bombie Samba” and all major dance numbers. 

Dancers: Dazzling numbers include “Toot Sweets”, “Me Ol' Bamboo”, “German Folk Dance” and “The Bombie Samba” 

 

Adult Actors: (all ages). Many character parts. Wonderful musical numbers include “Toot Sweets”, “Me Ol' Bamboo”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Vulgarian Anthem” and “The Bombie Samba”. Actors will play characters in the English Crowd at the Grand Prix, Employees of The Candy Factory, English Villagers, citizens and soldiers of Vulgaria. 

 

Acrobats and Gymnasts: (Children or Adults.) Featured in “Fun Fair”. 

Youth Actors (Ages 7+ must be mature and able to stay up late during run). Musical numbers include “The Grand Prix”, “Toot Sweets”, ”Fun Fair”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Teamwork” and staged scenes.

 

Children in hiding. Featured in “Teamwork” 

Stephen: Older, leader. 

Greta: Older, leader. 

Susan: Bully 

Marta: Young and frightened. 

Toby: Weak and a victim. 

Boy: Solo. Strong and enthusiastic. 

Girl: Solo. Strong and enthusiastic.