So many members of Cambridge's amateur theatre community turned up to hear our plans for producing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang this coming autumn that we ran out of seats in the spacious Large Hall behind OLEM Catholic Church!
We were delighted to welcome such a huge number of faces familiar and new, for what could be our most ambitious production to date – and one of our most dazzling productions ever!
After some nibbles and greetings, there was a short presentation from the creative team – made up of director/choreo double-act Bryony Sullivan and Helen Garner alongside Musical Director Andrew Taylor – who revealed their vision for the show.
This was then followed by questions from those assembled, including...
Q: Is there a cost for taking part?
A: Yes – and you can find full details in the audition pack [available by clicking here]. There is a membership fee, show fee and libretto fee. We often produce promotional merchandise too, usually in the form of T-shirts/hoodies – these fees will be worked out nearer the time.
Q: What is the show's running time?
A: We won't know this until we time the runs in rehearsal.
Q: Will tech week be in school hours?
A: No – out of school time, e.g. evenings. We won't call any children during school times. We also expect to use "swing teams" (i.e. alternating child casts), to relieve the pressure on young performers.
Q: Will there be chaperones?
A: Yes – the Pied Pipers regularly work with a number of experienced chaperones. If any parents who are interested in joining our chaperone team, they are encouraged to let us know – we will then organise their chaperone training.
Q: Where will the performances take place?
A: At the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.
Q: Do you have preferred ages for Truly and Caractacus?
A: Not at the moment – we will wait to see the age range of our auditionees, and ensure we have a cast that will work right together.
If you'd like to get involved backstage, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.