by Greta Yeoman
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will come to the stage of Mountainview High School’s auditorium next week.
Pupils from years 9 to 13 will perform the stage production from Wednesday to Saturday next week.
The story was first popularised in the 1968 film, co-written by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes, which was based on 1964 novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
The story is about eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts who sets about restoring an old racing car with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima, only to find it is magic.
But the evil Baron Bomburst desires the car for himself, so the family join forces with Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts to outwit the Baron and his villains.
Mountainview High School pupil Josh Dalloway will play Mr Potts, while Sarah Duncan takes the role of Jemima and Matthew Creba will play Jeremy.
Director and teacher Catherine Smith said there were about 60 pupils in the cast and crew.
production take it as a specialised class throughout the year.
This meant they could prepare for all the different roles involved in a production during class time, Ms Smith said.
Pupils taking NCEA exams could use it for drama, music and dance credits, while junior pupils get to collaborate with their senior peers, she said.
That was why they had chosen the all-ages production, she said.
“It’s really family-friendly.”
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be performed at Mountainview High School’s auditorium from Wednesday, May 22 to Saturday, May 25. All shows are at 7pm, except Saturday when there will be a 1pm matinee in addition to the 7pm show.