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Audition call for musical

Director Marilyn Bouzaid. PHOTO/JOHN LAZO-RON

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The famous story of a magical flying vehicle, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is making its way to Masterton, with director Marilyn Bouzaid calling out all actors and singers, young and old, to fill the vacant roles.

The Masterton Theatre Company had announced they would be staging the famously renowned musical on June 24 through July 4.

Masterton woman Bouzaid, who has been directing musicals for more than 40 years, said she was thrilled for the opportunity to bring this musical to the town after covid-19 disrupted original plans last year.

“You have no idea how thrilled I am to bring this play to Masterton finally,” Bouzaid said.

“We had planned this for last year, but of course, with covid-19, we weren’t able to do it. So we’re looking forward to putting on a major musical this year for the Masterton Theatre Company.”

Bouzaid said they were in the musical’s audition stage and had many major and minor roles to fill.

“There are going to be so many different characters,” she said.

“Lots of minor and major roles, including the main characters.

“It features inventor Caractacus Potts, his two children Jemima and Jeremy, the lovely truly scrumptious grandpa, the over-the-top Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria, gormless spies, an evil child catcher, along with a number of cameo roles. It is a great opportunity for actors and singers to perform.

“We need people young and old for this, so [the play is] actually a feast for all ages.”

Bouzaid said the production team would be making the renowned car themselves but wouldn’t say much more about it as it would be a “surprise” for guests on the nights.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang would have a talented orchestra playing throughout the musical under musical director Craig Thomson’s baton.

Auditions for the musical would be held on Friday, March 26 [6pm] and Saturday, March 27 [10am] at Gaiety Hall on Ngaumutawa Rd.

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