Hobson's Selection: Lunchbox, StoryBook unfold vacation cheer with With Bells On, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,

Hobson's Selection: Lunchbox, StoryBook unfold vacation cheer with With Bells On, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,

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StoryBook and Lunchbox theatres are rolling out some vacation cheer.

StoryBook’s vacation household musical this yr is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which is predicated on the 1964 movie that tells the story of how an eccentric and widowed inventor named Caractacus Potts, his kids Jeremy and Jemima, and Actually Delicious, the daughter of a rich industrialist, restore an outdated racing automobile solely to find it has magical powers. The villainous Baron Bomburst and his Vulgarian spies are decided to steal the automobile, however which means they’ll must outwit Caractacus and his staff.

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The film and the musical are based mostly on a narrative by Ian Fleming who wrote the James Bond novels. The movie was developed for Dick Van Dyke who’d made such a splash starring reverse Julie Andrews within the movie Mary Poppins. Composers Richard and Robert Sherman, who’d written the songs for Mary Poppins, wrote the songs for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the movie, after which added six new songs for the stage musical, so it’s a large, tuneful household musical.

Along with the title music Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the musical options such songs as Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain, Actually Delicious and Me Ol’ Bamboo.

In StoryBook’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which runs within the Beddington Arts Centre Nov. 24 to Dec. 30, Nic Chamberlain performs Caractacus, with Julia Bleichert as Actually, Cecilia Currie as Jemima, Oliver Vincze as Jeremy and Allen Crowley as Baron Bomburst. Javier Vilata who staged Vertigo Theatre’s The Unusual Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is directing with Brian Vacation as musical director and Taylor Rae Steedman as choreographer.

StoryBook Theatre’s inventive director JP Thibodeau guarantees “the viewers will probably be blown away by our automobile. It’s as a lot a personality as any of the actors.”

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. A full schedule plus advance tickets can be found at storybooktheatre.org.

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Natasca Girgis performs 32 of Charles Dickens’ characters in StoryBook Theatre’s One Christmas Carol.Picture by Tim Nguyen jpg


StoryBook’s second vacation present is Douglas H. Baker’s One Christmas Carol, a tour-de-force night the place one actor brings 32 of Dickens’ beloved characters to life.

StoryBook’s inventive director JP Thibodeau who staged the play a number of occasions in Canmore, says One Christmas Carol is pure theatre, explaining “there’s no elaborate surroundings. No altering of costumes. Only one actor and a timeless story.”

When he put out a casting name earlier this yr, he was stunned to be contacted by Natascha Girgis, one in all Calgary’s best character actors to say she was .

“Natascha is one in all our most versatile actors. A present like this was made for her. She’s going to blow folks away. Natascha begins out because the narrator, and as she begins telling Dickens’ story, she turns into the characters. They’re all there. Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Fezziwig, Belle, and the ghosts of Christmas Previous, Current and Future. It’s a night of theatre for the entire household.”

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Girgis most not too long ago starred because the ill-fated Justice of the Peace in Theatre Calgary’s The Mousetrap, and because the Elizabethan poet Emilia Bassano who grew to become Shakespeare’s muse in Lunchbox Theatre’s The Darkish Girl.

One Christmas Carol will probably be operating primarily Sundays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. however there are additionally some Monday and Tuesday exhibits so it’s important to take a look at the schedule at storybooktheatre.org.


Lunchbox Theatre’s vacation present With Bells On, has a storied historical past with Calgary’s lunchtime theatre firm.

With Bells On is the story of a most outrageous encounter. Ted, a mild-mannered accountant with persistent dangerous luck, finds himself trapped in his condominium elevator with Natasha, a towering drag queen dressed as a Christmas tree. Natasha is on his technique to a Christmas Queen pageant which he intends to win. He simply has to get out of the elevator, and Ted’s life, in time.

Written by Edmontonian Darrin Hagen, With Bells on was developed by Lunchbox’s Stage One new play growth program again in 2018.  Starring Paul Welch and Stafford Perry, it premiered at Lunchbox in 2010 to important and viewers acclaim, a lot so, that it was revived with the identical actors in 2014.

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Quick ahead 9 years, and With Bells on is making a return go to to Lunchbox with a brand new solid. Bernardo Pacheco is Ted to Joel Schaefer’s Natasha, with Conrad Belau directing the comedian mayhem.

Up in Edmonton, Theatre Community is premiering the musical model of With Bells On from Dec. 5-23, an additional feather in Lunchbox’s cap for having nurtured the unique script.

Benjamin Toner who gained the $10,000 prime prize on the TV present Sew Fierce, and has designed costumes for the Stampede Grandstand present, has designed the costumes for Lunchbox’s With Bells On.

With Bells On runs at Lunchbox within the Vertigo Studio Theatre Nov. 28 by Dec. 17.

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