The Young People’s Theatre Workshop will on May 27 open a fantastic production of a phantasmagorical play — Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The musical is based upon the Disney classic movie of the same name and tells the story of inventor Caracatus Potts and the magical car he creates to convey his children, Jeremy and Jemima, and lady love, Truly Scrumptious.
The production at the Players Club of Swarthmore features more than 60 performers from the Young People’s Theatre Workshop, as well as several dogs. Human stars include Ethan Starr, Ella Grossman and Owen Burk of Swarthmore; Aidan Cole, Kate DiRienzi, and Sam Hartley of Media, Charlotte Hackett of Wallingford, and Anna Ferrigno of Springfield.
Each performance will feature cast members’ pet dogs at the end of the “Toot Sweet” number when Caractus Potts invents a dog whistle quite by accident. The actors have been raising money and collecting items for the Delco SPCA Wish List throughout the rehearsal process. On May 29, the Delco SPCA will bring adoptable puppies to star in the scene. The tie-in with the Delco SPCA is a perfect way for YPTW to give back to the community.
Opening night is Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.; the show runs for eight performances though June 5: May 27, 28, 31, June 2 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.; May 30 at 6 p.m.; and May 29 and June 5 at 2 p.m.
Information is at yptw.org and (610) 558-0988, where tickets ($12) can be reserved. Players Club of Swarthmore is at 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.