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60 IDAHO FALLS MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 n CULTURE | IDAHO FALLS YOUTH ARTS CENTRE Imagination Takes Flight Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soaring to the Civic in November BY MEGAN HOPFER The infamous, high-flying Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be soaring into Idaho Falls for a fantasmagorial adven- ture this November. The Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre is proud to present Chitty Chitty Bang Bang — the show where everyone's favorite car comes to life! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is about invention, inspiration, and seeing the world through the eyes of a child. It's a fun-filled adventure for the entire family. Audiences of all ages will be captivated as the Civic Auditorium is transformed into a rural England village and the exuber- ant world of Vulgaria. Featuring songs from the award-winning score Chitty Chitty Bang Bang showcases all of your favorites including Toot Sweets, Truly Scrumptious, and of course, the title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. For 17 years now, the Idaho Falls Arts Centre has been providing quality produc- STEVE SMEDE PHOTO tions in this community. Director Dana Atkins is excited to bring her vision of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the stage. "When I heard that IFYAC was producing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I immediately wanted to be involved. I am so exicted to work with such a talented cast and crew," she said. This year's cast features over 80 local performers and a twenty-piece live orches- tra. Kenny McMurphy will be featured as Caractacus Potts, and will be joined by Becky Browning as Truly Scrumptious, Dallin Serr as Jeremy Potts, Emma Nichols as Jemima Potts, with Jason Cannon and Alyssa Herrin as Baron and Baroness Bomburst. And of course, the adventure wouldn't be complete without the spys, the toymaker, the childcatcher, the candy fac- tory workers, the vulgarians, and yes, that magical flying car. Each year IFYAC brings professional live theater experiences to the youth of our community while giving them an opportu- nity to mentor with experienced actors and staff. The majority of the cast are under the age of 18, and this opportunity is pos- sible for them because IFYAC's mission is to provide quality opportunities to grow in the performing arts for young people through participation in music, dramatic arts and creative movement. Atkins describes the musical adapta- tion of the beloved film as something that truly caputures the essense of the story and brings it to life on the stage. "The story, the music, the characters … it's a fantastic show full of magic and adventure. There is some- thing in it for everyone." Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs Nov. 11-12 and 14-15 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium, with a special matinee perfor- mance on Saturday, Nov. 12. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased at the Idaho Falls Arts Centre for $18 and general admission tickets can be purchased at or at the door for $12. More information is also available at or by calling 403-5166. Buckle your seat- belts and get ready for the ride of your life! IF

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