If you have ever wondered what 50 parent-volunteers and a class full of talented theater students can do, you'll want to check out Savannah Christian Preparatory School's annual Broadway musical "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang" from Feb. 23-25 at the Lucas Theatre.
The family-friendly musical production is based on the beloved 1968 film version and is filled with those unforgettable songs and dance routines - and even a flying car.
According to director Donna Stembridge, "It's going to be an amazing experience you won't want to miss."
Stembridge says this year's cast includes a large number of students from third to 12th grade.
"We have 69 students this year," she says. "This performance gives everyone a chance to be on stage and a chance to be in front of a crowd in an environment that is fun and exciting - and this year's play is just magical. â€¦ It's an incredibly elaborate production and a real testament to what a group of parent-volunteers can accomplish."
Show producer and parent-volunteer Lucy Beimiller agrees and adds that the volunteer aspect creates a family tradition for many at the school.
"The flying car is even being built by one of our parents," she says. "We have 50 parent-volunteers to make costumes, build sets, do hair and makeup, all the publicity - it's all handled by parent volunteers. â€¦ As a mom - and my husband also volunteers - this event has become a family tradition and a big part of our family's life."
Stembridge adds that the ideas for sets and costumes originate with the students. "There is a special theater production class at the school that creates the initial designs and layouts, how they want the production to look."
Savannah Christian communication specialist Wendi Gaskill explains the theater production class is very popular at the school and students have to be selected to join.
"Savannah Christian has a tradition of excellence in athletics and academics," Gaskill says. "And this production truly showcases our arts."
Tenth-grader Bailey Connor plays the lead role in "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang" and has essentially grown up at Savannah Christian. She says she always looked up to the older students and lead actors in the annual play, and she is proud to finally take on a lead role.
"It's so inspiring to watch the younger kids in the play," Connor says. "I want to be supportive to them because one day they will be in my place."
IF YOU GO:
What: "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang"
When: 7 p.m. Feb. 23-24, 3 p.m. Feb. 25
Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.
Info: savcps.com, tickets.savannahboxoffice.com, 912-525-5050