Four local children have beaten off stiff competition to bag a principal role in a major musical coming to the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, this June. The children, aged between 10 and 12 years old, have won the main parts of Jeremy and Jemima Potts in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, which will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original 1968 film starring Dick Van Dyke.
Aaron Hollyoak, from Walmley in Sutton Coldfield and Rui Greaves, from Bromsgrove have been cast as Jeremy Potts, alongside Macy O’Neil from Highley and Daisy Green from Great Park. The children will perform alternate nights between Tuesday 26th and Saturday 30th June alongside the all singing all dancing cast of Birmingham’s BMOS Musical Theatre Company and the talented musicians of the Midland Concert Orchestra who together are staging the production.
John Spencer, Chairman of BMOS Musical Theatre Company and Producer for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang said:
“We recently held open auditions to find both the Jeremys and Jemimas plus two teams of talented local children to join the company. The talent we saw blew us away and whittling the list down to four was incredibly difficult. Who knew that Birmingham had so many incredibly gifted child actors? After more than six hours of auditions however, it was unanimous that Aaron, Rui, Macy and Daisy had all displayed that something special that would make them shine as the Potts children.
“The roles the children are playing are certainly not for the faint hearted – they hardly leave the stage throughout the entire show! The demand on them and the opportunity are huge, but we’re very confident that each of them will completely wow the audiences.”
The award winning BMOS Musical Theatre Company, Birmingham’s oldest and most successful amateur theatre company, is one of only a handful of amateur musical theatre companies to have been invited to perform the musical in this very special Anniversary year. This is also the first time in the musical’s history that it has been licensed for performance by an amateur company in the UK.
Tickets to see the show are on sale now and can be purchased directly through BMOS Musical Theatre Company and the New Alexandra Theatre, or via http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/chitty-chitty-bang-bang/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/.