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Barton Theatre presents ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’
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The Barton Theatre Department will present the time-honored classic musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” by Jeremy Sams, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m. March 2 and 3 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, and tickets are only available in advance. For more ticket information, visit shows.bartonccc.edu.

Barton Director of Theatrical Activities Dan Williams said those planning the event all enjoyed “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” as children, and they wanted to produce a family-friendly musical that would appeal to all ages.

“It is important to Barton Theatre to produce shows that the Barton community will support with their time and talents,” he said. “When we brought up the idea of producing “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” we were very happy to find that our local theatre supporters got very excited and wanted to take part. This show has a large cast of a wide variety of age groups. This is very important to Barton Theatre and its future.”

Community member Aprille Ullerick of Great Bend plays the role of the baroness and has been a part of several other Barton Theatre productions.

“This will be my fifth production with the Barton Theatre Department,” she said. “Something about the people you get to work with and giving the audience joy as they watch the shows continues to bring me back time and time again. The show has a magical quality that pulls you in. The music, the characters, and the storyline are great for all ages. Be prepared to laugh, hum along with the popular songs, and be drawn in by all the magical and fun characters throughout the show.”

Barton Theatre not only provides opportunities for Barton students and adult community members but also provides roles for younger theatre enthusiasts as well, such as Olivia Dick, a ten-year-old thespian from St. John who plays the role of one of the children of Vulgaria.

“This is my first theatre experience with the Barton Community College Theatre Program,” she said. “I have enjoyed being on stage with a very talented cast and crew. Seeing all the different elements of the show come together is very interesting to me. If you enjoy music and dancing, you will love watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It is funny, musical, and has a magical car.  I love all of the singing and dancing in this show. Those are two of my favorite things, and I really like the teamwork scene and making new friends.”

For more information, visit shows.bartonccc.edu, or contact Williams at williamsd@bartonccc.eduor 620-792-9205.