IT doesn’t matter that Amity Barker is playing the role of a “sewer child” in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she is delighted to be there.
Amity Barker, 10, of Thorneside, is over the moon to be in the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at QPAC. Photo by Chris McCormack
Amity, 10, of Thorneside was chosen for the children’s ensemble in the QPAC show from a field of 300 hopefuls and said she was “over the moon” to get this, her first performance role.
Equally thrilled is her mother, Kelly Wakeley, who describes Amity as having “a big personality”.
“She’s tiny for her age, but she makes up for that with her big personality. She’s the oldest of five children and very much the big sister. She gets them all dancing and singing and performing,” Kelly said.
“She’s a fun loving and caring girl who makes the most of every opportunity. We are thrilled for her.”
Amity has been a member of Theatre and Dance with Kim Bowkett at Coorparoo for the past five years, a centre chosen for its range of dance styles and musical theatre opportunities. Last year, Amity played the lead child role in the school’s Christmas pantomime as a Christmas mouse.
“It’s all under the one roof and it suited Amity. The school told us about the audition coming up. We sent them a video package and were then invited to audition,” Kelly said.
Amity also learns speech and drama as part of the performing arts program at Ormiston College.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tells the story of a magical flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts and his two children Jemima and Jeremy, alongside Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, who are all trying to outwit the dastardly Baron Bomburst and the evil Child Catcher.
It lands at QPAC from November 19 to on December 22.
Tickets are on sale now via www.qpac南京夜网.au or 136 246.
There are two casts of children for the show, each including an ensemble of 16 children as well as the main roles of Jeremy and Jemima. Playing these roles are Jayden McGinlay, Campbell MacCorquodale, Sophie Moman, and Emma Cobb.
Director Roger Hodgman, who sits in on all of the children’s auditions, believes that the children who have been cast in the QPAC production are some of the best he has seen so far.
“We were delighted with the talent of the children who auditioned for the Brisbane season of Chitty. It was hard to choose between so many great performers, but we think we’ve got fabulous Jeremy’s and Jemima’s and a terrific children’s ensemble,” said Mr Hodgman.
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