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Musical on ice starts here Friday

Chitty Chitty car drivers Kiera Klymchuk, from right, Autumn Smith, Tabitha DeVaughn, Maggie Stewart, Alice Terada and Youna Uehara get ready for the Sandy Shores Skating Club’s ice show, which opens March 2.  - Brenda Gough Photo
Chitty Chitty car drivers Kiera Klymchuk, from right, Autumn Smith, Tabitha DeVaughn, Maggie Stewart, Alice Terada and Youna Uehara get ready for the Sandy Shores Skating Club’s ice show, which opens March 2.
— image credit: Brenda Gough Photo

The legendary car that people know and love is about to take flight at Oceanside Place in Parksville when Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Ice opens March 2.

The Sandy Shores Skating Club is presenting the icy rendition of the Dick Van Dyke classic musical. Show producers Larry and Leslee Rushon have put together what they described as their most ambitious show yet with close to 100 performers.

Students in the local figure skating club have been busy rehearsing for the show that features giant props including shooting cannons and of course the famous flying car.

With special effects and high end lighting and sound equipment, the Rushtons said they are presenting a show that will rival any of the ice shows that have been presented by professional companies.

For those not familiar with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the story is about an eccentric professor who invents wacky machinery, but can’t seem to make ends meet.

When he creates a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it, and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.

The high-flying musical on ice with its memorable characters including the sinister child catcher will be brimming with excitement as it takes the audience on a joyous romp.

The audience won’t have to bundle up for the two hour show that includes an intermission because the building will be heated.

Tickets for the show, which runs March 2 at 7 p.m. and March 3 at 2 and 7 p.m., are available at Oceanside Place Arena or from any Sandy Shores Skating Club member or by calling 250-756-6151.

 

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