Theatre Bristol Announces 2018 Season


Announcing the Cast and Crew of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
March 16 – 25; Tickets on Sales Now!

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Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of River’s Way and “Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy”

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Theatre Bristol’s 2018 season opens with Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy on February 17, continues in March with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, then Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in June at the Paramount, Summer Camp and Tartuffe in July by the Youth Service Board, Pinocchio in Aug/Sept, Blithe Spirit in October, She Loves Me in November at the Paramount, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in December! We invite you to get involved!

Thank you to our audiences, sponsors, and volunteers for taking Theatre Bristol into its 53rd year!

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Director’s Notes on the Audition Process

Thank you for your interest in Theatre Bristol’s production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” The following information should help you understand how the process will work and in the following you will find:

  • Audition Information
  • Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
  • Audition Days and Times
  • Production Crew Information
  • Character Descriptions

Auditions at Theatre Bristol are open to all. The audition process for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be in two parts: initial auditions and callbacks.  Initial auditions are used to see how well your talents and appearance fit the needs of the show.  Callbacks are used to match actors to specific roles, and not everyone cast will necessarily be called back.  The show is cast after callbacks. 

Some paperwork is required. We will be taking your picture to help us remember you. Knowing your prior experience, if any, is helpful. Having no prior experience will not prevent you from being cast, but experience is helpful in securing a large role.  If you have a resume or headshot you’d like to bring, please do, but this is not required.

It is important that you provide us with any conflicts you may have with rehearsals as specifically as you can.  You cannot be cast if you are not available for the shows or tech week. We only need to know your conflicts for days at times for which you are potentially needed for rehearsal or for a show, but we do need to know when you must leave on a given day or when you can be here if you must arrive late. The dates and times for which you need to list your conflicts are:

We do cast people who have a limited number of conflicts. It is only fair to tell you, however, that conflicts add stress to the process.  A large number of conflicts will not allow us to use you in this production. Even a smaller number of conflicts may prevent you from being cast into a major role. Conflicts late in the process are especially problematic and may cause changes to plans made.

You will be given an opportunity to tell us in which roles you are interested. If you are simply auditioning to be in the show and are willing to accept any role, you can indicate that. If you would only consider being in Chitty if you were given a particular role or two, you can tell us that as well. If you indicate that you will only accept a specific role and are not the best choice for it, nothing else will be offered.

Since we encourage people who may not have been in a show before to audition, we do not require prepared material for the initial audition. We use cold readings and a song we will give you. Before you sing for your audition we will teach you the song and give you a chance to get comfortable with it. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be given a monolog to read. You will be given a chance to look at it in advance. If you choose to bring prepared material, you are welcome to bring your sheet music with the vocal cutting not exceeding 32 measures and monolog not exceeding 2 minutes. An accompanist will be provided.

We will also ask you for a movement/dance audition so we can see how you move. The choreographer will teach you a combination. Wear closed-toed shoes that will stay on your feet. No flip-flops, sandals, or boots please.

Actors should not be alarmed if they don’t have an opportunity to read or sing for a specific role at initial auditions. Most actors who will be offered a role will be called back for a second audition, however, it is possible to be cast and not asked to come to a callback. Actors who wish to be cast must be available for callbacks as needed. Those who are needed will be notified shortly after the first round of auditions is concluded. You may be asked to memorize a short monologue for callbacks. These will be provided for you by email.

No roles will be offered until the callback process has been completed. We realize that it is hard to wait for the phone to ring, but please be patient. It may take more than one day to make the casting phone calls after the decisions are made. We will tell you by what point you should expect a call if you are cast.

We are going to need help with the construction of the show and with running the show in performance. If you want to help backstage, please let us know. We are also anxious to have family members and friends helping with the show. Willingness to help backstage, whether or not you are cast, will not affect casting.

Again, thank you for your interest in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We’ll see you at auditions.

Break a leg!

Audition Schedule

Doors will open 30 minutes before first audition. All auditions are at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, 2nd floor rehearsal hall. Please choose from one of the following dates to audition:


10 Chitty Auditions – 10:30 am
17 Chitty Auditions – 10:30 am
18 Chitty Auditions – 4:30 pm
19 Chitty Auditions – 6:30 pm

March 21 Chitty Callbacks – TBD

First rehearsal April 22 – 2:30 pm

Rehearsals will run Sundays at 2:30 pm, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays at 6:30 pm. Cast will not be called for every rehearsal. Tech week, June 17 – 21 the cast will rehearse every day.

Performances will be June 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and July 1


This will be a large cast with lead roles, many ensemble opportunities, and lots of children for a spectacular show! Characters descriptions are provided below for your reference and are just illustrative.

Caractacus Potts
An eccentric, brilliant, English inventor and loving father and son. His inventions and children are his life.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Truly Scrumptious
Daughter of the famous candy maker, Lord Scrumptious. Strong and independent, but gentle. Falls in love with Caractacus.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Grandpa Potts
Caractacus Potts’s father, who is a former war hero. He loves to tell old War stories. A sort of second father to Jeremy and Jemima.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Baron Bomburst
Tyrannical ruler of Vulgaria and a lover of toys. A man-child, he is very immature, needy, and whiney.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Baroness Bomburst
Head of the Vulgarian Parliament and a hater of children. Tyrannical and dramatic.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

The Childcatcher
He makes sure that Vulgaria is child-free. Evil and manipulative. Hates children almost as much as the Baroness.

The Toymaker
With all children outlawed in Vulgaria, this toy-making genius only works for the child-like Baron. Smart but frightened.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Jeremy Potts
Caractucus’s son. An adventurous boy with a vivid imagination. A total child at heart who loves his family.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Jemima Potts
Caractucus’s daughter. She is an adventurous girl with a vivid imaginations. A total child at heart who loves her family.
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

A member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the Baron and Baroness. Though he is not very smart, he is the leader.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: C4

One member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the baron and Baroness. A dumb oaf.
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Lord Scrumptious
Owner of the Scrumptious Sweet Factory. Extremely busy, important, and decisive.



Miss Phillips

Candy Chef

Children (must be willing to be barefoot):

And many other children

Vulgarian Court

English Crowd:

Sid (Must be bald or willing to shave head)
Turkey Farmer


Morris Men




Candy Staff




Pinocchio – June 2018

She Loves Me – August 2018

Sunday, Aug 5 at 2:30 pm
Saturday Aug 11 at 10:00 am
Sunday, Aug 12 at 2:30 pm
Monday August 13 at 6:30 pm
Callbacks August 16 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsal start Sept 10

Best Christmas Pageant Ever – October 2018

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