The Inventions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: from Concept to Reality

The central character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is Caractacus Potts – and he is an inventor.  Several of his inventions appear in the stage production.  Here are some of the concept drawings from Director Joel Varty, as well as the finished products as the appeared in our production facilities and finally onstage as Victoria Hall.

The Breakfast Machine

The concept drawing for the Breakfast Making Machine
The nearly finished machine in Charles Varty’s shop.
The machine on-stage, complete with working dishwasher, toaster, and egg carousel.


The Hair Cutting Machine

Original concept drawing for the Hair Cutting Machine.
Bill Hubbs wrangles the bike frame that the machine was built upon.  In the foreground, 3 other inventors create Truly’s Music Box.
The final version of the Hair Cutting Machine onstage.

The Baron’s Car

The concept for the Baron’s Car.  This was meant to be a comic prop, and had to have a different look and feel than Potts’ creations.
Garth Watson wrings his hands with glee as he prepares to demonstrate the hidden float/fly features of his creation.
The Baron’s Team of Inventors wheel out the Baron’s Car in rehearsal.

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Audiences Cheered Opening Night for Chitty!

The VOS Theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs at Victoria Hall in Cobourg until November 28th.

Last night Chitty was revealed for the very first time.  Designed by Robb Howells and created by the team of Howells and Scott Berry, she’s the largest prop ever to grace the stage at Victoria Hall, a beautiful creation and VOS THEATRE’s Opening Night audience were thrilled.

Audiences cheered and sang along before they jumped to their feet as the show drew to a close.

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Potts (Stacy Main) wheels Chitty out of the Garage for her first big reveal as Grandpa (Liam Cragg), Jeremy (Sarah Deleeuw) & Jemima (Jenna Lefrancois) look on.
Potts pulls the sheet off Chitty to reveal her gleaming bonnet, spare tire, and serpent horn.
Chitty cruises in the countryside while Potts & Truly Scrumptious (Angela Main) ride in the front, with Jeremy & Jemima in the rumbler seat.
Potts, Truly and the kids relax at the seaside beside Chitty.


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Liam Cragg – Grandpa Potts, Regimental Genius!


Hi Liam – VOS THEATRE is thrilled you found us when you moved to the area. Tell us about your journey in theatre. What were you up to before we met you before White Christmas last year (Liam played “Snoring Man” and “Scooter”).

Liam Cragg: My current journey in theatre began in 1999 when I auditioned for ‘Pirates of Penzace’ and got cast as a Pirate (Act 1) and a Policeman (Act 2). The Rotary Club of Bracebridge quarterbacks an annual musical as part of their Community and Vocational Service. Something they have been doing for over 40 years.

I had so much fun that I volunteered to produce ‘Anything Goes’ the following year and had the role of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (and proved to myself I had bitten off more than I could chew as I was also in Rotary and on their Board). A spin off of that experience was getting involved with a cabaret troupe and working with some incredibly talented writers and performers from Broadway, Television and Recording Studios. From them I learned that no actor is complete unless they have put in time off stage as you need to see a production from different angles to really appreciate the scope of what goes on.

I could list the shows I’ve been involved with but would rather discuss the big picture. My favourite ‘Show Biz’ expression is ‘Leave Your Ego At The Door’ as decisions are based on the whole team: the director’s vision, the producer’s budget, the orchestra, the stage and the size of the wings / off stage area and the technical crew (without whom an actor is naked, on an unadorned platform, in the dark – emoting). It is an amazing balancing act. What makes each production special is the time, energy and devotion everyone pours into a show to bring it to life.

Liam Cragg with Jenna and Sarag - Jemima and Jeremy

VOS: Were you a fan of the movie before you auditioned . Had you even seen it?

Liam: ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is a movie I have seen many, many times as it is my wife’s favourite, something she made sure our daughters grew to appreciate as well.


VOS: You’re the quintessential Grandpa in Chitty. What do you love about the guy?

Liam: The role of Grandpa is one I felt I could pull off. He’s wonderfully eccentric and has songs that reflect that (POSH and Roses of Success). Throw in a questionable British accent (not so low as Cockney but not officer material either) fabulous ‘mutton chops’ and you have a dream character to work with. Thankfully I have a very tolerant wife and a family that encourages each metamorphosis.


VOS: The walking stick you’re using in the show has a history all of it’s own doesn’t it?

Liam: Grandpa’s ‘swagger stick’ came courtesy of a friend, whose father (‘Tim’ Gordon Charles Lloyd Clark) wielded it during WWII in England, Italy, Sicily and Holland as a Captain with the 48th Highlanders, serving with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. It is a treat to pay tribute to Captain Clark as he got a kick out of some of my escapades when I was younger. If anyone wants to hear research on the swagger stick, pull up a chair and we can have a chat.


VOS: Tell us about the farm and Rebecca (Becky?). What’s home after Grandpa is all packed away until another rehearsal?

Liam: After the show closes and the character of Grandpa is put to bed you’ll find me in Grafton in a very old farm house with my wife Rebecca, two high energy Vizslas, a cat with a dark side, twenty-two chickens and a motorcycle with a yellow sidecar.

Thank you VOS for letting me live the life of Grandpa.

Don’t miss your chance to see Liam Cragg as Grandpa in VOS Theatre’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Opening Night is November 19, 2015 and the show runs for 2 weeks. Order your tickets by calling 905-372-2210 or online at

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The Great Chitty Sewing Bee of 2015

Lee Wakelin, Nelly VanVeldhuisen, Pat Crimmins, Marg Kropf, & Florence Fletcher at work.

Two designers, two producers, several actors, and a slew of volunteers showed on Halloween to build or alter some of the more than 200 costumes needed for the VOS Theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Florence, Lise, Erin Welsh, Lee Wakelin, & Elizabeth Gordon running their machines at top speed.

For co-director Joel Varty it was a sight to behold.  “It’s amazing to be part of something where people are willing to give up their Saturday.  Seeing Truly Scrumptious pull wig duty was especially fun!”

Some of the volunteers worked for more than 12 hours, indicative of the spirit of community that lives in VOS Theatre.


Don’t miss your chance to see all these wonderful creations in VOS Theatre’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Opening Night is November 19, 2015 and the show runs for 2 weeks. Order your tickets by calling 905-372-2210 or online at

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