WAYNESBORO — The first of four Broadway series at the Wayne Theatre kicks off this weekend. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” leads the series Aug. 9-12 and 16-19.

Caractacus Potts, played by Jeff Ryman, is an innovator who restores a car. Trouble begins when Baron Bomburst, played by Seth Kislek, wants the magic car for himself. Potts and children team up with other characters to outwit the villains.

For actors Ryman and Leslie Wood, who plays Truly Scrumptious, a favorite part is bringing a classic to life.

“I grew up watching this movie and to be able to be in it is so exciting,” Wood said. “My favorite part is the flying car; it is so cool and I can’t wait for people to see what Chitty can do!”

Ryman agreed.

“My favorite part about this show is bringing an old classic from my childhood to life,” he said. “It has been a lot of fun sharing the stage with Chitty. I think people will be shocked to see a set piece like the car in Waynesboro.”

Lyra Day, 10, plays Jemima, Potts’ daughter. She said she has too many favorite parts of the show to just pick one.

“I especially love learning the dances and we have a real dog in the show,” she said. “Her name is Sadie. She is so sweet.”

Chitty is the most complicated prop she’s ever worked with.

“At first, William, Mac and I were nervous about the car, but now we are much more comfortable with it and it is very fun to ride in,” Day said. “I think the Wayne Theatre is a beautiful place and I love being there. I think people should come and see the show because it is full of magic and excitement — and where else can you see a flying car?”

Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $22 per adult and $15 per student.

For more information and tickets, go to WayneTheatre.org. The Wayne Theatre is at 521 W. Main St., Waynesboro.

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