Carmel artist designs a special car for ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ • Current publication

Carmel artist designs a special car for ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ • Current publication

Carmel artist Scott Osborne was thrilled when he had the opportunity to build a car for Carmel Apprentice Theater’s production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Osbourne immediately contacted his childhood friend, who introduced him to the 1968 film starring Dick Van Dyke.

“He was asking me what I was going to do about the wings,” Osborne said. It was fun from that point on. It was a creative project when first created, and it was fun and exciting to replicate. “I was honored that they chose me to do this, and I had a lot of fun.”

Carmel Apprentice Theater’s production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” begins Nov. 3 and runs through Nov. 19 at The Cat, 254 Veterans Way, Carmel.

Osbourne was assisted by the musical’s director, Will Wood and Ashley Larkin, who is the managing director of The Cat.

“I had great help from The Cat,” Osborne said. “You need more than a set of hands to build a car.”

Scott Osborne is working on the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” car. (Photo courtesy of Carmel Apprentice Theater)

Osborne said Gary Coburn spent many hours helping build the magical car for the show. Others who helped were Kaylin Johnson, Brittany Achard and Bradon Gibbs.

The vehicle is 10 feet long, Osborne said. The original car from the movie was 18 feet long.

“The coolest part about the car is that I used the wheelchair as the driving force,” Osborne said. “The car, when not on stage, can pivot 360 degrees. My favorite thing is that the steering wheel does nothing and everything is operated on the joystick. The actor holds the steering wheel pretending to drive while the actress steers and drives the car (using the joystick which the public cannot see.)

Osborne said they put a fog machine up front that blows air out of the radiator.

Osborne said it took about five months to build the car.

“Gary has created a stage-level platform,” Osborne said. “They brought it to Brown Hound Studios and I built it on the platform to make sure it would fit.”

They pulled the car out of the theater, opened the back door and turned the car outside, Osborne said. Then they push the platform back onto the stage.

“We call it a mobile parking spot,” Osborne said. “It was a great addition. There were a lot of fun elements about this thing. It’s all all electric. There’s about seven or eight motors in there.”

The vehicle holds about 1,200 pounds, Osborne said. The wheelchair sits in the middle of the car.

“They plan to rent the car to other theater companies,” Osborne said. “Before they hired me, they did their research on how to rent a car.”

Evan Wang has been cast as inventor Caractacus Potts in the production.

“One thing I love about this show in particular is how we were able to give the kids so many unique roles and ways to shine on stage at a young age,” Wang said.

Brooke Glenn Guber, Noblesville, plays a truly delicious role.

“The magic moment for me was seeing people who had never done theater before come to life on our stage and there is no other perfect show to do that with than the magic show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” Gober said.

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