Harrisdale’s Blake Jenkins and Piara Waters’ Layelle Chami were chosen from 300 hopefuls who auditioned in June, when they were asked to sing, dance and perform a small section from the production.
Associate producer Adrian Storey said from this they were able to ascertain who to place into the ensemble and potential leads for the characters Jeremy and Jemima.
‘We needed to find the correct ‘look’ as these children are iconic characters and we remain faithful to the creators,’ Storey said.
‘All the children were terrific and we took great care to encourage them and explain that auditioning is part of every performer’s life.’ Storey said Hobson and Beck found it thrilling to work with a different cast of children in each city, re-creating their fictional family to keep their performances fresh.
‘And we take great care to help all the children take something away from their experience with us,’ he said.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at Crown Perth until October 6.