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Local vocal coach Nicole Glover (left) was the vocal director for the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, while her student Nadine Courchesne (right) of Sturgeon Falls performed in the musical. They are shown with part of the elaborate set for the show.
by Brad Aubin
Fans of musical theatre got to see a big production of the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in North Bay earlier this month, with local talent shining in prominent roles.
Nadine Courchesne, 14, landed a role in the vocal ensemble, while Sarah Mailloux, 16, wowed audiences in the lead role. The Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre production played for four nights at the Capitol Centre theatre.
It was Mailloux’s first lead role, and she played the extravagant, villainous Baroness Bomburst. She and Courchesne were both encouraged to audition by their vocal coach, Nicole Glover of Sturgeon Falls, who also served as vocal director for the play.
After rehearsing for over three months, they were ecstatic with the results, with four well attended shows and rave reviews.
“It was an incredible experience,” beams Mailloux. “It was very nerve wracking and there was a ton of work, learning all the lines, the songs, the dances... but I felt at home! Everyone at Dreamcoat was so nice. It felt great performing in front of the community.”
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Sturgeon Falls’ Sarah Mailloux as the Baroness Bomburst in the Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Capitol Centre in North Bay.