Whimsical and Truly Scrumptious: A Director Spotlight

🎶Near, far, in our motor car

Oh what a happy time we’ll spend🎵

ASPI’s junior cast and crew, under the direction of Mrs. Liz Jolly-Haslitt, are excited to welcome audiences to the theater to experience the musical classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Liz is a familiar face to the ASPI family! She has been involved with ASPI since 2010! Off stage she has directed Meet Me in St. Louis and Elf Jr. and Beauty & the Beast Jr. Her on stage roles include Betty Haynes in White Christmas, Psuedelous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, and The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone. Liz’s theater experience also includes work with Theatre Z, PlayByPlay Theatre, Evergreen, Green Bay Community Theatre, SNC Summer Music Theatre, and appearances in Drunken Shakespeare at Comedy City in De Pere.

Liz holds a BA in Theatre Studies and Classical Studies from St. Norbert College, De Pere, and also has completed a two-year conservatory program in acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

In September, Liz married her now husband with the nuptials taking place in this very theater!* When not in the theater, Liz loves to travel with friends and her husband, Joe. And take dance classes when she can!

For this junior production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the cast and crew range in age from 5 to 18! Liz can already attest to their contagious energy! 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a timeless story of magical adventures and limitless imagination! The theater design for the production is going to have a whimsical puppet theater aesthetic. Not only will this design match the whimsicality of the musical, but will also creatively accommodate the size of the cast!

Another unique and innovative aspect of this production is the car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, itself! The car is played by FIVE actors! Liz had the exciting opportunity to work with the actors on movement and puppetry, which were part of her studies in NYC. 

With 40 kids in the cast, Liz has tried to give all the actors at least one line, a few measures in a song, or featured dance. So not only will they have their time to shine alone, they will also learn how to work cohesively as a team.

Other benefits of youth participating in local theater include:

  • Developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Developing empathy
  • Building confidence
  • Practicing communication and working in groups

Last but certainly not least, junior productions are a wonderful opportunity to make lifelong friendships! Liz has been fortunate to make such friendships in the theater and she hopes her cast and crew will too!

Tickets are on sale NOW for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr., and they are selling FAST!

7pm showtimes: November 30th and December 1st, 7th, and 8th

1pm showtimes: December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th

Purchase your tickets “toot sweet” because you are in for a “truly scrumptious” delight! 

Tickets can be purchased at abramsspotlightproductions.com. Please call the Box Office at (920) 826-5852 with any questions!

*For hosting your own wedding or event at the theater, please click here for more information!