“Catch Me If You Can” the Musical


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David Torrento, Community Contributor

The North Forsyth Drama Department concluded their 2014 Fall stage production of “Catch Me If You Can” the musical.
The show is based on the Dream Works Motion picture of the same name and from the book by Terrance McNally.  The NFHS stage production was under the direction of Ms. Mary Hayes Ernst, Musical Director Mr. John Hutchinson, and Technical Director Addison Walden.  From the opening scene, the musical was full of color, sound, and dance as the actors portrayed the true story of a young 16 year old conman named Frank Abignate Jr. (played by Brody Grant).
As the story unfolds from the eyes of the young conman, the boy runs away from his dysfunctional family’s father Frank Abignate Sr. (played by Jason Gardner) and mother Paula Abignate (played by Alexandria Bagwell) and fabricates his professional life style by posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer all the while scamming countless people along his life’s journey in excess of 1 million dollars.  Throughout the young conman’s travels, he is chased by a number of FBI agents led by Agent Carl Hanratty
(played by Anthony Arena), Agent Dollar (played by Dellan Short), Agent Cod (played by Tate Rogers), and Agent Branton (played by Jack Doyle).
The production team did an excellent job of combining the true life interaction between Frank Jr.’s antics with FBI Agent Hanratty while blending in a number of musical compositions and dance routines to make the show feel like a New York Broadway musical at Radio City Music Hall.  The entire supporting cast and ensemble was outstanding in their lively and energetic roles that put the “music and dance” into this entertaining and fun performance.