‘Catch Me If You Can’ takes off at Kelsey Theatre


Take a teenage runaway gushing with boyish charm and a big imagination who successfully poses as a doctor, lawyer and airline pilot, millions of dollars in forged checks, and a cat-and-mouse game with an FBI agent, and you’ve got the musical comedy “Catch Me If You Can,” presented by the Pennington Players, Oct. 25 through Nov. 3, at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.

Dates and show times are Oct. 5 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.; and  Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is on the college’s campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. The community is invited to an opening night reception with the cast and crew on Oct. 25.

Based on the hit film by the same name and the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., “Catch Me If You Can” is a high-flying production all about chasing your dreams – and not getting caught, according to a press release.

Set in the 1960s, the story begins as Abagnale is captured by FBI Agent Carl Hanratty after years of pursuit.

Abagnale, however, thinks the audience deserves to hear his version of the truth and narrates his life as a hip, dance-heavy television variety show.

The cast features Scott Silagy of Ewing as Frank Abagnale Jr., and Tom Coppolecchia of Bordentown as FBI Agent Carl Hanratty.

Other featured roles include Michael Zweig, Philadelphia, as Frank Abagnale Sr.; Gina Whalen, Lawrence, as Paula Abagnale; JoJo Parks, Somerset, as Brenda Strong; Dennis Tolentino, Manalapan, as Roger Strong and ensemble; Crystal Huau, Hightstown, as Carol Strong and ensemble; Dan Slothower, Bordentown, as Agent Branton; Bob Abrahamson, Newtown, Pa., as Agent Cod; Ray Kleinschmidt, Toms River, as Agent Dollar; Steven Brandt, Mountainside, as Jack Barnes and featured dancer; Sheilla Kraft, Hamilton, as Cheryl Ann and featured soloist; and Shawn Simmons, Hamilton, as Dr. Wanamaker and ensemble.

“Catch Me If You Can” is directed by Laurie Gougher. Francois Suhr is the music director, with Trina Shumshonk as choreographer.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors and students and may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.