Lincoln-Way West Music Department to perform "Catch Me If You Can"
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

During the fourth weekend of April, the Lincoln-Way West Music Department will present their spring musical, “Catch Me If You Can,” in the Lincoln-Way West auditorium. Tickets can be ordered online by visiting www.lwwmusic.org. The shows will be performed on:

• Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
• Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.
• Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 p.m.

“This show has challenged us in so many ways,” says Music Director Tom Venutolo. “I am immensely proud of the students for meeting those challenges head on; the results of all their hard work have been spectacular!”

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, “Catch Me If You Can” is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing dreams without getting caught.

The plot focuses on precocious teenager, Frank Abagnale, Jr., as he runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, though, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.

With over 100 students involved in the production, Lincoln-Way West will have its first “double cast” musical this year. Performing the role of Frank Abagnale Jr. is Jacob Tolbert (Friday and Sunday) and Ben Radeke (Saturday). Carl Hanratty is portrayed by Christian Spalla (Friday and Sunday) and Collin Tompulis (Saturday). Frank Abagnale, Sr. is portrayed by Brendan Glennon in all shows. Brenda Strong is portrayed by Jennifer Perkne (Friday and Sunday) and Kate Gibertini (Saturday). Paula Abagnale is portrayed by Anastasia Karnezis (Friday and Sunday) and Abigail Sutter (Saturday). Roger Strong is portrayed by Zenon Zamora (Friday and Sunday) and Myles Mattsey (Saturday). Carol Strong is portrayed by Brianna Gray (Friday and Sunday) and Julia Tolbert (Saturday).

Dancers and Ensemble members include Hannah Barger, Matthew Bernhard, Jed Bierma, Mautise Boswell, Katie Burkholder, Isabella Clutter, Jared Clutter, McKenzie Dickerson, Sarah Edge, Therese Egner, Jacob Dorris, Kailee Galloway, Kate Gibertini, Sophia Gomez, Brianna Gray, Kyle Gray, Micha Hagen, Hannah Hamilton, Amanda Hartmann, Bella Hernandez, Samantha Hojnacki, Jupiter Holcomb, Emma Holzhauer, Kara Jones, Aly Kashin, Anastasia Karnezis, Stefanos Karnezis, Nathan Knapczyk, Danielle Koska, Ahnjee Lowden, Claire Lunde, Myles Mattsey, Corina McDermott, Maggie Miller, Hannah Murphy, Gillian O'Donnell, Quinn O'Keefe, Brian Pavlak, Ingrid Rosenmeier, Jen Perkne, Megan Perkne, Ben Radeke, Abby Rellinger, Abigail Schliffka, Callie Serno, Emily Shepard, Junie Sichak, Phelan Simkus, Jessa Simon, Andrea Skinner, Christian Spalla, Taryn Springgate, Abigail Sutter, Cassidy Sutter, Jacob Tolbert, Jillian Tolbert, Julia Tolbert, Colin Tompulis, Makayla Turner, James Wainwright, Emma White, Colleen Wright, Nathan Windsor, and Zenon Zamora.

“Catch Me If You Can” is directed by Marta Koonce. Other staff members include Music Director Tom Venutolo, Choreographer Lisa Wainwright, Set Designer Mark Smetana, and Lighting Director Tyler Dawson.