CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Directed by Shanna Christian
Produced by Lauren Baker and Angela Hepola
November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21, 2021
Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning "dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
In this big and bright spectacle with high-energy dance numbers and a riveting story, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home seeking fame and fortune. 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.
Auditions will be held at Cascades Senior Center, located at 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA 20165, on Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, July 17 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. If needed, call-backs will be held by invitation on Sunday, July 18.
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Auditions will consist of: A cold reading from the script, a song selected from the provided list, and a dance component. Sheet music can be downloaded for your review. A pianist will be present to provide accompaniment.
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Vocal Range: Tenor G2-C5
Frank Jr. begins as a young, handsome and naïve teenage boy, who especially idolizes his father, who teaches him various ways to misdirect and con people to achieve their goals. Requires an extremely charismatic actor who can convincingly play a teenager and is a triple threat. Onstage for the majority of the show and serves as the show’s narrator, telling the audience his life story.
Vocal Range: Alto G3-A5
Brenda is a hard-working nurse who meets Frank Abagnale Jr. while they are both working at an Atlanta hospital. Brenda is the youngest nurse on the staff and initially insecure; to compensate she puts on a tough exterior and works twice as hard. Once she realizes Frank Jr’s true identity and the breadth of his crimes, she sticks by him and sings of his virtues in a powerful ballad. Requires a strong singer with emotional depth.
Vocal Range: Alto A#3/Bb3-A5
Carol is a true southern belle: sweet and loving, but also loud and boisterous. Now a society matron, she speaks her mind and has no qualms about her outgoing personality. Carol is the comic relief of any Strong family scene, and the actor playing her should have fantastic comic timing.
May be assigned lines/solos as the following ensemble characters: Betty, Principal, Commuters, Railroad Agent, Assistants, Bank Teller, Tailor, Stewardesses (Mindy, Cindy, Lindy, Jane, Kellie, Shellie), Agents, Targets, Party-Goers, Nurses, Bartender, etc. An ensemble member may be selected as dance captain.
Vocal Range: Tenor G2-G4
Persistent FBI agent pursuing Frank Jr. Carl is a good, honorable man who believes that the differences between right and wrong are very distinct and clear cut. Carl serves as a secondary narrator, who has an easy, unassuming stage presence. The reluctant co-star in Frank's musical fable. The actor playing Carl must also be capable of leading the occasional production number.
Vocal Range: Alto A3-C5
Frank Jr.'s beautiful and elegant mother of French birth, she married young, dashing Frank Sr. during his tour of duty in France. Over time, she has become disillusioned as she realizes her husband is a swindler who has cheated his way through life.
Vocal Range: Baritone A2-A4
Roger is quite famous in New Orleans for being one of the most accomplished and formidable attorneys in the South. Roger may be intimidating at first, but deep down he is a romantic soul who adores his family and always puts them first.
May be assigned lines/solos as the following ensemble characters: Jack Barnes, Nerd, Jock, Judge, Commuters, Railroad Agent, Assistants, Pan Am Exec, Tailor, Pilots, Agents, Targets, Motel Manager, Party-Goers, Doctors, Interns, Doctor Wanamaker, Bartender, Ben Casey, Ben Casey Intern, etc. An ensemble member may be selected as dance captain.
Vocal Range: Baritone F2-G#4/Ab4
Frank Sr. is a proud, fast-talking man who has figured out a way to con his way through the world, until it finally catches up to him. Frank Sr. eventually suffers a series of personal failures: the IRS begins to investigate his accounts, he loses his business, and his wife leaves him for one of his closest friends. Frank Sr., at first, tries to maintain a brave face on for his son, but he, ultimately, is unable to deal with his disappointments and becomes a miserable drunk.
A high priced New York prostitute, Cheryl Ann is a bombshell and knows it. She initially believes she is conning Frank Abagnale Jr., but she comes to realize that -- through Frank’s scheming -- she has actually paid him instead. She comes back for a brief cameo at the end of the show, furious that she has been so easily duped. May be included in ensemble.