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Auditions scheduled for ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Show will be held in November

Comedia Musica Players will conduct auditions for its fall production of the musical “Catch Me If You Can” in August. Auditions will be held on Aug. 20 and on Aug. 21. The auditions are open to anyone entering ninth grade as of fall 2019 or older. Both sessions begin at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 28 N. 10th St., Fort Dodge.

Audition packets are available by visiting Comedia’s website www.comediamusica.com and clicking on the Announcements tab, or by requesting a packet via email at info@comediamusica.com. Auditions will consist of singing, reading lines and also choreography if interested in a featured dancing role. To learn more about the show, visit www.mtishows.com.

Performance dates will be Nov. 7-9, 2019, with regular rehearsals beginning in September. Typical rehearsal schedules include Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings.

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”).

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale Jr., 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.

The auditions are for the following roles:

Frank Abagnale Jr.: Our story’s conniving protagonist, he is a handsome and youthful con artist. Grew up learning to disappear into another skin to avoid his problems. He eventually falls in love with Brenda and desperately tries to change his ways.

Carl Hanratty: An FBI agent leading the investigation and search for Frank Jr. A knowledgeable and habitual workaholic who idolizes the moment he catches his perp. Lives a private life of loneliness and depression.

Frank Abagnale Sr.: Frank Jr.’s father. He is an inspiration when it comes to swindling. Upbeat and fast-talking, he undergoes a series of progressive failures that leaves him a miserable drunk.

Paula Abagnale: Frank Jr.’s gorgeous mother. She met Frank Sr. in France, during the war, but has fallen out of love. Caring and loving, with an underlying resentment toward her husband and son.

Brenda Strong: A young nurse and Frank Jr.’s eventual love interest. Hard-working and initially insecure, she meets Frank Jr. after running away from a wedding. Comes to trust him but his true identity clouds her feelings.

Carol Strong: Brenda’s traditional mother. She is talkative and boisterous.

Roger Strong: Brenda’s conservative father. He is stern and interrogatory, but reveals himself to be deeply romantic.

Ensemble: Commuters, assistants; stewardesses (Mindy, Cindy, Lindy, Jane, Kellie, Shellie), pilots, agents, targets, party-goers, doctors, nurses, interns.

This show has several fun musical numbers and opportunities for chorus members. You are not required to audition if only interested in performing as a member of the chorus, but it is encouraged. Ensemble members such as the stewardesses and FBI agents are prominent in featured dance numbers will complete a dance audition before being cast. The dance audition piece is posted on Comedia’s YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/CMPVideos) .

Amy Porter, president of Comedia Musica Players, said this show is a great fit for the troupe as it is full of energy and a wide array of characters and chorus opportunities. The show is being produced by the creative team of Alyssa Sparks (show director), Dan Cassady (music director and conductor) and Emily Eastwood (choreographer).

“Catch Me If You Can” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Comedia Musica Players, a local musical theater troupe, was founded in 1968 by Larry Mitchell. The troupe’s most recent productions include “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” “The Music Man” and last year’s “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” This will be the group’s 52nd annual musical theater production.