If you like music, theatre, jokes, dancing and enthusiasm then you should make sure to check out ‘Catch Me If You Can’ by the Penn State Thespians at Schwab auditorium this weekend. Valley was lucky enough to be able to sit in on their final dress rehearsal and the show is great.
The dancing is one of the best parts. The show features flight attendants, dancing nurses, singing pilots, and all around goofiness that you can’t help but get caught up in. The show is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. a conman who managed to swindle millions of dollars when he started life as a teenage runaway. The musical numbers range from emotional to goofy and there is nothing better than a handful of men dancing their hearts out in suits.
Valley was able to catch up with director Hailey Rohn while she dashed around the auditorium attempting to get the last rehearsal up and running. “What’s so exciting about this show in particular is that every ensemble member gets a featured role or spot during the production; whether it’s a couple of lines or singing.
We isolated three ensemble members that are particularly stellar at vocals and created a doo-op trio and they were able to get solos. Usually only leads get solos so this was a new experience and something exciting for the Thespians. I’m also really excited about the story line, which is so incredible and invigorating.”
We don’t want to give too much away but with love interests, hilarious comedy, and a killer cast this is a show that you do not want to miss. There will be nightly performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as well as a 1:30 matinee on Saturday.
Tickets are $4.98 with your Penn State student ID and $12 general admission. You can get them at the door, on the ground floor of the HUB and online so there is no excuse to miss out.
Photos by Natalie Runnerstrom