Photo Flash: First Look at MTWichita's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, Running 7/23 - 7/27

July 18
4:54 PM 2014

Continuing the 43rd season for Music Theatre Wichita, the fourth of this summer's five large-scale productions is the Kansas premiere of "Catch Me If You Can," at Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS. Scroll down to see photos of the production!

The all new production stars Thom Sesma ("The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Miss Saigon," "Sweeney Todd") as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, and Skyler Adams (Pippin understudy in the upcoming national tour of "Pippin") as Frank Jr. Featured as Frank's dysfunctional parents are Broadway veterans David Hess ("Ragtime," "Sweeney Todd") and Paula Leggett Chase ("Curtains," "Crazy for You"). Carolyn Anne Miller portrays love interest Brenda, a role she recently essayed at the Wagon Wheel Playhouse, and Wichita-based actors Karen L. Robu and Timothy W. Robu portray her parents.

With book by Terrence McNalley and a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, "Catch Me If You Can" is based on the autobiography of teenaged con man Frank Abagnale Jr., and on the DreamWorks motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. Before reaching the age of 21, Abagnale had forged checks worth millions of dollars, but eluded the FBI by assuming different personas, including a lawyer, an emergency room doctor, and a Pan Am pilot.

Other artistic collaborators on the Wichita edition of "Catch Me If You Can" include Thomas W. Douglas as musical director, set designer Robert Andrew Kovach, costume designer Dixon Reynolds, hair and wig designer Alena Sellers, sound designer David Muehl, and lighting designer David Neville.

The production opens Wednesday July 23 for a 7-performance run, concluding July 27. More information, including a video Sneak Peek, can be found at www.mtwichita.org.

The Music Theatre Wichita season will conclude with an all new production of 42nd Street, directed and choreographed by original cast member Jon Engstrom, and featuring Damon Kirsche as Julian Marsh, Tracy Lore as Dorothy Brock, and Tessa Grady as Peggy Sawyer. It plays August 6 - 10, during which time the Music Theatre Wichita 2015 summer lineup will be announced.

Photo credit: Christopher Clark

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