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Wanted! The hunt for the Skywayman has begun. Forging checks and wooing women, the con artist has set out to hex the world with his magic tricks. Led by Artistic Director Amy Poe and Music Director Bobby McCoy, the award-winning McLean High School Theatre Company performs “Catch Me If You Can,” a big-hearted musical adventure based on a real-life story of being young, in love ... and in deep trouble!

The regional premiere runs April 24–26 at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on April 26 and 27. Performances are in McLean’s Burke Auditorium with tickets available at

“Catch Me If You Can” captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a shrewd yet troubled teenager who becomes a world-class conman with his boyish charm, big imagination, and millions in forged checks. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank’s trail, audiences are off on a fantastic chase, intertwined with the jazzy, swinging-sixties score. The thrilling musical sensation, based on the 2002 biographical crime drama, features book by Terrence McNally (Ragtime), and score by musical visionaries Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). The show debuted on Broadway in 2011 and would go on to receive four Tony Awards nominations, including Best Musical.

The glitzy panache of the early 1960s will be brought to life through the hard work and dedication of McLean’s acclaimed high school performers and technicians. Following his recent on-stage appearance with Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, Alex Stone portrays Frank Abagnale Jr. while talented sophomore Jack Posey appears as Agent Hanratty and MacDonald Scholarship Finalist Lily Lord as Brenda Strong. Amy Poe’s direction has proved invaluable polishing each of their strengths. As Posey praises, “...she gives us the freedom to try different things and explore and play, which is the essence of good theatre.”

As in any creative performance space, obstacles are inevitable. As Poe puts it, “The biggest challenge we face in our auditorium is space. As a result, we have built a thrust that has added about 320 square feet to our stage.” This physical extension brings the musical’s action even closer to the audience as well as a greater sense of immersion in the show itself.