Following up on last year’s successful production of Fiddler on the Roof, the Côte Saint Luc Dramatic Society will this year present the musical production of Catch Me If You Can from June 3 to 22 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium (5801 Cavendish Blvd.)

First staged on Broadway in 2011, Catch Me If You Can was previously made as a 2002 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The film and the musical are based on the true story of Frank Abagnale, who conned his way into making others believe that he was a doctor, lawyer and an airline pilot, all before his 21st birthday.

“We always try to pick productions that the community would be interested in, in terms of our musicals and our comedies,” says producer, CSL councillor Mitchell Brownstein. “The first year, we did Grease. Everyone loves Grease. It was an amazing success. The following year we did Fiddler on the Roof. We were looking for something this year that the community would also be able to relate to. Everybody knows the movie Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Not everybody is aware that it was a musical on Broadway.”

This production stars local residents Brandon Schwartz, Mike Melino, Matthew Mckeown and Marieve Guerin, amongst others. The play’s director, Anisa Cameron, notes that the average age of the cast this time around is considerably lower than last year’s outing.

“Our cast is dynamite,” she says. “We really lucked out. Just a huge pool of talent came out for the show. It’s really a professional-level production.”

Taking on the role of Abagnale is Schwartz, who Brownstein can’t seem to say enough good things about.

“He is already known in the community, both at the Segal Centre and the Côte Saint Luc Dramatic Society, and as a graduate of Bialik High School,” he says. “He’s been studying music and theatre since the age of five. He has such a beautiful singing voice.”

In total, 14 shows will be staged at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. “In the Greenspon, you’re going to feel like you’re in the show,” says Cameron. “It really is a huge show that we’re putting into a small venue. It’s going to feel very intimate and very exciting for the audience the whole way through.”

Featuring plenty of songs by the same team behind the musical version of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can may very well prove to be catchy in its own right.

“The music is so fantastic,” says Cameron. “All the songs are catchy. You’re going to leave the theatre singing the songs. If you know and love Hairspray, you know this is going to be a great show.”

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