Published: December 4, 2015
Updated: January 9, 2015
Arts & Life Editor
LIVA Arts Company performed the musical “Catch Me If You Can” Nov. 19 through Nov. 21 at Elm Park Methodist Church.
“Catch Me If You Can” is based on a true story. It is a comedy that follows a young man named Frank Abagnale, Jr., a con artist who is running from the FBI. Throughout the show, the audience is exposed to his experiences and escapades he comes across while on the run. The story is told through a series of dialogue and musical numbers, featuring swing and big band numbers, such as “Life in Living Color” and “Don’t Break the Rules.”
The show featured many talented student performers and musicians, such as junior Buddy Stocks as Frank Abagnale, Jr., first-year Robert Dougherty as Carl Hanratty and sophomore Caroline Hickey as Brenda Strong.
Junior Matthew Owens played the role of Roger Strong, father of Brenda, and thoroughly enjoyed his first experience with LIVA Arts Company.
“I think it’s cool that LIVA is entirely student-run. We’re all doing this because we enjoy it,” Owens said.
Owens also enjoyed his experience with “Catch Me If You Can” because of the music and his interaction with the other cast members.
“I really enjoyed the show. The music was really fun and catchy—it’s been hard to get it out of my head,” Owens said.
“My favorite part was working on scenes with other members in the cast. We switched in and out of being ourselves and being in character and had fun joking around with each other.”
“Catch Me If You Can” was directed by junior Kateri Sternberg and assistant directed by junior Mika Derynioski.
Sternberg noted that the cast has been preparing for the show since early September.
“We had auditions the first week of September and started rehearsals the second week of September all the way through the show,” Sternberg said.
She also highlighted the fun, colorful environment and the excitement she felt from being a first-time director.
“It was really great to see everyone grow and really commit to their characters. They each really got their moment to shine— no one was part of a background. Everyone had their own moment and they just embraced it and came out of their shell,” Sternberg said.
Sternberg also was really pleased with the final product of the show and felt the entire cast contributed to a big success.
“I was nervous, but we got a lot of positive feedback. We managed to create something cool and fun and had everyone laughing. I think it was really successful and I’m really happy with it,” Sternberg said.
Overall, she was very pleased with LIVA’s production of “Catch Me If You Can” and considers herself a “proud mom” of the cast and all those involved for their hard work and dedication.
“It’s a really fun environment. It’s very welcoming and we’re a family more than anything … We have a great time putting on a show for people,” Sternberg said.
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