P TPA’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’ con­tin­ues this week­end in city

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - CO MMUNITY -

The singing and tap danc­ing mu­si­cal “Catch Me If You Can” con­tin­ues this week­end at the J.J. Fer­rara Cen­ter, West Broad Street, Ha­zle­ton.

The show, pre­sented by the Penn­syl­va­nia Theatre of Per­form­ing Arts, tells the story of a charm­ing con man and the FBI agents on his trail.

The light-hearted com­edy stars Ian Owens as Frank Abag­nale, the op­ti­mistic pre­tender, and Scott Colin as the by-the-book FBI agent try­ing to stop him.

The play is based on the in­cred­i­ble true story of the real Abag­nale, who led FBI agents on a merry chase in the 1970s.

The show will be on stage to­day at 7 p.m. and Sun­day at 3 p.m. PTPA’s all-you-can-eat din­ner buf­fet will be avail­able 90 min­utes prior to each per­for­mance.

The menu in­cludes ham and bean soup, two sal­ads, chicken parme­san with riga­toni pasta, meat­balls stroganoff with but­tered noo­dles, and four side dishes.

Desserts in­clude old-fash­ioned cheesecake with fresh fruit, white choco­late rasp­berry cake, ba­nana cream pie and berry cob­bler with ice cream.

“Catch Me If You Can” is di­rected and chore­ographed by Sa­man­tha Schugardt while Matthew Zwiebel is the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor. Adam Er­colani is the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor, while Nate Ceol is tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

They are sup­ported by more than a dozen other mem­bers of the tech­ni­cal crew work­ing on sound, lights, cos­tumes and set build­ing.

Tick­ets are $20 for adults, $18 for se­nior cit­i­zens 62 years and older and stu­dents 12 and older, and $10 for chil­dren un­der 12.

Din­ner-and-show tick­ets are $35 for adults, $30 for se­niors and older stu­dents, and $20 for chil­dren.

Tick­ets can be re­served at 570-454-5451 or pur­chased on­line at www.pt­pashows.org. Show-only tick­ets will also be avail­able at the door.

Open­ings are still avail­able for PTPA’s spring youth work­shop, which will be­gin re­hearsals next week and present “Shrek, Jr.” on stage in April.

In­ter­ested par­ents can get more in­for­ma­tion and an ap­pli­ca­tion at www.pt­pashows.org.

Ian Owens, left, plays con­man Frank Abag­nale and Scott Colin plays FBI agent Carl Han­ratty in the Penn­syl­va­nia Theatre of Per­form­ing Arts’ pro­duc­tion of “Catch Me If You Can” on stage this week­end at the J.J. Fer­rara Cen­ter, West Broad Street, Ha­zle­ton.

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