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True con artist to entertain audience in song
Famous forger comes to life in Catch Me If You Can musical
Members of the cast of “Catch Me If You Can” are, from left: Lora Cooley, Maggie Auffarth, Jody Cooley, Mike Smith, Chris Hallowes, Taylor Hall, Cleve Brown, Michael Grieve and Doug Carter

A con man can spin tales of deceit and seduction to get his way. Now the imposter and forger can sing a song?

Based on the best-selling novel and major motion picture, “Catch Me If You Can” comes to life in a musical in Gainesville.

The Pam Ware Summer Community Theatre Performance will stage the tale of Frank W. Abagnale, one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history.

In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot’s uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. Known by the police of 26 foreign countries and all 50 states as “The Skywayman,” Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam — until the law caught up with him. Now he is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on financial foul play.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. July 9-12 in the Pam Ware Performing Arts Center at Gainesville High School.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors 65 and older and children and students ages 2 to 18.

Tickets are available in the Gainesville Parks and Recreation office in the Gainesville Civic Center or at the door of the school. Tickets are reserved seating.

For more information, call Gainesville Parks and Recreation at 770-531-2680.

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