Lack of auditorium won't stop Toll Gate performance of 'Catch Me if You Can'

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Even a water-damaged auditorium can't stop this show.

Despite burst sprinkler pipes from January's deep freeze that damaged Toll Gate High School's auditorium, the cast and crew of “Catch Me If You Can” proved they were resilient. They took their rehearsals to neighboring Winman Middle School, and are set to perform there this Friday and Saturday.

The play follows the story of a young con artist, not even out of high school, who passes himself off as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer, and becomes one of the most notorious bank robbers in the country.

The cast and crew, led by student director Natalie Mann and Toll Gate High School teacher Timothy Hayes, began work on the play in November. But the below-zero temperatures in January changed their plans. Winman Middle School generously donated their auditorium for the Toll Gate performers. Mann said the experience demonstrates "the sense of community that Warwick has."

Liam Roberts, a Toll Gate sophomore, stars as ingenious 17-year-old Frank Abagnale Jr., who escapes his family to start a new life as a con artist and bank robber. Nicole Hummell, also a sophomore at Toll Gate, plays FBI Agent Carla Hanratty who pursues Abagnale.

The cast and crew were putting the finishing touches on the play this week as they prepared for opening night. During a recent rehearsal, the cast performed their opening number, “Live in Living Color,” that showed they are ready to go.

The cast and crew number more than 30 Toll Gate students.

“Catch Me if You Can” is funded in part by the Robert J. Shapiro Fund, which contributed $1,200. Hayes says the Shapiro Fund is "a great benefit" to the show and helped to fund items such as microphone rental, scripts, and show rights.

Don't miss “Catch Me If You Can” this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale at the door.

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