Catch Me If You Can

mar 22 - apr 14, 2019
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Book by Terrence McNally
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday; 2:00 PM Sunday
Run Time:
2 hours 25 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

The charm. The con. The chase.

With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, precocious teenager Frank Abagnale, Jr. embarks on an exhilarating journey over the country.

The show begins with Frank trapped at the Miami International Airport by his longtime rival, FBI Agent Carl Hanratty. Frank uses this opportunity to tell his side of the story, starting with the escape from his childhood home to conning careers as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer.

Nominated for four Tony Awards in 2011, Catch Me If You Can’s source material comes from the 1980 autobiography of Frank Abagnale Jr. that inspired the 2002 film of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The true-story told with upbeat music and an unforgettable adventure is sure to excite audiences.

Mainstage Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.

The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Mar. 31 will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.



Sponsored by:

Frank Abagnale Jr
Conner Ripperger
Frank Abagnale Sr
Dave Wagner
Carl Hanratty
Chris Ennis
Paula Abagnale
Molly Hackman
Brenda Strong
Jessica Richter
Carol Strong
Jenny Throckmorton
Roger Strong
Christopher Rozenboom
Claire Anderson
Kaelyn Dawn Ennis
Jillian Gabby
Victoria Heisterkamp
Ben Jaeger
Shelby Kephart
Dina Perez
Gavin Runles
Shane Scandurra
Andrew Smalley
Abby Suhr
Molly Thompson
Artistic Team
David R. Kilpatrick
Music Director
Brenton Brown
Erin T. Horst
Scenic Designer
Nicholas Amundson
Costume Designer
Angela Lampe
Lighting Designer
Amanda Pichler
Sound Designer
Josh Jepson
Sound Effects Designer
Maxwell Schaeffer
Properties Designers
Katie Dorrell
Sarah Beth Weinberg
Stage Manager
Zachary Blevins
Anna Lackaff
Technical Director
Nate Lawrence-Richards
Artistic Director
John W. Viars

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: April 14, 2019
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents Catch Me If You Can  
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can, Mar. 22-Apr. 14, 2019. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. Catch Me If You Can is sponsored by AARP Iowa.

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Connor Ripperger) runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Chris Ennis), Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. Based on the hit film and incredible true story.

The Playhouse cast includes Claire Anderson, Derek Bittick, Chris Ennis, Kaelyn Dawn Ennis, Jillian Gabby, Molly Hackman, Victoria Heisterkamp, Ben Jaeger, Shelby Kephart, Dina Perez, Jess Richter, Connor Ripperger, Christopher Rozenboom, Gavin Runles, Shane Scandurra, Andrew Smalley, Abby Suhr, Molly Thompson, Jenny Throckmorton, and Dave Wagner. Catch Me If You Can is directed by David R. Kilpatrick and is choreographed by Erin Horst with musical direction by Brenton Brown.

The Playhouse, now in its 100th season, is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and Catch Me If You Can, contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Catch Me If You Can Performances: Mar. 22-Apr. 14, 2019
7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday
2:00 PM Sunday
Audio description provided by IRIS, 2:00 PM, Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019

Catch Me If You Can Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312