Art & Culture

Catch San Benito Stage Company musical while you can

Five more performances of the jazzy musical "Catch Me If You Can" are scheduled through Nov. 14
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San Benito Stage Company is presenting its teen musical, "Catch Me If You Can," through November 14 at the Granada Theatre on Fifth Street in Hollister. SBSC is the first community theater in California to get the licensing rights to this new musical, which is set in 1960s America. 

With accompaniment by a five-piece jazz ensemble, the musical shows young con man Frank Abagnale Jr. spinning a web of deception posing as a pilot, lawyer and doctor. He is a step ahead of the FBI for a time, through Agent Hanratty is not easy to evade. The play, with local teen actors from ages 13-19 comprising the cast, is based on a true story and the Dreamworks movie of the same name.

The musical features plenty of ensemble dance numbers. 

In October, Frank Abagnale, Sr. sent the Stage Company a personal letter of thanks for performing the play in San Benito County. 

For the first time, the San Benito Stage Company will  offer an American Sign Language-interpreted performance during the Sunday, Nov. 1 matinee. ASL interpretation is provided by CC Sign Language Interpreters out of Salinas.

Another first for SBSC:  All of the scenery and scenes are projections, a way to keep this fast-paced play–full of deception–moving along quickly. 

The production team includes producer Kristy Burchard; associate producer Mary Chase; vocal director and stage director John Newkirk; choreographer Lara Lichten; projection designer Chris Adams; and videographer Trystan Adams.

Show dates:

Nov.6, 7, 13 & 14 at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8. Tickets are available from a cast member or at Postal Graphics and San Benito Bene.  For more information, visit www.sanbenitostage.org or call 831-636-0122 or Kristy at 831-636-6810.

 

Lois Locci

A Hollisterian since 1999 (and a Silicon Valley escapee), Dr. Locci taught English and Intercultural Communication at De Anza College in Cupertino for years before adding a second career as chair of the education department of UC Extension, providing professional development for teachers K-14 in four counties and three countries. Also at UC, Dr. Locci led the development of Advanced Placement® and honors courses for the University of California College Prep Online until retiring in 2012. She served a four-year term as Trustee for Gavilan Joint Community College District and currently serves on the board of BenitoLink.