A 62-member cast is bringing "Catch Me If You Can" to the stage at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.

Show times are 7 p.m. April 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. April 28.

Based on the true-life story and blockbuster movie about Frank William Abagnale Jr., played by Oliver Runyon, Westerville South director Matt Wolfe said, the show is about a 16-year-old who runs away from home when his parents, played by Josiah Holloway and Kandy Otchere-Boakye, divorce and he is asked to choose what parent to live with.

Armed with only his father's lesson on slick talking, Wolfe said, Frank Jr. takes to the streets and imitates a pilot, doctor and lawyer.

In his final act, when he meets Brenda Strong, played by Emma Murphy, and falls in love, FBI agent Carl Hanratty, played by Caleb Jingo, is able to catch up with him.

Wolfe said the students who portray fast-talking agents and charming con men bring this story to life.

"This dynamic ensemble of students plays the various people that come in and out of his life and make this 1960s era come to life," Wolfe said. "With period costumes and a soundtrack that sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, audiences will enjoy this father/son story with comedy and high-energy dancing."

Runyon said this is one of the craziest shows South has put on in a while.

"Between the extensive costume changes, beautiful set and challenging vocals, this show will be larger than life," he said.

"It's also my final production at South, which makes this astonishing piece much more personal."

Runyon said the show will keep members of the audience on their toes until the surprisingly real ending.

Jingo said, above all, the show is about family.

"We see a lot of different perspectives from different characters on what their relationship is like with their respective families, and it's really touching to see how they begin to intertwine with each other later in the show," he said.

Jingo said people should come to the show for the singing and dancing, as well as the heartfelt storytelling.

"There are a lot of people who are putting a lot of time and effort into making the best show possible and to entertain as many people as possible, so we'd love nothing more than to fill those seats," said Tori Perdue, stage manager.

Runyon said the show is fun for the entire family.

"No matter who you are, it will have you either laughing, crying, or dancing in your seat the entire show," he said. "It is one show that you do not want to miss."

Tickets cost $10 and can be reserved at tinyurl.com/catchmesouth.

Westerville Gold Cards will be accepted at the door and best available seating will be given.

mkuhlman@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekMarla