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12/07/2012

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ARTS BRIEFS Catch the stage version of Catch Me If You Can on Dec. 7 at the Van Wezel. Contributed photo CATCH ME IF YOU CAN CAN CAPTIVATE STAGE AUDIENCES, TOO Many moviegoers are aware of the action and drama portrayed in the 2002 cinematic release of Catch Me If You Can. However, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, audience members will see that the movie merely hinted at the extravagant life Frank Abagnale Jr. was able to live as a result of his incredible ability to con his way into and out of just about any situation. His talents enabled him "to become quite the 'ladies' man' and to experience the illustrious lifestyles associated with portraying, falsely, a doctor, pilot, lawyer and a number of other professions," a Van Wezel news release notes. Building upon this aspect of his criminal career, the Catch Me If You Can musical brandishes the excitement and glamour he experienced over his five years on the lam, the release adds. The production is a family-friendly show, though, with plenty of laughs and a catchy tune, the release notes. Tickets are priced from $30 to $80. For more information, call the box office at 953-3368 or visit www.VanWezel.org. The Van Wezel is located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

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