Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA to Present Musical Version of ‘Catch Me if You Can’

Demarest, NJ: Truth is stranger than fiction. Experience this phenomenon for yourself as the award-winning Academy of the Holy Angels Theater Department under the direction of Katie McSherry-Collins presents the musical “Catch Me if You Can.” This startling true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. and his life of crime will be presented Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 18th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and are available online at All shows will be presented at AHA, 315 Hillside Avenue in Demarest.

As a teenager, Frank Abagnale Jr. used his formidable skills as a forger and master of deception to gain work as a doctor, lawyer, and a co-pilot for a major international airline – three jobs for which he was not qualified. He began his “career” running credit card and check schemes, and ultimately became the country’s most successful bank robber.

“Catch Me if You Can” was initially a semi-autobiography that was made into a 2002 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. AHA’s young thespians will now present the musical, which includes a book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by both Shaiman and Scott Wittman. This play is being presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

This tale will be told by Holy Angels actors Valeria Gonzalez, Valentina Zazzali, Olivia Arrigiotia, Marissa Dellapi, Audrey Miller, Lola Samiian, Liana Akos, Katie Bagin, Yasmine Carter-McTavish, Jenna Cooperman, Gabriele Layne, Ronnie LeHane, Abigail Lovatt, Emily Stanzione, Jessica Boccassini, and Sara Rivoir. Male roles will be played by Saint Joseph Regional High School students Luke Berninger, Alex Birchwale, Chris Marzulla, Sean Moran, and Jack Piccarillo; Pearl River High School student Robert Buhrmeister; Union City High School students Adriel Carmenate and Christian Rivera; and John Malcuit from Park Ridge High.

Technical crew members include AHA students Julia Fernandez, Paige Kupferschmid, Rebecca Lovatt, Maya Paul, Katherine Coster, Nataleen Orangian, Isabella Presti, Leah Sanchez, Joanna Scorese, Jaden Urso, Tamson Foudy, Sydney Loverich, Shirley Made, Kym McGowan, Anijanie Perez, Olivia Rettew, Samantha Romano, Elizabeth Anderson, Gianna Gervino, Maddie Girandola, and Allyx Miles.

Join us for an entertaining evening (or afternoon) of crime and punishment.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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