Friday, April 17– Sunday, April 26
Church Hill Theatre, Church Hill
Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Adults $18 (CHT Members $15)
Students $10 (CHT Members $7)
By Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, no, this isn’t your standard Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio fare. Overflowing with mirth, this Broadway whodunit is exciting from beginning to end. An advertising man on his honeymoon, Daniel Corbin has brought his bride to his boss’s mountain lodge. However, shortly after arriving, he finds he must call in the local police to investigate her sudden disappearance. Inspector Levine thinks he’s just panicking over a newlywed wife with cold feet, but he reluctantly agrees to look into it.
However, before he can even get started, a pretty young girl comes into the lodge and introduces herself to the Inspector as Daniel’s wife. Daniel is floored – this is not his wife! She has all the answers, though, and despite Daniel’s protests, the inspector believes her story. Daniel must play a complex cat-and-mouse game to expose the imposter’s lies even as two murders occur to complicate the situation further. Why is this woman lying? What evil plan against Corbin is afoot and how can he extricate himself from it? This is a comedy mystery thriller with hairpin turns and a satisfying ending that makes complete sense even as you never see it coming!
The director for Catch Me If You Can is Earl Lewin, who holds a B.A. in Theater and an M.S. in Communications, Radio, TV and Film from Temple University. He was an adjunct professor of communications at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, from 1987 to 2006 and at Chesapeake College from 1993 to 1997 teaching drama and directing the theatrical productions. He has been active at CHT since 1991 and currently serves on their Board of Directors. He has acted and directed extensively in community theatre, written two full length musicals with composer Dick Durham which were locally produced; and wrote a children’s musical with French composer Bruno Pilloix. He writes and produces dinner theatre and has published two one act plays with Baker’s Plays.
The talented and experienced cast for the show includes John Haas as Daniel Corban, Brian Whitaker as Inspector Levine, Will Robinson as Father Kelleher, Kerissa Conte as Elizabeth Corban, Herb Ziegler as Sidney, Anita Tecce as the Blonde and Logan McCormick as Everett Parker.
Joining Mr. Lewin on the production is an excellent team of area talent.
The producer is Sam Ricketts, the stage manager is Jane Copple, and the scenic design and construction is by Earl Lewin, Harry Packard (Crew Chief), Brian Draper, Jim Johnson, Will Robinson, Nathan Smith, Brian Whitaker, Michael Whitehill and Herb Wilkinson. Set decoration and painting are by Brian Draper, lighting is by Doug Kaufman, sound design is by Monte Hailey and properties are by Kate Maxwell.