The national tour of Catch Me If You Can makes its way to the Wharton Center in East Lansing from April 16-20. CAWLM caught up with Aubrey Mae Davis starring as Brenda in Catch Me If You Can.
Here’s what Davis had to say.
Q: Tell us about Catch Me If You Can.
A: Catch Me If You Can is a true story. It has the same storyline as the Steven Spielberg movie, except it’s purely musical. The performance tells the tale of an incredible 16 year-old boy who runs away from home as a con artist. He poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer. He continues by the seat of his pants as a fraud until he realizes he misses his family and wants to settle down. However, in the end he gets himself caught. Catch Me If You Can is a two-hour performance of a story that has so much heart and a sincere lesson to teach.
Q: What will audiences love about Catch Me If You Can?
A: There’s nothing not to love about Catch Me If You Can. There’s beautiful costumes and incredible music with every flavor that takes you through Frank’s journey.
Q: Tell me about your character, Brenda.
A: Brenda doesn’t show up until the second act of Catch Me If You Can. Brenda is a nurse and a shining light to Frank. Frank has been living a fake life without anyone to talk to. When Frank meets Brenda, he connects with her. Frank realizes what’s actually important — to lead a true, honest life. Brenda represents an ideal partner and someone who Frank can be his complete, raw self with. Brenda brings Frank back to earth and reconnects him with life.
Q: What challenges have you faced while performing in Catch Me If You Can?
A: My challenge was my big solo number that takes place later in the second act. It’s a very emotional number. I have to really find a balance to be so emotionally truthful — to be an honest actor and hold a strong voice. I’m lucky to have a supportive team on the road that is there to pick you up if you stumble along the way.
Q: What drew you to Broadway?
A: I can’t say specifically what drew me in. However, it’s always been a passion for me ever since I was a little girl. I can remember putting on shows for myself. It keeps me going. I get to connect with so many people in different ways. Broadway can affect people — it can be therapy or teach them a lesson.
Q: What’s life like on the road?
A: Wonderful. Challenging. Exhausting. We go from city to city to perform an incredible show. Along the way we travel to new places, restaurants and city dynamics. The hardest part is not being able to see my family and close friends as much as I would love to.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring Broadway professionals?
A: Keep going. It’s definitely a hard road but it’s worth every second. You have to believe in yourself more than anything and be confident in you. There’s not one straight path to get here and there are so many facets to explore. Keep pushing and find where your passion is in this career.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?
A: I’d like to be on Broadway and have a family. I’d love to teach and share my love and passion to another generation. There are a lot of things I’d like to accomplish and it will be exciting to see how all of my dreams will come together.
Q: Who is your favorite actor?
A: Meryl Streep. She is so incredible, committed, truthful and honest in her performances. She really becomes the character she portrays. It’s inspiring to be lost in someone’s performance or film and she does that for me. She is an actress to be admired.
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Catch Me If You Can
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