Spitfire Grill Opens Friday At Bryan College

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hilltop Players will open their spring semester Friday with a dessert theatre production of “The Spitfire Grill,” a musical exploration of redemption and renewal in a small rural town.

Director Bernie Belisle said this latest offering from a season of Hilltop Players’ encore productions “is my favorite show of all time. It has a heartfelt message that really speaks to people.” 

Based on a movie by the same name, “The Spitfire Grill” tells the story of Percy, a young woman recently released from prison, who decides to start a new life in a rural Wisconsin town. “She precipitates a journey within the town itself toward its own tenuous reawakening,” Mr. Belisle said.

Cast members include Robbie Alderman as Sheriff Joe Sutter; Emilie Belisle as Percy; Brian Huff as Caleb, nephew to Hannah (played by Stefanie Linderman) and husband of Shelby (Wendy Krauss). Emily Moon plays Effy the postmistress and town busybody; and Jay Carpenter is “the visitor,” a mysterious figure who never speaks. 

The play is based on a book and music by James Valcq, with lyrics and book by Fred Alley. Show times are 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, and 29 through Feb. 2, with a dinner theatre available Feb. 1 only at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the box office in Rudd Auditorium and at the Lions Pride Campus Store by phone, 775-7271.


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