Music by James Valcq. Lyrics by Fred Alley Directed by Gene O'Hare Musical Director: J. R. Rhodes Choreographer: Diane Williams Producer: Lyn French O'Hare Stage Manager: Maggie London At the Barn Theater, Brevard College, Aug. 25 - Sept. 11, 2005
About the Show When Percy Talbott, a young woman with an uncertain past, comes to Gilead, Wisconsin, she simply wants a quiet, obscure place to start anew. She finds a job working in Hannah's Spitfire Grill. The grill is for sale but there are no takers in the depressed town, so Percy suggests a raffle which requires a $100 entry fee plus an essay on why you want the grill. Soon, entries come in by the wheelbarrow full, and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill as Percy breathes life into the dying town, its residents and herself. It's one of the most heartfelt and radiant musicals of recent years, and its homespun charms are as inviting as a warm winter blanket. USA Today says it has "some of the most infectious and soaring country-flavored melodies, which will cause the city slickers in the audience to want to enter the raffle themselves."
The Cast: Laine Lewis (Percy), Kathleen Healy-Schmieder (Hannah), Mark Thompson (Joe), Terri Owen Upton (Shelby), Carol Hamann (Effy), Art Williams (Caleb) and Howard "Waldo" McQuaid (The Visitor.)
L. to R. -- Howard McQuaid, Laine Lewis, Mark Thompson, Kathleen Healey-Schmeider Art Williams, Carol Hamann and Terri Owen Upton