November 3-12, 2017

Music and Book by James Valcq

Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley

Based on the Film by Lee David Zlotoff

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.  N.Y., N.Y

Directed and Designed by Ken Clark

starring

Percy Talbott: Stefanie Kluba

Hannah Ferguson: Kathy Fugate

Shelby Thorpe: Melanie Kozak

Caleb Thorpe: Danny Brown

Sheriff Joe Sutter: Colin Dowd

Effy Krayneck: Trish Nelke

Asst Director: Robert Doyle

Music Director: Ike Eichenberger

Pianist: Karla Curry

Stage Manager: Danny Austin

Costume Design: Jean Heckman

Sound Design: Amanda Jackson

Lighting Design: Eric Wennlund

Master Carpenter: Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Properties Coordinator: Gayle Wennlund-Snow


Recent parolee, Percy Talbott, is trying to find a place for a fresh start and ends up in the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin. The local sheriff finds her a job at the only eatery in this struggling town, The Spitfire Grill—for sale for the last 10 years. Percy suggests the gruff owner, Hannah, try raffling it off. The entry fee is one hundred dollars and an essay on why you want the grill. This musical triumph is an inspiring celebration of new beginnings and the power of what one person can do.


"A soul satisfying...work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows." - The New York Times