Departments of Music and Theatre to Present “The Spitfire Grill”

February 17, 2009

spitfiregrillThe Mount Union College departments of Music and Theatre will present the Samuel French musical “The Spitfire Grill” in the Rodman Playhouse.

The show, under the direction of Dr. Doug Hendel, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, will premiere on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Additional shows will be on Saturday, February 21, Thursday, February 26, Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m.  There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Scott Dorsey, professor of music, is providing musical direction and Rudy Roggenkamp, professor of theatre, is the scenic designer and technical director. The costume designer for the production is Deb Lotsof, professor of theatre.

This musical, based on the book by James Valcq, tells the story of a feisty parolee, Percy Talbott, played by freshman Alisa Andrews of North Canton, who follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin where she finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill.  It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah, played by sophomore Sarah Hayes of Macedonia, that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

Other members of the cast include junior Megan Reichard of Getzville, NY; freshman Greg Smith of Concord Township; freshman Tyler Mason of North Canton; senior Julie Chereson of Nova and sophomore Alan Schiffer of Arlington, VA.

The Rodman Playhouse is located on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue on the Mount Union College campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission. For more information or to order tickets, please call (330) 821-2565.

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