Playing in the

Woods Since 1954

Playing in the

Woods Since 1954

Oak Grove Theater

845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt 612)

Staunton,Virginia 24401

The Spitfire Grill

A Musical
Music & Book by James Valcq
Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff

Directed by Cori McDaniel
Music directed by Melissa Dull
Produced by Jeff McDaniel
Thursday, July 5 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Percy Talbot has just been released from a five year prison sentence for manslaughter. She is trying to find a place for a fresh start, and based on a page from an old travel book, travels to the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin. The local sheriff, Joe Sutter, who is also Percy’s parole officer, finds her a job at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill – the only eatery in this struggling town. The Spitfire Grill is for sale. But with no interested buyers, Hannah decides to 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 getting hot at the Spitfire Grill. This musical triumph is an inspiring celebration of fresh starts and the power of what one person can do.

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Roles 7

3 Men, 4 Women, No Chorus

All characters (besides Percy) speak in 'standard Mid-Western' speech, without 'countrified' intonations.

Female Roles:

Percy Talbott (Major Role, Age early 20s, Mezzo-Soprano)

Pretty, if a bit rough-edged, her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond her years. Her accent has a southern Appalachian cadence. Strong folk/country belt to 'D', some head voice required.

Hannah Ferguson (Age 70s, Alto)

A tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. Mezzo/alto chest range.

Shelby Thorpe (Age mid-30s, Soprano)

A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. Shimmering folk soprano with strong high belt to 'D'.

Effy Krayneck (Age 50s, Alto)

Postmistress and busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. Solid singer in mezzo/alto chest range. Carries close harmony.

Male Roles:

Caleb Thorpe (Age early 40s, Baritone)

Out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry. Frustrated working man clinging to the past. Solid folk/rock voice with an edge (Top 'G').

Joe Sutter (Age mid-late 20s, Tenor)

A young small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. Strong folk tenor to a 'G' (touches an 'A').

The Visitor/Eli (Age 40s, Silent)

A mysterious figure who never speaks. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.



Oak Grove Theater

845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt 612)

Staunton, Virginia 24401

(540) 248-5005*

*Phone only manned on show nights


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Staunton, Virginia 24402


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