FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2007
The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University Presents the Musical “The Spitfire Grill”
Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents the intimate musical “The Spitfire Grill,” music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley, Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 and Dec. 5-9. The production will be in Stage III located in the lower level of Webster Hall, 470 E. Lockwood Ave. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m., except Sundays, which will have 2 p.m. matinees only. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for senior adults and students. For ticket reservations, call the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128.
“The Spitfire Grill” depicts the journey of Percy Talbott, a recently released inmate from prison who decides to start her life anew in the waning, rural town of Gilead, Wisconsin. Percy soon finds a room and work with Hannah, the indomitable owner of the town café, the Spitfire Grill where she develops a strong connection with Hannah and her niece-in-law, Shelby. As the skeptical citizens of Gilead begin to speculate about her background and her criminal past, Percy precipitates a journey with the town itself toward its own tenuous renewal.
Based on the 1996 film by Lee David Zlotoff, the author’s have re-shaped the story into a warm, character-driven musical.
“The Spitfire Grill” is directed by Bill Lynch, professor of voice and speech at Webster’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts.