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The Spitfire Grill Opens Soon at the Factory Theatre

The Spitfire Grill Opens Soon at the Factory Theatre

The Greenville College Factory Theatre will present the musical The Spitfire Grill February 6-9 at 7:30 p.m.  The Spitfire Grill blends a folk and bluegrass-tinged score with a heartwarming story of renewal.

Set in the late 70s, the musical centers around the story of Percy Talbot, played by Lindsay Ufert, who has just been released from prison. Percy decides to get a fresh start on life and relocates to the little town of Gilead, Wisconsin. Gilead has been a "down on its luck" kind of town since the quarry closed over 10 years ago. Percy's arrival stirs the waters of the sleepy town and begins a transformation in both her and Gilead.

Joy Gorrell plays Hannah Ferguson, the owner of the Spitfire Grill, the only restaurant in town, who begrudgingly takes in Percy. Greenville College professor Rich Beans plays Hannah's nephew Caleb Thorpe who was a foreman at the quarry but now runs the town's real estate office. Greenville native Erin Pennington plays Caleb's shy wife, Shelby Thorpe. Jeff Langley plays Sheriff Joe Sutter. The town gossip, Effy Krayneck, is played by Katherine Clifton. Daniel Ruder rounds out the cast as The Visitor.

The musical, written by friends and co-authors James Valcq and Fred Alley, is based on the 1996 award-winning movie The Spitfire Grill, written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff.

Don't miss this inspiring and entertaining account of second chances and renewal.  Tickets are $4 for the Wednesday and Thursday performances. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $5 for GC students, faculty, and staff or $7 for community members. Tickets are available at Watson's Drugstore and Jo's Java.  Seating is limited.

This story was published on January 25, 2013

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