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The Spitfire Grill

Music & Book by James Valcq
Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley
Directed by Anna Hammonds

Sept 14 – Oct 14, 2012

presented at The Heartland Studio

Recently paroled convict Percy Talbott is looking for a place to start over, and rural Gilead, Wisconsin, seems just the place. She takes a job at the Spitfire Grill, a crumbling diner where the townsfolk congregate and gossip, run by an ornery widow named Hannah. Hannah has been trying to sell the diner to escape from the painful memories it holds, but the property has been on the market for a decade with no takers. Soon, Percy hatches a plan to hold a raffle for ownership of the Spitfire Grill— for a hundred dollars and an essay about why they might want the Grill, anyone can enter the contest. As the seasons change and rumors about her past build, the contest entries begin to roll in, and Percy starts to realize that she's not the only person in Gilead with a history.

Building on the critical success of its recent hits Big River and Floyd Collins, which also featured folk and bluegrass-inspired musical sensibilities, BoHo looks to bring new life to this popular musical about rural America.

  • Percy: Laura Savage
  • Shelby: Laura Lindahl
  • Joe: Matthew Keffer
  • Caleb: Jeremy Trager
  • Effy: Caron Buinis
  • Hannah: Nancy Kolton
  • Eli: Daniel Houle
  • Music Direction: Tom Vendafreddo
  • Scenic & Lighting Design: Diane D. Fairchild
  • Asst. Lighting Designer: Megan Turnquist
  • Costume Design: Theresa Ham
  • Sound Design: Peter Robel
  • Properties Design: Cassy Schillo
  • Technical Director: Raphael Schwartzman
  • Stage Manager: Meg Love
  • Production Manager: Arielle Augustyn
  • Producer: Kaela Altman

Nominated for FIVE Jeff Awards!

  • Outstanding Production (Musical)
  • Outstanding Music Direction: Tom Vendafreddo
  • Principle Actress (Musical): Laura Savage
  • Supporting Actress (Musical): Nancy Kolton
  • Supporting Actress (Musical): Laura Lindahl (nomination)

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Rave reviews for The Spitfire Grill:

"Boho’s season opener doesn’t just touch your heart, it enfolds your soul in warmth and caresses you... This must-see production…absolutely 'Shines.'"
Center Stage Chicago

"A cast of considerable talent... [Laura] Savage gives a beautifully transformative performance"
Time Out Chicago

"Boho Theatre’s rendition of James Valcq and Fred Alley’s simple musical The Spitfire Grill demonstrates the redemptive power of acceptance, forgiveness and love... in this intimate 30-seat theater, all of the actors' performances are grand, twice as impressive as I expected. The casting is perfect."
Stage and Cinema

"Apart from the charms of the material, the skill of these performers... is reason enough to see The Spitfire Grill... The story is told with such honesty and compassion that we stick with it and finish every last bite of our mashed potatoes and gravy. "
Chicago Theatre Beat