Music & Book by James Valcq - Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Enid Rosenblum
Music Directed by Lisa Jablow
Produced by Kelly Daige
Show Dates: September 27-30 and October 4-7
Curtain 7:00pm, Sunday Matinees 2:00pm
LCP was proud to present the area premiere of THE SPITFIRE GRILL, a new musical which closely follows the 1996 independent film, shot right here in Vermont (in Peacham, in fact!)! The movie won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. It was turned into a musical by the team of James Valcq and Fred Alley. Their musical version of the story might as well be set in Vermont, too. The music has the folksy charm of Vermont, and the show's message resonates with the state. That message is a celebration of the charms AND challenges of small town living, and many folks in Vermont can still relate to that! Plus, a key part of the story has to do with the fall foliage. It's no surprise that LCP chose to present this show during the fall, as the foliage colors peaked in Hyde Park as the show made its run on the Opera House stage!
The heroine is Percy Talbott (Amber Couture, of Johnson), just released from prison. The local Sheriff (Roger Hamel, of Wolcott) helps her obtain a waitress job and a room with Hannah (Nancy MacDowell, of Jeffersonville), the cantankerous proprietor of the only diner in town.
The diner is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah 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.
Director Enid Rosenblum, of Hyde Park, was drawn to the show's uniqueness. "It's not just a typical musical," she explains. "It's a character-driven musical with a small cast of vivid and sympathetic individuals. Instead of "showtunes", the songs are country-style folk and alternate between somber and uplifting."
"Soaring melodies! Well before the show reaches its conclusion, many...city clickers in the audience may be ready to enter Percy's raffle." -Wall Street Journal
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Last Updated 10/2/07