Director: Terry McGonigle
Musical Director: Suzanne Grote
Auditions: May 5th, 2018 Location: Northminster Church
Performance Dates: August 10th & 11th, 2018
Rehearsals Begin: May 21st, 2018*
*Rehearsals will be held weekly throughout the summer. A specific schedule will be published once the cast is chosen and conflicts are taken into consideration.
There will be no rehearsals on the following dates and time frames: May 26th -28th (Memorial Day Weekend); June 30th – July 4th (Fourth of July Weekend)
All cast members must have clear schedules and be present for all rehearsals from July 30th – August 11th.
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 hope, new beginnings, second chances and the power of what one person can do.
Cast of Characters**
Percy Talbott (Lead) – Early 20’s (Ex-con, damaged but optimistic)
Mezzo-Soprano (Strong folk/country belt to ‘D’, some head voice required)
Hannah Ferguson (Lead) – About 70 (Widow, Owner of the Grill, Struggling) Mezzo/Alto chest range
Shelby Thorpe (Lead) – Mid 30’s (Caleb’s Wife, Shy, Withdrawn)
Folk Soprano with strong high belt to ‘D’
Effy Krayneck (Supporting) – 50’s (Busy Body, Town Gossip)
Mezzo/Alto chest range (carries close harmony)
Caleb Thorpe (Lead) – Early 40’s (Frustrated working man clinging to the past)
Baritone – Solid folk/rock voice with an edge (Top ‘G’)
Joe Sutter (Lead) – Mid – Late 20’s (Sheriff, Longs for something more)
Strong folk Tenor to a ‘G’ (touches an ‘A’)
The Visitor (Featured) – Mid 40’s (Mysterious Figure who never speaks)
5 to 7 Women 23 to 50 years old* (Varied vocal ranges)
5 to 7 Men 23 to 50 years old* (Varied vocal ranges)
4 to 6 kids 8 to 16 years old* (Varied vocal ranges)
*Not necessarily age specific; looking for variety
**All characters, with the exception of Percy, have a standard Mid-Western accent.
Terry McGonigle @ 479-430-4878