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Auditions for 'The Spitfire Grill' set Dec. 10-11 in Pequot Lakes

Auditions for “The Spitfire Grill” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11, in the Pequot Lakes High School theater.

This is a Pequot Lakes Community Theater (PLCT) winter musical production. Rehearsals will start in January.

The show has an adult cast. It is a bountiful show with music, an engrossing, dramatic comedy story and roles for singer-actors.”

“The Spitfire Grill” received the Richard Rodgers Production Award, has had a lengthy run off-Broadway and has been produced by theaters all over the country. Find excerpts on YouTube from various productions. These clips show that the singing is demanding, as are the acting requirements.

Michael Sander, director for the PLCT production, looks forward to working with the company to develop the complex characters.

The show is set in a rural Midwestern restaurant where three women, all with troubled lives, come together to give each other strength and find a brighter future. Following is a short description of the characters:

Percy Talbott: youngest of the women, early 20s, recently released from prison, with a southern Appalachian background, sad and defiant, looking for a new beginning.

Hannah Ferguson: the oldest, late middle age, tough-skinned and flinty with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter, concealing her suppressed warmth and tenderness.

Shelby Thorpe: between the other two in age, soft-faced and shy, almost ethereal, running from an abusive relationship. Something of a wounded bird.

Caleb Thorpe: Shelby’s husband, some 10 years older than his wife, out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry, a frustrated working man clinging to the past.

Sheriff Joe Sutter: young, small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. His age will depend on the actress cast as Percy.

Effy Krayneck: Postmistress and busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue.

The Visitor: man in his mid-40s. A mysterious figure who never speaks or sings, but must have a powerful physical presence.

At the auditions, be prepared to sing as vocal skills will be very important for this show. Prepare a song and bring the music with you. If you have no music, vocal director Lauren Nickisch and music director Renee Anderson will find a way to uncover your vocal gifts.

Those who audition will be asked to read from the script. There will be no dance audition for this show. If you have friends who you think are suited to the show, urge them to attend the auditions.

Call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200 for more information about auditions.

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