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Cast announced for 'The Spitfire Grill' production in Pequot Lakes

The cast has been announced for the Pequot Lakes Community Theater production of “The Spitfire Grill,” whose music and book are by James Valcq with lyrics and book by Fred Alley.

The show is based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff. and is produced by special arrangements with Samuel French Inc.

The cast: Margaret Thompson as Percy Talbott, who has recently been released from prison and is looking for a new beginning; Lauren Nickisch as Hannah Ferguson, owner of the Spitfire Grill; Jana Johnson, Shelby Thorpe, who is running from an abusive relationship and is something of a wounded bird; Ben Gordon, Caleb Thorpe, who is Shelby’s husband, an out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry and a frustrated working man clinging to the past.

Eddie Binda portrays Sheriff Joe Sutter, a young, small-town policeman with a restless nature; Kate Davis is Effy Krayneck, the Postmistress and busybody with a sour tongue; and C.J. Anderson appears as the Visitor, a mysterious figure who never speaks or sings but has a powerful presence.

Michael Sander directs “The Spitfire Grill,” with vocal direction by Nickisch. Accompanist is Renee Anderson, set designer is Tim Leagjeld, technical director is Anderson, and stage manager is Kim Utesch.

“The Spitfire Grill” features a feisty parole, Percy Talbott, who follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small rural town and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The grill is for sale, but there are no takers, so the newcomer suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off to the writer of the best essay on why you want the grill.

Soon, to the accompaniment of a score, things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill. The show is the winner of the Richard Rodgers Production Award.

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