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'The Spitfire Grill' opens March 21 in Pequot Lakes

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The Pequot Lakes Community Theater production of “The Spitfire Grill” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, as part of the 30th anniversary season for the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts.

“The Spitfire Grill” is based on a film of the same name by Lee David Zlotoff. Bookwriter and lyricist Fred Alley and bookwriter and composer James Valcq were high school friends and writing collaborators. Alley and Valcq had been looking for an idea for a musical in which the characters were real American folks whose relationships and emotions motivated a story, according to a review written by Ira Weitzman, who is on the staff of the Playwrights Horizons. “The Spitfire Grill” has been honored with a Richard Rodgers production Award.

Alley and Valcq also created a character out of the Grill itself, the place where the town’s inhabitants reveal their wounds and begin to heal them. “The Spitfire Grill” blends the simple look and straightforward sound of rural Wisconsin with the magic of the stage. The people of Gilead, Wis., are universal in their journey from lost to found. The score is pure Americana in the folk-inspired orchestrations by the composer.

But the score is also the key to the heart of the characters. From the frailty of shared secrets to the revelation of nature’s power to heal the human spirit, Valcq and Alley created a musical that moves effortlessly from dialogue to song, always sticking to the truth of the story.

“The Spitfire Grill” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

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