The Spitfire Grill – Audition Materials for OCT 17 Auditions

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Written by James Valcq (music and book) and Fred Alley (lyrics and book), based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.

Directed by Howard Shangraw
Performances: FEB 12th @ 7pm, 13th @ 2pm & 7pm, 19th @ 7pm, and 20th @ 2pm & 7pm, 2016

Please fill-out and submit the Online Audition Form:



FOR MUSICALS: All actors must be prepared to: 1) perform a monologue of your choice or one from the script(s) of the desired musical(s) you wish to be cast, and 2) sing at least 32 measures of a song a cappella from the desired musical you wish to be cast. Production sides are available online (see below). The Spitfire Grill – The Musical song samples are available online: CLICK HERE

*Copy of the script is available to be read at the Cultural Center.


A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It 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.

“A soul satisfying…work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows.” – The New York Times

“Soulful…The amiable country flavored tunes and lyrics are rendered with the kind of conviction and expertise that make them transcendent. What in normal times would be a joy is, in these troubled ones, sheer nourishment.” – New York Magazine

“An abundance of warmth, spirit and goodwill!… Some of the most engaging and instantly infectious melodies I’ve heard in an original musical in some time.” – USA Today

“Soaring melodies!… – The Wall Street Journal

Available Roles:

PERCY TALBOTT – early to mid-20s. Strong-minded parolee determined to start over. Kind but feisty and perhaps a bit rough-edged, her past has given her wisdom and sadness beyond her years., (strong folk/country belt to ‘D’, some head voice required.)

HANNAH FERGUSON – late 50s to 70. The tough-skinned owner of the Spitfire Grill. A fiery old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. (Mezzo/alto chest range.)

SHELBY THORPE – early to mid-30s. Caleb’s meek, but soulful, wife. She begins to show confidence under Percy’s influence. A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. (Shimmering folk soprano with strong high belt to ‘D’.)

EFFY KRAYNECK – 40s to 50s. Gilead’s Postmistress and resident busybody. A nosy and opinionated woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. (Solid singer in mezzo/alto chest range. Must be able to carry close harmony.)

CALEB THORPE – mid-30s to early 40s. Hannah’s bitter nephew, an out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry. Fiercely protective of his aunt, he is frustrated as he loses control over most aspects of his life and tends to exert control over his wife. (Solid folk/rock baritone with an edge (Top ‘G’).

JOE SUTTER – mid-20s to 30s. The local sheriff and Percy’s parole officer. A likeable sort with an appealing intensity and a restless nature, eager to leave the town of Gilead for good. (Strong folk tenor to a ‘G’ (touches an ‘A’).

THE VISITOR – mid-40 early 50’s. An important, central, nonspeaking role requiring very strong acting ability. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.



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