Sheb.Theater Co. to present ‘The Spitfifire Grill’

The Sheboygan Theatre Company is set to stage “The Spitfire Grill,” a Wisconsin-based musical featuring folk, country music, bluegrass and Broadway-styleballads beginning on Friday Feb. 28 and running through Saturday, March 8.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdayeveningswitha2p.m. matinee on Sunday March 2.

Tickets to the Wednesday, March 5 performance will be half price. Adult half-price tickets will be $10, with senior tickets $8 and student tickets $5. The half-price offer is only for the Wednesday night performance.

A popular movie starring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden, Festival’s Audience Award, this down-home, feel-good adaptation has been hailed as “the musical equivalent of comfort food; one of the most heartfelt musicals of recent years…like a breath of fresh country air.”

With music and lyrics by James Valcg and lyrics and book by Fred Alley, it is based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.

Set in the rural down-and-out Wisconsin town of Gilead, a place where everyone knows your business as well as your name, a recent parolee goes to work at the diner and serves up a way to revitalize both herself and the town with a big plate of redemption and independence.

What’s on the menu is a generous helping of love as neighbors clamor to win the diner in an essay contest and ultimately help the town win back it’s spirit.

The seven member cast includes Hannah Benton, Michelle Bestul, Laurie Dillman, Kirt Graves, Daniel Hennell, Sue Kaiser and Kyle Schwanke.

Coming back to STC to direct the show is Robert Marra, who directed “Sweeney Todd” last season, and Ray Rhoads, musical director from last year’s “Spelling Bee.”

Other members of the production team include Stage Manager Katy Ries, Assistant Stage Manager Keith Rooker, Set Designer Eric Rautmann, Master Painter Joe Feustel, Lighting Designer

Austin Weber, Sound Designer Gary Kaiser, Properties Designer Nan Gibson, Costume Designer Joyce Nery and Makeup and Hair Designer Cathy Perronne.

“The Spitfire Grill” is sponsored in memory of Lynne Zimmermann.

Tickets may be purchased at the STC Business Office located at 607 South Water St, in Sheboygan. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Advance tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 920-459-3779. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office of the theatre 45 minutes before performances

The show is performed at the Leslie W. Johnson Theatre at 2820 Union Ave. in Sheboygan.

Since a contest is an integral part of the plot of the musical, STC has devised a way for the audience to have some extra fun as well.

At each performance there will be a 50/50 raffle. Audience members may buy one ticket for $5 or three tickets at $10.

At the end of every show, a winner will be announced and the lucky audience winner takes home half of all the money collected during that show.

“The Spitfire Grill” is the third show in STC’s 80th season. The next production and the last for this season is the musical “Oliver” in early May.

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