The Foothill Performing Arts Council (FPAC) celebrates the end of its 19th year of bringing Musical Theatre to the Foothills with its presentation of the critically-acclaimed musical, “The Spitfire Grill” for 4 Weekends Only; Friday, March 2nd thru Sunday, March 25th. Friday & Saturday performances will be at 8:00 pm and Sunday performances at 7:30 pm.
This rarely produced musical adaptation of the 1996 highly regarded dramatic film, starring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden, received critical
praise upon its New York premiere. “This is a drama first,” explains Producer / Director Tim Borquez. “that uses a folk-roots-driven score and songwriting to bring the audience deeper into this touching story’s rich characters. The story surrounds a young lady named Percy Talbott. Recently paroled, she arrives in the small Wisconsin timber-town of Gilead; a place she was inspired to travel to from picture postcards she collected in prison and where she imagined she could start her life over. Upon arriving, she is reluctantly taken on by Hannah Ferguson to help out at the Spitfire Grill,
which she owns and has been trying to sell for years since her husband passed away. We quickly discover that this town has lost all sense of hope and many of the long buried wounds of this story’s characters are revealed, and through an idea to raffle the Spitfire off in an Essay contest and through the perseverance of Percy’s injured but still-caring heart, all are healed and hope is restored to the town of Gilead. I’ve been itching to direct and produce this touching piece for many years, but the timing just wasn’t working out for the talented actors I wanted involved. It all came together pretty quickly this past December, when all were available for this limited 4-week performance window. This will be one of the most intensely dramatic productions that the FPAC has undertaken and along with a gorgeous set that has transformed the FPAC Creative Space at New Hope Church into the Spitfire Grill, we feel our foothill community will appreciate this tale of hurt, healing and hope, backed by a very talented cast and a beautiful musical score.”
The Spitfire Grill, a musical, is based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff. It will be presented at New Hope Community Church, 10438 Oro Vista Ave,
Sunland, CA 91040 Premium Seating (first 2 Rows) is $25 for Adults 20 & over; $15 Seniors & Students (ages 13-19) General Seating (3rd Row and back).
$20 for Adults 20 & over
$10 Seniors & Students
This show is not recommended for children under 13 yrs. of age