The Spitfire Grill - A Musical

Monday, May 12, At 7:30 P.M.

By James Valcq and Fred Alley
Directed by Kathy Brombacher | Musical Director Dr. Terry O’Donnell

Featuring Sandy Campbell, Geno Carr, Annie Hinton, Jason Maddy,
Marlene Montes, Deborah Wanger

TheSpitfireGrillIn a small prison cell, sits our heroine, Percy Talbott, awaiting her release – not just from jail, but also from her troubled life. She seeks deliverance in Gilead, Wisconsin, where Joe, the local sheriff, decides Percy might find rehabilitation working for Hannah, the sharp-tongued widow who runs The Spitfire Grill. This sets the village busybodies imaginations to work, and the gossip creates enough doubt in Percy’s mind that she wonders if she’s made another mistake.

But events overtake Percy, and she stays on, joined by Hannah’s relatives, a mysterious stranger, an ersatz raffle, and a budding friendship with Sheriff Joe as warm as the Gilead spring breezes…and that’s only Act One.

The story is told in beautiful music and songs performed live by the cast and musicians – “A Ring Around the Moon,” “Something’s Cooking at the Spitfire Grill,” “The Colors of Paradise,” “Come Alive Again,” “Forest For the Trees’” “Way Back Home,” and many others.

THE NEW YORKER: “Touching and memorable” 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Hosannas to the Heartland! Soaring melodies!” 

BILLBOARD: “Rich and satisfying! Tender and touching!” 

THE NEW YORK TIMES: “A complete work of theatrical resourcefulness – it is penetrated by honesty and it glows!”


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Casting of Carlsbad Playreaders productions usually is done at the discretion of the director.  Occasionally the director will hold limited, by-invitation-only auditions.  Rarely does Playreaders hold open auditions for any one particular production.  Information regarding future auditions will be posted on this website and our Facebook page.

All Carlsbad Playreaders events are held in the Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library: 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011

From Interstate 5, exit La Costa Avenue, going east for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on El Camino Real and travel north for approximately 1.5 miles. At the light after the light at Alga/Aviara, turn left onto Dove Lane and into the library parking lot. Schulman Auditorium is on the left at the entrance of the library.

There is no set charge for attendance at Carlsbad Playreaders performances.
Suggested Donation:
$5 General Admission
$1 Students

No reservations necessary