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King University to Present Spitfire Grill

March 25, 2019

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 25, 2019 —“Spitfire Grill,” a full-length musical that follows ex-convict Percy Talbot as she travels to a small town to start afresh, will be presented Thursday- Saturday, April 11-13, by the King University Theatre Department.

The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, and at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Each performance will be in the Fine Arts Building on the King University campus. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Cash and checks are accepted.

Students, faculty, alumni and community members have come together for this spring production, which is directed by Assistant Professor Alaska Reece Vance. King student Alaura Sporleder plays Percy, who finds herself working at the Spitfire Grill, the only place in town to eat. She befriends shy, browbeaten Shelby, crusty Hannah, and restless Joe Sutter. Together, they navigate relationships, love, and past secrets as they face the changing world.

In addition to Sporleder, the cast includes students Nick Brassell, Jenah Cooper, Brittanie Rose, and Blaine Metcalf; community member Becky McClanahan; and Han Chuan Ong, associate professor of Biology. Alissa King, a King graduate, is musical director for the production, and Associate Professor Christopher Slaughter in providing technical direction, plus scenic and lighting design. Costume Designer Mickeala Mendes and Stage Manager Emily Bartley, both of whom are students, complete the crew.

“The Spitfire Grill” was written by James Vacq and Fred Alley. The play is based on an award-winning film of the same name by Lee David Zlotoff. It is appropriate for all ages.