Flagler College's Theatre Arts department to perform musical ‘The Spitfire Grill’

The Spitfire Grill’
February 25, 2016

St. Augustine, Fla. — Flagler College’s Theatre Arts department will be performing “The Spitfire Grill,” an American musical that explores life at a crossroads, transitions and new beginnings, March 9 through 13 at Lewis Auditorium.

The musical, written by James Valcq and Fred Alley, is based on the 1996 film by Lee David Zlotoff and follows a woman’s journey out of prison and to a small town in Wisconsin. The lead character Percy (performed by Flagler student Sissy Hofaker, finds herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, a restaurant that has been on the real estate market for years. Percy proposes to the owner Hannah (played by senior Jennifer London) a raffle as a creative way to sell the business, and when the entries start to roll in, life takes a positive turn.

The rest of the cast includes students Dustin Delgross (Caleb), Brian Matthews (Joe), Megan Williams (Effy) and Rebecca Woods (Shelby) and Will Windle (Eli). Understudies include Will Windle (Eli/Caleb), Alison Zador (Percy and Shelby), Josh Stephens (Joe) and Amelia Temple (Hannah/Effy).

The creative team (direction, design, publicity and music) includes Assistant Professor Kip Taisey, Associate Professor Paul Denayer, Jillian Cicalese, Rhian Franchebois, Kayla Lindsay, Dusti Winters, Liv Levine, Woods, Joanna Constantine and Michelle Henning. The production team includes Keira McDonald, Mykala Bazzell and Gwendolyn Ray.

The play, presented by special permission of publisher Samuel French, will be performed in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., March 9, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and March 13 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 general admission, available online at flagler.universitytickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the box office beginning March 7, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain. Students (non-Flagler students) with their ID may receive a discounted $5 ticket. Flagler faculty, staff and students may obtain one free ticket directly at the box office. The box office phone number is 904-826-8600.

For more information on “The Spitfire Grill” or the Flagler College Department of Theatre Arts, please contact Andrea McCook, Theater Arts Department Chair at (904) 819-6401 or mccooka@flagler.edu.

Photo captions: Flagler student Sissy Hofaker as Spitfire's Percy; Photo credit: Nikki Falcao



Flagler College is a private, four-year comprehensive college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 32 majors, 44 minors and two pre-professional programs. Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost. A Flagler education is less than half the cost of similar private colleges, and competitive with many state universities. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for its historic beauty. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark built in 1888 by railroad pioneer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler. For more on Flagler College, visit www.flagler.edu.