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May 30 – June 23, 2024

The Spitfire Grill

Based on the 1996 film, The Spitfire Grill is a touching and inspirational musical tale brimming with beautiful folk melodies. Percy, a spirited parolee, follows her dreams to the small town of Gilead, hoping to create a new life for herself. She takes a job working at the Spitfire Grill, which has long been up for sale with no takers. Percy convinces its owner, Hannah, to raffle it off with a letter-writing contest, and the entire town is changed as a result in this story of perseverance, grace, and friendship.

Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff

Directed by Abe Reybold

Run time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.

Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage,
12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard, OR

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Cast

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Malia Tippets as Percy Talbott

Malia Tippets is local to Portland, Oregon. Studying musical theatre and earning her degree from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, she has gone on to tour the nation and travel the world performing musical theatre. Favorite credits include Elphaba in Wicked (Universal Studios Japan), Eva Peron in Evita (National Tour), Daphne in Fly By Night (Broadway Rose Theatre Company), and Veronica Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical. Most recently Malia performed in the ensemble of Hair at Portland Center Stage. Musical theatre is a passion that has taken her around the world and has created the world around her.

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Sharon Maroney as Hannah Ferguson

Sharon Maroney is the producing artistic director of Broadway Rose and is thrilled to be performing with this amazing group of actors under the direction of Abe Reybold. She was last seen on stage as Louise in Always…Patsy Cline, a role she will be reprising this September. Other roles include Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Carla in The Bikinis, Rhetta in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Angela in Honky Tonk Angels, and Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She has performed as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! at Broadway Rose, Lakewood Theatre Company, and Surflight Theatre. She also enjoyed playing Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, and Keely in Pete ‘n’ Keely. For triangle productions!, Sharon performed in Forbidden Broadway and The Queen of Bingo.

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Danielle Valentine as Shelby Thorne

Danielle Valentine is so grateful to be back onstage at Broadway Rose. Previous Broadway Rose credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Loch Lomond, Up and Away, Nunsense, and Gypsy. Offstage, Danielle enjoys teaching acting classes for youth and adults at The Studio Northwest. She is a big-time lover of cooking and eating all the things, traveling, hiking, and has recently become re-obsessed with Just Dance on YouTube.

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Brian Kennedy as Caleb Thorne

Brian Kennedy is excited to be performing his first show with Broadway Rose as a part of this excellent team! He has been performing in the Portland area since late 2022 and has most recently performed in various shows with Stumptown Stages, including Don in Kinky Boots, Harold the Hermit in Young Frankenstein, and Reg Willoughby in The Full Monty. Other favorite roles include Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (UNCO) and Patsy in Spamalot (HART Theatre). Following this show, you can see Brian in the ensemble of Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s summer musical.

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Dave Cole as Sheriff Joe Sutter

Dave Cole is excited to be back with Broadway Rose. His first appearance here was back in season one in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Bashful. Some of his favorite roles have been The Emcee in Cabaret, JD in Heathers: The Musical, Johnny Blood in Desperate Measures, and Skszp (guitar/piano/music director) in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He is also a songwriter and has played in bands for most of his life. He hopes to one day start a theatre company with his beautiful and talented wife Lauren.

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Lisamarie Harrison as Effy Krayneck

Lisamarie Harrison has worked on the Portland stage for 40 years, and on Broadway Rose’s stage for 33. Some favorite Broadway Rose roles include Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Morticia Addams in The Addams Family, Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jody in The Bikinis (Drammy nomination, PAMTA), Rhetta in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Sue Ellen in Honky Tonk Angels (PAMTA award), LaVerne Andrews in Sisters of Swing, and Sister Hubert in Nunsense. Roles at other theaters include Florence/Sandra in The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong, Leslie in High Dive, Mrs. Johnston in Blood Brothers, Mama Maddalena in Nine, Ms. Fleming in Heathers: The Musical, Violet in 9 to 5 (Drammy nomination), Betty in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Mazeppa in Gypsy, Kate in The Wild Party, and Rizzo in Grease.

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Joe Theissen as The Visitor

Joe Theissen is thrilled to return to the Broadway Rose stage. In addition to his many roles here at Broadway Rose, Joe has worked with Lakewood Theatre Company, Pixie Dust Productions, and Oregon Children’s Theatre, among others. Joe’s Broadway Rose credits include: Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, The Narrator in Fly By Night, and Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. Other recent appearances include Junie B. Jones (Gladys) at Oregon Children’s Theatre, Man of La Mancha (Pedro) at Lakewood Theatre Company, Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Billy Elliot (George), and La Cage aux Folles (Zaza/Albert) at Pixie Dust Productions. As a vocalist, Joe has been a soloist with the Trinity Consort and a studio vocalist with Pink Martini and Oregon Catholic Press recordings.

Creative Team

Directed by
Abe Reybold

Music Direction by
Reece Sauvé

Scenic Design by
Bryan Boyd

Costume Design by
Brynne Oster-Brainnson

Lighting Designed by
Larry Larsen

Prop Design by
Sam Manilla

Sound Design by
Brian Karl Moen

Stage Manager
Jessica Junor

Musicians

Piano
Reece Sauvé

Accordion
Christie Smith

Violins
Alberta Barnes

Cello
Will Amend

Guitar/Mandolin
Attila Csikos

The Art of Cindy Wilson Geffel

The Art of Cindy Wilson Geffel.

May 30 – June 23, 2024

Broadway Rose proudly presents The Art of Cindy Wilson Geffel, an art exhibition. The Spitfire Grill is a profound story filled with messages of hope, resilience, and friendship. Artist Cindy Geffel’s work ties together some of those same themes as she explores the intersection of humanity and nature through a canvas. A curated selection of Cindy’s work will be displayed in the lobby during the run of The Spitfire Grill and are available to purchase.

Content Advisories

The Spitfire Grill is suitable for most theatergoers over the age of 13. Featuring a beautiful story of hope and redemption The Spitfire Grill includes some adult language, mild alcohol use and themes of prison and war. Percy shares her sad backstory briefly, which includes intense adult themes of sexual assault, abuse, and murder.

THE SPITFIRE GRILL is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

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