MacMurray to perform "The Spitfire Grill"

March 6, 2018 | 10:17 AM

MacMurray College is set to present the musical, “The Spitfire Grill,” on March 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Marian Chase Schaeffer Theatre in the Jenkins Education Complex on the campus of MacMurray College.

The musical is set in Wisconsin during the late 1990s. Having just served five years in prison, Percy Talbott moves to the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin, where she hopes to start over and find solace among nature. Percy eventually finds out that she’s not the only one with secrets; the natives of Gilead have their own secrets and sorrows they have kept hidden.

Christine Smith, the director of performing arts at MacMurray, is the musical director, and Dr. Jeannie Zeck, professor of English at MacMurray, is the stage director of the musical.

“Before Christine Smith arrived at MacMurray last fall, I had not heard of ‘The Spitfire Grill,’ but when I read the script and heard the music, I was excited to bring it to life on campus,” Zeck said. “We have a talented cast of five students, one staff member and one community member. Audiences will be captivated by the story and songs.”

General admission is $5 per person at the door. For reservations, email

Top Photo: First-year students Maggie Fulton (Shelby Thorpe) and Cheyanne Taylor (Perchance Talbott) perform “The Colors of Paradise” in the musical, “The Spitfire Grill.”

Cast photo (L to R): Sophomore Jabril Wali-Uddin (Sheriff Joe Sutter), first-year student Maggie Fulton (Shelby Thorpe), senior Brock Taylor (Caleb Thorpe), first-year student Cheyanne Taylor (Percy Talbott), first-year student Kourtney Knecht (Effy Krayneck), MacMurray alumna Tasha Amore (Hannah Ferguson), and community member Caleb Elmore (The Visitor)

Not pictured: first-year students Chilo Dore  (Bill) and  Kendale Eads  (Hank)

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