The Spitfire Grill

The Spitfire Grill, a musical with music and book by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff. April 14-29, 2023. Tickets $25.00 and can be reserved using our online ticketing software, by calling our box office, or at the door.

Type: Main stage production

Genre: Musical/Drama

Rated: PG

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The Grill is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy convinces Hannah to raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the Grill wins. Soon, mail arrives by the wheelbarrow and things really start cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill. You will meet some of the townsfolk, hear stunning folk music and fall in love with the characters, the town and The Spitfire Grill.

Daniel Hunsicker

Position: Assistant Director / Lights

Dan has been involved in theater in NE Ohio both on stage and off for the past 2 decades.  He made his directorial debut in 2019 with PUFFS, or seven increasingly eventful years at a certain school of magic and magic(Broadview Heights Spotlights), and reprised the show in 2022. Most recently he directed John and Jen(WRP).  He has been involved in several productions at WRP, primarily in scenic and lighting design, and is excited to continue his directing career in this space.  Previous notable productions in scenic and lighting design include Heathers (WRP), Tartuffe (WRP), Blithe Spirit (WRP), American Idiot (North Canton Playhouse), Once on this Island (Broadview Heights Spotlights), Spring Awakening (North Canton Playhouse), and Avenue Q (North Canton Playhouse).

Daniel Hunsicker

Assistant Director / Lights

Dan has been involved in theater in NE Ohio both...

Tiffany Bird

Position: Stage Manager

Tiffany Bird is pleased to return once again to WRP. Tiffany has previously managed productions of The Weir, The Neverending Story,  Forbidden Broadway,  The Underpants,  It’s a Wonderful Life,  and The Bridges of Madison County.  Tiffany has made stage-managing her second life over the last several years and she appreciates the opportunities WRP has provided.  She is an avid theater-goer and enjoys watching her children perform in local theaters, including WRP!  Tiffany is married and has four children and one granddaughter.  Tiffany hopes you enjoy this very talented cast! 

Tiffany Bird

Stage Manager

Tiffany Bird is pleased to return once again to WRP....

Cast

Bernadette Hisey

Bernadette Hisey has performed in over 70 shows on 29 stages in 5 counties of Northeast Ohio.  Favorite roles include Kate/Lilli Vanessi (Kiss Me, Kate), Fraulein Schneider (Cabaret), Dolly (Hello, Dolly), Vi Moore (Footloose), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Mrs. Anna (The King and I), Judith Bliss (Hay Fever), and Woman (A Broadway Christmas Carol), the last two having been at WRP.  After retiring from a 30+ year career as a music teacher, she is pursuing an acting career.  She is an Equity Member Candidate.

Bernadette Hisey

Bernadette Hisey has performed in over 70 shows on 29 stages...

Emily Donaldson

Emily is thrilled to be returning to the Western Reserve Playhouse after a 20 year hiatus from theater.  What makes it all the more special is that one of her first theater experiences since moving to Northeast Ohio was on this very stage in My Fair Lady in August of 1999. Love and joy to all of her friends and family.  Thank you for being a blessing in my life!  To Paul, for helping to raise two amazing children.  To my parents, I am not who I am without you.  To Shawn, for his friendship, encouragement and support.  And especially to my Norman and my Maya; “You are all my reasons.”

Emily Donaldson

Emily is thrilled to be returning to the Western Reserve...

Emma Figge

Emma Figge is excited to be back at WRP! Emma is originally from Quincy, IL and she studied Music Theatre and Dance at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Favorite past roles include Charity Valentine (Sweet Charity) and Suzy (The Marvelous Wonderettes). Emma also works as a freelance director and choreographer in the greater Cleveland area with recent choreography including Shrek, Legally Blonde, and Newsies. She is a company member and Associate Director of Northeast Ohio Creatives. Emma was last seen on the WRP stage in The Spitfire Grill, Forbidden Broadway, and The CaBARet Series. She would like to thank her family for their constant support.

Emma Figge

Emma Figge is excited to be back at WRP! Emma is...

Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas is thrilled to be making his Western Reserve Playhouse debut! With over 25 different shows under his belt, previous favorite roles include Clyde (Bonnie and Clyde), Ren McCormack (Footloose), J.D. (Heathers), Tunny (American Idiot), and George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life). He thanks all his friends, family, and amazing wife for all their endless support in theatre and in life. Also, he sends a big thank you to Dan, Dawn, and the rest of WRP for this opportunity! Lastly, thank you to the audience for supporting local theatre! You rock!

Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas is thrilled to be making his Western Reserve...

Tara Corkery

Tara Corkery is an actor, director, podcaster and speech and debate coach. She currently serves as president of Board of Trustees at Broadview Heights Spotlights and works for Cleveland Clinic Children’s and Canton Local Schools. On stage credits include Hair (Sheila), Silent Sky (Margaret), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Puffs (Hannah/others), On The Line (Helen), Ragtime (Mother), Next to Normal (Diana), Cry Havoc (Flo), Weird Romance
(P. Burke/Carol), Little Women (Jo), john & jen (Jen) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug/Moth). Tara is grateful to Dan and Patrick for the wonderful opportunity to be part of this beautiful show!

Tara Corkery

Tara Corkery is an actor, director, podcaster and speech and...

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