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Union theater department to present ‘The Spitfire Grill’

Union sophomores Lori Cunningham, left, and Emily Watlington will take the stage beginning Thursday, March 9, for the spring production of
Union sophomores Lori Cunningham, left, and Emily Watlington will take the stage beginning Thursday, March 9, for the spring production of "The Spitfire Grill." (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
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JACKSON, Tenn.March 1, 2006 – Union University’s spring production of the musical “The Spitfire Grill” will be March 9-14 at the W. D. Powell Theatre on Union’s campus.

“The Spitfire Grill” is about a dying town that discovers hope and redemption through the arrival of Percy Talbott, played by Lori Cunningham. Union theater director David Burke will direct the performance.

The script and music for “The Spitfire Grill” were written by James Valcq and Fred Alley. All but one of the eight cast members sing, and are accompanied by musicians playing the mandolin, guitar, keyboard, violin and accordion.

Lead actress Cunningham said the music has a country-bluegrass feel to it, and Burke characterized it as “discordant jazz-blues.”

While based on the film, “The Spitfire Grill,” directed by David Zlotoff, which won the Audience Award in the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, this production departs from the film by including Valcq’s music and a different ending. But Burke said the differences do not take away from the play’s message -- the need for a community to find purpose and meaningful dreams worth pursuing.

The play will begin at 8 p.m. March 9, March 11 and March 13-14, with an 8:30 p.m. show time for March 10, and a 2:30 p.m. show time for March 12.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $4 for students. For more information or for tickets, call the Union box office at (731) 661-5105 or (731) 661-5287.

By Chris Pearson (’08)


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Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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