April 2nd – June 7th, 2020

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The Story

Percy, a parolee just released from prison, arrives in a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. A heartfelt musical about healing the wounds of the past and finding your chosen family.

Music

This will be a brand new, Oregon Cabaret take on the hit musical, with the cast playing their own instruments as an onstage orchestra! Mike Wilkins (Beehive, Chicago, Once) performs and musical directs a show that contains beautiful songs like “Shine” and “Forest for the Trees”

Content

Were it movie, The Spitfire Grill would be rated PG, with mild coarse language and some adult themes. 

Pricing

$43 A Level Seating / $39 B Level Seating / $29 C Level Seating

Show Times

All matinees start at 1 pm and all evening shows start at 8pm

Meet the Cast

NATASHA HARRIS*

NATASHA HARRIS*

Percy

Prior OCT credits include The All Night Strut and Mooney in Pine Mountain Lodge. Other regional performance credits include Pigpen Theatre Company’s The Tale of Despereaux at Berkeley Rep and The Old Globe; Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, The Cocoanuts (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Peter Pan, Three Sisters, Hairspray, White Christmas (Pacific Conservatory Theatre). Other regional design credits include Director/Choreographer – The Three Scrooges (Hunterdon Hills Playhouse) Co-choreographer – Pine Mountain Lodge (Oregon Cabaret Theatre) Choreographer – The Cocoanuts (Utah Shakespeare Festival). “I am grateful to be back at The Oregon Cabaret.” natasha-harris.com, @lilnutsy

CHRISTOPHER FORDINAL*

CHRISTOPHER FORDINAL*

Joe

is returning to Oregon Cabaret Theatre after starring in the 2017 season as both Guy in Once and Elvis Presley in The Million Dollar Quartet. Other regional credits include numerous portrayals of Elvis Presley in The Million Dollar Quartet at NCL Cruise Lines, Flat Rock Playhouse, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, and The Citadel (CA); Harley in Salvage (World Premiere, The Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles); titular role in Buddy Holly In Concert (Flat Rock Playhouse). Christopher would like to “thank his beautiful bride and family for all their support, as well as his savior, Jesus Christ, for all of his faithfulness.”

LIVIA GENISE*

LIVIA GENISE*

Hannah

Livia was last seen on the Oregon Cabaret stage as Baruska in Once and Dotty in Noises Off! Broadway credits include Ensemble in Via Galactica and Rizzo in Grease. Other roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, Patsy Cline in Always…Patsy Cline, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Laura Keene in Sockdology, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Witch in Into the Woods, Maria Callas in Master Class, Rebecca in Rags, Titania in Another Midsummer Night, Mrs. Shubert in Sheer Madness. Genise also served as Artistic Director for Camelot Theatre from 2002 – 2016 where she directed and starred in over 50 plays and musicals.

CARRIE LYN BRANDON

CARRIE LYN BRANDON

Shelby

Carrie is originally from Mill Valley, CA but comes to us now from NYC. She returns to OCT after appearing as Alison in Beehive, Shelly in Bat Boy and Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show back in 2017. Other credits include National Tours: Girl Cover in Once, Patty in A Charlie Brown Christmas; Regional: Sophie in Mamma Mia, Featured Performer in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Mary Jane in Big River (Sharon Playhouse). Carrie has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University. “For my favorite music maker.”

MICHAEL CUSIMANO*

MICHAEL CUSIMANO*

Caleb

Michael is making his debut appearance on the Oregon Cabaret stage. He is originally from San Antonio, TX but now lives in San Diego, CA. Other regional performance credits include Jamie in The Last Five Years, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Bruce Granit in On The Twentieth Century (Cygnet Theatre); The Guy in Once, Will Bloom in Big Fish (Lamb’s Players Theatre); The Tale of Despereaux (The Old Globe); Mike in Girlfriend (Diversionary Theatre); Clown in The 39 Steps (Glendale Centre Theatre); Danny Zuko in Grease (Cabrillo Music Theatre); Metamorphoses (Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre). Michael holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.

ASHLEY REBECCA CAIN

ASHLEY REBECCA CAIN

Effy

Ashley is making her debut appearance on the OCT stage. She comes to us from New York City but is originally from San Antonio, TX. Other regional credits include In The Height, La Cage Aux Folles, Legally Blonde (The Pollard Theater); The Producers (Theatre by the Sea); Kiss Me Kate (Edmond Summer Stock); Songs For A New World (N.E.S.A.); The Goodbody (Black Box theatricals).   “Thank you to all my friends and family for all their love and support. I’d like to give a big shout out to my parents for all those violin lessons. Thanks for instilling in me a lifelong love for music.”

KARL IVERSON

KARL IVERSON

Eli/Musical Director

Karl returns to OCT after serving as musical director and tracks designer for Mamma Mia (2019) and Avenue Q (2018); He also served as Music Director/Pianist – Sweeney Todd (2019). After moving from California to the Rogue Valley he earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from SOU. Other regional credits include Oregon Conservatory of Arts (SOU), Camelot Theater, Collaborative Theater Project, Ashland High School.

Production Team

Director – Valerie Rachelle
Choreographer/Assistant Director – Lauren Blair
Musical Director – Karl Iverson
Scenic Designer – Joe Klug^
Lighting Designer – Chris Wood^
Costume Designer – Lauren Blair
Assistant Costume Designer – Moss Royer
Sound Designer – Kimberly Carbone
Prop Designer – James Paul Xavier
Projection Designer – Michael Stanfill^
Technical Director – Drew Bangs
Stage Manager – Todd Nielsen*
Assistant Stage Manager – Matthew Hammers
Production Manager – Julie Bangs