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With Jackson County officially moving from the Extreme Risk designation to the High Risk designation, the Oregon Cabaret Theatre will open their season as planned this Friday, February 26th with the inspiring new musical, The Spitfire Grill.
This will be a brand new, Oregon Cabaret Theatre take on the hit musical, with the cast playing their own instruments as an onstage orchestra. It has been re-imagined by the same creative team that brought Once to life on the Cabaret stage.
In the show, 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.
“The Spitfire Grill is a heartfelt musical about a small town coming alive again, healing the wounds of the past, and finding your chosen family,” says director Valerie Rachelle. “It’s been such a joy to bring it to life during this time, and though audience size is limited, we feel the patrons lucky enough to see this show will fall in love with the music and the story.”
The show was originally scheduled for spring of 2020, but was shuttered by the pandemic during rehearsals. The Cabaret scheduled it as the first show in 2021 as the set was built and most design elements were already in place.
Livia Genise (Noises Off, Once) returns to the Cabaret stage with fellow OCT vets Carrie Lyn Brandon (Bat Boy, Beehive) and Karl Iversen. They are joined by Cabaret newcomers Mariah Lotz, Jon Patrick Penick, Matthew Staley, and Marta Rymer.
The Spitfire Grill features some adult situations and mild language. Were it a movie, it would be rated PG-13.
The Creative Team
Valerie Rachelle (co-director) has been a freelance director/choreographer for over 20 years. Prior OCT directorial credits include Mamma Mia!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Once, She Loves Me, Noises Off, Pine Mountain Lodge, Rocky Horror, Cabaret, Winter Wonderettes, and Dames At Sea. She has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, PCPA Theaterfest, Syracuse Opera, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Performance Riverside, Glendale Centre Theatre, Fresno Grand Opera, Resonance Works, Lucid by Proxy, Summer Repertory Theatre, Morgan Wixson Theatre, and of course, Oregon Cabaret Theatre.
Lauren Blair (co-director/choreographer/
The Spitfire Grill design team includes set designer Joe Klug (Mamma Mia!, Once), lighting designer Michael Stanfill (Avenue Q, Miracle on 34th St), props designer James Paul Xavier (Sweeney Todd), and sound designer Mike Kunkel.
The Cabaret is reopening with all of the safety measures in place:
♦ Limited capacity - all tables will be six feet apart and all tables will be at least 12 feet from the performers. While Jackson County is in 'High Risk'', the Cabaret will only be able to seat the house to 25% capacity - a maximum of 42 patrons.
♦ Temperature checks - The Cabaret will be screening for fever at the door.
♦ Masks on - During the show and when not actively eating, the Cabaret requires patrons to wear masks. All Cabaret staff will be wearing masks
♦ Hand sanitizer stations - The Cabaret has set up multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the theatre
♦ Improved air filters - The Cabaret has MERV 13 filters installed in all four of its HVAC systems.
Show Dates and Additional Information
The Spitfire Grill opens on February 26th and closes on Sunday, April 18th. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 1:00 pm and evening performances begin at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and select Wednesday nights.
Reservations are required for pre-show dinner or brunch. Appetizers, cocktails, beverages, and desserts are available without reservations. Tickets are $43 for A level seating with limited $39 B level seating available for all performances. The Cabaret offers a 15% ticket discount for groups of twelve or more for select ticket types and performances. $15 student rush tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID, subject to availability. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.
Media Contact: Rick Robinson, email@example.com, 541.488.8349, ext. 2. Photos, interviews, and reviewer tickets are available upon request.
Photo Credits: Photo by Jeff Rockwell. Mariah Lotz as Percy and Livia Genise as Hannah.