Theatre Productions


James Valcq and Fred Alley

Performance Dates

April 4-14, 2019

Artistic Staff

Director: Diane Conrad Merchant

Assistant to the Director: Rebecca Baker

Musical Director: Jordan Fredericks

Scenic Designer: Timothy Phipps

Lighting Designer: Timothy Phipps

Costume Designer: Rebekah Priebe

Hair and Makeup Designer: Rebekah Priebe

Sound Designer: Abigail Russell

Dialect Coach: Rebecca Baker


A contemporary musical by the writing team of James Valcq and Fred Alley, this is the story of Percy, a newcomer to the Wisconsin town of Gilead, who arrives with a secret. She has been recently paroled from prison and chose to settle in the town of Gilead for a second chance at life, believing the town must hold promise since its very name seems to offer hope and healing. As she is gradually befriended by the regulars at the town restaurant, she becomes especially close to Hannah, the owner of The Spitfire Grill. Hannah’s efforts to sell the grill have not been successful, but Percy, short for “Perchance,” comes up with an idea that not only saves the restaurant but leads to a redemption of sorts, for her and others, in surprising ways. USA Today described the play as having “an abundance of warmth, spirit, and goodwill … some of the most engaging and instantly infectious melodies heard in a musical in some time.”




Cedarville, Ohio, United States of America


Acting | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies


Cedarville, Cedarville University, theatre, The Spitfire Grill



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