Northport Music Theater sets auditions for 'Spitfire Grill'

Jan 21, 2013

Northport — Northport Music Theater, located at 851 Atlantic Highway/Route 1, has announced auditions for its summer main stage production, "The Spitfire Grill" by James Valcq (music and book) and Fred Alley, (lyrics and book). Auditions for all roles and orchestra, and production team interviews, will be held at the theater Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The production is directed by Tobin Malone.

"The Spitfire Grill" is based on the award-winning film by Lee David Zlotoff and is a full-length musical drama that has become one of the most often-produced new American musicals. In the musical, a feisty parolee follows her dreams, selected from an old travel book page, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. The entry fee is $100, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow-full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

Characters needed for the production are as follows: female (Percy Talbot) early 20s, folk country belt to D, some head voice required; female (Hannah Ferguson) about 70, mezzo/alto chest range; female (Shelby Thorpe) mid-30s, folk soprano with strong high belt to D; female (Effy Krayneck) 50s, mezzo/alto chest range, carries close harmony; male (Caleb Thorpe) early 40s, folk/rock voice with an edge (top G); male (Sheriff Joe Sutter) mid-late 20s, folk tenor to a G (touches an A); male, (The Visitor) mid-40s, non-singing role.

The following production team positions are open: stage manager, costume designer, light designer and set designer. Musicians (must be able to read and have experience playing musicals) needed are for piano, violin, cello, accordion and guitar/mandolin. If able to volunteer, the following people are also needed: set builders (three), set painters (two), props master and costume assistant. Previous experience is a must.

All actors must submit head shot and professional resume prior to Friday,  Feb. 1 to Technical personnel, orchestra and volunteers must submit a resume. Positions are paid, with some gas stipends given as well. Those auditioning for a singing part are asked to bring a short song; an accompanist will be provided. Orchestra auditioners should have have a two- to three-minute song prepared. Music rehearsals will initially be held once a week starting in May. Performance dates are July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28.

NMT is located six miles south of Belfast, on the right; or five mile north of Lincolnville Beach, on the left. The  backstage door is on right side of the theater. Those unable to attend who would like to participate or have any other questions should call 338-8383 or send email to Ruth Gelsinger at or Tobin Malone at

Northport Music theater is a small, intimate summer musical theater that produces contemporary American musical theater and provides summer camps for local students. It received nonprofit status in September 2012. The theater seats 128 people, has general admission seating only, is air conditioned and handicapped-accessible.


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