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Loyola University New Orleans Presents The Spitfire Grill

Loyola press release - March 14, 2017

In the upcoming musical The Spitfire Grill, Loyola University New Orleans Theatre Department brings center stage the powerful journey of an American woman escaping her past. Set in the heart of rural Wisconsin, the American drama casts light on social justice issues. Compelling performances by Loyola students spotlight the university’s newly-minted Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre degree.

Directed by C. Patrick Gendusa, extraordinary professor of theatre arts, the musical follows a young woman recently released from prison on the road to beginning a new life in a rural town. With hopes of a fresh start, she takes a job in a small-town café called The Spitfire Grill.

In 2011, Gendusa received a Big Easy Entertainment Award for Best University Production as the director of the Loyola University production of Godspell. He has played a pivotal role in developing Loyola’s new Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre degree, launched last fall under the guidance of new theatre department chair and artistic director Dr. Laura Hope.

“The Spitfire Grill is an uplifting musical about second chances filled with inspiring melodies,” Gendusa said. “The music in this production is uniquely influenced by American folk music and truly demonstrates the theme of this year’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series, ‘the Creative American Spirit,’ in a captivating and moving way.”

Written by Fred Alley and James Valcq, the musical is an adaptation of an award-winning 1996 film by the same name developed by a Catholic nonprofit in Mississippi. Centered around themes of hope, grace and redemption, the musical won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Richard Rodgers Production Award in 2001.

Performances at Loyola begin Friday March 24, 2017 and will be held in the university’s Lower Depths Theatre in located in the Communication/Music Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 with student ID, for seniors, and Loyola faculty and staff. Free parking is available in the university’s West Road garage.

Tickets may be purchased on etix here, by emailing tickets@loyno.edu, at the door, or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.

Performance times are indicated below:

Friday, March 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.