Phamaly Theatre Company



The Spitfire Grill

Music & Book by James Valcq 

Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley

Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Ben Raanan

Music Directed by Heather Holt Hall

Choreographed by Bashir Page-Sanders

About the Project: 

Phamaly Theatre Company, Denver’s premiere disability affirmative theatre company, will be holding general auditions for its spring musical, The Spitfire Grill on January 4th & 5th. This heartwarming musical is a story of hope, redemption and breakfast that will begin at Northglenn’s Parsons Stage before touring to the Arvada Center & Lone Tree Arts Center. Seeking: 

  • Non- Equity disabled local performers of all race, ethnicity, sexual orientations and gender identities
  • All actors must be vaccinated against the Covid19 Virus or have a medical exemption.

**As Phamaly is a disability affirmative theatre, all actors who submit for Phamaly must identify as having a disability. Performers are not required to disclose their specific disability or give any information on how they fit the ADA definition. Phamaly takes a non-hierarchal view of disability and there is no such thing as “less disabled” or “more disabled.” If you identify as having a disability, then you are welcome to audition**

Show Synopsis

Percy, a young woman with a complicated past, looks to start a new life in a Wisconsin small town which has seen better days. With nowhere to turn to, Percy finds work at The Spitfire Grill, a rundown diner with a disenfranchised proprietor named Hannah. Through sheer force of determination, optimism and love, Percy is able to revitalize the grill and in turn…the community. This comforting folk musical will get your toes tapping as you enter a world of hope, redemption, and some good ol’ classic diner food. 

Rehearsals Dates:

  • Music Rehearsal on Saturday, January 29th at 12-5p
  • Rehearsals begin Saturday, February 5th 
  • All rehearsals will be in the Metro-Denver Area
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays – Fridays at 6p-10p, Saturdays at 12p-5p
  • Tech: 3/6 & 3/7 at 2p-10:30p
  • Dress Runs: 3/9 & 3/10 at 6p-10:30p
  • Pick Up Rehearsals: 4/20 & 4/21 at 5p-10p, 5/10-5/12 at 5p-10p
  • Possible Extension: 5/19 & 5/20 Time is TBA

Performance Dates 

  • Parsons Stage: 3/12, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/21, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26, 3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/2 at 6p-10p;3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 at 12:30p-4:30p
  • Lone Tree Arts Center: 4/22 & 4/23 at 6p-10p; 4/23 at 12:30p-4:30p
  • Arvada Center: 5/13 & 5/14 at 6p-10p; 5/15 at 12:30p-4:30p
  • Possible Extension: 5/21-5/23 Time is TBA

Roles to be Cast

Please note that all roles in Spitfire Grill are open to all actors. Disabled actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations are encouraged to audition.

  • Percy Talbot: (Female Identifying, early 30s): The protagonist of the story, Percy has recently been released from prison and is looking to start a new life in Gillead, a place she has always dreamed about. An optimist by nature, Percy has been hardened by the prison system and struggles to allow others to see her vulnerabilities. Requires a strong country belt to “D.”|
  • Hannah Ferguson: (Female Identifying, 50 – 70) The proprietor of The Spitfire Grill, Hannah is desperately looking to sell the Grill after years of disappointment. Her tough exterior hides a painful secret which she desperately protects. Requires Mezzo/Alto Chest Range
  • Shelby Thorpe: (Female Identifying, Late 20s – Mid 30s) A painfully shy young lady who married Caleb out of necessity rather than love. Shelby struggles to grasp her life by the horns and is treated with kid-gloves by most of the other characters in the play. Requires folk soprano with a strong high belt to “D.”
  • Caleb Thorpe: (Male Identifying, Mid 30s – Early 40s) An out of work foreman at the stone quarry. Caleb’s need to provide protection to everyone hides a deep insecurity of his own feelings of uselessness. Requires Solid folk/rock voice – Top G. 
  • Joe Sutter: (Male Identifying, Mid 20s – Early 30s) A young policeman with a restless nature who dreams of escaping his small-town existence. Unable to express his feelings, he often hides them under a quiet demeanor. Requires Strong folk tenor – Top G
  • Effy Krayneck: (Female Identifying, 30s – 50s) The postmistress and resident busybody of the town. Effy loves gossiping about her neighbors more than anything and frequently goes through their mail. Her gossipy nature hides a sense of loneliness that she wishes she could express. Requires mezzo/alto chest range.
  • The Visitor: (Male Identifying, 25 – 40) A mysterious figure who lives outside of The Grill and who Hannah supports. This role, while important to the story and having several scenes, is non-speaking.    


Audition Dates: January 4th & 5th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Callback Date: January 8th from 12:00pm – 5:00 pm

To Schedule an In-Person Audition: 

  • Auditions are by appointment only. 
  • To schedule an audition, please contact Darion Ramos, Company Production Manager at or 702-493-0475
  • Please specify any disability-related accommodations you may need for the audition. 
  • If leaving a voicemail, please leave your full name, phone number, and email address.

To Send in a Video Audition: 

  • Please contact Darion Ramos, Company Production Manager at or 702-493-0475 to receive and fill out an online copy of the audition form.
  • Please record audition materials with a traditional actors slate and send it in an unlisted youtube link by January 4th at 2:00pm.

Audition Materials: Please prepare a 30 – 45 second selection of a song of your choosing (preferably in the style of country, folk, or bluegrass.) An accompanist will be provided, but you are also free to bring in Karaoke track or sing Acapella. If performing with the accompanist, please bring sheet music clearly marked.