Musical offers ‘story about hope’

Florence freshman Nic Baynum pushes Louisville freshman J. Morgan Shaffo in a wheelbarrow while practicing the song “Shoot the Moon” during rehearsal for “The Spitfire Grill.” The play opened yesterday in the Gordon Wilson Lab Theatre and will take place again tonight at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.

Kevin Allen

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“letter-spacing: 0.3pt;”>Something’s cooking tonight at “The

Spitfire Grill,” the latest production from the WKU theatre and

dance department.

The show is a musical that follows the Percy Talbott, a young woman

released from prison who is looking for a new life in the

picturesque town of Gilliad.

Once there, she finds the town in dire conditions, but through her

determination and hope the entire town and its people get a fresh


The performance will be tonight at 8 p.m. in the Gordon Wilson Hall

lab theater, and admission is $5.

Bowling Green senior Stephen Tabor, the director, said the story is

not a stereotypical musical.

“It isn’t campy like other musicals are,” Tabor said. “Other

musicals are all about love and happy endings. There is some of

that, just like in real life, but the story is like that.


Louisville freshman J. Morgan Shaffo said she likes how the story

and characters are relatable.

“It’s a good connection kind of musical,” Shaffo said. “You will

see yourself or someone you know somewhere in this story.”

Shaffo used her own character, Effy Katshaw, the local gossip and

rumormonger, as an example.

“She is nosy, she just wants to be involved in everything,” Shaffo

said. “She just tries a little too hard, so no one wants to let her


Kaitlyn Fouts, a sophomore from Bowling Green who performs the lead

role, said she thinks the show has something for everyone to enjoy

and experience.

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll have fun,” Fouts said. “It’s a

story about hope, which is really what people need nowadays.”

The musical accompaniment will be performed live during the show by

a guitarist and pianist, and features music that is somewhere

between southern rock and country, with some folk overtones.

The performers range in experience from those who began acting and

singing in college to those who began at an early age, such as

Fouts, who first acted when she was 5 years old.

Jon Meyer, a junior from Cincinnati who plays the sheriff,

encouraged students to come out both because they’ll enjoy the show

and to help the department.

“Keep coming out to support theater events,” Meyer said. “We