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Ron Caldwell, of Essex Junction, plays Sheriff Joe Sutter

Amber Couture, of Burlington, plays Percy Talbot

David Dilego, of Essex Junction, plays The Visitor

Ione Minot, of Essex Junction, plays Hannah Ferguson

Nan Murat, of Milton, plays Shelby Thorpe

Kayla Tornello, of Essex Junction, plays Effy Krayneck

Keith Willis, of Williston, plays Caleb Thorpe

Essex Community Players presents “The Spitfire Grill”

A musical celebrating second chances

Oct. 2-12 at Memorial Hall in Essex Center

Essex Community Players kicks off its 2014-2015 season with “The Spitfire Grill,” by James Valcq and Fred Alley, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Produced by Dick Hibbert, of Burlington, and directed by Connie and Josh McDonald, of Essex Junction, “The Spitfire Grill” marks ECP’s return to producing musicals after several years’ absence.

“The Spitfire Grill” tells the story of a group of women who triumph over their individual histories of disappointment and despair to regain their dignity and, together, forge a bright future.  The metamorphosis begins when Percy Talbot is released from prison and settles in the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin.  She gains employment at the Spitfire Grill, where she finds redemption – and, in the process, becomes the catalyst for the entire town’s joyous renewal.  The plot unfolds in part through bluegrass and folk-infused songs, which lend a homespun and heartfelt intimacy to events that transform every character in the play – and have had a similar effect on audiences ever since the play premiered off Broadway in 2001.

Cast members include Ron Caldwell (as Sheriff Joe Sutter); Amber Couture (as Percy Talbot); David Dilego (as the Visitor), Ione Minot (as Hannah Ferguson); Nan Murat (as Shelby Thorpe); Kayla Tornello (as Effy Krayneck) and Keith Willis (as Caleb Thorpe).

Performances will be on Thursdays, Oct. 2 and 9; Fridays, Oct. 3 and 10; and Saturdays, Oct. 4 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at Memorial Hall, located at the intersection of Routes 15 and 128, and Towers Road in Essex Center.

Tickets may be purchased through Essex Community Players only, online at www.essexplayers.com with a credit or debit card or from the website by downloading and printing a ticket order form. Mail the completed form, along with your check, to the address provided. The Memorial Hall Box Office will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for children (12 and under) and seniors (55 and over). All seats are reserved.  There will be no refunds or exchanges.  All ticket sales are final.

For additional information, visit www.essexplayers.com or call the box office at 878-9109.


The Modern Grass Quintet performs in Westford

The opening offering for the Westford Fall/Winter Music Series will feature the Modern Grass Quintet, a high-energy, risk-taking contemporary bluegrass band based in Northern Vermont. The group formed in 2009 and comprises current and former members of Breakaway, the Bluegrass Gospel Project and Possum Haw. The MGQ has performed in concerts throughout the region including the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, the Valley Stage Music Festival, the Schroon Lake (N.Y.) Arts Council, First Night Burlington and other regional venues.

The Quintet features artist Adam Buchwald on banjo, mandolin and lute, Todd Sagar on jazz and swing fiddle and dobro, Andy Greene with vocals, guitar and multi-instruments, Stephen Waud on mandolin and Kirk Lord on bass. The group brings a broad representation of musical talent and variety of acoustical sound. This promises to be an exciting start for the music series fall/winter season in Westford. The concert will be from 4-5 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the UCW white church. Free will donation. Refreshments following concert. Call 879-4028 for more information.