The Stonehill Theatre Company and the Department of Visual & Performing Arts will present their spring musical production of “The Spitfire Grill” on April 16-18 with nightly performances at 8 p.m. in the Hemingway Theatre. Acclaimed director, actor and theater educator Peter Carey will serve as guest director of the play.
Based on the award-winning film by Lee David Zlotoff, the musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison who starts her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town. There, she embarks on a journey to rebuild her life that sparks redemption not just for her but also the town itself. Supporting this bitter-sweet drama is a stellar selection of folk and blue grass music.
“What would it be like if a person entered our community and “opened our eyes” to what life has to offer all of us? With the world going through what it is at this point, why not be reminded what a gift life is, and how we all can celebrate and laugh every day, and how we all affect the amazing people around us,” said Carey, who previously directed Stonehill Theatre Company’s 2013 production of “Das Barbeque.”
Carey’s other directing credits include “Much Ado About Nothing” (Wellesley Summer Theatre); “Die Fledermaus,” “The New Moon,” and “The Merry Widow” (New England Light Opera); “The World Goes ‘Round” (Lyric Stage Co. of Boston); “Nine” (The Publick Theatre) and many more.
Inducted into The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Hall of Fame for his contribution to the arts in Massachusetts, he is also an accomplished actor having received the Connecticut Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as John Adams in “1776” at the Goodspeed Opera House. He also earned the IRNE Award for Best Actor in a Musical for that same role at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Carey currently serves as the Program Director for Lyric First Stage – an intensive 5 week young artists program – now going into the 11th summer under his leadership at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Throughout the past 10 years he has taught at The Boston Conservatory, The New England Conservatory, Salem State University and Massasoit Community College.
Tickets for “The Spitfire Grill” are $5 for students and $8 for the general public. Advanced tickets can be purchased in the Roche Dining Commons or over the phone by calling the Stonehill Theatre Company Box Office at 508-565-1458. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.