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Characters: The Spitfire Grill

Percy Talbott: Percy is pretty, if a bit rough-edged. Her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond her years. She carries a terrible secret.

Hannah Ferguson: About seventy, Hannah is the owner of the Spitfire Grill. She is a tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. She can also be very tender-hearted and fiercely loyal. She has a secret of her own to protect.

Shelby Thorpe: In her mid-thirties, Shelby is a plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. She is the wife of Caleb Thorpe. Once her trust is gained, she also is a very loyal friend.

**Caleb Thorpe:**In his early forties and the out-of-work foreman of the now-defunct stone quarry, Caleb is a frustrated man clinging to the past and the authority he once had. He bitterly opposes change.

Sheriff Joe Sutter: In his mid to late twenties, Joe is a young, small-town policeman with a restless nature and a genuine desire to escape Gilead.

Effy Crayneck: In her fifties, Effy is postmistress and the town busybody. She is a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. There’s little to gossip about in a town so small, but when there is, she is the source.

The Visitor: In his mid-forties and a mysterious figure who never speaks, the visitor has powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.

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The Taming of the Shrew

June 19 - September 7, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

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Silent Sky

July 12 - October 5, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

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Henry VIII

June 17 - September 5, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

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The 39 Steps

June 22 - October 5, 2024

Randall L. Jones Theatre

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Much Ado About Nothing

June 21 - October 5, 2024

Randall L. Jones Theatre

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RADA 2024 Production

July 30-August 3, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

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The Winter's Tale

June 18 - September 6, 2024

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

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The Mountaintop

July 13 - October 5, 2024

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

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