Somethin’s cookin’ at Cornell College

 The Cornell College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the award-winning musical, “The Spitfire Grill.”  

Students posing for picture on stage
Jenna Makkawy (left), Elizabeth Koetz (right), and Madeleine Mulgrew (center)

Running Feb. 27–March 1 on Cornell’s Kimmel Theatre stage, this heartwarming and sincere romance is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Caroline Price, with scenic design by Matt Allar and music direction by Cameron Sullenberger.  Music and lyrics are by Fred Alley, James Valcq, and Lee David Zlotoff.

A mix of country, bluegrass, and Broadway-style pop, “The Spitfire Grill” tells the story of Percy Talbot, who was just released from jail and travels to a town in Maine to look for a fresh start. Following her dreams, and a page from an old travel book, she finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The grill is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so Percy suggests that Hannah hold a raffle. Entry fees soon arrive as Percy finds romance, friendship, and family at the Spitfire Grill. 

“The Spitfire Grill” runs one weekend only, February 27–29  at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. in Kimmel Theatre on the Cornell College Campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students, and youth, and free for Cornell faculty, staff, and students with ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling 319.895.4293 or by emailing This production is intended for mature audiences.

The Kimmel Theatre is accessible through the front doors of Armstrong Hall.  Parking is available in the lot behind and to the south of the theater at the corner of College Boulevard and Summit Avenue.