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Hope And Transformation At Kennedy Theatre’s The Spitfire Grill
Rachel Uyeno (L) as Shelby, Jorin Young (top) as Percy, and Christine Lamborn (bottom) as Hannah in The Spitfire Grill.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music, presents the musical The Spitfire Grill September 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m., and September 24 at 2 p.m. on the Mainstage at Kennedy Theatre.

In The Spitfire Grill, a recently released parolee makes her way to Gilead, Wisconsin to start a new life, inspired by a page from an old travel book. Both the town and Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, where she works, have seen better days—when hope was alive and the town was thriving. Filled with heart, passion, and folk-based songs, The Spitfire Grill is a musical about hope and transformation in difficult times.

The production is directed by Professor Lurana Donnels O’Malley, Music direction is by Ike Webster, choreography is by Amy Schiffner.

Free pre-show chats will be held September 16 and 23 at 6:45 p.m. The September 23 pre-show chat features American Sign Language (ASL) Coach Emily Jo Noschese and Hand Ninjas sharing the process of interpreting The Spitfire Grill in ASL. Performances on September 22 and 23 will be ASL-interpreted thanks to an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success grant from the UH Mānoa Office of Student Excellence, Equity and Diversity.

Ticket Information

  • $25 Adult
  • $22 Senior, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
  • $20 UHAA
  • $15 Students/Youth
  • $8 UH Mānoa Students with Valid ID

Ticket prices include all service fees.

Regularly-priced tickets to The Spitfire Grill will go on sale September 11: online at eTicketHawaii, by phone at (808) 944-2697, at official outlets, and at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday during show weeks, with extended hours on performance dates.

Rachel Uyeno (L) as Shelby, Jorin Young (top) as Percy, and Christine Lamborn (bottom) as Hannah in The Spitfire Grill.

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