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PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard


By John Posada

originally published: 11/13/2022

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Vanguard Theater is presenting The Spitfire Grill Thursdays - Sundays through November 20 at the 100 seat theater in downtown Montclair.  The play is directed by Tony Award Nominee (Excellence in Education 2022) Janeece Freeman Clark with music direction by Andy Hudson.  Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

The Spitfire Grill is a beautiful musical about second chances, as a young woman just released from prison decides to start her life anew in a small town, where she helps to save the town's only restaurant from going under.

Virginia Ann Woodruff* (Broadway: Violet, Leap of Faith, The Color Purple, All Shook Up, Smoke Joe's Café , and numerous National Tours) leads the cast of Vanguard Theater’s opening production of its Mainstage Professional Season, The Spitfire Grill.  Sabrina Cabrera, recently seen in Light Opera of New Jersey’s In the Heights, makes her Vanguard Theater debut as Percy, with Julie Galorenzo* as Effy, Gina Milo* as Shelby, Luke Darnell* as Caleb, and Zack Abbey as Sherrif Joe. *Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

"The songs are shiny with tunefulness, hope, and all-American inflections of country and folk. The score has a gentle American vernacular charm, and the lyrics have a matching ease and simplicity."  -- The New York Times

“The theme running through Vanguard’s Mainstage season is how we connect with our communities, eventually finding the embrace of home within ourselves.  Whether it’s running away from home, or finding a place to call home, all of the pieces we selected this season ask the characters to find deep meaning in how they relate to their environment, and how that impacts their sense of self. This could not be a better time to highlight and spotlight some of the many organizations that provide refuge and a safe space for so many in our own communities,” says Jessica Sporn, Managing Director of Vanguard Theater.  



 
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Tickets to Vanguard’s Mainstage Season, as well as “One Night Only” events such as Sip and Sing Showtunes,”(12/8) and many more, are available either by show, by subscription, or through Vanguard’s Spotlight Series, featuring “Out Montclair”Montclair Fund for Educational ExcellenceHyacinth Aids Foundation; and Broadway House for Continuing Care. Each of those organizations have designated “nights out” at the theater, so that their supporters can mingle and enjoy the shows together, while Vanguard highlights their missions.  Click on the organization for ticket packages.

Individual tickets are available here and membership packages, here.  

Here are more photos from the production.

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

PHOTOS from "The Spitfire Grill" at Vanguard

As Vanguard Theater completed its first full year in its new home in Montclair, it quickly became a destination for great professional theater, inspired community collaborations, excellent youth programming, and more. Manifest star Geraldine Leer recently named Vanguard Theater as one of her favorite artistic destinations in Montclair, and, to quote Jay Lustig, “This is the third Vanguard Theater show I’ve reviewed since it opened its new Montclair space last year, and I’ve been impressed by them all.” 

John Posada is a New Jersey based photographer specializing in live theatre and music performances. For more than 10 years, John has photographed live music events where he mastered the techniques of timing and capturing fast moving action under challenging lighting conditions to capture that perfect moment that tells a story in a single image. Currently, John has photographed over 110 productions for over 70 different theatres and venues. Click here for John's website.


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