Foothill Performing Arts Council Producer/Director Tim Borquez helms ‘The Spitfire Grill, a Musical’ a touching story of hurt, healing and hope

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By Gail E. Moss

Don’t miss out on this one! There will only be 12 performances of the play The Spitfire Grill, a Musical presented by The Foothill Performing Arts Council. Artistic Director and Producer Tim Borquez directs this adaptation of the 1996 film about a parolee named Percy Talbott, who arrives in a dying lumber town to restart her life and in the story becomes a catalyst of hope for its people.

“The source of Percy’s and the other characters’ wounds are slowly revealed throughout the play,” Borquez explains. “It all builds to an intensely dramatic and climactic moment where we discover the incidents that led Percy to prison and to the town of Gilead. Although the adaptation’s ending is tweaked a bit, it’s still very powerful and effective.”

‘I wanted to get the cast balanced just right and this cast is very talented.’

-Producer/Director Tim Borquez

The Foothill Performing Arts Council wanted to end its 19th year with this production because Borquez was a big fan of the film.  And like the film, he was really impressed with how the musical score is totally supportive of the story. “The score settles you into the town and the songs artfully rise out of the characters,” he says.

Borquez waited for just the right time for all of the actors he wanted for the production to be available. He says, “It needed to be the right recipe of actors and talent. I wanted to get the cast balanced just right and this cast is very talented.”

He suggests that children in attendance be 13 or older. “Youngsters may not be able to connect with the adult story and character arcs that include loss of loved ones, depression and domestic abuse. We want to make sure our audience can engage in the story without distraction,” he says.

Borquez, who has worked in the film and TV industry for over 30 years as an award-winning sound designer by day, has been involved with The Council since its inception.

“The Spitfire Grill, a Musical”  runs through Sunday, March 25 on the campus of New Hope Community Church located at 10438 Oro Vista Ave. in Sunland. Tickets online at or by calling (888) 89-SHOWS.


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