Program Details

The Spitfire Grill: Dramawise at OLLI Boca

Gary Cadwallader
Drama / Arts & Letters

Course Description

Explore the excitement of Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of the heart-warming musical, The Spitfire Grill. In this thought-provoking musical jewel paralleling our times, a young woman transforms her bitter and jaded community with compassion and hope. The score includes beautiful melodies of Come Alive Again, Shine, and Colors of Paradise. Participants receive a copy of the play prior to class. Led by PBD's Gary Cadwallader, the presentation is structured to give atendees a deep, multifaceted learning experience while enjoying a guided, in-depth discussion analyzing the themes, big ideas, and social relevance found in the libretto. The story's dramatic arc will be examined and each character and their dynamic relationship with one another will be discussed. Interesting multimedia clips supporting the discussion may also be used to enhance understanding of the production, themes, and authors. Participants also receive a comprehensive, informative PBD Dramaguide written specifically for this production. From Palm Beach Dramaworks: Obtain a coupon code at your first Dramawise at FAU presentation to save $25 on a ticket to The Spitfire Grill. Complete details are revealed in presentation.

About the Instructor

  • Founded in 2000, Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional theatre company with a mission to engage and entertain audiences with provocative and timeless productions that personally impact each individual. They are dedicated “to enhance the quality of life through the transformative power of live theatre.” Consistent artistic excellence throughout their history places Palm Beach Dramaworks at the forefront of the artistic landscape of Palm Beach County.

    Gary Cadwallader, MFA, is the director of education and community engagement at Palm Beach Dramaworks. As a professional actor, director, and educator, Cadwallader is committed to providing strong, vibrant arts and arts integration opportunities for educators and students to nurture creativity, inspire potential, build confidence, and encourage self-expression. Cadwallader was most recently seen onstage at PBD as Captain Brice in Arcadia and John Adams in 1776 (Carbonell nomination). He maintains a career as an actor and director and has performed across the country at theatres such as Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, ZACH Theatre in Austin, Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Northern Stage in Vermont, and on the national tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. On camera, roles include A League of Their Own, The New Untouchables, and Forensics (pilot). He has an MFA from Western Illinois University and is currently the president of the Florida Theatre Conference. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA).

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