ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ –  The cast of Lil’ Miss SpitFIRE-the Musical earned a standing ovation for their reading of the show in New York City last Saturday.

The show explores the unknown story of how Anne Sullivan became the world-famous teacher of Helen Keller. 

Several area residents including Julian Lavarra, Laurie Gentry, Samantha Talmage, Robert Talmage, Jessica Talmage, Jenna Talmage and Lorraine Lombardo were involved in the production.




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Scene I-Rural Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, 1869

This is the Time (Ensemble)?

Scene II-The Sullivan Home

I Want a World  (Mrs. Sullivan and Annie)?

Scene III-Outside the Sullivan House

The Green of Home (Mr. Sullivan and Sullivan family)?

Scene IV-In Town

Wheels of Progress (Ensemble)?

Scene V-In the Sullivan Home Living Room

When I’m Gone (Mrs. Sullivan)?

Scene VI-In the Woodland

To Catch a Wild Bird (Ensemble)?

Scene VII-Back in the Sullivan Home

If this is the Last Time (Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan)?

Scene VIII-Inside, then Outside Aunt Statia and Uncle John’s House

Someday (Annie)?

Scene IX-Back Inside the House

Irish Blessing (Aunt Ellen, Annie, Jimmie)?

Scene X-The Dark, Damp, Foggy Street

Black Maria (Ensemble)?

Scene XI-The Massachusetts State Infirmary, Tewksbury

Stuck in a Musty Poorhouse (Ensemble)?

Scene XII-Inside the Morgue

This Must be Love (Annie, Jimmie)?

Scene XIII-The Main Room of the Poorhouse

Sometimes Faith is All You Need (Maggie vs. Ensemble)?

Scene XIV-Outside the Poorhouse

Too Rich to Be Poor  (Willie)?

Scene XV-Back Inside the Poorhouse

Goodbye/One of These Days (Annie)?



Character List-Lil’ Miss SpitFIRE-the CBC Reading

Annie Sullivan-Gabriella Kenny

Older Annie -Samantha Talmage

Mr. Sullivan-Ryan Pierce

Mrs. Sullivan-Kristi Kelly

Taylor girl-Lorraine Lombardo

Newsboy-Julian Lavarra

Salesman-Cameron Spector

Aunt Statia-Grace Scarle

Uncle John-Andrew Kelly

Cousin Shannon-Jenna Talmage

Aunt Ellen-Laurie Gentry

Stage Coach Driver-Jacob Gerbman

Jimmie Sullivan-Oliver Cope

Mean Matron-Kaylin Iannone

Maggie-Judy Malik

Snaggletooth Women of the Ward

  1. Doree Harootunian

      2.    Jessica Talmage

      3.    Laurie Gentry

Willie-Randolph Murray, Jr.


  1. Cameron Spector
  2. Jacob Gerbman
  3. Julian Lavarra

Frank B. Sanborn-Greg Vongas

Rose Marie-Lorraine Lombardo

Mean Teacher-Kaylin Iannone

Girls of Perkins:

Jessica Talmage, Jenna Talmage,

Lorraine Lombardo,

Doree Harootunian

Dr. Anagnos-Tom Shewchuk

Miss Moore-Rachel Makstein

Mrs. Hopkins-Grace Scarle

Sassy Student-Jessica Talmage

Helen Keller-Lorraine Lombardo

Band-Michael Taylor, keyboards

           Greg Vongas, bass

           Mel Chayette, percussion

Music Director-Samantha Talmage

Stage Manager-Judy Malik

Assistant Casting Director and Artistic Advisor-Jessica Talmage

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...