Screenplay by Beth Henley
FEBRUARY 21 -24, 27 - 28 & mARCH 1 -2 , 2019
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 8:00 pm, seating at 7:30 pm
Sunday and Wednesday matinees begin at 2:00 pm, seating at 1:30 pm
DIRECTED BY SUSAN MORRIS / Carla Margolis
Carnell - Stacy Buck
Popeye - Laura Bird & Samantha Edwards
Elain - Mary Hopper
Delmount - Wyatt Woodside
Tessy - Cindy Franklin
Mac Sam - Sun Cruscial
The Miss Firecracker Contest
Performances February 21 through March 2
Riverside Arts Center
76 N. Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Carnelle, a sweet and energetic, if not terribly bright, young woman from Mississippi, is trying to overcome her reputation of being loose by entering and hoping to win the local Miss Firecracker beauty contest. “Going out in a blaze of glory.” She is assisted by her seamstress, Popeye Jackson; her married cousin Elain (a former contest winner); her cousin Delmount, a strange character; Mac Sam, a former lover and dying carnival worker; and Tessy, the enthusiastic Contest organizer. Carmella fails to win, but learns a lot in the process. Elain returns to her husband, and Popeye and Delmount fall in love.
Carnelle (25-30) - sweet and energetic, if not terribly bright, young woman from Mississippi, trying to overcome her reputation of being loose by entering and hoping to win the local Miss Firecracker beauty contest. Somewhat athletic, appears in bathing suit (does NOT need a slim body). Hair is dyed bright red.
Popeye (25-35) - She’s very shy and impressionable. As sweet as Carnelle. Falls in love with Delmount. Makes Carnelle’s costume and supports her enthusiastically.
Delmount (25-35) Very quirky character, highly emotional. Has just got out of a mental hospital, where Elain (his sister) had placed him. Although he’s strange, he’s not really mentally ill.
Elain (25-40) former beauty queen, spoiled rotten, full of herself. But she has a pleasant mien. She has left her husband after a fight, but goes back to him.
Mac Sam (35-50) Carnival worker who has been Carnelle’s boyfriend when he’s in town. Adores her. Is dying of a lung disease. Very philosophical and wise.
Tessy (25-35) Delmount calls her unattractive, but that’s in the eye of the beholder. Looks won’t matter in casting, if the actress is willing to be dressed and made up as plain. Full of energy and positivity. A genuinely nice person.