The Miss Firecracker Contest: Southern-Fried Family Comedy
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The last date listed for The Miss Firecracker Contest was Sunday September 18, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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This semi-formal event, the first-ever fundraiser for the Mysterium Theater, promises a full evening of top-flight entertainment. First up at A Winter's Eve is a wine and appetizer reception, where you can browse and bid on silent auction items. That's followed by a seated dinner, set to include Cornish game hen, an orzo and vegetable combo, salad, dessert and hot cider, or wassail. Then you'll be treated to a musical revue featuring hits from the Great American Songbook by the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, performed by a cast of 24 of Mysterium's finest actor-singers. As a capper to this festive evening, take advantage of the quick ballroom and swing lesson, so you can dance the rest of the night away to big-band music. Learn More
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It just didn't make it. I felt sorry for the actors who worked so hard. It's a silly story and I couldn't always understand the silly girls. I enjoy the HBPH but I have to say this is the least enjoyable of all the plays I've seen there.
The place is the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven. The time, a few days before Independence Day. Carnelle Scott (known locally as “Miss Hot Tamale”) is rehearsing furiously for the Miss Firecracker Contest -- hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory.
The unexpected arrival of her cousin, Elain (a former Miss Firecracker winner - who has walked out on her rich, but boring husband and her two small children), complicates matters a bit, as does the repeated threat of elaine’s eccentric brother, Delmount (recently released from a mental institution), to sell the family homestead and decamp for New Orleans.
Aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress named Popeye (who is hopelessly smitten by Delmount) and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres - leading to a denouement of unparalleled hilarity, compassion and moving lyricism as all concerned finally escape their unhappy pasts and turn hopefully toward what must surely be a better future.
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