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.
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.