“When Beth Henley is really flying, her comic voice has the crazed yet liberating sound of a Rebel yell.”
So starts the New York Times review of The Miss Firecracker Contest when it opened in Manhattan with Holly Hunter in the lead role.
Now, CCCT brings this award-winning comedy about the highs and lows of living in a small southern town to the Houston Bay Area. Opening night is Friday, February 26th, at 8:00pm.
The play follows the “fire-engine” redhead, Carnelle Scott; her cousins, Delmount and Elain; her “seamstress” friend, Popeye; the “puppy-lover” Tessy Mahoney; and, Mac Sam, a carney that may or may not be in eternal love with Carnelle. Set in Brookhaven, Mississippi, our story delves into Carnelle’s desire to win the “Miss Firecracker Contest,” held during the Fourth of July weekend. Carnelle wants to win badly to atone for her past and leave town in a “blaze of glory!”
Director Michelle Robinson wanted to direct this production because of its wonderful family dynamic that changes, for better or worse, when friends are added to the mix. “It’s a great play to showcase actors, since there is such a terrific acting arc for them to achieve.”
Robinson notes “This show doesn’t just have laughs, but also provides some thought provoking moments as well….how will Carnelle overcome her “transgressions?” Will Delmount and Elain make up….will they continue to remain friends as well as brother and sister? Is Elain REALLY going through with her plans to leave her husband? Will Delmount succumb to the charms of Tessy Mahoney, again? Does Popeye stay in town with no job, or leave for the big city to stake her claim there? It will be exciting to see how the audience reacts to all the crazy situations the characters get into… and how they get OUT of them!”
Make plans to see this award-winning play and find out if Carnelle wins despite all the “hi-jinx” that happen as she tries to achieve her goal. “The Miss Firecracker Contest” runs February 26 – March 13, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets are $13-15 and group rates are available either online via our online ticket service or by calling our box office at 281-335-5228.
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CCCT has been named the Bay Area’s “Best Community Theater” by readers of the Bay Area Citizen for five years in a row! Many thanks to our patrons and readers of the Bay Area Citizen for your continued support. See the February 27, 2014 edition for details.