The Miss Firecracker Contest
 by Beth Henley
 Stetson University Stover Theatre
 April 1995

Set in the small town of Brookhaven, Mississippi, The Miss Firecracker Contest centers on the efforts of a young woman to win the local Fourth of July beauty pageant. Aiming to redeem her tarnished reputation and leave Brookhaven "in a crimson blaze of glory," Carnelle Williams competes against other misfits in the town. She is assisted by a gallery of quirky characters that includes a visually impaired seamstress, her lunatic cousin "with a checkered past," a former winner of the contest (also her cousin), a mesmerizing balloon seller, and "the ugliest girl in town." The play is an inspirational tale of an idealistic young woman who follows her dream despite gossiping neighbors, a crowded dressing room, and the fact that the odds are against her.

In addition to directing, I also designed scenery and lights for this production.

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