SELINSGROVE — The Susquehanna University Department of Theatre’s latest student directed production, “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” opens today on the Degenstein Campus Theatre stage.
Directed by senior performance major Richard Bosnic, “The Miss Firecracker Contest” is the fourth student-directed production to be performed as part of an annual tradition.
Beth Henley, author of Tony-award nominated play “Crimes of the Heart,” wrote this play in the late 1970s. Critics say Henley’s work captures the authentic experience of women in the South in ways that resonate with audiences from all over. “‘The Miss Firecracker Contest’ is a lighthearted show in an otherwise dark season,” said Bosnic, “I have enjoyed working with such a young cast. Being a senior, this show has given me the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on our department.”
This side-splitting comedy is set in 1970s Mississippi where Carnelle, better known as “Miss Hot Tamale,” has entered the “Miss Firecracker Contest” in a final attempt to redeem her tarnished reputation.
Carnelle, performed by first-year student Hunter Brady, is a fiery young woman with blazing red hair and a determination to beat the odds.
Performances will be held in Degenstein Campus Theatre today through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are adults $10, non-SU students $7. Tickets may be purchased at the box office prior to the show or by calling (570) 372-1787.