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Amarillo Little Theatre 
proudly presents:

The Miss Firecracker Contest

by Beth Henley

“It's a comic volcano of a play, populated by offbeat, but vital, larger-than life characters...” - The Hollywood Reporter.

Rated PG 

What our patrons are saying about "The Miss Firecracker Contest"...

Just when I think Amarillo Little Theater has reached its peak you pull something like The Last Five Years out of the hat.  Thank you. Wonderful vocals, wonderful music, and wonderful direction. Marvelous evening of theater.

-John Miller - Amarillo

This ranks with Light In The Piazza as my favorite musical ever.You could take the ALT production and play it on Broadway just as it is. It's that good.

-Mike Akins - Amarillo

Show Summary

The Amarillo Little Theatre is pleased to present the very funny play The Miss Firecracker Contest as the fourth production of the 2013-14 Mainstage season! Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Beth Henley, this show is sure to be a hit with ALT audiences.

The place is the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven, the time a few days before the Fourth of July. 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 Elain's eccentric brother, Delmount, (recently released from a mental institution) to sell the family homestead and decamp for New Orleans. But, aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress named Popeye and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres—leading to a climax of unparalleled hilarity, compassion and radiant fireworks!

ALT has cast a phenomenal cast of newcomers and veteran actors for this production.  They include Stephanie Adams, Amber Burton, Justin Loe, Deanna Smiddy, Ryan Sustaita and Jorden WhetstoneBobby Schaffer is Artistic Director with Kim Shreffler as Assistant to the Director.

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Performance Dates:

  • February 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7, 8
    @ 8:00 pm
  • March 9   
    @ 2:30 pm

Performance location
ALT MainStage
2019 Civic Circle

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Sponsored by:

  • Neal Scott/NL Investments
  • John & Doris Kaczmarek
  • Doug & Evaline Thompson
  • Donnie & Debbie Walsh/Christie Brown
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Wisian