Summer Stock 2000
At the
Stage Center Theatre

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, herself 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 (who is hopelessly smitten by Delmount) and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perserveres—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. [Dramatists Play Service Catalog]
 

Popeye Jackson (Maria Castro) measures Carnelle Scott (Jennifer Amling) so she can take a chance in The Miss Firecracker Contest.
 

“…the evening’s torrential downpour of humor—alternately Southern-Gothic absurdist, melancholy and broad—almost never subsides.”New York Times.

 
 
 
 
 

Delmont Williams (Bill Hyland) tries to wiggle his ears for Elain (Katie Dugan) Carnelle Scott (Jennifer Amling), Popeye (Maria Castro) and MacSam (William Mayer) in The Miss Firecracker Contest.

“…there is a story, with suspense and conflict—but where it shines is in the imagination of the playwright, in the characters she has created, in the strangeness and depth of their emotions, in the lines written for them to speak, and in her own astonishing, humorous vision.”New Yorker.
 
 
 
 

Carnelle Scott (Jennifer Amling), Elain Rutledge (Katie Dugan) and Popeye Jackson (Maria Castro) cry about their chances in The Miss Firecracker Contest.
 

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

 
 
 
 
 

“These are obviously the kinds of roles actors can happily chomp on…”--Time

Cast

Carnelle.....................Jennifer Amling
Popeye......................Maria Castro
Elain..........................Katie Dugan
Delmount...................Bill Hyland
Mac Sam..................William Mayer
Tessy........................Gabrielle Naue

Production Crew

 Producer . Rodney Higginbotham
 Director . Jay Geller
 Stage Manager . Pedro Martinez
 Assistant Stage Manager . Damaris Garcia
 Set/Light Design . Robert Smith
 Costumes . Tina Haglund
 Master Electrician . Adam Doud
 Set Construction Crew . SPCH PERF 349, Summer Theatre Class
 Master Carpenter . Marc Muehleip
 Sound Techinician . Rick Martin
 Lights . Adam Doud
 Sound . Francisco Gutierrez
 Hair Stylist . Cari Reporto
 Props . Angeline Hanson
 Prop Mistress . Vameka Wheeler
 Publicity Coordinator . Laura R. Hadley
 Advertising Sales . Laura R. Hadley


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