Lakewood Theatre Sets Off ‘Miss Firecracker Contest’

Miss Firecracker 2Lakewood Theatre Company will present its production of The Miss Firecracker Contest from July 20 to Aug. 5.

The Miss Firecracker Contest – written by playwright Beth Henley, author of the acclaimed Crimes of the Heart – centers around Carnelle Scott, a Southern girl trying to salvage her tarnished reputation as “Miss Hot Tamale” by winning the annual Miss Firecracker contest and leaving sleepy Brookhaven, Miss. in a red-hot blaze of glory.

John Carpenter, board president of Lakewood Theatre, directs an award-winning cast. The ensemble includes Lauren Moore as aspiring Miss Firecracker Carnelle Scott, Heather Alexander as odd seamstress Popeye Jackson, Jill Braddock-Watson as former Miss Firecracker Elain Rutledge, Michael Welch as the troubled and charming Delmount Williams, Daniel DeVault and Asa Ambrister sharing the role of Mac Sam, and Laura Lindsey as pageant coordinator Tessy Mahoney.

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be obtained at A limited number of reservations are available through the Lakewood box office at (615) 847-0934. The theater is located at 2211 Old Hickory Blvd. in Old Hickory. An American Sign Language-interpreted show will be presented on Sunday, July 29 as a service to the Deaf/HOH community.

For more information on this production and all of Lakewood’s 2012 and 2013 season offerings, please visit their website at Those seasons are presented in part with the generous support of the Metro Arts Commission.Miss Firecracker 1

*All photos courtesy Lakewood Theatre Company.

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