Beth Henley's MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST Next Up at Lakewood Theatre Company

July 3
11:31 AM 2012

Beth Henley's MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST Next Up at Lakewood Theatre Company

Beth Henley’s poignant Southern comedy—The Miss Firecracker Contest—takes the stage of the Lakewood Theatre Company, voted “Best Community Theatre Company” in’s 2012 Nashville Theatre Awards, beginning Friday, July 20, 2012 and running through Sunday, August 5. 

The Miss Firecracker Contest  centers on Carnelle Scott (played by Lauren Moore), a Southern girl trying to salvage her  tarnished reputation as “Miss Hot Tamale” by winning the annual Miss Firecracker contest and leaving sleepy Brookhaven, Mississippi, in a red-hot blaze of glory.  

Directed by John Carpenter, board president of Lakewood Theatre, in addition to Moore the cast includes 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., and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are available at, or a limited number of reservations are available through the Lakewood box office at (615) 847-0934. Lakewood Theatre is located at  2211 Old Hickory Boulevard in Old Hickory.

An American Sign Language-interpreted show during  the run of The Miss Firecracker Contest is set for Sunday, July 29. For more information on this production and all of Lakewood's 2012 & 2013 season offerings, to to


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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.

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