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The Miss Firecracker Contest

A Play

By Beth Henley
Directed By: Kevin Roach



Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Wednesday, March 6 @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM

​The Evansville Civic Theatre Building
717 N Fulton Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710


WHEN: April 19 - 21 & April 26 - 28

WHERE: Bosse High School Auditorium

RUNTIME: 2h 15m


This play is a thrilling roller coaster ride of emotions that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering for the underdog. The story follows Carnelle Scott, a young woman from a small southern town, who is determined to win the Miss Firecracker Contest and prove to everyone that she is more than just a pretty face. With the help of a motley crew of characters, including her quirky cousin, Delmount, and the eccentric seamstress, Popeye, Carnelle embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will have you on the edge of your seat. This heartwarming and humorous play is a celebration of the human spirit, resilience, and the power of community, making it a must-see for audiences of all ages.


This play contains some language and features adult humor with themes related to sexual promiscuity.





Age 24 - 35

Optimistic about life even though being left with her aunt as a child and gaining the reputation as "Miss Hot Tamele."

*In the play, a significant portion of the dialogue and action centers around Carnelle's vibrant red hair. While the playwright recommends that the actress consider dyeing her hair red for authenticity, we understand this may not be feasible for everyone. In such cases, we will seek out an exceptionally realistic red wig as an alternative

Popeye Jackson

Age 20 - 35

A nearsighted seamstress.  A bit naive and backward.

Elain Rutledge

Age 30 - 40

Carnelle's cousin.  A former Miss Firecracker who is having trouble living up to the requirements of her natural beauty.

Delmount Williams

Age 30 - 45

Elain's brother.  A bit of a lost soul seeking to find perfection and beauty in life.

Mac Sams

Age 40 - 50

A former lover of Carnelle.  Accepting and curious as to the many maladies he suffers from.

Tessy Mahoney

Age 25 - 35

Not very attractive.  She oversees the backstage area of the contest.  Completely in awe of Elain and has a history with Delmount


Nothing! Auditions will consist of cold (unseen before auditions) script readings with other participants. 


The schedule will depend on the actors' availability. Please bring a full list of conflicts, including work schedule and WEEKEND commitments through April 28. Rehearsals will begin the week after the auditions.


Tech week begins Sunday, April 14. All actors MUST be available for rehearsals from that date through the show’s opening date. There are no conflicts allowed during production/tech week.


The Evansville Civic Theatre is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse creative environment. We actively welcome actors from all races, backgrounds, and lifestyles. We believe in considering all auditioners, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, stage of pregnancy, disability, age, or veteran status. We encourage anyone who is interested to audition! Every auditioner will be considered for a role, unless the race, age, or gender of a character is integral to the story or explicitly specified by the playwright and required by the production contract.


Any questions can be directed to

Audition Form

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