'Miss Firecracker' visits UW-W

(Published Jan. 30, 2007, 11:38 a.m.)

UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department proudly kicks off the spring semester with Beth Henley's The 'Miss Firecracker Contest,' directed by Angela Iannone. The quirky comedy will delight audiences in the Hicklin Studio Theatre on Feb. 20 - 23 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling (262) 472-2222 or ordering online at tickets.uww.edu. Seating in Hicklin Studio Theatre is limited - please purchase tickets in advance.

The 'Miss Firecracker Contest' tells the story of Carnelle, a small-town girl with a tarnished reputation. Carnelle is determined to win the annual Miss Firecracker Contest and leave town in a blaze of glory.

With the help of her cousins Elain and Delmount, and her seamstress Popeye, Carnelle sets off on a hilarious and star-spangled path to rise above her past and find out who she really is. Full of Southern humor, compassion and moving lyricism, this show tells you to forget the unhappy past and aim for what you can "reasonably hope for in life."

". . . the evening's torrential downpour of humor - alternately Southern-Gothic, absurdist, melancholy and broad - almost never subsides," says The New York Times about 'The Miss Firecracker Contest,' Beth Henley's follow-up after her blockbuster 'Crimes of the Heart,' which was produced in Hicklin Studio Theatre this past summer as part of the Summeround Series.

Henley has won numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play, for her Crimes of the Heart.

The theatre/dance department is designed and dedicated to giving students first-hand experience in all areas of theater as well as providing high-quality, entertaining performances, at an affordable price. For this particular production there are two full casts, giving the maximum amount of students the opportunity to practice their craft.

Performing for the High School Matinee and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. are Kaitlin Chin as Carnelle, Marti Gobel as Popeye, Allison Niles as Elain, Jackie Nasby as Tessy, Matt Hackbarth as MacSam and Morgan Foly as Delmount.

Performing Feb. 20 - 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. are Sara Griffin as Carnelle, Saundra Montijo as Popeye, Shannon Davis as Elain, Jessica Hancock as Tessy, Christopher Warren as MacSam and Tyler King as Delmount.

Production staff for The Miss Firecracker Contest includes: UW-W students Rob Kulpa as lighting designer and Heather Miller as stage manager, with UW-W faculty members Tom Colwin as scenic designer, Denise Ehren as costume designer and Steve Chené as technical director.

Tickets are available at the newly renovated Greenhill Center Box Office Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or at the Visitors Center on Starin Road Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets may also be purchased the night of the performance, beginning one hour prior to curtain, as availability allows.

Purchase your tickets in advance, because this show has a history of selling out. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for those over 65, $5.50 for those under 18, and $4.50 for students with a valid UW-Whitewater ID.

The UW-Whitewater 2006-2007 season is sponsored by The Week, The Daily Jefferson County Union and Whitewater Register.

The Theatre/Dance Department is dedicated to producing high quality, entertaining productions showcasing the talent of not only theatre majors, but a myriad of other students as well.

The department is designed to give students as much of a real-world experience as is possible in a learning environment. The costumes, sets and lights are often designed by students, thus giving the students the opportunity to apply their craft and gain experience.

Every school year they produce six shows and another three every summer. To find additional information about the department, visit their Web site at academics.uww.edu/CAC/Theatre/Index.htm.


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