Miss Firecracker Contest Media Kit



'Miss Firecracker' lights up the stage at Tipping Point Theatre

Northville, MI - Tipping Point Theatre's opening play of their 12th season, The Miss Firecracker Contest by Beth Henley, is sure to please audiences with its wit, heart and empowering theme. Carnelle is a young woman in the 80’s that is known around her small town in Missouri as the promiscuous ‘Miss Hot Tamale’. Determined to change her reputation and live out her dreams, she enters the local beauty pageant, The Miss Firecracker Contest. Together with her bickering cousins, Delmount and Elain, and her plucky new friend, Popeye, Carnelle takes on the seemingly impossible task of winning the crown. 

Running Sept. 13 – Oct. 14, The Miss Firecracker Contest is the first of six professional productions coming to Tipping Point's stage over the next 12 months. Now in its 12th season, Tipping Point continues to produce high-quality theatre in their intimate 100-seat space located in the heart of Downtown Northville.

Dani Cochrane, long-time actor at Tipping Point Theatre, is making her directorial debut with this American Classic. "We have an opportunity to create over 90 jobs for Michigan Artists at Tipping Point each year," said James R. Kuhl, Producing Artistic Director. "It's even more rewarding when we're able to give an artist an opportunity to grow and explore in a new position.  I look forward to seeing Dani’s creativity and leadership at work with The Miss Firecracker Contest."

The show's playwright, Beth Henley, is known for her shows that feature southern towns and strong female roles. Her most well-known show, Crimes of the Heart, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. The Miss Firecracker Contest was published a year later and was turned into a movie in 1989 starring Holly Hunter. Henley’s shows explore the absurd truth of living in our contemporary world. The hypocrisy is heightened and bluntly fed to the audience through delightfully fun characters. Henley’s ability to create likeable characters while highlight their flaws is just a part of what makes her scripts so interesting. The Miss Firecracker Contest is no exception.

With a five week run and shows Thursday through Sunday, there are plenty of days to catch this iconic show coming to Tipping Point Theatre in Downtown Northville. Preview performances featuring a talk back with Director Dani Cochrane and Producing Artistic Director James R. Kuhl are September 13th and 14th at 8pm. A celebratory opening night featuring food and fun with the cast is September 15th. For more information, visit www.TippingPointTheatre.com or call the box office at 248-347-0003. 

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Marketing and Development Coordinator
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The Miss Firecracker Contest by Beth Henley at Tipping Point Theatre

Kryssy Becker
Maggie Meyer*
Hallie Bee Bard
Patrick Loos
Aaron Kirby*
Shauna Hitchcock
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

September 13 – October 14, 2018

Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady St., Northville

248-347-0003 or TippingPointTheatre.com

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Friday
90 minutes prior to performances

PREVIEW - September 13 at 8 PM
PREVIEW - September 14 at 8 PM
OPENING NIGHT - September 15 at 8 PM
September 16 at 2 PM
September 20 at 8 PM
September 21 at 8 PM
September 22 at 3 PM and 8 PM
September 23 at 2 PM
September 26 at 3 PM
September 27 at 8 PM
September 28 at 8 PM
September 29 at 3 PM and 8 PM
September 30 at 2 PM
October 4 at 8 PM
October 5 at 8 PM
October 6 at 3 PM and 8 PM
October 7 at 2 PM
October 11 at 8 PM
October 12 at 8 PM
October 13 at 3 PM and 8 PM
October 14 at 2 PM

Previews September 13th and 14th at 8:00 p.m.
Includes a talkback afterwards with the Producing Artistic Director James R. Kuhl and Director Dani Cochrane. Tickets are only $26.
Opening Night, July 21st at 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy the performance followed by food provided by 160 Main Street and refreshments with the cast. Tickets are $47.

Senior Citizens 62 and older: $2 off per ticket.
Groups of 15 or more: $3 off per ticket for all performances, excluding previews and opening night. This may be combined with the senior discount.

Tipping Point Theatre brings live, professional theatre to the Metro Detroit area all year long. Located in historic Downtown Northville, it is in its 11th season and continues to produce high-quality, live entertainment for Southeast Michigan. The theatre is led by Producing Artistic Director James R. Kuhl and focuses on fostering personal experiences through affordable, professional theatre performances and community outreach.

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Natalie LaCroix, 248-347-0003, Natalie@TippingPointTheatre.com

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