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St. Scholastica Theatre presents "The Miss Firecracker Contest"

Cast members Josie Steller (Carnelle) and Dawson Ness (Delmount).

Cast members Josie Steller (Carnelle) and Dawson Ness (Delmount).

St. Scholastica Theatre presents a humorous look at life in small-town Mississippi, with "The Miss Firecracker Contest" by Beth Henley opening Feb. 3.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3-4 and 9-11. Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 12. All performances are in the St. Scholastica Theatre behind Tower Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call (218) 723-7000 or visit

The play tells the story of Carnelle Scott of Brookhaven, Mississippi, who dreams of winning the Miss Firecracker Contest beauty pageant to improve her reputation and leave her small town behind. The cast of characters includes her zany relatives and friends.

The play is a long-running off-Broadway success, and highlights writer Beth Henley's ability to mingle humor with wisdom and hilarity as she illuminates life in small-town Mississippi. The production is directed by Sharon Dixon Obst, a lecturer in the College's Communication, Theatre and Art department. The play has a special significance for her.

"‘Miss Firecracker' was the first time I saw my mentor John Munsell direct at University of Wisconsin-Superior," she said. "I learned so much from him about who I am as an actor and director, and it all started with this show. I am especially excited because this particular show is billed as the Freshman Focus, and I was able to cast all of the parts with freshmen. This is a wonderful opportunity for my cast and for me to bring this script to life."

St. Scholastica Theatre's 2016-17 season will conclude with "Orestes: Blood and Light" in March and April. It was written by Helen Edmundson, based on Euripides, and will be directed by Shane May.