Explosive Comedy: PTD Productions celebrates its silver anniversary with "The Miss Firecracker Contest"


PTD Productions' Miss Firecracker Contest

Tessie (Cindy Franklin), Carnelle (Stacy Buck), and Elain (Mary Hopper) are a few of the explosively funny characters in PTD Productions' season debut production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest.

Twenty-fifth anniversaries are usually celebrated with silver. 

But PTD Productions is feteing its 25th with firecrackers.

The Ypsilanti-based community theater group kicks off its silver season with Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest, a successful long-run Off-Broadway comedy that takes place in a small Mississippi town.

Carnelle Scott -- aka Miss Hot Tamale -- is prepping for the Miss Firecracker Beauty Contest, but the surprise arrival of her cousin Elain -- a former winner of the pageant -- throws things into a whirlwind. Meanwhile, Carnelle's bro, Delmount, was just released from a mental institution and is threatening to sell the family home. But thankfully, a seamstress named Popeye, as well as several other zany characters, come to Carnelle's aid.

Directed by Susan Morris and Carla Margolis; featuring Laura Bird, Stacy Buck, Sun Chruscial, Samantha Edwards, Cindy Franklin, Mary Hopper, and Wyatt Woodside. 

"The Miss Firecracker Contest" is at the Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, February 21-24, February 27-28, and March 1-2. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 8 pm; 
Sunday and Wednesday matinees begin at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $18 general, $12 for students and seniors. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can. Visit ptdproductions.com for more information and tickets.