In the small town of Brookhaven, Mississippi - a few days before the Fourth of July - Carnelle Scott (known locally as "Miss Hot Tamale") is rehearsing furiously for the Miss Firecracker Contest. But the unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker winner, along with Elain's eccentric brother, Delmount, complicates matters a bit. Aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress named Popeye and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres. Can all concerned finally escape their unhappy pasts and turn to a better future?

Tina Vorreyer as Carnelle Scott
Hadley Hill as Popeye Jackson
Heidi Schultz as Elain Rutledge
Ben Slabik as Delmount Williams
Tony Lage as Mac Sam
ShaVon Sokan as Tessy Mahoney

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Audition Info
6:00 PM
@ Village Theatre Guild

Carnelle Scott: (mid- to late-20s) the beauty contestant
Popeye Jackson: (mid-20s) Carnelle’s seamstress
Elain Rutledge: (mid- to late-30s) Carnelle’s first cousin, a beauty
Delmount Williams: (mid- to late-30s) Carnelle’s first cousin, Elain’s brother
Mac Sam: (40s) the balloon man
Tessy Mahoney: (20s) the beauty contest coordinator

The actress who is cast as Carnelle will need to dye her hair bright red for performances.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Sides will be available on the VTG website ( and the VTG Facebook page ( closer to the audition date.

For questions regarding the audition or production, please contact Sue Keenan: or (630) 469-5414.

The production will open March 23, 2018 and will run for four weekends until April 14, 2018. This production is Non-Equity with no pay.

All Sides (.pdf)

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Audition Information