As he started the play's rehearsals, he and his cast uncovered more layers beneath the show's existing humor.
Next month, the
The show will run on
It will take place in the
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"The Little Miss Firecracker Contest" is written by
In the show, starry-eyed, small town girl
As she races for her "blaze of glory," the troubles of Scott's eccentric relatives and friends comes along to throw some fire into her path.
It was the Board who chose this play and chose its director --
"They had heard how I wanted to direct in the future," McCormack said. "The future came sooner than I thought it was going to."
McCormack, 17, is heavily involved with the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing.
However, within the last year, the actor has either appeared in or assisted with the
"He's a multi-faceted, talented young man," Benedetto said.
Before he was chosen for this play, McCormack admitted he knew very little about the story.
McCormack took a couple months to study the script.
Auditions arrived in April.
Around 15 people turned out for the six-role cast.
"I was very lucky; I was able to cast from my auditions," McCormack said.
The cast consists of
Some of the cast and crew have prior experience with
Faulkner just co-starred in the company's last production "Greater Tuna."
Others, like Winans, are completely new to the venue.
This is also Winans' first time as a lead character.
"I was really worried about it, (but) it's been a lot of fun," she said.
Winans and McCormack have worked together before.
"Most of the cast are my friends, but we've been able to separate from that when we step into the building," McCormack said. "They are really talented ... (they) take direction really well and pick up their characters like that."
Since this is McCormack's first time in the director's seat, he sought the opinions of Playhouse veteran directors
It was Franklin who revealed to McCormack the show's darker layer.
"I don't want to be afraid of other's opinions," McCormack said. "I firmly believe you learn something from every show ... (and) I told the cast from the beginning that I want this to be a learning experience for all of us."
This is the smallest cast Winans has been in.
"It's smaller here, more intimate," she said. "You really get a chance to work on your character and connect with everyone in the cast (as well as) be able to connect with the audience more, too."
McCormack will also direct
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