By Kelly Evenson

For those looking for some entertainment in September, the City Theatre of Independence is presenting “The Miss Firecracker Contest.”

1 A Story of Acceptance. Written by Beth Henley, “The Miss Firecracker Contest” is a drama/comedy that focuses on a group of characters looking at how to achieve happiness in life. One has low self-esteem, entering a contest to gain approval, while another character changes his life to escape his past. Everyone in the play works to find joy within their own life.

2 When and Where. “The Miss Firecracker Contest” is at 8 p.m. Sept. 7, 13 and 14 at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, corner of Truman and Noland roads. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 15. Tickets are $12 for adults 59 and younger; $11 for adults 60 and older.

3 Dinner and a Show. The first Saturday evening of every production is a dinner theater. Admission for this event is $26 for a non-musical. However, those with a season ticket pay only $16. This is a fundraiser for the city theater, and reservations are required.

4 Supporting the arts. The City Theatre of Independence has several major fundraisers throughout the year. The first is a food booth at the Craft Fair each year in November. Proceeds from the Enchanted Forest, which is in October at George Owens Nature Park and food booth at Powerpalooza in February help to support the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation. It is an umbrella organization for the city’s three community theater organizations - City Theatre of Independence, Encore Theatre and the Children’s Performing Theatre. Finally, the Playwrights Festival, which is in July 2014, allows area playwrights to make a submission of a 10 to 15 minute play. The theme for the 2014 fundraiser is “Party of Three.” Plays should have simple sets and costumes and playwrights will be notified of selection by late February. In addition to submitting plays, the city theater is looking for local individuals who are interested in directing one of the festival’s plays.