No one was quite sure what to expect on Friday evening as the Garner Galleria Theatre slowly filled with curious theatre goers. “Now, are we going to an actual Tupperware party, or is it really a play?” This seemed to be the question floating around as people surveyed the home-style theatre complete with couches, flowered light shades and, of course, an impressive display of Tupperware.
Before the evening’s event had even begun, there was an infectious energy in the air. Large groups of, mostly, women laughed and joked with each other, and strangers reached across the aisles and over tables to introduce themselves to their neighbors. Then Miss Dixie herself, red hair and all, entered the room carrying a large bowl of mints. She mingled with the audience, welcoming them into her home and told stories about the places she’s been and the things she has done. For example, mechanical bull riding in Austin, Texas!
And with that, the evening was off! Miss Dixie is larger than life. Her thicker than molasses southern accent never grew old and her energy and quick wit drove the audience into throws of laughter. The evening was indeed a real Tupperware party, complete with a raffle, games, singing and Tupperware catalogues.
Although Miss Dixie was there to sell Tupperware, she was consistently eager to slip in any sexual innuendo she could, causing the audience to merge into a sea of awkward hilarity. Her signature snort, frequent mispronunciation of words, quirky phrases and sometimes shockingly politically incorrect statements continued to keep the audience on their toes. And then there was her Tupperware cup always filled with a cocktail of sorts that never seemed too far from Miss Dixie’s side.
The evening was enhanced by the audience participation, as raffle winner were called on stage and random individuals, namely a gentlemen in the front row named Bob, were continually picked on. Local celebrity Kirk Montgomery from 9 news was one of five individuals who sat on stage for the entire show, and he added a comic spice to the party. Miss Dixie was remarkably quick witted and, no matter what individual she was dealing with, she always managed to throw in a remark with the perfect combination of seasoned comic and southern sass.
But most impressive was the empowering message that anchored the show. Between picking on poor Bob and showing off item #1289 (Miss Dixie’s favorite can opener), Miss Dixie was able to sit down and have a heart-to-heart with the audience. She spoke of her rough marriages and how she rose from the bottom tier to become the queen of Tupperware. She spoke of women empowerment, frequently citing her hero, Miss Brownie Wise, and encouraged everyone in the audience to refuse to be told, ‘you can’t.’ She stressed the importance of every individual and their place on this earth, and pushed people to be in control of their own attitude, life and destiny.
Overall, the night turned out to be a very pleasant and unexpected surprise. The combination of hilarity, sincerity, and collectiveness reminded everyone of the simple yet genuine purpose of Tupperware parties. Miss Dixie is a refreshing face in the theatre world and a unique individual who will never be matched, although she will undoubtedly be remembered. Miss Dixie is an one-of-a-kind sales lady who will have you buying into her perspectives of life.
The more the merrier for this show, so check out the link below, grab some friends, and get ready for an unforgettable night with the unforgettable Miss Dixie!