Enter the “Stella” shouting contest for fun and coveted prizes in Columbus, MS

Date(s) - 09/03/2013-09/08/2013
12:00 am

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In playful homage to Stella and Stanley Kowalski, characters in Tennessee Williams’ play “Streetcar Named Desire,” contestants in the “Stella” Shouting Contest will yell “Stella” as loud and as heart-rending as they can. High above the crowd, on the New Orleans style balcony of Holly Hocks — Gloria Herriot’s gift shop at 204 Fifth Street South –an adorable “Stella” and selected judges will endeavor to choose the most irresistible and luckiest suitor of all, the one who will win an array of coveted prizes. These include the dramatic “Stella” mask made by potter Alicia Holen; a gourmet dinner served in regal splendor; and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage to see the play “Period of Adjustment” by Tennessee Williams.

To compete in the “Stella” Shouting Contest, you may register at 204 Fifth Street South, beginning at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, September 6th and yell “Stella” starting at 6 p.m. Sponsors are Holly Hocks, the Tennessee Williams Tribute Committee, station WCBI-TV and Better Brands Distributing Company. This event is FREE.

Tennessee Williams wrote his famous play “Streetcar Named Desire” while living in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi, on 26 March 1911, where he was christened Thomas Lanier Williams by his grandfather, the Rev. Walter E. Dakin, who was rector of St Paul’s Episcopal Church at 318 College Street in Columbus from 1905 to 1913. His mother, Edwina, lived with her parents in the rectory of the church and it is here that the writer spent the first years of his life with his mother, his grandparents and his sister Rose, while his father continued travelling as an itinerant salesman. The rectory later became the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, at 300 Main Street in Columbus. (Hours 9 to 5 daily during the festival)

The “Stella Shouting Contest” is one event among many in Columbus during the week of September 3 – 8. Distinguished Williams’ scholars will be present for discussions on the work of this famous poet and playwright. Four performances of the Tennessee Williams play “Period of Adjustment” are interspersed with a musical evening on Thursday featuring the Provincetown Mass. Players that will set a new standard for poetry and jazz. The Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour offers priceless insights into the life and work of Tennessee Williams, a giant among American playwrights, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize and beloved around the world.