Cries of “Stella!” To Echo Throughout Downtown Columbus

If you find yourself in downtown Columbus, at about 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, you may hear some plaintive shouts echoing throughout downtown Columbus. These shouts will, in all likelihood, be interspersed with raucous applause. There’s no cause for alarm, however. This is the annual Hollyhocks “Stella” Shouting Contest.

Held every September during the Tennessee Williams Tribute, this exciting event takes place on Fifth Street South, in front of Hollyhocks, that eclectic boutique right next to Leadership Plaza.

Sponsors for this year’s event include WCBI, The Real Story, Better Brands, Main Street Columbus and the Tennessee Williams Tribute. The event would not be possible without these sponsors, as well as the hard work and dedication of Hollyhocks’ owner Gloria Herriott and a team of volunteers.

The audience will start gathering around 5 p.m., with registration for participants beginning at 5:30 p.m. “The Saint and the Priest” will be entertaining the crowd, and beer, sodas, and food will be available for purchase.

Then, at 6 p.m., the real excitement begins! One after another, would-be “Stanleys” will take their turn shouting to the lovely “Stella” (portrayed by Leigh Allison Phillips), who will encourage them to give their all.

Steve Rogers will emcee the proceedings and a panel of judges will score the contestants’ efforts, based upon emotion, originality and loudness.

The initial batch of “shouters” will be whittled down to a group of five finalists, each of whom will reprise their efforts.

One valiant participant will be named the winner, and will receive a prize package, his/her name on the Stella Shouting Contest trophy, two tickets to see “The Rose Tattoo” (the signature production of this year’s Tribute), a carriage ride to and from the play, and a Tennessee Williams-inspired dinner on the balcony from which our local “Stella” gazed at the throngs below.

This fun and exciting event, which is free and open to the public, draws people from throughout the Golden Triangle and beyond.

Everyone is invited to come out and be a part of this wonderful experience!

The Real Story Staff Report

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