(COVINGTON, La.) — While some students and faculty members of St. Paul’s are still contemplating what just happened after they witnessed the first annual “Stella Yelling” contest on campus, the participants, including the winner, senior Kurt Thompson, are just happy they were able to be a part of it.
“It was just one of those things you would only see at St. Paul’s,” Thompson said. “It was a moment I will definitely never forget. Plus, I won a $10 gift card to Mugshots.”
The contest was inspired by one held yearly in New Orleans, typically in Jackson Square. It is fully open to the public and there is free admission.
“Bro. Ray heard I was teaching about the play and he suggested we hold a contest,” English teacher Victor Morlas said. “I developed the criteria for judging and solicited three judges including Mrs. Peake, Ms. Allen, and Mrs. Case.”
The “Stella Yelling” contest is a competition where contestants try to reenact the memorable scene of Stanley Kowalski’s shout to his wife Stella after he feels remorseful about the fight between them in the play “A Street Car Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams.
“The activity was done on a volunteer basis, though the students got extra points for participating,” Morlas said. “But participation was limited to my English IV AP classes who had some knowledge of the play.”
Done inbetween the Main School Building and the Wolf Dome, students throughout campus seem to have thoroughly enjoyed the contest.
“It was really funny and extremely entertaining,” sophomore Cole Knobloch said. “I hope I can see it again next year.”
Students who participated in the competition also embraced the experience.
“It was very fun to do, and I really enjoyed the whole experience,” Thompson said. “It felt weird, though, ripping my shirt off in front of a bunch of guys.”
Morlas plans to hold the competition yearly from now on.
“I hope to expand the competition next year and make it a bigger event,” Morlas said.
On March 30 through April 3, 2016, New Orleans’ Stella Yelling contest will be held in Jackson Square from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.