Stella-yelling contest highlights fundraising for Bay St. Louis Little Theatre

Stella-yelling contest highlights fundraising for Bay St. Louis Little Theatre

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - There are a lot of ways to scream "Stella", the famous line by Marlon Brando in the movie "A Streetcar Named Desire."

But Rutger Jongbloets bore it all for the win. His motivation?

"You have a teenage daughter," Jongbloets said with a laugh. "And you have to call for her. So, I call her for supper like that."

Although he took home the title, Jongbloets didn't spend a lot of time studying the character.

"I saw the clip on YouTube yesterday," Jongbloets said. "But I've been wanting to shout Stella because apparently, I have a pretty intimidating voice. I've been wanting to do this for 15 or 20 years, and I always miss the competition."

The Saturday afternoon competition in Bay St. Louis included all ages, male and female.

It was 9-year-old Jay Kelton's second shot at glory.

"I just like doing it because you never know what could happen," said Kelton.

The contest was part of the Stella, Blues and BBQ event, a fundraising for Bay St. Louis Little Theater.

"We wanted to bring back the theater, and bring back the attention to the theater, as soon as we could after Katrina," said Cheryl Grace, theater president. "So we had this when there were still dumpsters in our driveway and mud puddles everywhere. We've come a long way, we certainly have. Stanley would be proud of us."

To fuel the fun was barbecue, sweet treats, music to dance to and colorful characters from the Raw Oyster Marching Club.

While the rare winners make it without practicing, the first Stella-yelling winner, Larry Clark, had a bit of advice for the others.

"I would say dress the part. Rehearse. Know what you're doing when you get here. Give a lot of angst and a lot of gusto and be original."

Second place in the contest went to Drew Puffer, and Ron Carter took third place.

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