2023 Jane B. Avery Keepsakes Award for High School Seniors
Events | Date: April 28 and 29, 2023|Location: Our Town Theatre

To support the future endeavors of local high school graduates, Our Town Theatre will provide a total of $2,000 in cash awards to seniors each year. The awarded students must be residents of Garrett County. Performances will be the weekend of April 28 and 29, 2023.

Three monetary prizes will be awarded to high school seniors who reside in Garrett County. You do not have to be enrolled in a theatre class. Any senior is eligible to compete, including, but not limited to, those within the school system, home school, private school, etc. Three or more finalists will be chosen. Immediate family members of the Theatre’s board or of award judges are not eligible.

Three awards will be presented:

First place—$1,000
Second place—$600
Third place—$400

The Application Process

  1. Completed applications and scripts must be received by March 1, 2023.
  2. Attach a typewritten copy of your original script to your application form. Your script should depict a historic person, place, or event related to Garrett County history. It should be written in first person perspective, i.e. I am; I did; Let me tell you about . . .
  3. Any person portrayed must be at least 50 years deceased. All events presented must have occurred before 1970.
  4. Sources of information or research should be listed in detail at the end of the script.
  5. Our Town Theatre (OTT) will have volunteers to help with research and writing. See attached flyer.
  6. Do not put your name anywhere on your monologue script. Scripts will be judged anonymously.
  7. Each presentation should be 3-7 minutes in duration.

The Selection Process

  1. Applications, including written scripts, will be reviewed by the award committee, and finalists will be notified no later than April 1, 2023. Three or more finalists will be chosen.
  2. Finalists will be asked to perform based on the historical accuracy and writing quality of their script. If you do not perform, you will be disqualified.
  3. Finalists will memorize and present their monologues on stage at Our Town Theatre in front of a paying audience. The Theatre will provide assistance with props, costuming, and stage presence to any finalist who requests it.
  4. Performances will be the weekend of April 28-29, 2023.
  5. Three Garrett County award winners will be selected on the basis of their performances, by a panel of judges.
  6. The award recipients will be informed by May 5, 2023.


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