The Fountain Girl is telling her story as part of the Chicago Park District Teen Writing Competition
The competition was open to individuals between the ages of 12 and 18. The monologues had to be submitted between September 21 and October 26, 2015. Students were directed to write a monologue of no more than 350 words, in the first person from the statue’s point of view, with a heading that includes the following information:
- Email address
And the winner is....................
Aela Morris is a 17 year old junior at Evanston Township High School. In addition to writing, she enjoys playing the violin and editing her school’s literary magazine. In order to write this monologue, she visited the statue and took photographs of the surroundings from the perspective of the statue, which helped her get a feel for what it would be like to actually “be” the statue. She also researched the statue’s origins and the World’s Fair were it was first displayed. She said that “hearing my monologue being recorded was an awesome experience. It was like my words just jumped up off of the page and became something far beyond what I could have ever imagined.”
Read her winning monologue here
Make sure to visit the statue in Lincoln Park with your smart phone to hear the Fountain Girl's story in person.
The monologue was voiced by a Chloe Grace, a freshman at Chicago High School for the Arts, who is also a Chicago Park District student actor from Austin Town Hall Park.
Aela Morris (on left below) participated in the recording session with Austin Town Hall Park actress Chloe Grace (on right) for the monologue, which took place at Steppenwolf Theater. Steppenwolf is one of the cultural partners of Statue Stories Chicago.
Photo by Johnny Knight.
The judges also decided to award Honorable Mentions to the following students:
- Elise Hetzel - St. Damian School, Oak Forest
- Julia Lapaj - Ernst Prussing Elementary, Chicago
- Kimberly Sakura Heimsoth - Lane Technical HS, Chicago
- Madison Brately - Skinner West Classical, Chicago
Read their entries by clicking on their names above.
As a result of the Teen Competition, the Fountain Girl in Lincoln Park is now telling her story, and will continue to through August 2016. Visit the statue with your smart phone to hear her story.
For more information about Statue Stories Chicago visit www.statuestorieschicago.com.