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Playmakers' Make-A-(movie) Mask Challenge

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Playmakers’ Make-A-(movie) Mask Challenge:

The Playmakers are offering a “Make-A-Mask Challenge” on their Facebook page as part of their current theme, “The Year of the Mask”. It encourages participants of all ages to keep making art and have some much needed fun. Essentially, participants will get clues to movies in which a featured character wears a specific mask. Once the correct movie is determined by the clue, the participant makes the mask and posts its picture on Facebook. All entries will be judged by Playmaker volunteers and the top twenty- one results will be posted there for everyone to repost in their own social media apps, as well as printed in the Grove Sun. “We’ve designed this as a challenge rather than a contest as we are reluctant to ask local businesses and organizations for prizes right now,” said Suzanne Boles of The Playmakers.

The Playmakers are giving adults, students of all ages, and family groups and friends a chance to reveal their creativity by making the movie character’s mask from materials you have at home or in your yard,especially recyclable materials. They don’t encourage participants to go spend money on purchasing supplies for the masks and starting with a purchased mask won’t be allowed.

As Cedric the Entertainer said on a recent televised program of videos made by people around the world who are staying at home during the pandemic, we are seeing a “creative explosion” or a“quarantivity,” a word he created. These videos illustrate what some of us believe, that everyone has some kind of creativity if they just don’t let their imaginations lapse. We also believe that in times that challenge us to BE human, art is what keeps us sane and ensures that we STAY human.

The guidelines for participants who want to join the Make-A-Mask Challenge appeared on their Facebook page, “grove playmakers theatre” on Tuesday May 19th. The movie categories are movies made 1) prior to 1950, 2) 1950-1980 and, 3) after 1980. One clue for one movie in each of these three categories will start being posted on Tuesday, May 26th and continue daily through Monday, June 1 for a total of twenty-one movies. Participants will be given until Sunday, June 7th to make the masks and post photos of them on The Playmakers’ Facebook page, after which judging will be held and the top 21 masks chosen.

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