Mathew Saylor wrote an essay in the form of a three-act play entitled “Our Together Home - a Pottstown play”. Act 1 introduces the main character, who is in fact, the author himself. He is portrayed as a boy taking the audience on a guided tour of Pottstown “through a lens most may not look through – theater.”
Blogger's Note: The following are specifics about one of two winners in the annual Shandy Hill Essay contest sponsored by the Greater Pottstown Foundation, which submitted this information. This post focuses on Matthew Saylor, a 2021 graduate of Owen J. Roberts High School.
Act 2 begins with a look at Steel River Playhouse on East High Street, during the summer. The marquee outside reads “Summer Camps for All Ages.”
Matthew Saylor is congratulated
by Paul Prince.
In Act 3, “the boy” shows us the future. We see him as an established Broadway actor, winning a Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Musical”. During his acceptance speech he attributes whatever ability he may have to his having been raised in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, a small ethnically and economically diverse rural community where inclusiveness, acceptance, opportunity, and encouragement is available to everyone, especially in theater, if one simply accepts the opportunity.
Mathew will be attending Cornell University in Ithaca, NY this Fall, where he currently plans to undertake a major in Mathematics and a minor in Performing and Media Arts. When asked about his unusually diverse study choices, Mathew discerningly replies that he enjoys both areas of study, and that he wants to keep all his opportunities open.