Hitchcock-theme gives Peep crown back to Green Tree resident
Nancy Becker is a re-peep winner in the Trib's Peeps Show contest.
Becker, of Green Tree, bested nearly 200 entries with "The Peeps," a movie poster parody of Alfred Hitchcock's nature revenge film "The Birds."
Becker won last year with another Hitchcock-themed entry, "Return to the S'mores Motel -- Anthony Peepkins strikes again!", a take-off on the movie "Psycho."
"I'm kind of on a Hitchcock roll," she says. "I really like Alfred Hitchcock."
Contestants had to assemble a diorama that re-enacted a scene from history, a movie, advertising or pop culture -- with marshmallow Peeps standing in for the characters or real-life people. This year's contest inspired works like, "I'm Sticky and I Know It," "Jurassic Peeps," "Peep Hoarder, Buried Alive" and "Aurora Bunnyalis."
Becker created her sinister scene by putting Peeps on wooden skewers and placing them in a terrarium. She printed out a background from the movie, photographed it and put it into her computer, where she used Photoshop software to add the movie poster and flying Peeps in the sky.
On the lighter side, Holly Kapral of Mount Bethel earned runner-up honors for "MallowBob Peeppants," She used a hot-glue gun to assemble an underwater tableau that parodied SpongeBob SquarePants and his buddies Patrick the Starfish and Squidward Tentacles.
"It took me a couple weeks, because I didn't work on it all the time," says Kapral, who works as a graphic designer. "It probably took me a good two to three weeks, a couple hours here and there.
"I've never done one before, but I love Peeps. I eat 'em all the time."
Instead of popular culture, runner-up Tiffany Nicastro of Lower Burrell drew inspiration from the old masters. She set her entry in an art gallery, where cultured Peeps clustered around "The Scream" and "The Mona Lisa," both re-imagined with Peep faces.
"I printed out 'The Scream' and 'The Mona Lisa.' I cut the face out with scissors and stuck the Peeps in from behind."
The title "You Said to Create A Masterpiece" was a literal response to one of the challenges put forth by contest officials.
"I like to do a lot of crafty things," says Nicastro, who teaches English at Gateway Middle School. " I'm a fan of the museums and galleries. I take my kids. We saw some of the real paintings when we were in Italy about five years ago."
As the grand-prize winner, Becker will receive a $100 gift card and an assortment of Peeps products and accessories. The two runners-up each will receive a $50 gift card.
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