Lyons students pump up to perform “She Kills Monsters”

The Lyons High School students are busy in their last week of rehearsals with the play, “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen. The play will be show on the Earl Buchanan stage in the Lyons High School auditorium Nov. 3-5.

“We have had a lot of fun with this production, finally a show with a female geek!” said director Larry Ann Evans, “The stage combat scenes alone were amazing to see come to life.

All too often, the narrative in stories about geek culture focuses on guys. After all, the typical geek stereotype is some guy eating chips from a bag, obsessing over a reality far removed from our own, on his computer, gaming device or game board.

But in She Kills Monsters, the geek is a girl, or was a girl, since Tilly Evans (Melanie Higgins) is dead. Her sister Agnes (MiKayla Mayo), a “normal” girl by all accounts, looks for closure following her death and after stumbling across a homemade Dungeons & Dragons quest, written by Tilly, is determined to learn how to play it. Asking the local video store teen, Chuck (Anthony Sloane) to be her Dungeon Master, Agnes embarks on her quest to find the Lost Soul of Athens, thereby bringing her sister back to life, at least while playing the game. Agnes meets “Tillius the Paladin’s” creations, Lilith (Cierra Moody), Kaliope (Alexis West), and Orcus (Seth Nesbitt) and battles her demons like the blood sucking cheerleaders (Aria Smith, Alyssa Larkin and Ericka Moody) and various monsters (Caitlin Vanduyne, Hailey Disanto who also plays Mage Stephanie and Shayla Prosser who also plays Vera), Narrating the play is Hunter Schleede and rounding out the cast is Agnes’ boyfriend, Miles (Holden Nesbitt) who also appears as Miles the Gelatinous Mold.

Costumes for the play were done by Paula Mayo and Brenda Smith, sets by Dan Nesbitt, lights are designed by Garret Coons, light board op is Nicholas J. Goodman, sound by Alex Calvo and the poster was designed by Lyons High School Student, Seth Nesbitt.

She Kills Monsters was first produced in New York City at the Flea Theatre with Jim Simpson as the Artistic Director and Carol Ostrow as the Producing Director. Theatrical rights are distributed by Samuel French.

She Kills Monsters will be presented at the Lyons High School on November 3 & 4 at 7:30pm and November 5 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 seniors/students and are available for resale at Dobbins Drugs on William Street in Lyons and at the box office the nights of the show. To reserve tickets or for more information call 315 945 1528.

Come support the theatre students of Lyons High School and local theatre.