Dungeons & Dragons Brought To Life: She Kills Monsters Runs May 16-18 & 23-25 At Wilsonville High School

Dragons, fairies, elves, gelatinous man-eating cubes — welcome to the fantasy-fueled, role-playing realms of Dungeons & Dragons. She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen is the spring show at Wilsonville High School. The play tells the story of high school senior Agnes Evans as she strives to deal with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. Tilly was a self-described geek who, unlike her popularity-seeking sister, was into D&D.

In the show, Agnes seeks the help of a dungeon master, a geeky freshman named Chuck, to help her navigate an adventure campaign that her sister had authored and left behind before she died. While playing her sister’s game, which is depicted imaginatively onstage complete with creatures, battles, and witty repartee, Agnes is able to reconnect with her sister and a few of her strange friends while joining the group’s main quest — to recover Tilly’s lost soul from Tiamat, a five-headed magic-wielding dragon.

Some of Tilly’s companions who Agnes gets to know on the quest include a dark elf, Kaliope, who isn’t quite attuned to human emotions, Lillith, a demon queen who wields a deadly battle axe, and Orcus, the former lord of the underworld, who would much rather watch reruns of Friends than embark on any adventures. The team encounters many obstacles in the play, including being bullied by some cheerleaders, who had bullied Tilly in real life and who appear in the game as a pair of evil imps, and of course, the dragon.

While on the journey, Agnes gets to know her sister and herself in ways she never knew before and comes to discover why killing dragons and going on quests is more rewarding than striving for popularity. In this high-octane dramedy laden with sword fights, dance battles, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. In order to render the multiple onstage battles, Katz brought in fight choreographer Natalie Piper, who worked with the students for a month on proper technique to fight safely.

Agnes is played by senior Abi Edwards and Tilly is played by junior Samantha Katz. Elf Kaliope is played by sophomore Kaiya Shivers. Demon queen Lillith is played by Natalie Young. Junior Noah Hansen plays Orcas. Senior Nate Rasmussen plays Agnes’ boyfriend Miles and dungeon master Chuck is played by junior Kameron Koslowski. Agnes’ best friend Vera is played by junior Katie Walter. The two evil succubi cheerleaders are played by juniors Kate Hedgepeth and Mikaela Ochocki.

She Kills Monsters is directed by Jason Katz, who says he chose this show because “Not only is it filled with fights and creatures, which is fun for the actors and the audience, it also has a layered story with characters who learn something about themselves over the course of the journey. It is a coming of age story set in a creative environment, which I enjoy directing.”

She Kills Monsters runs May 16-18 and 23-25 at 7pm in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium. Tickets are available online at www.wildcatdrama.com and at the door. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students. The show is recommended for ages thirteen and up.

Tickets on sale soon!

Presenting The Cast Of Our Spring Show: She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

We are pleased to announce our cast for She Kills Monsters. We will announce the rest of the team closer to opening night. Tickets go on sale shortly after Spring Break. This show runs May 16-18 & May 23-25 at 7 pm in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium. This play is recommended for ages 13 and up. Hope to see you there!

Cast List:
Agnes – Abi Edwards
Tilly – Samantha Katz
Kaliope – Kaiya Shivers
Lilith – Natalie Young
Orcus – Noah Hansen
Miles – Nate Rasmussen
Chuck – Kameron Koslowski
Steve – Cian Lister
Evil Tina – Mikaela Ochocki
Evil Gabbi – Kate Hedgepeth
Farrah the Faerie – Hannah Jacobs
Vera – Katie Walter

Creatures/puppeteers:
Wyett Butler
John Cramer
Jillian Dauth
Alexis Gessler
Jessica Hansen
Laura Jeffrey
Lizzie Hall
Cormac Lister
Blake Sandall
Marisa Stukey
Casey Young

Crew/Team:
Stage Manager: Mackenzie Bodyfelt
Student Director: Katie Glavey