The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) Theatre Department will present five performances of “She Kills Monsters” from Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 24-26, 2019.
Written by Qui Nguyen, the play tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.
Senior Izzy King will play the part of Agnes, a cheerleader who suddenly finds herself sword fighting for survival in a realm of dragons and ogres.
In preparation for the play’s action and fight sequences, Theatre Director and Play Director Kate Torcom brought in Salem’s Fake Fight Company to teach the performers combat training.
“There is an empowering element to stage combat and so it’s great to provide this opportunity to our students,” Torcom said. “Everything is safety first and so it also becomes an exercise of the mind as students learn each fight one step at a time.”
The play is set in the mid-90s and contains plenty of funny pop culture references, but also deals with serious subject matters like bullying, popularity and sexual identity.
Tickets are available are at rpatheatre.ticketleap.com. Limited seating is available for each show.
All performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. in RPA’s McClay Center for the Performing Arts at 640 SW Evergreen Ave in Redmond.
“She Kills Monsters” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.