Students at Lyons High School, 10 Clyde Road, will present “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3-4 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 5.
“We have had a lot of fun with this production,” said Larry Ann Evans, director. “Finally, a show with a female geek. The stage combat scenes alone were amazing to see come to life.”
The narrative in stories about geek culture all too often focuses on guys. After all, the typical stereotype is a man eating chips from a bag and obsessing over a reality far removed from his own on his computer, gaming device or game board.
In “She Kills Monsters,” the geek is Tilly Evans (Melanie Higgins). Her sister, Agnes (MiKayla Mayo), a normal girl by all accounts, looks for closure after Tilly’s death. After stumbling across Tilly’s homemade Dungeons and Dragons quest, Agnes is determined to learn how to play it.
She asks local video store teen Chuck (Anthony Sloane) to serve as dungeon master, and embarks on her quest to find the Lost Soul of Athens. The quest brings 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 bloodsucking cheerleaders (Aria Smith, Alyssa Larkin and Ericka Moody) and various monsters (Caitlin Vanduyne, Hailey Disanto and Shayla Prosser).
Narrating the play is Hunter Schleede, and rounding out the cast is Agnes’ boyfriend, Miles (Holden Nesbitt).
Costumes were done by Paula Mayo and Brenda Smith, with sets by Dan Nesbitt, lights designed by Garret Coons, light board operations by Nicholas Goodman, sound by Alex Calvo and poster design by Seth Nesbitt.
Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at Dobbins Drugs, 52 William St., Lyons, and at the door. Call (315) 945-1528 for information.