“She Kills Monsters” slays in Sternberger

The laughs of the audience during the second performance of Guilford’s production of “She Kills Monsters” rang loud through the Sternberger Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Attendees, like Jack Campbell, appreciated the play’s emphasis on geek culture and its incorporation of humor.

“I thought it was hilarious,” said Campbell. “I really enjoyed it. Dungeons and Dragons, it was funny to me especially with the geek idea, but they brought it together really well. I thought it was great.”

While navigating through the Dungeons and Dragons game to learn more about her sister Tilly, Agnes Evans, the protagonist, frequently has to confront the truths of her sister’s life in an imaginary scenario. Playing the game helps Agnes Evans, portrayed by senior Madison Stranahan, gain clarity into parts of her dead sister’s life.

Agnes Evans discovering that her dead sister Tilly Evans was a lesbian was a compelling point in the play. Agnes was a teacher at the high school where her sister was a student. She is introduced to the girl her sister loved at the school itself during the play.

“Ms. Evans,” said the character Lilith, Tilly’s lover. “Just so you know, I did love Tilly. I just wished I would have let her know that while she was here.”

“The play was definitely interesting,” said Terrell Saunders, a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who attended the show. “I could see different layers of it, just being weird, expressing yourself, battling with siblings, things like that.”

Recreating the fantastical aspects in the play was difficult, but the cast and crew were determined to do it successfully.

“The cast have a lot of heart,” said Jeremy Toda-Ambaras, assistant director and stage manager for the show. “This is a very design and tech-heavy show. It was a huge challenge to put on, but I think it was worth it.”

The lighting and the costumes, all designed and put together by the students, were vivid, polished and detailed. With the play set in the year 1995, the old-school hip-hop music had audience members moving to the beat, as the battle scenes filled the auditorium with excitement.

Overall, “She Kills Monsters” had something for every type of theatregoer with good music, funny lines, attention-grabbing lighting and set props and intense energy from the cast members.

There will be three more showings of “She Kills Monsters” in the Sternberger Auditorium on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 8p.m. The performance on Nov. 17 will be interpreted in American Sign Language.