Scarsdale High School Drama Club’s ‘She Kills Monsters’ Shines on Stage

Written by Qui Nguyen, the play seamlessly blends ’90s music and culture with a fantastical world teeming with otherworldly creatures of elves, demons, and fairies. The story follows Agnes Evans, played by Brooke Suzman ’23, who grapples with the loss of her sister Tilly, portrayed by Eve Schiff ’26, in a tragic car accident. In an attempt to unravel Tilly’s mysterious world, Agnes delves into a Dungeons & Dragons module that Tilly had written, embarking on an unexpected journey of self-discovery and healing.

What stood out most about the production was the level of talent and dedication displayed by the cast and crew. From energetic freshmen to experienced seniors, the entire team worked together tirelessly to bring the fantasy world of D&D to life. The intricate costumes and puppets were particularly impressive, adding a whimsical and magical element to the show.  Moreover, the high-energy choreographed scenes set to grunge-heavy and alternative ’90s music brought back a sense of nostalgia for many older audience members. And not to be overlooked, the technology crew played a crucial role in bringing the fantasy world to life through their meticulous handling of the lighting and technical elements.

But the play isn’t just about escapism and fantasy. Indeed, at its heart, the play presents sensitive topics of sexuality and bullying, a first for the SHSDC. The cast and crew worked closely with Center Lane, a local LGBTQ+ community outreach organization, to better understand the term used by the bullies in the play that is derogatory to the LGBTQ+ community. The message of the play stands in direct contrast to the bullying experienced by Tilly, and the Drama Club hopes that families will consider attending the performance to open a dialogue.

Beyond the play, the production also provided an invaluable opportunity for cast members to grow, create new friendships, and find belonging in a closely-knit community. As ‘techie’ Ava Shandler ’24 expressed, “My favorite part is just hanging out with everyone and getting to know them better.” Despite the significant commitment required, the strong sense of camaraderie among its members made it all worth it.

All in all, the play was a massive success and a testament to the dedication and hard work of the SHSDC, who fearlessly tackled sensitive topics while also bringing a fantastical world to life on stage. Well done!