She Kills Monsters On Stage at Selma Arts Center

Feb 8, 2023 | 2023 Articles, Lorie Lewis Ham, Theatre

by Lorie Lewis Ham

She Kills Monsters hit the Selma Arts Center stage this weekend with swords, elves, dungeon masters, and fun! Recently I have been drawn in by the Dungeons and Dragons community on TikTok so when I saw that this play involved Dungeons and Dragons I had to see it.

Cast of “She Kills Monsters” Agnes Evans (Aleah Rashel Muniz) in front

Agnes Evans (Aleah Rashel Muniz) is an ordinary young woman who has lived an ordinary life. She wishes her life was less boring, but when that wish comes true it is through tragedy—her parents and younger sister Tilly (Liliana Morgan) are killed in a car crash. Sad that she never really had the chance to get to know her sister better because they had such different interests—Tilly enjoyed more geeky things like Dungeons and Dragons, while Agnes’ interests were more mainstream—when she is boxing up Tilly’s room, she finds a D&D module that Tilly wrote and decides to explore it in hopes she can learn more about Tilly that way. Not having a clue how to go about it, Agnes tracks down a D&D friend of Tilly’s named Chuck (Rich Mua Kong Thao) and she asks him to help her by being the Dungeon Master for the module that Tilly designed. At first, Agnes feels quite out of place in this fantasy world filled with elves and demons, but she gradually becomes more invested as she gets the chance to learn to know Tilly in a way she never had before. The real world and the D&D world begin to collide as Agnes also gets to know more of Tilly’s friends and the real-world versions of the characters in her story.

Narrator (Carly Oliver)

This play was a delight! The makeup and costuming were spectacular, the sword fights were fun, the characters were interesting and complex, and every cast member did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life! It is not only a story of discovery, but also of family, love, and the realization that we can all use some fantasy in our lives. There are also plenty of laughs along the way. Having been mostly away from the theatre for the last few years due to the pandemic, most of these young actors are new to me, but I look forward to seeing them in more shows! Kudos to the entire cast and crew for a job well done!

Left to right-Lilith/Lily (Grace Morrow), Tilly (Liliana Morgan), and Kaliope/Kelly (Sine Chan-Golston)

If you are looking for a fun time at the theatre, but also a story with heart, do not miss She Kills Monsters on stage at the Selma Arts Center at 1935 High Street, Selma, CA until February 18. You can purchase tickets on their website. You don’t have to know anything about Dungeons and Dragons to enjoy this show, but it does make it even more fun!

Fun little side note—one of the actors, Cha Yang, did a podcast episode for us last year and this was my first time seeing him in person! You can check out his podcast episode HERE.

If you love local theatre, be sure to check out Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast, which features mysteries read by local actors. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and also on podbean.

Check out more theatre reviews & other local entertainment articles in our Arts & Entertainment section. You can also find more theatre coming up on KRL’s Local Theatre event page.

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and a contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet. Lorie’s latest mystery novel, One of Us, is set in the Tower District of Fresno and the world of community theatre!<


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