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Monsters on stage

Kauai Community Players (KCP) will present “She Kills Monsters,” at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse starting Friday.

This play is directed by Jenna Cedusky and is loosely based on the role-playing game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’.

Performances will run from today through March 8. On Thursdays through Saturdays, the show will start at 7 p.m. each night, and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The show unlocks secrets about two sisters.

One sister is a plain, unadventurous character who deals with sadness after the loss of her family two years prior. The youngest sister is sillier, full of life and loves board games.

Alex Mink-Flacco plays Agnes Evans, the older sister.

“Agnes is the audience insert character, which means she is highly relatable,” Mink-Flacco said. “She is average, your basic square sister. She is 24 years old at the time of the play.”

Veda Parker plays Tilly Evans, the younger sister.

“Tilly is very fun and sarcastic. She loves to make fun of her sister. She is kind of a rebel. I think I can relate to Tilly a lot,” Parker said.

Cedusky found out that KCP was looking for new plays, so she proposed “She Kills Monsters,” to the board.

“I had a friend who told me they were looking for new directors and plays. I put in the proposal and it got picked. I was inspired by my friend in the mainland who loved board games, “ Cedusky said.

Costume and artifacts designer Kate Mink says she’s busy making weapons and monsters for the show.

“A lot of the story is a fantasy in a kind of world that many of us participate as a sort of wishful kind of thing,” Mink said.

She continued: “In ‘Dungeons and Dragons,’ you can be bigger, faster, cool than who you are. That helps the characters to understand each other and connect better than they could in the mundane world. My job is to make costumes and artifacts that fantasy world real the way it would be to players.”

Officer Roderick Green playing multiple parts in “She Kills Monsters”.

“I play a bug-bear and a stick-building-Jedi. The play is funny and it tells a great message,” he said, showing off his weapon.

According to Mink this play is great for the whole family.

“This fantasy world play is a family oriented show that may be suitable for kids ages 9 and up. I think they will be able to follow along with the adults,” she said.

At the rehearsal on Monday night, the actors were running around getting fitted and getting ready for their headshots. Among them, was one of TGI’s staff, Averie Soto.

“I play Vera and Evil Gabbi. For those not familiar with ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ it really allows you to be creative with yourself and dive into a make believe world and become someone else while it also helps you learn a little about yourself,” Soto said.

She continued: “For those who are into fantasy and adventure, this is really the play for them.”

General Admission is $15, Seniors 62 and over is $12 and students is $10. Tickets can be bought at kauaicommunityplayers.org.
Source: The Garden Island

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