Bishop’s University Drama Department presents She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

Bishop’s University Drama Department presents She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

Bishop’s University’s Drama Department presents She Kills Monsters by playwright Qui Nguyen (Raya and the Last Dragon), a heartwarming comedy about loss, bullies, and dragons. Guest artists Nathania Bernabe and Bishop’s alumna Jackie T. Hanlin lead a cast of sixteen students and a production crew of twenty-one students for the annual mainstage performance at Centennial Theatre from March 9th to 12th.

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans who leaves her childhood home following the death of her teenage sister. When Agnes discovers her sister’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge.

Under the skillful and experienced hands of guest artists, Nathania Bernabe and Bishop’s Drama alumna Jackie T. Hanlin, founders and directors of Affair of Honor, student actors are learning a whole new set of skills. Stage combat is a highly valued practice that equips trained actors with assets much in demand in the theatre, film, and online gaming industries. Founded in 2017, Affair of Honor is an award-winning fight-and-movement theatre company based in Vancouver.

Through various experiential learning opportunities, especially when working with guest artists, Bishop’s drama students witness first-hand the avenues available to them upon completing their degree. Drama Department graduates are pursuing careers on and off stage such as actor, musician, singer-songwriter, Christo Graham (Class of 2014), portraying Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, appearing in the series Suits, and creating the musical Clown Riot and Leslie Biles (Class of 1997), Executive Director of Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, British Columbia.

During their studies, drama students at Bishop’s University explore the many aspects of productions, from performance to technical skills, they are exposed to a range of directing styles and genres and, when the timing is right, they are sometimes guided by one of their own, as is the case in this production with Jackie T. Hanlin from the BU Class of 2015. In addition, such an elaborate production, which requires the construction and handling of large puppets, allows for the development of multiple skills on and off-stage as artists-in-training are required to work on costumes, build sets and handle the technical aspect of a show.

The production uses a PG-13 rating and has posted a content advisory for graphic violence, extremely strong language, and themes of sexuality and homophobia. Runtime: 2 hours with intermission.

Tickets are available at Centennial Theatre Box Office in person, online through Lepointdevente, and by phone 819-822-9692.

Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager – Bishop’s University
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