UPDATED: The Westerville Summer Theatre Enrichment series has returned with a virtual show, "She Kills Monsters," that will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. July 11 to 13. The original dates of July 9 to 11 were changed after ThisWeek's press deadline.
Written by Qui Nguyen, an Ohio University graduate, "She Kills Monsters" is a science-fiction fantasy adventure about Agnes, played by Westerville South High School junior Sammi Robinson, exploring the world of her little sister, played by Westerville North High School junior Paige Welsheimer, after her tragic death.
Director Matthew Wolfe said the adventure begins when Agnes finds her sister's "Dungeons and Dragons" notebook.
Agnes battles an unknown world filled with scary monsters and challenging obstacles to ultimately fight the most dangerous and scary monster of all, herself.
Joining the quest are 11 other actors from North, Central, South high schools and Blendon Middle School and 13 technicians from the same schools in addition to Walnut Springs Middle School.
"I would rate this production (for ages) 13-plus because of questions of identity and some violent images as she battles the monsters," Wolfe said.
"However, the themes of the show and campy nature are sure to make for a wonderful night of theater."
Robinson said the show represents differences of individuals and how to celebrate those differences.
She said people of ages, genders and all types should enjoy it.
"Not being able to be with people in person has been a challenge but being able to produce a great show is a wonderful reward," Robinson said.
Welsheimer said the story is important to tell because people need to realize that life is short.
"We truly need to be grateful for who we have in our lives, because we never know when our last moments will be," she said. "Tell a family member you love them, say 'hi' to your neighbor and take advantage of the moments you have with them."
She said there are several "Dungeons and Dragons" references that only true players would know, but also comedy for those who don't.
South senior Myah Miller, who plays Lilith/Lily said she thinks anyone would enjoy the show, but it would really reach people who feel like they're not understood and represented.
"It's a fun play to watch and perform," Welsheimer said.
The show's technical director is South graduate and Otterbein University student Tori Perdue.
South junior Heath Benton is assistant director.
A $5-per-viewer donation is requested to help fund the summer project for next year.
"We are so excited that Westerville City Schools knows the power and importance of theater during this confusing time," Wolfe said.
The link to the platform and donation location is https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/9998. A Facebook event also will be circulated through Westerville Booster group pages.