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SHE KILLS MONSTERS: VIRTUAL REALMS
July 24, 2020 - August 01, 2020
SHE KILLS MONSTERS: VIRTUAL REALMS

by Qui Nguyen

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms” is presented by arrangement with
Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
www.concordtheatricals.com

Directed by Meredyth Pederson Cooper
Costume Design by Elspeth McClanahan
Lighting Design by Ryann Norris
Sound Design by Matt Foulks

This project is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

        

  

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TBS Speakers: Faye Armon-Troncoso, Rachel Bauder, Colette Benoit, Kim Codner, Nadine Hettel, Duncan Jenner-Bennett, Angela Johnson, Ami Kirk Jones, Terri Schaffer, Bridget Sullivan


A common phrase that's come up for me at many points in the rehearsal process for She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is, "We've never done this before!" Said in exasperation, confusion, or with reluctant acceptance, this phrase that punctuated our process often parallels Agnes Evans’ journey in the play. Creating theatre through video calls, at the mercy of our internet connections, during one of the most challenging chapters of our lives, is a strange experience. But in many ways, we are uniquely prepared to tell this story.

Agnes is grieving the loss of her younger sister, Tilly, who she often felt disconnected from, and also exasperated with when Tilly was alive. Agnes learns about her sister through the magical and unfamiliar world of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, a world loved and created by the sister Agnes is now missing. The journey hardly feels linear, and Agnes is often in over her head.

In many ways, our community is experiencing something very similar to Agnes. While Agnes learns to navigate the world of Dungeons and Dragons, we figure out how to gather virtually and from a new distance. As Agnes wrestles with the ups and downs of her grief, so do we. As Agnes struggles to connect with others in her life, we find ourselves in a highly isolating time of our lives too. The more Agnes learns about Tilly’s life, she becomes resistant, uncomfortable, and lost. Similarly, many of us are experiencing a painful uncovering of the vulnerabilities of our social systems and how deeply they have failed us in this moment of crisis. Like Agnes, we can’t always see the way through the darkness we encounter.

But as with any arduous quest, it’s not only hardship. Through the pain, we find healing. We grow. We discover. We ask for help. We listen. We learn to fight for ourselves, and for each other. Whether your current quest is making virtual theatre during a pandemic, navigating the waves of grief, engaging in the fight for justice, - or maybe all three at once - this story is for you. We all have different monsters to fight, unique abilities within ourselves to use in the world, and our own paths to forge. And knowing we are not alone can give us the strength we need to stand tall, use our voice, and slay the dragon.

Meredyth Pederson Cooper
Director


Our production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is the culmination of our two teen summer conservatories: Teens on Stage, 11 acting students, and Teens Backstage, 8 technical theatre students. Teens on Stage students attend classes, rehearse, and perform the show, while Teens Backstage students learn and apply skills to build and construct everything from props and costumes to graphics and animation and serve as the running crew for the production.

The Linda O’Day Young Scholarship

An annual scholarship has been created for Teens on Stage and Teens Backstage in honor of Linda O’Day Young. Linda was incredibly proud of the hard work and talent of teens and also of the Youth Scholarship Fund that has assured that no child is ever turned away from taking an RLT class or camp due to an inability to pay. In an effort to cherish Linda’s legacy, this fund specifically covers the cost of one participant’s tuition in each of the teens intensives: Teens on Stage and Teens Backstage.

If you or someone you know was impacted by Linda’s artistry and time here at Raleigh Little Theatre, we hope you will consider making a donation to this scholarship fund. You can donate online at raleighlittletheatre.org/donate and be sure to write “Linda O’Day Young” in the notes section of the online form.

As Linda said, “Theatre is love, and there is no better antidote for all the fear and anger in the world today than love.”


Tilly Jenna Davenport
Agnes Caroline Farmer
Chuck Sean Moss
Vera Bela Gonzalez
Miles Miller Morrison
Kaliope/Kelly Laura Lillian Baggett
Lilith/Lily Lara Rydesky
Orcus/Ronnie/Demon Donovan Miller
The Great Mage Steve Atticus Blum
Farrah the Faerie/Evil Gabbi Mia Purse
Narrator/Evil Tina Audrey Jones

Teens Backstage
(In Alphabetical Order)
Peyton Joyner
Lucy Lloyd
Rachel Maselli
Alexander Matta
Nat Mundorf
Rae Quarles
Ellen Stowell
Travis Turner

Production Staff
Director Meredyth Pederson Cooper
Assistant Director Samuel D. Walker, Jr.
Lighting Designer Ryann Norris
Costume Designer Elspeth McClanahan
Sound Designer Matt Foulks
Production Manager Dennis Berfield
Technical Director Dennis Berfield
Stage Manager Anna Brescia

Teens on Stage Conservatory Teacher
Jess Barbour, Acting for the Camera

Teens Backstage Production Crew
Video Graphics and Animation
Alexander Matta
Travis Turner

Props Construction
Rachel Maselli
Nat Mundorf
Rae Quarles
Lucy Loyd
Ellen Stowell

Graphics
Peyton Joyner
Ellen Stowell
Lucy Lloyd

Costume Construction
Peyton Joyner
Rachel Maselli
Lucy Lloyd



LAURA LILLIAN BAGGETT
Kaliope/Kelly

is so excited to return to the Teens On Stage program this year. In the summer of 2019, she had the pleasure to be in the chorus of Teens On Stage’s production of Antigone with many of the same people. She was also in RLT’s Junie B. Jones as May. She recently participated in Burning Coal Theatre’s production of Camelot as an ensemble member. She is a rising junior at Broughton and is very active in their performing arts. Laura Lillian would like to thank her parents, her grandfather, Cliff Baggett, and all the wonderful people who made this show possible.

ATTICUS BLUM
The Great Mage Steve

is fifteen years old and a rising sophomore at Leesville High School. His most recent work includes Wickersham Brother in RLT’s Seussical TYA, Chorus Member in RLT’s TOS/TBS Antigone, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserable: School Edition. He is a huge D&D nerd and is subsequently more than excited to be a part of the She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms cast! He would like to thank his fellow TOS/TBS friends for a great summer, and his mom for letting him sit in his room all day.

JENNA DAVENPORT
Tilly

is thrilled to be performing with RLT for a fourth - most unique - time before they head off to Manhattan to study acting at AMDA in the fall.

CAROLINE FARMER
Agnes

is a rising junior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Some of her past credits include RLT’s Antigone, RLT’s Measure for Measure, and Bare Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet. She would like to thank her family, cast, and crew for making this wonderful experience possible.

BELA GONZALEZ
Vera

is excited for her very first summer with Teens on Stage. She is so thankful for such an amazing experience with so many amazing and talented people. Bela also loves to express her creativity through acting, dancing, drawing and painting.

AUDREY JONES
Narrator/Evil Tina

is excited for her second Teens on Stage production and is thrilled to be working with Raleigh Little Theatre again. Her past credits include Antigone (Chorus) at RLT Teens on Stage, Decision Height (Eddie) at Saint Mary's School, Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay) at Saint Mary's school, Alice @ Wonderland (Alice) at RLT, and more. Audrey also does Film and Television work with her agency KU Talent. Audrey is beyond excited for everyone to see this group's hard work. A special thanks to her parents, Meredyth, Anna, and Samuel. Enjoy the show!

DONOVAN MILLER
Orcus/Ronnie/Demon

is especially excited because this is his first ever time not only acting outside of HS theatre, but also his first time acting with Raleigh Little Theatre.

MILLER MORRISON
Miles

is a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has done a number of plays at Raleigh Little Theatre including Measure for Measure, Blood at the Root and last year’s Teens on Stage production of Antigone. He is excited about the opportunity to work with this group again!

SEAN MOSS
Chuck

is very excited to make his second appearance in a Teens on Stage production. Last summer, Sean performed as Haemon in Teens on Stage’s production of Antigone and cannot wait to perform as Chuck Biggs, the epic dungeon master in Teens on Stage’s production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.

LARA RYDESKY
Lilith/Lily

is a senior at Apex High school and is excited to participate in her first production at RLT. She is honored to work with the cast and crew of She Kills Monsters and would love to give thanks for everyone’s hard work in this difficult time.

MIA PURSE
Farrah the Faerie/Evil Gabbi

is delighted to be in this year's Teens On Stage production, her second-ever production at Raleigh Little Theatre! She would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and kindness and hopes the audience loves the show as much as she does.

PEYTON JOYNER

is excited to be back for her second year with Teens Backstage with a costuming focus. She has been doing theatre since childhood and is proud to be a part of such an amazing team. She hopes everyone enjoys the show!

LUCY LLOYD

is enjoying her first time working with TBS. From painting and helping construct Tilly's armor to minor seam work on the fairy's dress, Lucy couldn't be more thrilled. Lucy can't wait to continue her passion in consuming with further education in college and RLT.

RACHEL MASELLI

is grateful to be a part of the Teens Backstage program and help facilitate such a unique show.

ALEXANDER MATTA

is a rising senior who is thrilled to return to Teens Backstage. He hopes you enjoy the show!

NAT MUNDORF

is a rising senior at Apex High School and thrilled to be working with Teens Backstage for the first time this summer.

RAE QUARLES

is returning for a second year to the Teens Backstage team, and they are excited to tackle the challenge of a completely virtual production with She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms. Rae is currently pursuing a degree in Audio Arts at Columbia College Chicago and will be starting their freshman year in September. They would like to thank the RLT production staff for reinvigorating their love of theatre and inspiring them to pursue a career within it.

ELLEN STOWELL

is part of Teens Backstage at RLT for the second time! Last summer she painted sets for Antigone and this summer created costume pieces and graphics. Ellen graduated from Southern Wake Academy in Holly Springs and will attend college in the fall pursuing a degree in Art & Design.

TRAVIS TURNER

is a rising junior at Enloe High School, and is thrilled to be in TBS for a second year. He worked on the TBS digital assets team for She Kills Monsters, and hopes everyone enjoys the show

JESS BARBOUR
Acting for the Camera Instructor

couldn't be more proud of the work these teens have done this summer! She is a full time actor and teacher who earned her BFA in Theatre from Elon University and studied with Bill Esper at The Esper Studio in NYC. She has taught and choreographed all over the area. She also works at the Anesthesiology Board of America and Duke University as a Standardized Patient training medical students and professionals in empathy and bedside manner through scenarios. She has performed professionally all over the Southeast and filmed on industrials, local and national commercials, voiceovers, television, independent and feature films.

DENNIS BERFIELD
Staff Production Manager/Technical Director

is from South Williamsport Pennsylvania. He attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. He went on to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design and Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During his time in undergraduate and graduate school, Dennis worked at various regional and off-Broadway theaters as a Scenic Artist, Carpenter, Master Carpenter, Scenic Designer, Assistant Technical Director, Scenic Coordinator, as well as many other backstage production roles. After working professionally for a number of years, Dennis became an adjunct professor at Millinkin University in Decatur, IL and eventually went on to become the Technical Director at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

ANNA BRESCIA
Stage Manager

is ecstatic to be back with Teens on Stage this summer! She has previously been seen in Company (Bobbie), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley), and Ms. Courageous (Marie Curie) at Meredith College. She has recently graduated and is excited for what the future holds for her!

MATT FOULKS
Sound Designer

has worked in the professional broadcast industry for five years and loves to support local productions around the Triangle. His focus is in video and production control systems, and he hopes to help these actors find their best performance and learn along the way.

ELSPETH McCLANAHAN
Costume Designer

is thrilled to be returning to RLT for her fourth year as costume designer with TOS/TBS. Her other RLT credits include The Tempest, What We’re Up Against, Into the Woods and Antigone. She most recently designed costumes for The Women’s Theatre Festival’s production of Freakshow. She received her bachelors in Theatre from Radford University with an emphasis on Costumes. Her other credits include, Hair, which she earned an honorable mention for her design at the 1999 Elliot Norton Awards in Boston, La Cage aux Folles, Grease, Will Rogers Follies, Tommy, West Side Story, 42nd Street to name a few. Special thanks to her family for always supporting her and to the teens that have shown her what an amazing place theatre will be in the future because of them.

JENNY MITCHELL
Staff Costume Designer

is a Costume Designer here at Raleigh Little Theatre. She is thankful to have such a dedicated group of volunteers and co-workers to work with on this, and every, production. Her most recent credits include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, James and the Giant Peach, Charlotte's Web, Batboy, Mothers and Sons and One Man Two Guvnors.

RYANN NORRIS
Lighting Designer

is a Production Coordinator for The Town of Cary and specializes in lighting design. Her past designs include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Almost Maine, as well as many other shows for Cary Players; Three Little Birds for Raleigh Little Theatre and their Teens Backstage program; dance companies including Campaneria Ballet Company, Cary Ballet Company, and Black Irish. She would like to thank Sean Loepp and her cat, Melody, for being supportive through the challenges work and life can present.

MEREDYTH PEDERSON COOPER
Director, Director of Education

joined the Raleigh Little Theatre staff in March 2017. Before RLT, Meredyth most recently served as the Associate Education Director at Lexington Children’s Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky where she focused on creating meaningful partnerships with schools and engaging arts education experiences for youth and families. She holds her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Theatre from American University in Washington, DC. Her professional career as a teaching artist has taken her many places across the country including Lexington Children’s Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, Metro Theater Company in St. Louis, Missouri and Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland. She is also currently the Managing Editor of TYA Today, the top trade publication for the field of Theatre for Young Audiences in the United States.

HEATHER J. STRICKLAND
Executive Director

started as RLT’s Executive Director in June 2020. Prior to joining RLT, Heather was the Communications and Development Director for the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC), the organization that leads the Smart Start network across the state. In this role, she has led a network-wide rebranding effort, and created and implemented fund development strategies for the organization. Prior to joining NCPC in 2013, Heather was the Director of Communications for the NC Department of State Treasurer where she oversaw all communications, branding and marketing strategies for the agency, including the North Carolina Retirement Systems, the State Health Plan, and the Local Government Commission. Heather also served as the Marketing Director for Carolina Ballet, one of the largest performing arts organizations in the state. Heather has over 15 years of extensive experience and success in developing organizational strategy and branding, fundraising, and cultivating engagement for nonprofit and public service organizations. She has been involved with RLT since 2005, starting as a volunteer and stepping into the roles of director, teaching artist, and board member over time. Heather has also worked as a director, actor, and dance/fight choreographer. She is a member of ArtEquity’s first cohort of National Board Leaders and has a degree in Theatre Arts and Communications from Flagler College.

PATRICK TORRES
Artistic Director

has been a professional director and educator for over 15 years. Prior to joining Raleigh Little Theatre, he served as a Directing Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), and Director of Middle and High School Programs at Creative Action. His work as a freelance director has been seen at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Southwest Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre, The Source Festival, and the Hangar Theatre, among others. He served as the Assistant Director for The Glass Menagerie starring Sally Field at the Kennedy Center through an award given by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. In 2003, he was selected as a Drama League Directing Fellow and in 2005 was named a Young leader of Color by the Theatre Communications Group. As an educator, he developed the After-School Playwriting Program for YPT which won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010. Patrick has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi. He would like to thank his wife and family for their support.

SAMUEL D. WALKER, JR.
Assistant Director

is a Senior Theatre/Acting Major at Greensboro College, and is thrilled to be back with Teens on Stage/Teens Backstage! Last summer, Samuel spent his time with RLT as the Assistant Director for Antigone and Choreographer for Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Some of his past performance credits include Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Max Prince), Mamma Mia! (Pepper), and The Winter’s Tale (Florizel). Samuel is extremely honored to have had the opportunity to work on this story with such incredibly talented artists. Now, let’s make theatre happen!