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York to present 'She Kills Monsters' with help from professionals

Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 9:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 11:38 p.m. CDT
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York High School students Delena Obermaier (left), Jade Cerasoli, Michelina Boehmer and Jackie Salgado rehearse the dramatic comedy "She Kills Monsters" that features unique costumes, giant puppets and masks and highly choreographed sword fighting. (Photo provided)

ELMHURST – This weekend, York will be the first Chicago area high school to perform "She Kills Monsters."

The show, written by Qui Nguyen, follows two sisters through an action-packed adventure in an imaginary world filled with warrior maidens, ogres and 90s pop culture.

Talented professionals from around Chicago have engaged in this effort at York. Chicago's Buzz22 has provided giant puppets and masks. Designer Colleen Werle is working with students as they learn to bring the monsters to life. Nationally renowned Manual Cinema has designed an intricate shadow piece for the play, and Sarah Fornace is training the operators. Chicago's Zack Meyer is choregraphing the show's swordplay.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 in the York High School Baker Auditorium. "She Kills Monsters" is not recommended for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door, $9 for adults, $7 for students and free for York students with I.D.

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