Fall Play Promises to Wow With New Features

Daja Haleem , Journalist

Have you ever heard of the game called Dungeons and Dragons (D&D)? This year the drama club decided to switch it up a little by doing a play about D&D called She Kills Monsters.

This play is different in many ways than previous years. One of the biggest differences is the use of projection. Director Barb Peterson chose to use projection to help create the setting of the fantasy world of D&D.

Another change this year was the use of handmade costumes. Peterson said, “It takes a total of 4-7 months for the costumes to be made. We start by reading the script, seeing what costumes we already have, then seeing how long it would take us to make them.”

Yet another change was the format of the fall play. Normally, fall plays put on by the school are black box theater. This means that the action of the play is on the stage, but also on stage is the audience surrounding three sides of the actors.

This year, the play made use of the whole stage and typical audience seating–much like musicals. This change was to better make room for all the different aspects of the play, such as: fight scenes, monsters, and more lights to give illusions and effects.

Another notable feature of the fall play are the dragons, which crew hand made. They were a combination of cardboard and foam to hold the design together.

Throughout the years the game D&D has dialed down, and many people are not playing it anymore. In today’s generation most kids play video games (online, on video game consoles, or even on their phones. o, how would the audience react to this play? Would they understand the fantasy setting of D&D?

Senior Luke Dodson, who plays a demon of the underworld named Orcus, said: “if the audience knows that the play is about role-playing, then they would pretty much understand.”

Peterson “I chose to do this play because it all depends on how many people we think are going to try out and go from there.” This play required a fairly small cast, approximately 15 actors.

So much time goes into preparing the show. Between the choosing and making of the costumes, making the props and sets, and actual rehearsals, it’s difficult to manage time to fit it all in. Peterson said, “Well, we just use the same schedule every year and we have no problem with it.”