“She Kills Monsters” setting the scene for a theatre revival in Richmond

By Gordon Lambie
“She Kills Monsters” setting the scene for a theatre revival in Richmond
The cast of “She Kills Monsters” (Photo : Carl Coddington)

Theatre is not new to Richmond Regional High School, but the show that is coming to the school’s stage at the end of this month looks to take what students have been learning in recent years to a whole new level.

“We’re doing a lot of firsts here in Richmond,” said Carl Coddington, the stage manager for the RRHS production of, “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen, which will be performed for the public on the 22 and 23 of this month.

Coddington, a secondary five student, explained that although students in the school have been putting on short plays for years, notably around Remembrance Day, this production will run three to four times longer and has involved a team of 40 to 50 students across multiple grade levels to bring together.

“It’s been an amazing learning experience,” he said, noting that as opposed to past productions, which have been run through drama classes at the school, this project was an extracurricular, requiring the students who signed up to put in time on top of their regular course work.

The project is being coordinated by Crystle Reid, who has been teaching drama to cycle one students in the school, and who has a background in professional theatre.

“I was keen to get something bigger started,” Reid said, sharing that she felt the lack of performances particularly strongly during the pandemic.

It was Reid who chose to go with “She Kills Monsters,” although she said that it was not a straightforward decision.
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