Glenbard students, staff chosen for 48th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival

Updated 9/29/2023 4:51 PM

Seven Glenbard District 87 students and staff members were selected to participate in the All-State production at the 2024 Illinois High School Theatre Festival.

The Illinois High School Theatre Festival will host the production of "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen in January 2024.


"She Kills Monsters" features a select ensemble of the top high school actors, technicians and musicians from throughout Illinois. Out of 225 students who auditioned or interviewed for "She Kills Monsters," 85 were selected for the final production company.

The Glenbard high schools are well represented with five members of the company and two members of the production staff.

Glenbard South's student participants include Breanna Crawford (scenery crew), Isabella Dodd (hair and make-up crew) and Kaitlyn Urbanowicz (assistant director). Glenbard North student Gianna Nascimento is on sound crew and Glenbard East student Kaitlyn Theusch is on scenery crew. The production staff features Glenbard South teacher Jessica Keuth-Rahtjen (assistant director) and Glenbard East teacher Josh Rubin (videographer/"Dungeons & Dragons" consultant).

Rehearsals for "She Kills Monsters" take place over several long weekends this fall, with final rehearsals occurring the last week before the performances.

"She Kills Monsters" will run from Jan. 11-13 at Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium. This is a closed event for participants of the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. There are no public tickets available for these performances.

"She Kills Monsters" is a drama-comedy that debuted in 2011. It tells the story of Agnes Evans, a woman who loses her parents and little sister Tilly in a car accident. Having been distant from her sister while she was alive, Agnes embarks on an adventure to get to know her sister better by playing a "Dungeons & Dragons" module that Tilly had written and discovers things she'd never imagined.

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