MILLBURN, NJ — Millburn High School’s fall drama, "She Kills Monsters" recently received a Foxy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Combat during the Montclair State University’s Theatre Night Awards, dedicated to honoring excellence in both middle and high school plays.

"She Kills Monsters" follows Agnes, a teenager coping with the recent death of her sister, Tilly. Through Dungeons and Dragons, a game her sister loved, Agnes comes to feel close to Tilly and how to cope with her grief.

The drama was nominated for five awards in total, including:

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  • Outstanding Achievement in Period/Fantasy Costume Design,
  • Outstanding Achievement in new Media/Special Effects,
  • Outstanding Achievement in Stage Combat,
  • Outstanding Achievement in Educational Impact and Community Outreach (Director Paul Weinstein) 
  • And Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama for (Charlie Baker)

The multi-stage nomination process is rigorous. Plays are judged by a panel of Montclair State University Theater Department faculty members, business professionals, and university students and alumni. In the words of the university, “the night is all about celebrating the amazing talent and hard work shown by the student and educator nominees.”

According to Weinstein, “She Kills Monsters is a show that’s built around stage combat with all the different sort of fantasy sequences that are a part of Dungeons and Dragons.”

The cast at Millburn High School dedicated time and effort to learn stage combat. In his acceptance speech Weinstein said, “this all would not have been possible without the work of Michael Haggins, who worked with the kids two to three times a week, provided the weapons and choreographed everything.”

The Foxy Awards began in 2009, as a collaborative effort between Theatre and Dance Department professor Susan Kerner and Mahwah High School teacher JoAnne Fox, who jointly conceived the event to provide a balance for the popularity of the high school musical and its celebration at well-established awards ceremonies in New Jersey and the region.

While this year's ceremony was entirely virtual, the theatre awards were broadcast on YouTube Click here to watch part one, and click here to watch part two.