Student Productions


Senior School Fall Play 2018: Oedipus RexWhether they go on to become performers or patrons of the arts, Shady Side Academy students gain an appreciation for the beauty, freedom of expression, and diversity that the performing arts celebrate.

The Hillman Center serves as the primary performing arts classroom for SSA Senior School students in grades 9-12, and as a performance venue for students in grades PK-12. Students also enjoy school-day performances and speakers in the Hillman.

Senior School Fall Play: She Kills Monsters - Nov. 4-7, 2021

Agnes Evans faces her final year of high school in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

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Five performances will be staged in the Peter J. Kountz Black Box Theater, with two different student casts alternating performances:

  • Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. (Gold Cast)
  • Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. (Blue Cast)
  • Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. (Gold Cast)
  • Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. (Blue Cast)
  • Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. (Gold Cast)

Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for general admission. Buy tickets online.

Note: Content suitable for ages 13 and up.