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School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play

Obsidian Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre

by Jocelyn Bio

Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

Photos by Cesar Ghisilieri.

Rachel Forbes

Set Design

Michelle Ramsay

Lighting Design

Reza Jacobs

Sound Design/Composition

Joanna Yu

Costume Design

Tawiah Ben M’Carthy

Assistant Director/Movement Director

Richard Lee

Fight Director

Ausar Stewart

Dialect Coach

Vanessa Janiszewski

Head of Props

Chanti Laliberte

Head of Wardrobe/Shoes

Emilie Aubin

Stage Manager

Ada Aguilar

Assistant Stage Manager

Rebecca Vandevelde

Production Manager

Alanna McConnell

Production Manager