Stephens College students have spent the past week learning how to fight.
OK, they’re not really fighting (although it looks real!).
The students in the photo (courtesy of the Summer Theatre Institute’s Facebook page) are learning and practicing the fine art of stage combat, which is, I’m told, a necessary skill in the theatre industry. There are even professional fight choreographers, including husband-and-wife team Martin English and Cynthia Hyer who are spending two weeks working with our Summer Theatre Institute students.
So basically our theatre students are learning how to slap, kick, punch, etc. in dramatic performances without actually slapping, kicking, punching or hurting their fellow cast members.
The public can catch “Slaphappy,” a compilation of the fight scenes they’ve learned, for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Warehouse Theatre. You can read more about that here.
In the meantime, enjoy this teaser video from STI.