Have you ever watched a movie or a play and wondered how the performers made the sword fights and battles look so real? Admired the way actors move on the stage to enrich the story line? Well, it’s your turn to learn the basics of the illusion of stage combat including principles, techniques and styles like unarmed combat and rapier and dagger. Alway using a “safety-first,” “always take care of your partner,” and “let’s make it look believable and awesome” approach, you will have the chance to create dramatic scenes. We will explore the technical elements of adding sound and lights to support each scene. We will watch clips of combat scenes from plays and musicals like Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, and from the work of one of Broadway’s top Fight Choreographers, Rick Sordelet (who has staged fights for over 70 Broadway productions). At the end of the week, we will present the scenes we create for family, friends, and other Lexplorations students.