The campers had a real treat this week: ASC actor-director-fight choreographer Benjamin Curns took a break from directing the 2017/18 Wicked Folly Touring Troupe production of Macbeth to give ASCTC a stage combat master class.

How much fun is this?! I gotta tell you, it took a lot of self restraint not to jump in the middle of everything and start punching campers left and right… but of course, that would be a fight against an unprepared opponent, which is the exact opposite of stage combat. Stage combat is telling a story with a thoroughly prepared partner.

But it doesn’t look like it, does it?

If music be the food of love…

Play on!

PS – The only thing I’m currently digging like more than the workshop itself (led by Chris Johnston, veteran ASC actor and musician extraordinaire) is the “video playlist” feature whose existence I have just discovered. How neat is that?!


Text Prep Day: introductory rhetoric class

Check out the campers in Vicky Vail’s introductory ROADS to rhetoric workshop:


I swear I didn’t even stage this moment, where Vicky asked the class about applying this new knowledge to understanding Shakespeare:

Be still my heart.