1st Annual Kettle Moraine Stage Combat Camp
Kettle Moraine High School is proud to partner with Nationally Recognized Stage
Combat instructor, Orion Couling, to bring you a weekend that is a cut above the rest.
Learn Unarmed Stage Combat choreography that makes up today's hottest games and
biggest Hollywood blockbusters! Fight like a stuntman in a world class workshop
brought to your door step. Upon completion of this incredible weekend you will get a
guaranteed certificate to boost your resume or to show to your friends. You will have
the option of testing and being recognized nationally with Dueling Arts International for
an additional fee. (This is not required). You will learn Unarmed/HandtoHand, Intro to
knife, Tai Chi and a few other surprises to boot! Stage Combat is a mixture of
choreography and illusion. It teaches the participant about communication, humility and
cooperation. By using these skills we can create heightened drama and powerful
Bang for your buck
Each participant receives training from the most experienced youth stage combat
teacher in the nation. Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a
certificate of completion and if they so desire (for an additional fee $25.00) they may
have their work adjudicated by the national governing body of Dueling Arts International.
http://www.duelingarts.com. The workshop cost is $105.00 per person. This course
typically starts at $150 so you are receiving a $45 discount. If two or more people use
you as a referral Orion will pay your Dueling Arts testing fee.
What are the Benefits to Learning Stage Combat for the Actor/ Performer/
By putting another skill (that you actually have) on your resume, you make yourself
more marketable. Did you know that video games are the highest grossing national
export? Did you know some of the biggest game makers are here in Chicagoland?
Mortal Kombat, Injustice and more. Did you know because of shows like Chicago Fire
and Chicago PD, extras and stunt actors are booming in Chicago?
With stage combat skills you add another dimension to your acting skills. It gives you
access to more character traits and types of characters.
As an actor you learn skills to keep you physically safe. There are many stories about
actors getting hurt because they didn't know what they were doing and the people in
charge had no training.
All drama has conflict. When you train in stage combat you learn how to build that
conflict, what the different types of conflict are, and how different characters react.
As actors, your body is your instrument. The story being told needs to be conveyed with
your body even more than it does with your lines. Stage combat helps actors get to
know their bodies and how to use them, as well as how to find a character's physicality.
Actors must become disciplined quickly when dealing with staged violence because of
the safety factors.
Fields of Study:
Stage combat training covers many aspects of study such as world history,
relationships, psychology and the dynamics of society.
What are the Benefits to Learning Stage Combat for the NonActor/ Performer/
Stage Combat is one of the finest non verbal training skills anyone can have. We teach
full body listening and we share in our responsibility for the outcome.
It's an incredible rush to work on the illusion of violence. To come through it completely
unscathed on the other side. There is also an emotional release to playing the bad guy
or hero in a given scene. In an age where we repress these emotions, this is a safe
place to tap them.
Like learning ballroom dance or trapeze, two people must learn how to physically share
the same space. This is not a martial art but there are martial aspects to harnessing the
mind and body to tell a collaborative story.
Why? Because it's a blast!!!!
Who is this Orion guy?
Orion Couling is the foremost youth stage combat instructor in the country. Under
Dueling Arts International and his own company EDGE he has taught in countless
workshops and has been the fight director in over 50 professional productions. You
have seen his work with McHenry High School students in Pirates of Penzance and the
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. You might have seen his play with EDGE
theatre, MacSith, last year!
This sounds awesome! Can I join?
Yes! If you are ages 13 to 19 years old and live within a driving radius jump in! Open to all area high schools and colleges.
February 26th Friday (Day 1)
9 am Welcome and warm up
10 am Best games ever!
11 am Intro to unarmed
12:00 Lunch (Bring your sack lunch)
12:30 Unarmed continues
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Unarmed Continues
5:00 pm Dinner (1 hour)
6pm BONUS Fight Like A Kingsmen/Sherlock Cane and Umbrella Fighting
8:00 learn choreo for final scene
February Saturday 27th
10 am Unarmed scenes
12 noon Lunch (30 minutes)
12:30 Chicago Stage Unarmed essentials and Found Weapons
5pm Dinner (30 minutes)
5:30 pm Class preview and notes
6:30 pm film final fights
7:30 pm Class Show case Performance open to the public, suggested $5 donation. Proceeds from performance go to the school's drama club.
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349 N. Oak Crest Drive
Wales, WI 53183