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Single Sword Certification Stage Combat Camp
Kettle Moraine High School
Wales, WI
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Single Sword Certification Stage Combat Camp
Kettle Moraine High School Theatre 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 Single Sword, Intro to unarmed, 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 stories.

Single sword certification class!
Kettle Moraine continues to offer training that enriches the performer with it's second stage combat workshop this year!
Single Sword is found on everything from the Shakespearean Stage to last summers Pirates of Penzance Production. Having it on your resume makes you more cast-able for many historical production such as the Three Musketeers, Cyrano, and Romeo and Juliet.

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. (More info on why youd wish to be adjudicated by Dueling Arts at the bottom) 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. Please note you must be 16 or older to test.

What are the Benefits to Learning Stage Combat for the Actor/ Performer/ Dancer?
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 located 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? Milwaukee is not too far away (from Chicago and Waukesha County) and Milwaukee has a very active professional and community theatre scene.

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 didnt 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.
Physical Control:
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 characters 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 Non  Actor/ Performer/ Dancer?
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.

Its 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.
Physical Control:
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 its 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 Kettle Moraines recent Summer Academy production of Pirates of Penzance and KMHS Drama Clubs The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Chicago area theatre patrons may also 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.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday June 26th   (Day 1)
4 pm    Welcome and warm up
4:30 pm    Best games ever!
5:30 pm   Intro to Single Sword
6:30  pm  Break
6:45 Single sword continues
8pm Knife for the stage part 1
9 pm done

Monday  June 27th (Day 2)

2 pm Warm up,  Single sword-  scenes and single sword continues
3:30 Break
3:45  Single sword continues
5pm Break
5:15 Knife part 2
6:15 Single sword continues- finish choreo
7pm optional dinner and conversation with Orion about pro stunt or Acting

Tuesday  June 28th (Day 3)
2pm Warm up
2:15 Single sword review
3:15 Work scenes
4pm break
4:30 preview
5:30 Film test fights
6:00 Break
6:30 Audience watches performers fight
7pm done

Who is Dueling Arts? Why would I want this certification?

Dueling Arts is one of the largest stage combat organizations in the world. With a network of over 100 teachers around the nation and globe, having their endorsement can boost a resume to the next level.

Dueling Arts International is a non-profit organization devoted to providing comprehensive training for performers, teachers and directors in the art of theatrical combat. We are committed to the highest standards of safety and artistic integrity for stage, film and television, and serve ideals which promote self confidence, engender care and mutual respect, advocate health and fitness, and integrate complementary movement disciplines. To meet these goals, we offer affordable movement training opportunities worldwide for theatrical artists and the general public.


Kettle Moraine High School (View)
349 N Oak Crest Dr
Wales, WI 53183
United States




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