This July, the Mentors, high-school-age volunteers who assist with the Fox Country Players’ Theatre Arts Academy, will have the opportunity to participate in a stage combat workshop with professional fight-choreographers Amber Wuttke and Jay Donley.
Wuttke has studied stage combat since 2008 while attending the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Her fight credits include Drury Lane, with others at Circle Theatre and Tall Ship Windy at Navy Pier.
Donley has been interested in staged fighting all his life, making short films and emulating the swashbuckling he saw in pictures as a child. He began his study of stage combat at Eastern Michigan University and would go on to take multi-week workshops with the Society of American Fight Directors.
“We couldn’t have a successful Academy without the Mentors. Their leadership is integral to the process, and I hope they learn some cool things along the way, too,” said Academy Director Jen Whittington. Mentors assist the younger students and Academy staff in the mornings and then participate in workshops and rehearsals in the afternoons to prepare their part in the “Bound for Broadway” performances.
It’s not too late to apply to be a Mentor and participate in the stage combat workshop. Students age 15 and older can find applications and more information on being a Mentor at foxcountryplayers.org.
There are also a few spots left at the Fox Country Players’ Theatre Arts Academy. This two-week performing arts experience takes place July 9-20 at the Waubonsee Community College Auditorium (Sugar Grove campus) as part of their summer XCELERATE program.
Class times are from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. July 20 and July 21. The Academy is open to students between the ages of 6 and 14 and this summer’s title is “Bound for Broadway.”
At the Academy, students develop their skills in acting, singing, dancing and art in a positive and fun environment. Students are grouped by age and each group will rehearse a short stage production complete with choreographed musical numbers. The experience culminates in two final performances on the Waubonsee Auditorium stage.