This week, Behind the Scenes is sneaking a peek at "Funky Fisticuffs," a camp at the Round House Theatre Education Center in Silver Spring.
Moms and dads, this camp is for every kid who’s ever wondered how actors like Jackie Chan can fight in movie after movie and not be black-and-blue all the time. Fight choreographer Casey Kaleba will give kids a fun and fantastic introduction to the art of hand-to-hand stage combat.
“In this camp,” says Kaleba, “campers will learn how to smash, flip, slap, kick and we’re going to do it safely.”
Stage combat, according to Wikipedia, is a specialized technique in theater designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers.
When you talk with Kaleba, you'll notice he uses dynamic descriptions. The campers aren't just going to fight. They're going to smash! kick! and slap! But they're also going to do it SAFELY. Yep, that's a big one Kaleba, who says he was once hit on stage—full force to the face—with a shoe. Ouch! It was that defining moment that turned him on to stage combat.
Since then, Kaleba has gone on to become one of DC's premiere fight choreographers. He has arranged violence for more than 250 professional and academic productions, including ones at the Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, National Players, Hub Theatre, No Rules Theatre, Forum Theatre, African Continuum Theatre, Olney Theatre and Signature Theatre.
Funky Fisticuffs runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week of August 13 through 17. Cost is $250. Click here to learn more about the camp. Hurry before this camp fills up.