Sunday, March 27, 2011

In the Wings: Macbeth. Meet Brent Wick, assistant director and fight choreographer.

Brent Wick is the assistant director and fight choreographer for Macbeth, the third production in the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by William Shakespeare.

Question: What are your duties as the fight choreographer for Macbeth?
Brent Wick: My duties include showing the actors the illusion of fighting on stage: how to move, how to take a hit and how to fall. I'm choreographing the fights almost as a dance so they know when and where to move.

Q: What are some basic rules of fight choreography?
B.W.: The basic rule is that all fights are an illusion. There is no contact being made. The person who is attacked sells the illusion, nine times out of ten, rather than the person attacking.

Q: This production is modernizing the action. How might the fights have been done in Shakespeare's day, and how is this production different?
B.W.: Originally there would have been a lot of swords and maybe a staff of two. We didn't want to put our production in a specific time period but we modernized it so there are some guns used and the climactic fight will include knives. This modern feel may help audiences relate to the action a little better.

Q: What challenges are there to working with a cast this large?
B.W.: It's been a challenge to pull emotions from the actors so they understand what these fights are about. There are two fights where everyone is onstage fighting at the same time and it's been a challenge to make sure the fights look realistic and everyone understands why they're there.

Q: What will an audience most remember about this production?
B.W.: It's a very violent show, and people will remember the fights. But I also hope that people take away the message of the show, and how it applies today: that power and greed will eventually end in demise.

Macbeth will open Friday, April 8 and run through Sunday, April 10 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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