Lake Shore alum comes home and she’s ready to fight!
ANGOLA – Stephanie Wattie, a 2010 Lake Shore Senior High School graduate, has parlayed her Lake Shore theater education into a college career at Niagara University where she has majored in theater arts, concentrating on acting and stage combat. At the same time, she has earned the distinction of Cum Laude and being named one of the top ten students at the university in 2012.
When Mr. Desing decided that “Romeo and Juliet” would be this fall’s drama club production, he knew that stage combat would play a large role in the production. He called on his former student for help. “Steph was such a tremendous performer when she was here, and she has continued to excel at the collegiate level. She’s such a great actress, and so versatile. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with her and learn how theater works on the next level and to learn how to do stage combat the right way,” Mr. Desing explained.
Ms. Wattie has been working with students throughout the months of September and October, choreographing fight sequences and teaching students the fundamentals of stage combat, including stage safety, proper form and technique, and the ways in which stage combat differs from related forms such as fencing. Unlike a real fight, in stage combat the purpose is always to tell a story.
The students will show off their work when William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” hits the Lake Shore Senior High School stage. Performances are on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Senior High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $5.