What is a Battle Captain and what do they do?

Stage Combat 101: What is a Fight Captain and What do they do?

A fight captain is an important a part of the creative workforce. They’re a forged member who assists the struggle director and helps hold the struggle choreography on stage whereas the present is operating. They’re accountable for conducting battle calls (extra on that under) and sustaining safety all through the method. Usually, a Fight Director selects a Fight Captain, however as your college students’ trainer, you realize your college students finest and are the very best useful resource for figuring out an acceptable scholar for this function and speaking that info to the Fight Director.

The fight captain function is finest suited to a senior or extra skilled drama scholar who’s reliable, mature, searching for a problem, and occupied with motion and choreography. They need to have a small function or ensemble function on the present – that is an excessive amount of additional duty for a lead actor. The fight captain may be a member of the administration workforce.

The Fight Captain’s obligations embrace:

1. Attend each rehearsal the place fights are taught and rehearsed. They need to be acquainted with the entire present’s onstage struggle choreography. This contains filming and writing all choreography so that they have an correct document of the work. They can’t modify or educate choreography, however they will and will revise actions below supervision.

2. Performing a struggle name earlier than every efficiency. A name to struggle is a mini rehearsal the place each struggle within the present is rehearsed twice earlier than showtime – as soon as at half velocity and as soon as at efficiency velocity, full with all costumes, lighting results and vital weapons. Along with the stage supervisor and the stage director, the struggle captain might want to guarantee that there’s ample time earlier than every efficiency for a struggle name, warm-ups, dressing up and every other duties that must happen earlier than the curtain.

3. Guarantee all stage fight weapons are serviced, clear and prepared to be used earlier than every efficiency. After every efficiency, the fight captain checks that every weapon is turned over, undamaged and saved accurately. All stage fight tools should be stored locked up when not in use in efficiency.

4. Make sure the stage is cleared of particles and swept/cleaned as wanted. A member of the stage administration workforce typically accomplishes this activity, however it’s as much as the battle captain to make sure that it’s completed.

5. Act as a liaison if there are points that have to be resolved, resembling weapon malfunction or damage that requires choreography adjustment. If there’s a downside that the Captain or the Combat Director can not resolve, the Combat Director needs to be contacted.

The Fight Captain might have extra duties assigned, resembling main bodily warm-ups, performing third-person knaps and different fight results, and performing security checks (resembling making certain security mats and different tools is in place).

When you have a scholar who is especially enthusiastic about stage fight, taking up the essential function of fight captain could be an ideal alternative for them. They’re going to study lots, get additional credit score for his or her resume, and develop their management expertise whereas having enjoyable.

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Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, author and stage fighter from London, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at www.kerryhishon.com.

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