Stage Combat
Dusten Welch - Instructor


Weeks 1-5

Week 5:  April 20-26 (Mon-Sun)

THERE ARE TWO (2) portions to this page.  Make sure you

1. Watch the three videos

2. Join the meeting on Thursday -OR- Respond to the prompts.

Posts are due by Sunday, April 19 by 11:59 pm.  ​


This week we're veering away from Romeo and Juliet, and instead looking at a few sword fights in cinema.

#1.  Watch each video:



How you would describe the tension of each scene. How it builds, where it swells and when it is released. Does it have an effect on you?

What elements help to heighten the sense of danger in each scene. What effect does the acting, choreography, breath, focus, cinematography, sound, lighting or any other element have on building the danger of the scene.

Who do you want to win? Why? 

#2. Join our meeting on Thursday, April 23.



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#2. ALTERNATIVE OPTION -          If you cannot attend the meeting

submit the following written response FOR EACH VIDEO:

1. How would you describe the tension of each scene?

What effect does it have on you?

2. What elements help create the sense of danger?

3. Who do you want to win, and why?

Was there anything specific that each actor does to help illustrate them as the protagonist and/or antagonist?

4. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the level of danger

within the scene? (1= lowest ; 10=highest)


The Musketeers (2014)

Alatriste (2006)

The Duellists (1978)

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Your Done!

Week 4:  April 14-19 (Tue-Fri)

THERE ARE TWO (2) portions to this page.  Make sure you

1. Read Act 3, scene 2 in it's entirety 2. Respond to the prompts.

Posts are due by Sunday, April 19 by 11:59 pm.  ​

Romeo and Juliet – Effects of Violence

This week we're going to dig into world of R&J in a much grander sense than just the violence. Our goal is look at the effects caused by the initial violence in Act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet - paying particular attention to character relationships and causation of future action within the world of the play. 


This will require reading the entirety of Act 3, scene 1 (which has been the primary subject of of our exploration - in segmented form). 


After reading the scene, respond to the writing prompts with your thoughts.



#1.  READ - Act 3, scene 1 - Full Scene


Use the PDF provided in the content section to gain full insight of the each character's dynamic surrounding the fight scene we have been exploring over the past few weeks. (Much of this scene you have already read.)



Romeo's initial response to Tybalt's prompts for attack.

The way Romeo's mood shifts throughout the rise in action, and what effects Mercutio's death has on Romeo going forward into the scene.

The reactions each other character has as a result of the violence.

#2. Submit a post answering the following:

Answer the questions. You may EITHER use the established Google form, or email Dusten directly with your responses.

1. Describe the relationship between Romeo and Tybalt, and how this relationship changes as the scene progresses.

(3-4 sentences) - Romeo & Tybalt


2. Describe the relationship Romeo has with Mercutio, and how it changes as the scene progresses.

(2-3 sentences) - Romeo & Mercutio

3. Choose THREE (3) characters not involved in the violence of Act 3, scene 1 and explore the impacts the violence has on them.


Suggested characters include: Juliet, Lady Capulet, Lord Capulet, Prince, Friar Lawrence, Nurse, your own choosing***

***Though some characters can be found in Act 3, scene 1 - answering this question may require understanding of additional scenes from the play.

(2-3 sentences) - PER CHARACTER

{6-9 sentences total}

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Full Scene

Act III, scene i

Your Done!

Week 3:  April 6 - 10 (Mon-Fri)

THERE ARE THREE (3) portions to this page.  Make sure you

1. & 2. Read both scene excerpts 3. Answer the below questions

Posts are due by Sunday, April 12 by 11:59 pm.  ​

Romeo and Juliet – Tybalt and Mercutio - Explored

This week we’re going to explore the qualities of both Tybalt and Mercutio, and what helps instigate the violence that sparks between both characters.


There are two short excerpts you need to read from Act 2, scene 4; and Act 3, scene 1. Both of these scenes give insightful clues as to how this violence begins to boil.


After reading the scenes, use them to help you answer the three questions below.


Act II, scene iv



#1.  READ - Act 2, scene 4 Excerpt


Prior to this scene, Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio snuck into the Capulet’s party, where Romeo and Juliet met for the first time. Later that night, Romeo ditched his companions to visit Juliet at her balcony.

This is the next morning. During which Benvolio and Mercutio are concerned with Romeo’s whereabouts, his unending love-sicken, and the fact that Tybalt (Juliet’s cousin) has sent a challenge to Romeo. These thoughts lead them to comment on Tybalt, revealing qualities of Tybalt’s fighting abilities.



Mercutio’s description of Tybalt and his fighting style – Think about what images come to mind from his words. (You may need to do some digging on the internet for exact meanings of some of his descriptions.)


Mercutio’s manner of speaking – Think about how his demeanor might illustrate the gravity and respect he gives to his duel with Tybalt later in the play.

#2. READ - Act 3, scene 1 Excerpt

Prior to this scene - Romeo and Juliet were just married, but not before Tybalt spied Romeo at the Capulet Ball, an insult to the house of Capulet to have the uninvited Montague in attendance. Tybalt has issued a challenge to duel between himself and Romeo (alluded to in the excerpt of Act II, scene iv).


This scene marks two days since the party, and one day since the challenge. Tybalt is the hunt (who enters after this excerpt into the fight scene from last week). Mercutio and Benvolio are biding their mornings and begin talking of how aggravatingly hot the day is.



Mercutio’s description of what simple things can spur a fight – He uses Benvolio as the example, but this illustrates the greater mood between the two households (Montague and Capulet) that small sparks create massive wildfires.

Mercutio goes into great detail of violent encounters – His mind is already on violence – a bit of foreshadowing perhaps.

#4. Submit a post answering the following:

Answer the questions. You may EITHER use the established Google form, or email Dusten directly with your responses.

What images come to mind with the title "prince of cats" and how would you describe Tybalts capabilities as a fighter based on the text?

(3-5 sentences)

How would you describe Mercutio's apprach to fighting with Tybalt based on his descriptions of Tybalt?

(3-5 sentences)

What role do you think a hot temperature plays in the outbreak of violence? You may use this play as an example, but explore your thoughts about the subject on a grander societal scale too.  

 (3-5 sentences)





Act III, scene i

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Your Done!

Week 2:  March 30 - April 3 (Mon-Fri)

THERE ARE FOUR (4) portions to this page.  Make sure you

1. Read 2. Watch the videos 3. Find your own video 4. Post.

Posts are due by Sunday, April 5 by 11:59 pm.  ​

Romeo and Juliet – An Analysis of Violence – DUE Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 pm

Let’s look at three different examples of the same fight scene from R&J between the characters Mercutio and Tybalt. This scene often is viewed as the moment Shakespeare’s play shifts from comedy to tragedy. The effect that this scene’s outcome has on virtually every character in the play is irreversible, and it is a catalyst for the ultimate tragedy of our titular character.

Partly because both Mercutio and Tybalt enter into their duel for different purposes, the mood throughout this violent encounter shifts drastically as the action unwinds into its fatal conclusion.

Romeo & Juliet Summary




#1.  READ - Online Summary of Romeo & Juliet at


*NOTE: Read each summary of all five (5) acts

#2. Watch three (3) short sample videos of Act III, sc. i - R&J

*Please click on each film from the list below.

1.   1968 Film - Franco Zefirelli - (Length 9:20 min)

2.   1936 Film - Rathbone/Barrymore - (1:25 min)

3.   2013 Stratford Festival - (3:04 min)

#3. Find one other example on YouTube of a stage production of this same fight scene (not a different fight from the same play, but a different adaptation of the same fight scene)

#4. Submit a post answering the following:

  • How would you describe the overall mood of each scene? (1-2 sentences per video - 4-8 sentences total)

  • List the URL to your found scene.

  • Which scene stood out to you the most? (1-2 sentences)

  • What elements helped elevate this particular scene above the others? (6-10 sentences)

    • Answers may include, but not limited to:​

      • Description of character intentions and/or choices​

      • Rise and fall of action

      • Execution of choreography

      • External effects (sound /lighting /costumes)

  • Writing Prompts will be provided.

  • You will not be able to save your response to finish at a later time.

Week 1:  March 18, 19, 20 - Wed, Thurs.  Fri.

THERE ARE TWO (2) portions to this page.  Make sure you

read and take the quiz. 

Quizzes are due by Friday, March 20 by 11:59 pm.  


#1.  READ -  Article: The Three Things You Need to Act the Fight

*NOTE: You are only required to read

 the segments indicated below





Segments: Engaged Breath (pgs. 16-17)

Vocal PResence (pgs. 17-18)

Intentioned Focus (pg. 18)

Technique (pg. 18)

#2. TAKE THE QUIZ - Based on the required reading. (10 points)

*IMPORTANT: Make sure you click "SEND" in the

       upper right corner to submit answers.

"The Three Things You Need to Act the Fight"



Society of American Fight Directors

Fall, 2014