Theatrical Combat Workshop
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Ten-year-old Chloe de Gaspe Beaubien of Gloucester listens as Robert Walsh teaches her how to safely perform a fight scene during the Gloucester Stage's Youth Acting Workshop. Walsh, the interim artistic director at the theater, is trained as a stage combat director. He showed the students how to choreograph and rehearse non-violent simulations of slapping, kicking, choking, shoving, tripping and other not-so-friendly actions that are sometimes called upon when performing plays onstage.