Central Commerce Collegiate

A Student’s POV- Stage Combat

The date is January 21, 2014, and it seemed as if this day took forever to come…

It all started last Monday in my schools’ drama class, as we were all getting excited for the upcoming unit. Our teacher told us about this unit at the beginning of the year, but we didn’t want to get too excited. We still had the whole semester in front of us before we could do this, but when last Monday came around, you could see the excitement in all our eyes. I even saw a little excitement in my teacher, although he didn’t want to show it.

We all knew he was excited, because our next unit was Stage Combat. That’s right… Stage Combat! And we weren’t going to learn how to give a fake punch, or pretend to kick someone. No, we were going to be using swords. Our teacher stepped in front of the class the prior Friday, and gave a brief, but exciting announcement.

“Tomorrow, we will be have a guest come in by the name of Simon. Get ready for some sword fightin’.”

We were so excited when Simon came in on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and taught us so many things, from how to properly defend yourself, to how to “kill” your opponent and make it look believable. For days, we worked in partners for our scene, and they were all very funny scenes. There was one about a couple fighting on if they should watch an action movie or a musical, and there was another about a drug deal gone wrong, and then there was mine, Blockbuster versus Netflix. Each group took the moves taught and mixed them to make incredible fighting scenes.

Now before I finish, I must give a thank you to Shakespeare In Action, because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have been able to do this since Simon worked with them. Thank you and goodbye.


Josh Peters is a Grade 11 student at Central Commerce Collegiate. He has been with SIA this past semester as part of his co-op placement
. We enjoyed working with him, and wish him the best of luck for next semester!

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Photo Friday- A Little Bit of Drama Outside

Hello dear Shakespeare fans!

Today, I am going to share some photos with you that I took at the Central Commerce Collegiate End of Year BBQ! We dined on hot dogs and cupcakes, had 90’s flashbacks listening to the Macarena (if you don’t know what that is, ask your parents!) and had the pleasure of watching and listening to some very talented students perform for us!

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Have a great weekend!

Photo Friday!

Today’s Photo Friday gives us a sneak peek at some of the set pieces for Romeo and Juliet! Students at Central Commerce have been helping Jaclyn with the paining of the wooden background flats, and after some creative collaboration, it now features graffiti style logos for the Montague and Capulet families, and a coat of arms motif in the centre. The dove and the heart of course represent Romeo and Juliet’s relationship, while the sword and shield hint at the resistance and danger facing them from both sides!

What are your thoughts on the design/color scheme/lettering, etc?

Photo Friday! An ode to Starry Night

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Goghs in the Dark!

This May, we’ll be staging Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  To promote and celebrate the show, Jaclyn Scobie designed and painted a banner, adding some of Shakespeare’s characters to Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, The Starry Night.

The Starry Night, 1889, Vincent van Gogh

Jaclyn used lots of white, yellow, gold, blue, and violet paint.  She thickened the paint with gel medium, so that it would “leap” off the canvas a bit more and applied the paint in short, unblended strokes to mimic van Gogh’s Expressionist style.   The canvas was quite wrinkled and the wrinkles were sort of like “speed bumps” that stopped her from blending the paint!  The fairies glow – or should I say “Gogh” – in the dark!  The banner is now hanging in one of Central Commerce Collegiate Institute’s upper windows – check it out!

Photo Friday

This week’s photo is coming to you from the Central Commerce Theatre where our production of Anne Frank is in full swing!

You should see it under the lights!

Some FAQ about the show:

Q: Are any of the characters still alive today?

A: Miep Gies, one of the people who helped hide the Frank family and other died at the age of 100 on January 11th 2010.

Q: How did the Nazis find out where they were hiding?

A:  It is suspected that one of the people that knew their location gave them up to the German police.  The informer was never identified.

Q: What happened to Peter’s cat Mouschi?

A: Miep and other friends of the Annex clan looked after him once Peter was arrested.

To get a closer look at the set (and our amazing production) come check out The Diary of Anne Frank!  On now until March 11.