Highland Park High School students are fighting in drama class, but it’s supervised, so there’s no cause for alarm. (Courtesy Photo)
The Highland Park High School theater department just got slapped in the face — literally. Whether it’s a dramatic tumble down the stairs in Julius Caesar or a punch to the gut in Grease, the HP Arts program has pulled out all the stops, replacing jazz squares with fiery stage combat.
HPHS fine arts director Linda Raya annually hires theater veteran Kent Williams to conduct a series of stage combat workshops for her theater students. Williams, show director for Dallas-based Le Theatre de Marionette, teaches students more than how to fall without bruising. He also helps students master hair pulls, head smashes, and kitten slaps.