2016 has been an eventful year for SaberCraft, but perhaps the most notable event so far has been performing on the field at the Marlins Stadium and hosting several workshops for the game’s attendees on “Star Wars Night”.
SaberCraft students participated in the Miami Marlins’ Star Wars night. The group was invited to do a performance at the game and conduct free workshops for ticket holders showing simple skills in saber combat. After having meticulously perfected the performance piece for weeks, the day of the performance was finally upon them. The group entered the field and completed an intense and polished performance orchestrated by Samantha Huddleston and Sarah Cole. The battle centered around the concept of “Light versus Dark”, featuring a “Rey” cosplaying Samantha Huddleston and a dark, brooding version of the same character donning a murky grey version of Rey’s well-known garb by Sarah Cole. Symbolically mirrored choreography between the two opened the performance, then two other forces of darkness (played by Stephen Carter and Chad Benitez) faced off with the light side (played by Ana Ma Jacome and Alfred Smith). A massive struggle between the two sides ensued, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats as they anxiously wondered which side would prevail. All seemed lost as the darkness began to overpower the light, undeniably emphasized by Dark Rey finishing the last advocate of the Light with a stab of her saber and a hard kick at the defeated Jedi. The audience seemed distraught- was this how the battle would end? “Light Rey” took her adversary on, newly invigorated, and won the battle for good with a death blow to the midsection. Roars of applause broke out as Rey raised her arms, victorious.
The group were then ushered off the field and set on their way to assist the other Magic City Knights with the saber combat workshops they were hosting. Of course, many photos were snapped as they made their way across the stadium to the location of the workshop.
The workshop was attended by many eager participants. This group was mostly children between the ages of 5 and 12; an excellent show of the fact that saber combat is a fun and community building activity that can be enjoyed by any demographic. Three workshops were hosted, and in spite of the fact that two of them were during the Marlins game, every workshop was booked to capacity.
SaberCraft volunteers took turns heading the workshop, teaching the students the basics of saber combat choreography. Once the basics were covered and learned well, the students took turns battling the Knights in combat drills. For the children attending, it was 30 minutes of pure magic.