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wnpaperS sma l'o ,ia Ave. 5026 9813b seattle Yowt HOMETOWN ]oime mber"5O . M. . .u l. .t. .e. o . W. . .A. . .9. .a 2. . 7. . .5. .J. . . .u n. . .e. . .2. .2. . 0 0. . .6. . | .b.x Art Peterson began stage fighting a year ago and enjoys it for the physical activity and the youthful attitude of his fellow classmates such as Aaron Orensky, his stage fighting partner. Their final performance together included short dialogue and a battle scene. -around on the Internet and the (So- stant in films and theatre. An audi- LAURA WILCOX ciety of American) Fight Directors ence loves an intense and realistic ~e Beacon website came up," Peterson said. action sequence, yet the actors need "I thought, 'This might be fun,' so I to perform without being harmed. "Stage fighting can be compared called the local representative." Geoff Alm, who is Peterson's in- to a choreographed dance" From there he enrolled in a stage structor, says: "This is more of an fighting class at the Freehold The- acting thing, I think Art is doing this Art Peterson may not slay drag- atre Lab, an educational theatre and for fun, but this is what we do." ons, but he knows how to act like he studio in Seattle. Peterson says the point is to un- does. That was last summer. So what derstand the weapons and the moves He also knows the price in today's has kept him at it? well enough that if someone makes world of learning how to swing a "The physical activity," he says. a mistake, no one gets hurt. sword - a very confused wife. "But it's not competitive - you have Instructor Alto has been involved Peterson, a Mukilteo resident of a partner. I'm the oldest one in my with stage fighting for almost four 12 years, has been practicing stage class. The others are in their 20s and decades. He studied drama in Eng- fighting for almost a year. It's a I'm almost 60! But I love being with land, and in 1977 he passed the Brit- hobby he claims has left his family young people - their enthusiasm is ish Society of Fight Directors Certi- "scratching their heads." contagious." fication test adjudicated by William His grandson, on the other hand, Stage fighting can be compared Hobbs. thinks it's awesome, to a choreographed dance; the par- Hobbs is the famous fight arrang- A maintenance technician for ticipants learn steps and moves, all Boeing, this hobby is a far cry from while holding potentially dangerous Peterson's day job. objects, like a dulled sword. SWORDS, PAGE 20 ArtIt was bizarre I was poking This controlled fighting is a con- PAUL ARCHIPLEY~ .By .a c. on Members of the public got their first look at City Hall site alter- natives Monday -- unless they blink- ed. That was about how long three of five alternatives were available for consideration before the city council voted to yank them off the table. The meeting had been slated to give citizens a first look at four sites. Two are owned by the city and were already known - 3rd Street next to Rosehill Community Center and 47th Place West between the police and fire stations. City officials had been unable to secure written agreements on prices for two other sites, so they decided to add a third to the mix. But they didn't have an agreement on that property, either. Consequently, the council objected. Council member Lori Kaiser said the council had agreed they wouldn't present options that weren't secure. "ff it's not in writing, we're pre- senting costs that aren't fixed," she said. The other five council members agreed (Marko Liias was absent), and those options were removed - tempo- rarily, they hope - from the table. Staff was directed to continue ne- gotiating with property owners, hop- ing the public would have more op- tions before the council's scheduled decision on July 17. But the three alternatives are now known: The first is an existing build- ing on47th Place West at 107th Place SW. The 20,000-square-foot, two-story structure, known as the Electroim- pact building, would cost an estimat- ed $10.1 to $10.4 million to buy and retrofit. The second is undeveloped proper- ty on the west side of Mukilteo Speed- way between 84th and 88th streets. Known as the Strickland property, it would cost an estimated $9.9 to $10.2 million to purchase and build on. The final, newly added site is on Harbour Pointe Boulevard South. ~E OPTIRNS, PAGE 20 ~.-:~:~:~ never forgive those who make us Panel seeks legal advice on airport issues, t Walk, pg 3 --Jean-Froncois de La Harpe.i Guild to host 1st Ar . n face ma n w, pg 4 is the only animal that blushes. Or : Egg o kes for cou ell ste to Mark Twain. "