PTI and Chat with Spencer Wilding at Big Apple Con 2017


Over the weekend (March 11-12, 2017), Saber Guild: Empire Temple members attended Big Apple Con at the Pennsylvania Hotel. Not only did Jedi Kamyos Rehnard and Nivek Boc join members Michele M., Edwin “Panda” C., and Danny K to raise money for St.Mary’s Healthcare System for Kids; Sith Jinduri, Tehr Onn, D’elirium and Jovan Sceris joined in as well.

On Sunday, Masters Kamyos Rehnard and Nivek Boc trained dozens of younglings in the ways of the Force. Even though D’elirium and Jovan Sceris challenged the new Padawans, the younglings of Big Apple Con demonstrated how strong they were in the Force and were easily able to defeat the Sith.

One highlight for our members was meeting actor and special creature performer, Spencer Wilding – most recently known for his work as Darth Vader in Rogue One. Mr.Wilding was kind enough to meet with a few of our members before he left to talk through characterization in Star Wars.

Spencer Wilding, holding an autographed lightsaber blade that we’ll raffle in the future to raise money for St.Mary’s

When asked about how he got into character for Darth Vader and if he was able to put his own spin on the character, Mr.Wilding replied, “Every character of mine has a presence and a spirit – their own spirit. Believe it or not, there is a presence of Darth Vader that is out there – and he chooses his people to play him or use their body…You’ve got to respect that force. And he’s the Dark Side. And I don’t think anybody can beat the Dark Side. It’s the Dark or the Light”.

Since many of the Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized fan groups have members who kit up as Darth Vader, we asked how one can call upon that presence, even if they are physically a bit different than the original actor/actress, e.g. one is a bit shorter (or in Mr.Wilding’s case) taller.

Mr.Wilding replied with, “You know what? I can’t teach people how to bring a presence. It’s naturally with them, you know what I mean? You have to feel it. But normally if you’ve been invaded by it, that’s something different. The doorway’s open. For all the creatures and all the characters I play, I’m loving every moment of it. And luckily they let me go … I’m loving every moment of it.”

It was reaffirming to hear from an actor like Spencer that, when it comes to dressing as your favorite character, the most important traits to have are presence and dedication.

Thank you to the organizers and volunteers at Big Apple Con for all your assistance and hard work. We hope to be back in 2018!

Upcoming Events

Westchester - Lightsaber Class

Westchester - Lightsaber Class

Dec 22, 7:45pm - Dec 22, 9:00pm

Breaking Ground Dance Center
101 Castleton St
Pleasantville, NY  10570 Map

Join us at Saber Guild: Empire Temple's Naboo Outpost located in Westchester County, NY for our FINAL CLASS OF 2017!

Each class will begin with some simple warm-ups, followed by technique refinement and then open choreography with time to share your fights with the rest of the group.

While attendance is free, we ask that all participants make a donation of $5 to help pay for the rehearsal space.

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How old do I have to be to attend class?
Becasue this is a combat based class attendees must be 18 years or older to attend on their own. Anyone between the ages of 13-17 may participate in class but MUST have a parent or guardian present throughout the time of rehearsal. Children under he age of 13 may attend as spectators but must remain outside of the practice space with their parent or guardian at all times.

I Have Never Done This Before–Is That OK?
It does not matter if you are new to lightsabers or have been rehearsing for years. Come to a class, have a great time and work up a sweat.

What Do I Need to Bring?
You need to bring the most important thing–YOU! It’s also a good idea to bring workout clothes (sweatpants and a T-shirt are just perfect) and comfortable shoes. You don’t need a lightsaber to start off–there are always extra to go around. However, if you plan on coming frequently we can help you find one that is just right for you. IMPORTANT: No toy lightsabers - combat sabers only. These things are cool and look great but they will break once you get going.


Saber Guild: Empire Temple is the New York City temple of Saber Guild: a Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. We are a not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events focusing specifically in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, Yonkers, and Westchester - and larger events around the world such as Star Wars Celebration.

We are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers who volunteer our time to share our love of Star Wars with the community. Our focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.

We always welcome new members to train in the ways of the Force. We hold weekly rehearsals and master sessions with guest instructors in stage combat, performance, martial arts and acting.
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