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Fun Star Wars Activities to Get into the Spirit

Spotswood High School senior Tali Zacks designed the movie poster to help promote the Spotwood High School Band's upcoming winter concert. Credits: Tali Zacks

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - A fever of pitch of anticipation is in the air and it isn't just for the fast approaching holiday season. On December 18, the highly anticipated seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise will hit movie theaters. "Revenge of the Sith" was the last Star Wars movie released and that premiered in 2005. So, fans of the series have been waiting for quite some time for a new movie.

"Episode VII: The Force Awakens" is also drumming up a lot of excitement since it includes original cast members from Lucas' mega hit "Star Wars" that debuted in 1977. The first episode in the series was later renamed, "Episode IV: A New Hope."

For Star Wars fans that want to experience some pre-movie fun inspired by the upcoming movie, there are some cool area activities to choose from.

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On December 10, the Spotswood High School Band will be performing a compilation of John Williams' Star Wars music at their annual Winter Concert. The performance will include a video montage from all six movies that will accompany the score. Sarah Carino-Koza, the band director for the Spotswood High School, orchestrated the large undertaking that includes students, alumni and guest muscians.

Andrew Zaborney, an instructor at Spotswood High School, put together the video component of the concert while SHS senior Tali Zacks created the movie poster to promote the free event that will take place at the Summerhill Road high school at 7 p.m. on December 10. The concert is open to the public.

Another great Star Wars-inspired activity is the exhibit currently on display at Discovery Times Square in NYC. Fans can see costumes from all six movies as well as a sample of costumes from the upcoming film. The exhibit will be at the Manhattan museum through September of 2016.

If fans have ever wanted to pull out a light saber and duel, then check out New York Jedi. They hold weekly light saber classes in the city for people 16 years of age and older. Currently, they don't have classes for the younger set, but some may be in the works for the future.

Ripley's Believe it or Not in Times Square is another cool place to visit for Star Wars fans. They have a life-sized female Boba Fett that is made entirely out of recycled computer parts. There's also a mosaic portrait of Darth Vadar that is constructed from staples.

"Episode VII: The Force Awakens" premieres December 18. May the force be with you.


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