[Spotlight] Roller Wars
Photo by Joe Rone
Roll on over to the dark side June 9 for the annual Greensboro Roller Derby Roller Wars. Each year, the local roller derby team gets together for a Star Wars-themed doubleheader at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, located at 1921 W. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.
The Charlotte Rollergirls and Greensboro Roller Derby will face-off- Skywalker and Vader style- with the Gate City Allstars taking on The Charlotte Rollergirls Allstars at 5 p.m. Immediately following will be a bout between the Greensboro Counterstrike and the Charlotte Rollergirls B-Dazzlers.
“Come to our bout you must,” wrote Heather Alva (aka Kam N GetIt) in a Facebook message. “We may not have cookies, but we will have hard hits, power jams and Storm Troopers!”
It is highly encouraged by Greensboro Roller Derby for all attendees to wear their best Star Wars cosplay or Star Wars-themed clothing. In attendance will also be the nonprofit, all-volunteer and fan-based international Star Wars costuming organization, the 501st Legion’s Carolina chapter, The Carolina Garrison. The Carolina Garrison will provide attendees a chance to meet and take photos with some of their favorite Star Wars dark side characters.
“The 501st Legion strives to celebrate the Star Wars saga through highly-detailed costumes and props, in particular, those of the Galactic Empire and other various ‘bad guy’ characters, “ stated the website (www.carolinagarrison.net/). With more than 9,500 active members representing six continents and over 47 nations, the website states that the 501st Legion contains over 15,500 approved costumes worldwide. The group is most known for their charity work and are the preferred costuming group for Lucasfilm Ltd. / Disney, “when it comes to high profile Star Wars events.”
The first bout begins is 5 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s Hall B, and the second bout begins at 7 p.m. and will end at approximately 8 p.m. There will be an intermission at approximately 6:10 for a skater autograph session and photo opportunity for the Carolina Garrison by the Greensboro Roller Derby merchandise table. After the bout, the league will hold an afterparty at Benders Tavern, located at 4517 W. Market St.-A in Greensboro. Tickets can be purchased online and the prices for children ages 0-7 are free, children from age 8-12 are $5, adults age 13 and up are $8 in advance with an online service fee from Brown Paper Tickets or $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds goes toward Greensboro tornado relief efforts. For more information, visit www.greensbororollerderby.com or check out the event on Facebook.