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LOWVILLE — What boy or girl does not want to be a Jedi?

It may be impossible to master the mind tricks associated with the popular “Star Wars” films, but on Wednesday, about 40 children can learn how to handle a lightsaber.

“May the force be with you,” joked Charlotte Everett, Carthage.

Ms. Everett’s grandson, Coleman Taylor, a professional stunt and combat actor, will lead the Jedi Training Academy at Maple Ridge Center, 7421 East Road, from 5 to 7 p.m.

During the nationwide walk-on auditions for the next “Star Wars” trilogy, Mr. Taylor was one of about 100 actors, out of some 3,000 hopefuls, to receive a callback for a reading.

“He didn’t get the part, but it was quite a thing,” Ms. Everett said.

The actor is a member of Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre in Kansas City. The nonprofit was established by Mr. Taylor’s mother, Bridget Taylor, a Carthage Central School graduate, and her husband.

“When they do a production, about 5,000 people come to see them,” Ms. Everett said.

Mr. Taylor, 24, has trained in Australia and Hawaii. He also acted in an independent film based in Kansas. This is not the first Jedi-based training camp he has done: in the summer the arts center hosts longer training camps and classes.

“They’ll learn all the moves and fight scenes,” Ms. Everett said. “And they’re going to make non-lethal weapons made out of PVC pipe. They do fight scenes, but there’s nothing that can hurt them. It’s all structured.”

There is no cost to attend. Parents are encouraged to sign up their children no later than Monday.

“If we get a lot of calls after we’re full, then we may invite kids just to come and watch, or do another night,” said Rachel Brandt, who helped organize the event.

Participation is open to boys and girls. Spots in the workshop are limited, and already 14 were filled as of Friday afternoon. Anyone interested in taking part can call Ms. Everett at 493-4535 or Ms. Brandt at 493-9120.

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