Technical Theatre

Technical Theatre

costume design camp
technical theater camp scene painting, set design, and costume design
running the board at Colonial WIlliamsburg - tech theater camp on tour
outdoor shakespeare theater tech
tech theater camp - stage management - run backstage and the board
drama camp on tour - technical theater camp
scene painting - prepping a groundcloth for pain
set design camp in an outdoor amphitheater
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Take the show on the road as part of a four week or seven week technical theater summer camp! Learn from professional designers to create sets, props, and costumes for up to four different shows, then take a show on tour to perform in outdoor venues across Virginia!

Technical Theatre campers concentrate on the scene shop, costume shop, or learn the elements of stage management. Technical campers receive individualized, hands-on training in all aspects of construction and production for outdoor theatre.

Sign up to accompany either the High School Ensemble or the Traveling Troupe on tour!

For current 8th – 12th graders

Join the ensemble for one of two sessions of our High School Ensemble!

for current 8th – 12th graders

  • Camp Session 1: June 18 – July 13, 2018
  • Camp Session 2: July 16 – August 10, 2018

While other campers are rehearsing, you’re painting, sewing, or helping run rehearsal! Tech campers take the bus, play games during morning revels, camp out on overnights, and go swimming on Friday afternoons with the rest of camp.

Traveling Players summer camps and classes always offer expert training. But a typical day at camp isn’t just about painting or sewing! Our talented faculty teach daily classes in subjects that help round out the campers as artists and as students.  

We also value the spirit of the ensemble. Our ensemble- and team-building adventures create a strong, supportive cast and friendships that will last a lifetime. We teach leave no trace camping, go on ropes courses, and camp out every Thursday night.

Once the work in the shops is done, you go on tour, accompanying the High School Ensemble to Skyline Drive.  Tech campers aren’t just roadies; they become valued members of the ensemble, sharing equally in the responsibilities and rewards of the tour while learning all the skills of running a touring outdoor show. 

Individual roles on tour vary depending on the needs of the show, but Tech campers play a key role in setting up, striking, and running sound and lights. Hike, play, swim, camp, and bring great theatre to the great outdoors!

This summer, the High School Ensemble will perform Love’s Labor’s Lost.  The king and his friends swear not to speak to women – right when the Princess of France arrives at court.  Can the young men pursue their newfound loves without violating their vows… and will the women respect them if they do?  Fake Russians, flamboyant Spaniards, thwarted lovers and glorious word play populate one of Shakespeare’s most dazzling comedies.

Join the ensemble for our rigorous seven week program, Traveling Troupe!

for current 9th – 12th graders

By interview only.  

  • Camp Dates: June 18 – August 4, 2018
  • On Tour: July 23 – August 4

While other campers are rehearsing, you’re painting, sewing, or helping run rehearsal! Tech campers take the bus, play games during morning revels, camp out on overnights, and go swimming on Friday afternoons with the rest of camp.

Traveling Players summer camps and classes always offer expert training. But a typical day at camp isn’t just about painting or sewing! Our talented faculty teach daily classes in subjects that help round out the campers as artists and as students.  

We also value the spirit of the ensemble. Our ensemble- and team-building adventures create a strong, supportive cast and friendships that will last a lifetime. We teach leave no trace camping, go on ropes courses, and camp out every Thursday night.

After five weeks of rehearsals, you’ll pack up your bus and hit the road for a full two-week tour through Virginia.  Along the way, you’ll go camping, hiking, white-water rafting, and exploring in Colonial Williamsburg.  All this before returning for a final performance festival for family and friends!

Techies accompanying the Traveling Troupe get the experience of mounting a full professional-level touring show.  The techies are vital members of the team, helping with set up and strike, and working with the staff to run lights and sound in a variety of environments, from outdoor spaces like the gorgeous Lime Kiln Theater to state-of-the-art spaces like Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theater.  All this, plus outdoor fun, hiking, exploring, and creating memories that last a lifetime!

This summer, the Traveling Troupe performs The Merry Wives of Windsor, one of Shakespeare’s lightest and most gleefully mischievous comedies. The no-good knight Falstaff goes on a raucous romp accompanied by clever wives, jealous husbands, benevolent scoundrels, innocent servants, and a basket of very dirty laundry. This play turns the battle of the sexes into an escalating war of practical jokes in which even the victims get to join in the fun.

Traveling Players Ensemble has become such a fundamental institution in my life.  The camp…touched my life beyond the limits of simply performance to benefit me in my academic [and my] literary abilities.

Scholarship Camper, 2006 – 2009