Testimonials

After the final performance, on Saturday morning, I was so sad to put my costumes on the front porch, to be picked up. I thought about all I had learned in four weeks, the fun I had, and the friends I had made. It all went by so quickly, and I will really miss it all. I can’t wait to come back next year, and see everyone again! After a lonely spring with the quarantine and COVID-19, this was a great way to reconnect with like-minded friends and jump-start my summer in the most amazing way!

— Camper

In deciding whether or not my daughter should go to school online or in-person in Fairfax County we use traveling players as the standard for what we think good education online should look like.

— Parent

Thank you also for the energy and ingenuity you all have been putting into the camp this summer. These are tough times that require every person to adjust, and you, each and together, are making a huge improvement in the lives of the kids lucky enough to participate!

— Parent

Really love the way Traveling Players has adapted to our new virtual reality. They are still performing the plays that they would had she been in person, with costumes, sets, and props. For the sets, the designer is building a 3D model that is being photographed for custom zoom backgrounds, and every Wednesday is drop-off day where the counselors do socially distant drop offs-of props and costumes to different campers. And best of all, she’s engaged and active all day long. Most days, she’s working on camp things well past her scheduled end time. It’s so nice seeing her happy and connecting with other kids, I’m excited to see her performance next Friday.

— Parent

It’s nice to see him engaged for the first time essentially since mid-March.

— Parent

She is tired at the end of the day, but I think that’s a good thing. She discovered that she likes Molière.  I’m surprised! She is energized by being with people who share her passions. I look forward to seeing what the next week brings!

— Parent

Thanks so much for all the work that’s gone into producing this online camp. Y’all are doing a great job!

— Camper

She seems to need the break in the middle of the day off the computer, but certainly also loves getting back on to enjoy the afternoon, and also loved Thursday evening!  I asked her if there is anything she would like to see changed or done differently and she said “NO”. Thank you, TPE!

— Parent

It’s good to have that extended break over lunch. Good call there.

— Parent

I was worried a little that kids would be wary about camp online, but every camper I’ve dealt with has been so ecstatic that we are offering camp this summer and are so thrilled to see new people.

— Teaching Artist

I’m pleasantly surprised at how well the online version of summer camp is working out! They are busy and happy!

— Parent

Acting created a place for me to express myself and to feel like people are listening — and being at TPE made me feel as if I was worth listening to. It’s a wonderful feeling.

— Camper

Traveling Players Ensemble is more than meets the eye. On the surface, it’s a professional theater company […] it does an amazing job of training teens in outdoor classical theater. But even more amazing is the community that has sprung up around this organization. Teenagers and theater professionals from around the DC area form lasting friendships and learn extremely valuable life lessons from their camp experiences. Since coming to Traveling Players, I’ve begun to live from summer to summer. I can’t possibly praise this organization enough.

— Alum

I’ve been watching my son grow up with Traveling Players for seven years now, finding his way into characters from a slapstick-happy servant to Romeo, making friends and pitching tents and fitting large pieces of scenery into buses, and every bit of it has been challenge and discovery wrapped up in a loving environment. He wouldn’t be who he is without that experience.

– Parent

Putting together a full-length Shakespeare play in a few short weeks requires commitment from all of the members of the cast. The work ethic that I learned from Traveling Players helped me to success in high school and now in college.

– Alum

My son has gone to summer camp at Traveling Players Ensemble for four years running. He has gained incredible self-confidence, treasured friendships, and outstanding acting skills. Traveling Players is a wonderfully supportive positive experience for teens and pre-teens. The directors have an uncanny knack for knowing exactly what roles the students need for their growth and success. Thanks to the experiences my son has gotten from his time at Traveling Players, he is now cast for major roles in his High School’s theatre performances. We cannot begin to say enough wonderful things about this program.

– Parent

We wanted to let you know how absolutely taken my son was with Traveling Players. He’s already asked to come back next summer for as long as possible and is planning to work to join the Shakespeare Troupe when he’s older. And even though I was exhausted from a killer week at work Friday night, we stayed til the end of Much Ado About Nothing, not because we wanted to force an “educational” experience down his throat, but because he was begging  to stay, shrieking with laughter when Benedick was hiding under the garden bench and being very worried when Hero was accused of cheating on her betrothed. And when I’d occasionally lean over and say, “are you following what’s going on?” he’d wave me away, “yeah, yeah, yeah – Mom, I’m trying to listen…” There aren’t a lot of 11-year-old boys who beg to stay at a full-length Shakespeare production, and I offer you – OK, and the Bard – our thanks for helping make that happen.

– Parent