Shakespeare in Performance

2020 - Shakespeare in Performance

Perform in Shakespeare’s classic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!  This winter performance class mounts a professionally directed and designed production using high school actors.  Our popular “Shakespeare in Performance” class is for experienced performers as well as less experienced actors who are eager and dedicated.  Culminates in 4 public performances in Tysons Corner Center!

For current 9th – 12th graders

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Shakespeare in Performance is strictly limited to 13 performers. We recommend registering for the earliest audition that you’re available for.

  • November 10, 6:45 pm — 9:15 pm (space still available)
    • Allows you to claim the Early Bird Discount!
  • December 8, 6:45 pm — 9:15 pm (space still available)
  • Saturdays and Sundays, January 11 — March 22

Traveling Players presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the bard’s most iconic comedies. The play follows four young lovers who evade parental rule and city law by escaping into the forest, only to be transformed by mischievous fairies.  Reality and illusion interchange in the woods, as do love and hate, clarity and confusion.  As the tricks are reversed and the couples reunite, we delight in their wedding entertainment provided by a set of amateur actors.

Shakespeare in Performance requires an audition to enroll.

There’s no need to prepare anything in advance! We’ll be having you read off excerpts from the script, and playing some fun improvisation games.

There’s a $20 fee for the audition.

No need to stress out about the audition! We create a playful and supportive environment where returning Traveling Players can reconnect with friends and newcomers can be welcomed to our community. Over the course of the audition, you will read from the script as well as take part in improvisations and discussions.  Our community develops acting skills in an environment noted for its work ethic, creativity and kindness.  

We’ve been told that Traveling Players auditions are the most fun auditions our students have ever attended. We intend to keep it that way.

Our rehearsals will prepare us well, with analysis of classical language, acting exercises, movement workshops and improvisational games that explore the world of the play.  The class is appropriate for experienced actors, as well as for those just being introduced to the classics. 

Traveling Players summer camps and classes always offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. We also value the spirit of the ensemble. Our ensemble- and team-building activities create a strong, supportive cast and friendships that will last a lifetime.

My growth as an actor was immediately evident when I returned to school.

— Student 

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The program will culminate in four professionally produced public performances in Tysons Corner Center.  Our set will allow us to engage very physically with the world of the play, developing physical storytelling skills and building core strength.  Director Jeanne Harriison received ArtFairfax’s 2016 Strauss Award for her integration of classical and physical theatre.  

We will apply to perform at the Folger Shakespeare Library Secondary School Festival.  This festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform on a professional stage, watch productions by their peers and get feedback from theatre professionals.  We’ve been featured at the festival on a number of occasions, and hope to be invited back this year!

Tuition: $1,350 ($1,300 Early Bird Discount flies away at midnight on Monday, Nov. 18th)

  • Must Audition November 10 to receive the Early Bird Discount

Location: Traveling Players’ Studio in Tysons Corner Center (Tysons-1 Mall)  

Director: Jeanne Harrison

Assistant Directors: Allison LehmanMaria Simpkins

Music Director: Michael Oosterhout

Costume & Prop Designer: Ronit Schorr

Scenic Designer: Jessica Wade, MFA

Information on Scholarships

Each year that our daughter has attended a TPE program (3 summers and 2 winters), I have been so impressed not only by the wonderful and professional nature of the programs, but by the genuine camaraderie developed between the cast and the directors. No other program or experience has been more challenging or meaningful for my daughter. Thank you! 

— Parent