High School Ensemble

High School Ensemble

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In High School Ensemble, students perform Shakespeare while backpacking off the Appalachian Trail in this four week summer camp! Get expert training in acting, speaking Shakespeare, and stage combat, and take the show on the road, all in majesty of the great outdoors.

For current 8th – 12th graders

Why Study Shakespeare?

By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains performers who are bold, resourceful, and skilled.  It’s said that if you can act Shakespeare, you can act anything.  If this is true, a summer at Traveling Players Ensemble trains you to act not just anything… but anywhere.  All the world’s a stage!

While not all of Traveling Players’ alumni pursue theatre professionally, those that do have done quite well.  Our students have attended Yale, Emerson, Muhlenberg, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, among other schools, often receiving artistic awards or scholarships.  Our alumni are currently working with the SITI Company, Trinity Rep, Shakespeare & Company and Cal Shakes.

  • Camp Session 1: June 24 – July 19 (Two spaces left!)
  • Camp Session 2: July 22 – August 16 (Six spaces left!)

In the last week of your session, you’ll load up a purple bus with your props, set, costumes, and staff, and taking off for a wild three-day tour to Shenandoah National Park, where you’ll perform at the Skyland Amphitheater, camp out, and enjoy a day hike to go swimming by a waterfall. All this before returning for a final performance festival for family and friends!

Tour week:
  • Monday: Normal Camp Day (Dress Rehearsals!)
  • Tuesday: Opening Performance!  Campers ride the bus home just like normal.
  • Wednesday: First Day of Tour!  Load the bus and head to Shenandoah.
  • Thursday: Full day at Shenandoah, hiking, camping, and performing.
  • Friday: Final Festival – Campers return to camp and get ready for their last show.  The camp session ends with a big three-play festival in the afternoon/early evening.  Afterwards, campers are invited to share s’mores at a last campfire before going home with their parents.

Check out the trailer for our 2013 production of Much Ado About Nothing!

This summer, the High School Ensemble will perform Shakespeare’s merry war of wit, Much Ado About Nothing.  A cast of high-minded nobles, bumbling watchmen, and nefarious villains makes life hard for the sharp-tongued lovers, who exchange insults rather than kisses until tricked into confessing their true feelings.

Traveling Players summer camps and classes always offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. A typical day at camp isn’t just about rehearsal! Our talented faculty teach daily classes in subjects that help round out the campers as actors and as students.

By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains performers who are bold, resourceful, and skilled.  It’s said that if you can act Shakespeare, you can act anything.  If this is true, a summer at Traveling Players Ensemble trains you to act not just anything…but anywhere.  All the world’s a stage!

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.

You could get up to 6 community service hours for the performances that we donate to underserved audiences. Traveling Players is a registered nonprofit. IB Theatre students can claim hours for creativity, activity and service.

My growth as an actor was immediately evident when I returned to school. Several of my fellow student-actors approached me in amazement over my newfound acting abilities. When they asked me how I had improved so much, I realized that I was experiencing the result of a second summer spent with TPE. I am positive that these abilities will assist me in the future whenever I need to make any form of presentation, analyze and examine literature, or apply my creativity to any purpose.

– Scholarship Camper

Listen to Producing Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison talk about the High School Ensemble!

Questions about which ensemble is right for you? Ask our staff!

Want to know the inside scoop? Ask a TPE family!