Thespian Ensemble

Perfect for the middle school comedian!

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Our Thespian Ensemble is an advanced summer acting program, perfect for middle school drama students with a passion for performing arts.

Our Thespian Ensemble is perfect for the middle school actor.  In just three weeks, Thespians receive expert training in acting and physical comedy to hone their skills in classical comedy!  Each Thespian cast is limited to 13 performers, and every actor is an integral member of the ensemble. Thespians are carefully guided by a trio of directors.

Thespians have two options: Jesters and Bards

  • In the Jesters, eager actors work together to produce a hilarious farce!
  • If you are ready for a faster pace and more challenging work, audition for the Bards!  Campers who are accepted into this program will produce a longer production.

 For current 5th – 8th graders.

Perfect camp!  My daughter is in her 4th year at Traveling Players, going every summer and taking classes through the year.  Can’t imagine a better place. The combination of serious theater and outdoor camping is unique in the area.  Better than that is the emphasis on ensemble — which creates a warm and inclusive camp where kids can grow as actors and as human beings.

— Parent

Audition Dates [Bards]
  • Audition 1: Saturday, March 6th, 7:00 pm — 8:15 pm
  • Audition 2: Saturday, April 17th, 7:00 pm — 8:15 pm
  • Audition 3: Saturday, May 15th, 7:00 pm — 8:15 pm
Program Dates
  • Session 1: June 27th — July 16th   (3 weeks)
  • Session 2: July 18th — August 6th  (3 weeks)

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Thespian Ensemble [Bards] is strictly limited to 12 performers. We recommend registering for the earliest audition that you’re available for.

To guarantee your place at camp, you should register as a Jester before you audition for the Bards. If you are accepted, then we will transfer your registration and all tuition paid.

Jesters

Suitable for beginners and experienced actors alike.

No audition required.

By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains performers who are bold, resourceful, and skilled. Classical acting is demanding — and remains foundational to all modern acting technique. Hence, a summer at Traveling Players trains you to act not just anything, but anywhere. All the world’s a stage!

Traveling Players summer programs offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. A typical day includes intensive rehearsals in addition to classes taught by expert faculty, expanding each performers skill set.

A prince is diagnosed with terminal hypochondria! When a jester tries to save him by making him laugh (the only cure), an evil witch (in cahoots with usurpers of the throne) curses him with The Love For Three Oranges. This dangerous curse catapults our frail Prince into the desert searching for fruit, which is guarded by a very cruel cook. Will he find the three oranges? And will he keep the throne?

Campers spend 3 weeks nestled in the scenic woods of Virginia, rehearsing, taking classes, and making friends and memories for a lifetime!

Campers live in Five Star Rustic Cabins (with electricity and AC!) in one of four villages.  To ensure social distancing the cabin capacity has been reduced from 14 campers to 7.  Showers & bathrooms are a short walk from the cabins.

Camper and staff cabins are interspersed in the 4 cabin villages.  Staff are nearby, attentive and available, while still allowing campers an appropriate level of privacy.

Campers eat a delicious, diverse and healthy menuFresh produce is always available, and every meal will have multiple entre options, including vegetarian options.

When not in rehearsal, campers can join a variety of exciting activities: swimminghikingchallenge coursesriver hiking, assisting in the costume and props shops, or just chilling out.  On Thursdays, and in the evenings, the community will come together to compete in our popular inter-ensemble CAMPionship and color wars, as well as celebrate each other’s artistic growth during Revels.

Campers are immersed in an intentional community of their peers.  They will help maintain the community (sweeping their cabins/chopping vegetables) as well as shape it, by suggesting events and activities they want to pursue. The Forum is our weekly inter-ensemble meeting where everyone can come together and make choices that benefit the community (like proposing a new class or activity). It is a way for our campers to have a meaningful impact on the community, and it gives them appropriate responsibility for the communities’ wellbeing and joy.

Camping out in tents allow students to enjoy all nature has to offer.  During campouts campers learn the fundamentals of Leave No Trace camping, including how to pitch a tent, build a fire and campfire cooking. And of course, no campout is complete without plenty of s’mores!

All-Inclusive Tuition: $4300
($4500 after the Early Bird Discount flies away March 26th at midnight)

Traveling Players is everything we need for youth in our community. It builds community, teaches responsibility, helps youth find their voices, and brings kids to the beautiful outdoors. We moved from KY this summer. This camp was a lifeline for my daughter who found an inclusive, inviting, space to transition into a new state and into middle school. What could have been a very difficult summer transition was instead filled with laughter, adventure, and exploration. She has found great teachers, great role models, great mentors, and great friends.

— Parent

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Bards

Learning, rehearsing, and performing at a faster pace.

By audition only.

By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains performers who are bold, resourceful, and skilled. Classical acting is demanding — and remains foundational to all modern acting technique. Hence, a summer at Traveling Players trains you to act not just anything, but anywhere. All the world’s a stage!

Traveling Players summer programs offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. A typical day includes intensive rehearsals in addition to classes taught by expert faculty, expanding each performers skill set.

All students who want to participate in Thespian Ensemble [Bards] must attend an audition, held virtually over Zoom. Please prepare one of the three selected monologues. Auditions will include some improvisational games as well as cold readings from the text of the play.  Please familiarize yourself with the plot and characters.  The fee for the audition is $20.   Read more >>>

Prince Taer is bringing his new bride home to Tilan. But on the way, they meet Zelou, a monster intent on testing their love. Zelou transforms Dardane into a man, and Taer into a Blue Monster. Now, Dardane must overcome many challenges, and Taer must convince her to love him despite his hideous new shape

Campers spend 3 weeks nestled in the scenic woods of Virginia, rehearsing, taking classes, and making friends and memories for a lifetime!

Campers live in Five Star Rustic Cabins (with electricity and AC!) in one of four villages.  To ensure social distancing the cabin capacity has been reduced from 14 campers to 7.  Showers & bathrooms are a short walk from the cabins.

Camper and staff cabins are interspersed in the 4 cabin villages.  Staff are nearby, attentive and available, while still allowing campers an appropriate level of privacy.

Campers eat a delicious, diverse and healthy menuFresh produce is always available, and every meal will have multiple entre options, including vegetarian options.

When not in rehearsal, campers can join a variety of exciting activities: swimminghikingchallenge coursesriver hiking, assisting in the costume and props shops, or just chilling out.  On Thursdays, and in the evenings, the community will come together to compete in our popular inter-ensemble CAMPionship and color wars, as well as celebrate each other’s artistic growth during Revels.

Campers are immersed in an intentional community of their peers.  They will help maintain the community (sweeping their cabins/chopping vegetables) as well as shape it, by suggesting events and activities they want to pursue. The Forum is our weekly inter-ensemble meeting where everyone can come together and make choices that benefit the community (like proposing a new class or activity). It is a way for our campers to have a meaningful impact on the community, and it gives them appropriate responsibility for the communities’ wellbeing and joy.

Camping out in tents allow students to enjoy all nature has to offer.  During campouts campers learn the fundamentals of Leave No Trace camping, including how to pitch a tent, build a fire and campfire cooking. And of course, no campout is complete without plenty of s’mores!

All-Inclusive Tuition: $4450
($4650 after the Early Bird Discount flies away March 26th at midnight)

The ensemble model is superb — for our non-sporty kid, we are seeing all of the benefits of a team sport around an activity she loves. The kids collaborate, bond, support each other, develop a sense of responsibility and commitment to the ensemble, and have inside jokes and war stories. Acting in front of live audiences builds confidence and resilience and we’re getting to watch her skills grow and evolve with each performance. And, the classic material (Shakespeare, Molière) is giving them a sophisticated literary education on top of all the fun! We just can’t say enough great things about TPE!

— Parent

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