Thespian Ensemble

Thespian Ensemble

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Our Thespian Ensemble is perfect for the middle school actor.  In just four weeks, Thespians receive expert training in acting and physical comedy before taking their show on tour to perform for area camps, libraries, and children’s hospitals.  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 one of Molière’s hilarious farces!
  • 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 of one of Molière’s best comedies.

 For current 5th – 8th graders.

(formerly known as Middle School Ensemble)

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

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Thespian Ensemble is strictly limited to 13 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.

Audition Dates
  • January 19th, 10:00 am — 11:30 am (sign up for the January audition to claim the Early Bird Discount!)
  • February 16th, 10:30 am — 12:00 pm
  • March 28th, 4:00 pm — 5:30 pm
Program Dates
  • Session 1: June 22 – July 17  (four weeks)
  • Session 2: July 20 – August 14  (four weeks)

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.

Molière loves to call out hypocrisy, and in his last play, The Imaginary Invalid,  he takes on the medical profession. Argan, a wealthy man, believes that he is deathly ill. It’s up to his feisty maid to convince him that the problem isn’t his health – it’s his doctors!

Take the show on tour!

In the last week of your session, you’ll be piling into a purple bus with your props, set, costumes, and staff (don’t leave them behind!) and taking your show to perform for area camps, libraries, and children’s hospitals, ending with a big festival for friends and family.​

This tour is designed to introduce young actors to the fun and challenges of taking your show on the road, without going too far away from home.

All-Inclusive Tuition: $2550

  • ($2,750 after the Early Bird flies away — Feb. 11 at midnight)
TUITION INCLUDES:

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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, performing a longer play 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.

The audition will take place at the Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center – lower level by Lord & Taylor.  Please dress in clothes that will allow you to comfortably move, plus bring a water bottle.  You must prepare one of the three assigned monologues.

Questions About Auditioning?

Molière was renowned for his hilarious comedies and The Learned Ladies, was one of his most popular.  Young  Henriette and Clitandre are in love, but in order to marry, they must overcome the biggest obstacle they’ve ever had to face… Henriette’s pretentious family.

Take the show on tour!

In the last week of your session, you’ll be piling into a purple bus with your props, set, costumes, and staff (don’t leave them behind!) and taking your show to perform for area camps, libraries, and children’s hospitals, ending with a big festival for friends and family.​

This tour is designed to introduce young actors to the fun and challenges of taking your show on the road, without going too far away from home.

For the past fourteen years, Traveling Players has been invited to perform at the Reston Multicultural Festival, representing France with Molière. This year, the Bards’ production of The Learned Ladies will be the show that goes to this award-winning festival in September, as well as the Winter Market at Rochambeau French International School in November.

Read more details about the remount here.

All-Inclusive Tuition: $2750

  • ($2,950 after the Early Bird flies away — Feb. 11 at midnight)
TUITION INCLUDES:

Find out more about what tuition pays for


Tell me about discounts!

Information on Scholarships

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

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