Traveling Troupe

Traveling Troupe

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Experience a professional-level performance tour while still in high school with this rigorous seven week summer camp! The Traveling Troupe offers challenges unlike any other teen theatre program. Rehearse a full-length Shakespeare play and then takes it on a two week tour by purple bus, camping and performing in beautiful outdoor theaters throughout Virginia. 

By audition only. For current 9th – 12th graders

All 2020 dates are provisional, to be confirmed later.
  • Camp Session: June 22 – August 8

Want a shorter program? Try the High School Ensemble, no audition required! (for current 8th-12th graders)

The Traveling Troupe rehearses a full-length Shakespeare play and then takes it on tour by purple bus, camping and performing in beautiful outdoor theaters throughout Virginia. Along the way, we’ll go camping, hiking, white-water rafting, and exploring in Colonial Williamsburg.

This summer, the Traveling Troupe will perform Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity, unrequited love, practical jokes, and music.  Shipwrecked on the mythical island of Illyria and separated from her twin brother, Viola dresses like a man as a means of protection.  But she cannot protect her heart from falling in love while surrounded by narcissists, drunks, and fools.

Take the show on tour!

After five weeks of rehearsals, you’ll pack up your bus and hit the road for a full two-week tour through Virginia, performing at Colonial Williamsburg, the Lime Kiln Amphitheater, and other beautiful outdoor sites.  Along the way, you’ll go camping, hiking, white-water rafting, and exploring in Colonial Williamsburg.  All this before returning for a final performance festival for family and friends!

Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison draws on her 29 years as a director and teacher to bring out the best in every performer, and to bring them together into a powerful, supportive ensemble.

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.

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.

You could get up to 24 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 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 TPE, 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

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

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