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Traveling Players Ensemble
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The Madeira School
8328 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia 22102

OTHER CAMP LOCATIONS:
Annandale, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia
Falls Church, Virginia
Dulles, Virginia
Reston, Virginia
Washington, DC
Silver Spring, MD
Bethesda, MD

WINTER (OFF-SEASON) OFFICE ADDRESS:
P.O. Box 1315
Great Falls, VA 22066

CAMP VIDEO LINK:
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CAMPER AGES: 8-18

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Day Camp with Thursday Night Campouts

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: “Little known summer gem for the budding actor.” –The Washington Post. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced acting training in small, supportive groups of 13 actors. Campers receive professional direction and designs; campers perform 2-9 times. 1:4 faculty-to-student ratio. Transportation included in tuition. Bus stops throughout DC-metro area. Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as 1 of 25 model summer arts programs in the nation! Need-based scholarships available. Parents say: "No program has been more meaningful to my daughter!"

CAMP INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED:
Theater, Technology, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Technical Theatre, Too: Scenic Painting, Costume Creation, Lights & Sound

TOP VIRGINIA SUMMER CAMP: Traveling Players Ensemble is a Top Summer Camp located in McLean Virginia offering many fun and enriching camp programs.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located on the campus of The Madeira School, overlooking the Potomac River. On Thursday nights, we camp out at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA.

Daily transportation is provided by our fleet of purple buses, with stops at Bailey's Crossroads, Yorktown High School, West Falls Church metro, Dulles Town Center, Reston's Plaza America, Wolftrap, Friendship Heights metro, McLean Shopping Center, Forest Glen metro, and Pyle Middle School.

CAMP FACILITIES: Camp takes place outside, with a break for lunch overlooking the river. Indoor classrooms are available as rain/heat spaces. Thursday night campouts take place at a local lakeside campsite; we pitch tents and cook over a fire. Performances take place in a variety of theaters, camps, schools, and other venues, culminating in a final performance festival in our own amphitheater.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: At Traveling Players Ensemble’s camp, small troupes of actors are carefully guided by professional theatre artists to perform in outdoor amphitheaters. Our program reflects the origins of theatre, when troupes of actors roamed the ancient and medieval countryside, relying on the barest props and boldest imagination to convey their art. Each session culminates in a fully mounted and designed performance which tours to several locations, thereby cultivating stronger, more adaptable and capable artists and individuals.

Traveling Players emphasizes a meaningful engagement with nature. Our unique day camp (Monday-Friday) features a campout every Thursday—when performers learn Leave No Trace camping techniques, to pitch tents and cook outdoors. In their final week, teens camp out close to their performance site—giving them the experience of wandering entertainers who carry their dinner, tent and props in their trusty pack. As artists and backpackers, campers learn self-reliance and creative problem solving, and gain an appreciation of challenges and beauty.

Founding Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison has taught for The Folger Shakespeare Library, Catholic University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Loyola University (MD), The Chapin School (NYC) and Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI), where she directed the Shakespeare program. Jeanne has worked in camping for 28 years, directed two other camps, is a certified Camp Director (American Camping Association), Wilderness First Responder (SOLO), and an Instructor with the American Red Cross. Jeanne has also served as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Traveling Players Ensemble offers need-based scholarships for all programs, with awards up to 100% of tuition, and no yearly or lifetime cap on awards. Please visit our scholarships page for more information.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Traveling Players offers acting classes, field trips, and special events during the school year.

Our popular Winter Performance Classes mount full productions, which tour to local schools, hospitals, and retirement communities before culminating in a final performance festival.

Our Fall and Spring Classes include improv, movement, and monologue classes.

CAMP SESSION DATES & FEES:
Camps run June 18 - August 10. Please see our website for full dates and prices.

Types of Sessions:

Acting Sampler (grades 3-5): 1 week
A week of theatrical fun.

Mythology Ensemble (grades 4-6): 2 weeks
Perform a short play based on world mythology.

Middle School Ensemble (grades 5-8): 4 weeks
Rehearse a full play, then take it on tour to perform.

High School Ensemble (grades 8-12): 4 weeks
Perform "Shakespeare in the Park" on the Appalachian Trail.

Commedia Troupe (grades 8-12, by audition only): 5 weeks
Create an original play using masks, improv and physical comedy.

Traveling Troupe (grades 9-12, by audition only): 7 weeks
Experience a professional-level two-week performance tour while still in high school! Perform Shakespeare throughout Virginia.


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