Traveling Players Ensemble

Acting Classes 2017-18

  • 2017 Fall Acting Classes

    Traveling Players specializes in small classes, experienced teachers and lots of individualized attention. Enrollment is limited. Hope you’ll be one of the few!

    Register Today!

    Worried that you’ll suffer from TPE Withdrawal this fall? Never fear! Find the perfect antidote in our fall classes! Our fall performance classes feature the same things you love about our summer camp productions (except the outdoors).

    • Expert instruction from professional directors
    • Challenging scripts
    • Ensemble training
    • Intensive rehearsals
    • Final showcasing performance!

    FALL ACTING CLASSES

    • Acting & Improvisation (grades 4-6)

      Day: Sundays, October 1 – December 10 (no class November 26)
      Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
      Showcase: December 10, 2:00-3:30, followed by Student Open Mic until 5:00.
      Tuition: $350 ($325 on or before September 7)
      Location: The Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101)
      Instructor: Jeanne Harrison

      Perfect for beginning or experienced performers, this improvisation and scene study class gives budding actors an overview of the art of performing. By playing fun-filled improvisational theatre games, we will tap into the creative juices of each student while teaching basic acting skills: clarity of thought and action, mental agility, spontaneity, actively listening and responding, and creative problem solving. While rehearsing short scenes, students will practice analyzing scripts, building a character, balancing logic with imagination, and collaborating with scene partners. There will be a showcase for parents during the final class.

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    • Scene Study & Acting Technique (grades 7-9)

      Day: Sundays, October 1 – December 10 (no class November 26)
      Time: 1:15 to 2:45 pm
      Showcase: December 10, 2:00-3:30, followed by Student Open Mic until 5:00.
      Tuition: $350 ($325 on or before September 7)
      Location: The Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101)
      Instructor: Jeanne Harrison 

      For performers eager to deepen their acting training, this scene study class gives students practice preparing a role in a play.  We will delve into the core of the scenes through rehearsals and improvisational games that teach basic acting skills: clarity of thought, intention of action, commitment to choices, and active listening and responding while in character.   While rehearsing scenes, students will learn to research and explore their character, balance logic with imagination, identify their character’s journey, collaborate with scene partners, and rehearse productively. There will be a showcase for parents during the final class.

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    • Monologues & Audition Strategies (grades 10-12)

      Day: Sundays, October 1 – December 10 (no class November 26)
      Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
      Showcase: December 10, 2:00-3:30, followed by Student Open Mic until 5:00.
      Tuition: $460 ($435 on or before September 7)
      Location: The Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101)
      Instructor: Jeanne Harrison

      Spend this autumn selecting, rehearsing and performing monologues that showcase your strengths as a performer!  In this intensive class, we will delve into acting techniques, explore textual analysis, physically train the actor’s body and voice, and discuss/practice audition strategies.  Class concludes with a showcase of monologues.  This class is ideal for high school seniors who are preparing audition monologues for college, or anyone who wants to prepare themselves for school, professional or Traveling Troupe auditions. There will be a showcase for parents during the final class.

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    FALL ONE-DAY INTENSIVES

    • Stage Combat (grades 9-12)

      Stage Combat

      Day: Sunday, October 1
      Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
      Tuition: $130 ($110 on or before September 15)
      Location: McLean Governmental Center (1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101)
      Instructor: Casey Kaleba

      Learn the delicate art of stage violence! Taught by DC’s favorite combat choreographer Casey Kaleba, this one-day workshop teaches actors the fundamentals of unarmed and armed combat with a focus on safety, believability, and fun. Great for all actors, no matter what kind of theatre you’re interested in.

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    • Improvisation Intensive (grades 8-11)

      Day: Saturday, December 2
      Time: 3:00 to 8:00 pm
      Tuition: $130 ($110 on or before October 1)
      Location: McLean Governmental Center (1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101)
      Instructor: Rachel Spicknall Mulford

      Improvisation is an actor’s life-long tool, and the best part is, you’re only doing it right if you’re having fun! A deeper exploration for the more experienced actor, this class will focus on listening, practicing to be a leader and a follower, liberating the imagination, responding spontaneously, physical and vocal specificity and committing to choices. Students will create characters, environments, and scenes, while playing short- and long-form improvisational games. Actors will learn how to apply their improvisational skills to developing a character for a play, as well as improvisational performance.

      Register Today!

    DISCOUNTS

    EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: Receive a discount when registering for fall classes before midnight on September 7. Intensives have their own early-bird deadlines–see class descriptions for details.
    SIBLING DISCOUNT: The more the merrier! If you have a sibling enroll in fall classes along with you, we will give you a discount of $15!
    BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: (Classes only) If you are a NEW STUDENT, let us know who recommended us to you, and you can get them a $25 credit!
    SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available for all TPE programs. Read more here.

     

    Fall Classes taught at the Old Firehouse at the McLean Community Center

  • 2017 Winter Classes

    Traveling Players specializes in small classes, experienced teachers and lots of individualized attention. Enrollment is limited. Hope you’ll be one of the few!

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    Our winter performance classes feature the same things you love about our summer camp productions (except the outdoors).

    • Expert instruction from professional directors
    • Challenging scripts
    • Ensemble training
    • Intensive rehearsals
    • Professionally designed
    • Tour to perform!
    • The Play’s The Thing – PLAYER Option – The Wizard of Oz (grades 4 – 6) – FULL

      Class Overview

      Dates: Saturdays only, January 7 – March 19
      Class/Performance Schedule
      Tuition: $775 ($725 before midnight on December 12)
      Location: The TeqCorner Building at 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA 22102
      Director: Jessica Rodriguez-Snellings
      Assistant Directors: Toni Thinnes, Ian McClary
      Designer: Adalia Tonneyck
      Fight Choreographer: Casey Kaleba

      Registration Deadline: Early Bird 12/12, Final 1/3

      New this year! For the student just getting to know us, or who can’t commit the whole weekend, this class allows young actors to participate our popular The Play’s the Thing class to perform The Wizard of Oz without committing to three months of full-weekend rehearsals.

      You’ll join the play as an ensemble member.  You won’t get one of the leads, since you won’t be at all the rehearsals, but Traveling Players’ emphasis on ensemble means that you’ll be a fully-integrated member of the cast with lots to do (flying monkeys? munchkins? emerald city guards?), and then go on tour to perform for the local community, performing in libraries, schools, and community centers. The play will be professionally directed and fully produced, with costumes and a set, and its own purple bus to carry it to performance venues!

      Winter 2017 Play: L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz is one of America’s most beloved works of literature.  Part timeless adventure, part offbeat satire of American at the turn of the century, this non-musical adaptation follows Dorothy and her rag-tag companions through a wondrous world of munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, killer trees, and a very unusual wizard.

      Our rehearsals will include text analysis, acting exercises, movement workshops and improvisational games that explore the world of the play. The class is appropriate for both experienced actors and newbies. There is no audition to enroll; auditions for roles will happen in the first weekend of classes.

      6th graders can sign up for either the Players Option, or for the full session (see below for details).

      Enrollment Note: We’ll be accepting older kids first for The Play’s the Thing-Players Option. See staggered dates below. Younger kids can send in their registration form at any time, and it’s recommended that you do that as soon as you can, but we’ll be processing them once they become eligible (in the order received).

      • Dec 6-7: 6th grade (can also choose TPTT)
      • Dec 8-9: 5th grade
      • Dec 10: 4th grade

      * 6th graders can choose TPTT or TPTT-Players. If their preference is TPTT, then it is recommended that they simultaneously register for TPTT and TPTT-Players as soon as possible. If a TPTT spot remains available, we will cancel their Players registration and transfer it to TPTT on the first day eligible for 6th grade TPTT registration.

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    • The Play’s The Thing: The Wizard of Oz (grades 6 – 9) – FULL

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      Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, January 7 – March 19
      Class/Performance Schedule
      Tuition: $1,075 ($1025 before midnight on December 12)
      Location: The TeqCorner Building at 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA 22102
      Director: Jessica Rodriguez-Snellings
      Assistant Directors: Toni Thinnes, Ian McClary
      Designer: Adalia Tonneyck
      Fight Choreographer: Casey Kaleba

      Registration Deadline: Early Bird 12/12, Final 1/3

      A performance class for middle school students! This class will rehearse a play, and then take it on tour to perform for the local community, performing in libraries, schools, and community centers. The play will be professionally directed and fully produced, with costumes and a set, and its own purple bus to carry it to performance venues!

      Winter 2017 Play: L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard of Oz is one of America’s most beloved works of literature.  Part timeless adventure, part offbeat satire of American at the turn of the century, this non-musical adaptation follows Dorothy and her rag-tag companions through a wondrous world of munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, killer trees, and a very unusual wizard.

      Our rehearsals will include text analysis, acting exercises, movement workshops and improvisational games that explore the world of the play. The class is appropriate for both experienced actors and newbies. There is no audition to enroll; auditions for roles will happen in the first weekend of classes.

      6th graders can sign up for either the full session or the Players Option (see above for details)

      Enrollment Note: We’ll be accepting older kids first for The Play’s the Thing. See staggered dates below. Younger kids can send in their registration form at any time, and it’s recommended that you do that as soon as you can, but we’ll be processing them once they become eligible (in the order received).

      • Dec 6-7: 9th grade (can also choose SIP)
      • Dec 8-9: 8th grade
      • Dec 10-11: 7th grade
      • Dec 12: 6th grade* (can also choose TPTT-Players Option)

      * 9th graders can choose SIP or TPTT. If their preference is SIP, then it is recommended that they simultaneously register for SIP and TPTT as soon as possible. If a SIP spot remains available, we will cancel their TPTT registration and transfer it to SIP on the first day eligible for 9th grade SIP registration.

      * 6th graders can choose TPTT or TPTT-Players Option. If their preference is TPTT, then it is recommended that they simultaneously register for TPTT and TPTT-Players as soon as possible. If a TPTT spot remains available, we will cancel their Players registration and transfer it to TPTT on the first day eligible for 6th grade TPTT registration.

      Click here to register!

    • Shakespeare In Performance: The Taming of the Shrew (grades 9 -12) – FULL

      DSC_7135Class Overview

      Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, January 7 – March 19
      Class/Performance Schedule
      Tuition: $1,275 ($1,225 before midnight on December 12)
      Location: The TeqCorner Building at 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA 22102
      Director: Jeanne Harrison
      Assistant Directors: Patrick Smith, Ellen Herschel
      Designer: Adalia Tonneyck
      Fight Choreographer: Casey Kaleba

      Registration Deadline: Early Bird 12/12, Final 1/3

      Put those acting skills to work and watch them grow! This class will rehearse an abridged Shakespeare play, and then take it on tour to perform for the local community.  We will also apply to perform at the Folger Shakespeare Library Secondary School Festival.  This festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform on a professional stage, watch productions by their peers and get feedback from theatre professionals.

      Shakespeare in Performance will perform Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s classic battle between the sexes.  Watch our lovers disguise themselves, trick one another, struggle for power, and woo, all in the name of love.  When the games and wedding celebrations have subsided, then true identities are revealed—for better and for worse.

      Our rehearsals will prepare us well, with analysis of Shakespeare’s language, acting exercises, movement workshops and improvisational games that explore the world of the play.  The class is appropriate for experienced actors, as well as for those just being introduced to Shakespeare.  There is no audition to enroll; auditions for roles will happen in the first weekend of classes.

      Enrollment Note: Because of high anticipated enrollment, we’ll be accepting older kids first for Shakespeare in Performance. See staggered dates below. Younger kids can send in their registration form at any time, and it’s recommended that you do that as soon as you can, but we’ll be processing them once they become eligible (in the order received).

      • Dec 6-7: 12th grade
      • Dec 8-9: 11th grade
      • Dec 10-11: 10th grade
      • Dec 12: 9th grade* (can also choose TPTT)

      * 9th graders can choose SIP or TPTT. If their preference is SIP, then it is recommended that they simultaneously register for SIP and TPTT as soon as possible. If a SIP spot remains available, we will cancel their TPTT registration and transfer it to SIP on the first day eligible for 9th grade SIP registration.

      Click here to register!

    DISCOUNTS

    EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: Receive a discount when registering for classes on or before December 12. Workshops have their own early-bird deadlines–see class descriptions for details.
    BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: (Classes only) If a NEW STUDENT enrolls at your recommendation, we will gratefully give you a $50 tuition discount!
    SIBLING DISCOUNT: The more the merrier! If you have a sibling enroll in spring classes along with you, we will give you a discount of $25!
    SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available for all TPE programs. Read more here.

  • 2017 Spring Classes

    Traveling Players specializes in small classes, experienced teachers and lots of individualized attention. Enrollment is limited. Hope you’ll be one of the few!

    Ready for the summer to be here already? Missing TPE? Searching for a four-week foray into acting fun? Then join us for our spring classes, returning in full force this year! Our spring performance classes feature the same things you love about our summer camp productions (except the outdoors):

    • Expert instruction from professional directors
    • Ensemble training
    • Intensive rehearsals
    • Tons of fun!

    Twelfth Night audition photo


    • Improv Essentials (grades 4-6)

      Class Overview:

      Dates: Saturdays, April 29-May 20 2017 (Showcase for parents during final class!)
      Times: 2:00 to 3:30 pm
      Tuition: $150 ($130 before midnight on March 31)
      Location: TeqCorner Building at 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA 22102
      Instructor: Jeanne Harrison

      Improvisation is an actor’s life-long tool, and the best part is, you’re only doing it right if you’re having fun!  A great introduction for the beginning actor, this class will focus on listening, practicing to be a leader and a follower, liberating the imagination, responding spontaneously, physical and vocal specificity and committing to choices.  Students will create characters, environments, and scenes, while playing short form improvisation games.  Our young actors will learn how to apply their improvisational skills to developing a character for a play, as well as improvisational performance.

      Ready to join in on the springtime fun? Register now!

    • Improv Intensive (grades 6-9)

      SceneStudyClassClass Overview:

      Dates: Saturdays, April 29-May 20 2017 (Showcase for parents during final class!)
      Times: 3:45 to 5:15 pm
      Tuition: $150 ($130 before midnight on March 31)
      Location: TeqCorner Building at 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA 22102
      Instructor: Jeanne Harrison

      Improvisation is an actor’s life-long tool, and the best part is, you’re only doing it right if you’re having fun! A deeper exploration for the more experienced actor, this class will focus on listening, practicing to be a leader and a follower, liberating the imagination, responding spontaneously, physical and vocal specificity and committing to choices. Students will create characters, environments, and scenes, while playing short- and long-form improvisational games. Actors will learn how to apply their improvisational skills to developing a character for a play, as well as improvisational performance.

      Ready to join in on the springtime fun? Register now!

    • Acrobalance Workshop (grades 9-12)

      Class Overview:

      Dates: Saturdays, April 29 and May 6, 2017
      Times: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
      Tuition: $150 ($130 before midnight on March 31)
      Location: TeqCorner Building at 1616 Anderson Road, McLean, VA 22102
      Instructor: 
      Toby Mulford and Rachel Spicknall Mulford

      Surprise yourself!  This class teaches you to do things you never knew you could do. The two-day intensive course covers the foundational skills for partner acrobatics. Students will learn to trust each other while lifting and carrying each other safely and tumbling. Class size is limited, so sign up early! *8th graders may register for this class with permission of instructor.

      Ready to join in on the springtime fun? Register now!

    DISCOUNTS

    EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: Receive a $20 discount when registering for classes before March 31st!
    BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: If a NEW STUDENT enrolls at your recommendation, we will gratefully give you a tuition discount of $15!
    SIBLING DISCOUNT: The more the merrier! If you have a sibling enroll in spring classes along with you, we will give you a discount of $15!
    SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available for all TPE programs. Read more here.