- For current 8th – 12th graders
- Camp Dates: July 16 – August 17, 2018
- On Tour August 9 – 17
- 5 weeks, 4 campouts plus 9-day tour, 9 performances
- By audition only. Click here to learn about auditions.
- Tuition $3,750 ($3,650 before Feb. 11)
- Before Auditioning, please read our Troupe Policies for info about commitments and electronics on tour.
“Traveling Players was the turning point in my training and direction as an actor.” – Scholarship Camper, 2007 – 2008
- Group size limited to 13
- Staff to camper ratio of 1:4
- Professional Direction
- Daily Acting Classes
- Bus Transportation Included
- Campouts every Thursday
- Five-Day Tour to perform (see details below)
Create an original play in four weeks, using the masks, characters, and techniques of Commedia dell’Arte! Combining outrageous physical comedy, improvisation, group playwriting, and an intense performance tour where every show is different, the Commedia Troupe is a truly unique summer theatre experience. Director Toby Mulford draws on over ten years of study and practice to introduce young performers to the ancient form of Commedia dell’Arte, and to turn them into a supportive ensemble that can take on any challenge.
Associate Artistic Director Toby Mulford talks about Commedia Troupe
What is Commedia dell’Arte?
Commedia dell’Arte is the style of improvised theatre that pioneered many theatrical conventions that we now take for granted: slapstick comedy, professional actors, and (startlingly enough) women playing the female roles! Originating during the Italian Renaissance, Commedia dominated the European theatre scene for more than two centuries and inspired everyone from Shakespeare to the Simpsons. Masked and unmasked actors play stock characters with improvised dialogue in a wild and hilarious slapstick comedy!
The Commedia Troupe will perform an original adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, based on the classic fairytale. Witches and fairies, princes and princesses, thorn bushes, spindles, curses, and birthday parties all combine to retell the beloved story of sleep, wakefulness, and everything in between.
The Performance Tour
After four weeks of rehearsing and creating, you’ll pack up your purple bus and hit the road for a nine-day tour through Virginia, performing at the Lime Kiln Amphitheater and other beautiful outdoor sites. Along the way, you’ll go camping, swimming, and exploring. All this plus returning for a final performance festival for family and friends!