Traveling Players Ensemble

High School Ensemble

2018 Camp Details

“We picked up the scripts to get going and I felt the rhythm in Shakespeare, the humor in Shakespeare. I loved him right away. Who says you can’t like older men? And then, in our parts we found the extra corners of the play together until we had the whole map.” – Camper, 2007 – 2009


Camp Features:

Perform “Shakespeare in the Park” while backpacking off the Appalachian Trail!

Expert training in acting, speaking Shakespeare, character creation, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis, goes hand-in-hand with ensemble- and team-building, to create a strong, supportive cast and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Listen to Producing Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison talk about the High School Ensemble!


The Play

This summer, the High School Ensemble will perform Love’s Labor’s Lost.  The king and his friends swear not to speak to women – right when the Princess of France arrives at court.  Can the young men pursue their newfound loves without violating their vows…and will the women respect them if they do?  Fake Russians, flamboyant Spaniards, thwarted lovers and glorious word play populate one of Shakespeare’s most dazzling comedies.

The Performance Tour

In the last week of your session, you’ll load up a purple bus with your props, set, costumes, and staff, and taking off for a wild three-day tour to Shenandoah National Park, where you’ll perform at the Skyland Amphitheater, camp out, and enjoy a day hike to go swimming by a waterfall.  All this before returning for a final performance festival for family and friends!

The Final Week of Camp

  • HSE JumpingMonday
    Normal Camp Day (Dress Rehearsals!)
  • Tuesday
    Opening Performance!  Campers ride the bus home just like normal.
  • Wednesday
    First Day of Tour!  Load the bus and head to Shenandoah.
  • Thursday
    Full day at Shenandoah, hiking, camping, and performing.
  • Friday
    Final Festival – Campers return to Madeira and get ready for their last show.  The camp session ends with a big three-play festival in the afternoon/early evening.  Afterwards, campers are invited to share s’mores at a last campfire before going home with their parents.