Traveling Players Ensemble

Middle School Ensemble

2018 Summer Camp Details

“I honestly feel I learned more about acting from one summer with Traveling Players than from my performing arts middle school years.” – Scholarship Camper, 2012 – 2014

Camp Features:

Expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, 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.

Performing comedies that embrace the true spirit of the wandering entertainer, the Middle School Ensemble rehearses a comedy full of colorful characters, lightning wit, and slapstick physical humor – and then takes it on tour to perform for area camps, libraries, and children’s hospitals, ending with a big festival for friends and family.

Listen to Associate Artistic Director Toby Mulford talk about the Middle School Ensemble!

The Plays

The Middle School Ensemble will perform Sganarelle and The Bourgeois Gentleman, two comedies by Molière, featuring headstrong husbands, sensible wives, jealous lovers, crafty valets, arguing scholars, sassy servants, dancing weirdos, sword fights, disguises, and loads of slapstick comedy.  Campers can register for both sessions to perform in both shows.

The Performance Tour

In the last week of your session, you’ll be piling into a purple bus with your props, set, costumes, and staff (don’t leave them behind!) and taking your show to four different performance sites.  This tour is designed to introduce young actors to the fun and challenges of taking your show on the road, without going too far away from home.

The Final Week of Camp

2010, Campers walking by the Potomac river, Great Falls, VA

  • Monday and Tuesday
    Normal Camp Days (Dress Rehearsals!)
  • Wednesday
    Opening Performance!  Campers ride the bus home just like normal.
  • Thursday
    Two-show Day!  Campers perform a matinee and an evening performance at two different locations, and then have their final camp-out at Lake Fairfax Park!
  • Friday
    Final Festival – Campers wake up and spend the day getting ready for their last show.  The camp session ends with a big three-play festival at The Madeira School in McLean, VA in the afternoon/early evening.  Afterwards, campers are invited to share s’mores at a last campfire before going home with their parents.