Press Release: Ribbon Cutting for Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center

Traveling Players Ensemble
For Immediate Release
Jeanne Harrison

Ribbon Cutting for Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center 

Tysons, VA – Traveling Players Ensemble will be joined by Macerich and Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Traveling Players Studio in Tysons Corner Center on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The public is invited.

Most people know Traveling Players Ensemble as the nationally awarded educational theatre company with vibrant summer programs in residence at The Madeira School.  For 18 years, Traveling Players has trained young artists in grades 3-12 in classical theatre and performed in beautiful ns historic places, like Shenandoah National Park where they perform Shakespeare in the Park.  Beginning in 2007, they expanded to include winter performances and school-year classes in the McLean community, most recently at the Old Firehouse Teen Center.

The new 4200 square foot Studio will allow Traveling Players to work with more students year-round, taking acting classes, auditioning, rehearsing and performing, all in the mall and on the plaza in metro-accessible Tysons Corner Center.

The Studio opened January 11 with 32 students beginning rehearsals for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Midsummer Night’s Dream.  These shows will be performed in Tysons Corner Center on March 14, 15, 21, and 22 and are open to the public.

“We are overjoyed to be aligned with Macerich as a Community Partner,” says Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Jeanne Harrison, “Tysons Corner Center is already so popular with our families and audiences.  Our students loved performing on The Plaza this summer and are looking forward to having a Studio to train and perform in during the school year.”

The new studio location is funded by Macerich and Traveling Players Ensemble’s donors and grantors, with additional funding from the McLean Community Foundation.  In-kind support and strategic networking was provided by the Tysons Partnership.  Traveling Players is funded in part by ARTSFAIRFAX, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Dorothy Dickman Trust, individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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Attached photo credit: Jessica Wallach, Portrait Playtime. Reprinted by permission of Traveling Players Ensemble.


Additional Information about Traveling Players Studio and Programming

The new studio location will allow Traveling Players to expand on their current school year offerings.  Rehearsals are currently on-going for productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will perform in the mall March 15, 16, 21, and 22.  

In April, Traveling Players will launch a brand new Spring Break Acting Intensive Camp.  Students in grades 6-8 who want to deepen their acting training or get to know Traveling Players better will spend the week in scene study workshops where they will delve into the core of the scenes through rehearsals and improvisational games that teach foundational acting skills.  

More new programs will be rolled out this spring: workshops, intensives, and community events.

The studio isn’t the only exciting change for Traveling Players in 2020.  Beginning this summer, Traveling Players has expanded their award winning offerings of auditioned programs.  Performers, new and returning, in grades 4-8 now have the option of either registering for camp as normal or auditioning for a faster paced, more in depth training.  

High School Students in grades 8-12 can audition for the elite pre-college programs: four-week Shakespeare Ensemble or seven-week Shakespeare Troupe.  The next round of auditions are February 15, 16, and 17 in the Studio at Tysons Corner Center.  

Families who register for camp or auditions before February 11 receive the early bird discount.


About Traveling Players Ensemble

Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of 25 model “Summer Schools in the Arts” Traveling Players is dedicated to training students (grades 3-12) in classical theatre.  Traveling Players programs offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis.  

Students at Traveling Players work in small, dedicated ensembles of 13 performers led by professional directors.  With a 1:4 faculty to student ratio, every young actor receives individualized attention and customized training.  

The ensemble ethos that permeates Traveling Players means that everyone is essential to the show.  The actors also assume technical roles while in performance, and the dual responsibilities students take on allow them to become more resilient and resourceful leaders and team players.  

Traveling Players Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 2003.