Cupid & psyche
by Judith walsh white
Outraged by the beauty of Psyche, a mere mortal, Aphrodite dispatches her son, Bad Boy Cupid, to trick Psyche into falling in love with a monster. But when Cupid arrives with arrows in his bow, he’s stopped in his tracks. Why? Could the mischievous Cupid have been struck by his own arrow?
Cupid & Psyche is a World Premiere, and the 9th script that Traveling Players has commissioned from award-winning playwright Judith Walsh White for our youngest performers. Two of those nine scripts have subsequently been published, with Traveling Players performers listed as the original cast – an honor professional actors work their whole careers hoping to achieve. These plays have since received performances in Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, Canada, the UK, and Gibraltar, as well as throughout the US, including The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.
All students who want to participate in the Mythology Ensemble must attend an audition. Please prepare one of the three selected monologues. Auditions will include some improvisational games as well as cold readings from the text of the play. Please familiarize yourself with the plot and characters. The fee for the audition is $20. Read more >>>
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By focusing on classical theatre, Traveling Players trains performers who are bold, resourceful, and skilled. Classical acting technique is demanding — and remains foundational and relevant to the modern performing arts landscape. Hence, a summer at Traveling Players trains you to act not just anything, but anywhere. All the world’s a stage!
Traveling Players summer programs offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. A typical day includes intensive rehearsals in addition to classes taught by expert faculty, expanding each performer’s skill set.
Campers spend 2 weeks nestled in the scenic woods of Virginia, rehearsing, taking classes, and making friends and memories for a lifetime!
Campers live in comfy, cozy Lodges (with electricity, AC, and bathrooms – flush toilets & showers!).
- Our campus features 3 Lodges around a central quad. Campers live with near-age peers, expanding their friendships to other ensembles.
- Each Lodge includes two sleeping bays of 8-12 beds (4-6 bunk beds).
- Each Lodge is unique, but all include common areas — inside with big comfy couches for relaxing, memorizing lines and hanging out with your friends; outside with large porches or pavilions offering even more hangout space for each Lodge.
- Staff live in private rooms within the Lodges so that they are nearby, attentive, and available, while still allowing campers an appropriate level of privacy.
- Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison lives next door to the Lodges in a cottage – always available.
Campers eat a delicious, diverse, and healthy menu. Fresh produce is always available, and every meal will have multiple entre options, including vegetarian options. New this year – we’ll send out a questionnaire gathering more information about how each camper eats.
When not in rehearsal, a variety of fun activities are on offer – both exciting and relaxing: swimming, canoeing, hiking, challenge course, volleyball or just chilling out in a hammock. On weekends and in the evenings, the community will come together for inter-ensemble activities like improv jams, color wars, talent shows, and camp prom, as well as celebrate each other’s artistic growth during Revels.
Campers are immersed in an intentional community of their peers. They will help maintain the community (sweeping their cabins/chopping vegetables) as well as shape it, by suggesting events and activities they want to pursue. The Lodge Forum is our weekly inter-ensemble meeting where everyone can come together and make choices that benefit the community. It is a way for our campers to have a meaningful impact on the community, and it gives them appropriate responsibility for the communities’ wellbeing and joy.
Camping out in tents allow students to enjoy all nature has to offer — and let’s them be just with their ensemble for one night a week. During campouts, campers learn the fundamentals of Leave No Trace camping, including how to pitch a tent, build a fire and campfire cooking. And of course, no campout is complete without plenty of s’mores!
All-Inclusive Tuition: $3300
($3500 after the Early Bird Discount flies away Jan 31st)
We had heard wonderful things about TPE before our daughter enrolled in classes and camp but the actual experience far exceeded our expectations. In addition to learning about acting craft, our daughter has developed a lot of confidence getting in front of others and made some great friends in addition to having a lot of fun. The staff are super enthusiastic and supportive of all of the kids, and they create a terrific environment for their students.
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