Camp time: ISO young thes­pi­ans

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE - — Erin Wil­liams

TheTrav­el­ing Play­ers En­sem­ble, a non­profit pro­fes­sional theater com­pany based in Great Falls, has opened reg­is­tra­tion for its 2011 Sum­mer The­atre Camp at theMadeira School in­McLean.

Two four-week ses­sions are open to youths who will be in sixth through 12th grade in the fall. The stu­dents work with pro­fes­sion­als for three weeks, build­ing to­warda­fi­nalper­for­mance. The­day­camp be­gins June 20 and runs through Aug. 29.

Three one-week in­ten­sive ses­sions are of­fered in im­prov for mid­dle-and high­school­ers, and stage com­bat train­ing is pro­vided for mid­dle-school stu­dents only.

Also of­fered: The Trav­el­ing Troupe, a seven-week pro­gram for ris­ing sopho­mores, ju­nior­sand­se­niors­fromJune20to Aug. 6; ac­cep­tance will be de­ter­mined by au­di­tions Jan. 17 and Feb. 21. The pro­gram’s play­ers will per­form a full-length pro­duc­tion of “Romeo and Juliet” at re­gional venues. The stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in day camp for the first five weeks, then per­form the play dur­ing two weeks of tour­ing.

TheCom­me­di­aTroupe, July 18-Aug. 19, is open to ris­ing fresh­men and all other high school stu­dents. It is a five-week pro­gram that ex­plores the style of Com­me­dia dell’Arte, with stu­dents cre­at­ing an orig­i­nal play. Day­campis held for the first four weeks, with one­weekof tour­ing. This year’s pro­duc­tion will be base­donthe epic poem “Be­owulf.” Au­di­tions will be held Jan. 22 and Feb. 26.

Daily trans­porta­tion, in­cluded in tu­ition, is pro­vided for campers at stops on four bus routes. At­ten­dance is $2,000 for the four-week mid­dle school pro­gram; high school en­sem­ble is $2,050; one-week pro­grams are all $495; Comedia Troupe is $2,900; Trav­el­ing Troupe is $4,250. Need­based schol­ar­ships are avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit trav­el­ing­play­ers. or call 703-987-1712.

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