Summer Camps

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For Ages 4-9:
It’s Elementary

For Ages 8-12:
Summer Stories
Season Sampler–NEW!
Scenes for Tweens

For Ages 11-15:
Stage Door
Tech Camp
One-Act Wonders
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It's Elementary


Join us this summer for an exciting theatre adventure! At It’s Elementary, Teaching Artists will help students learn to work as an ensemble to perform short, original plays. Students will have the chance to try out their acting skills, create props and scenery for their performances, play theatre games, and experiment with dance and movement. Students will also enjoy performances by professional guest artists throughout the summer.

Each session features a unique theme and a final performance for family and friends. Students will be divided into age groups. Staff to student ratio 1:6. Ages 4—9.

Session 1: Myths and Legends (June 26—July 7, 2017 – no camp on July 4) Explore Myths and Legends from around the world! Hear stories from Ancient Greece, the fun stories of Paul Bunyan, to Festive celebrations of Asia and more.

Click here to view the 2017 Myths and Legends Session 1 All-Day Schedule.
Click here to view the 2017 Myths and Legends Session 1 Morning Schedule.
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Session 2: Winter Wonderland (July 10—21, 2017) Do you wanna build a snowman…in July? Go on a frosty adventure with Encore in our Winter Wonderland session!

Click here to view the 2017 Winter Wonderland Session 2 All-Day Schedule.
Click here to view the 2017 Winter Wonderland Session 2 Morning Schedule.
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Session 3: Circus Adventures (July 24—August 4, 2017) Calling all clowns and acrobats! Leave reality behind as you participate in the wondrous world of the Big Top tent. From juggling, tightrope walking, and lion-taming, let your imagination roar!

Session 4: Fairytales (August 7—18, 2017) Live like a king or queen! Break magic spells and live happily ever after as we relive classic stories from Hans Christian Anderson, The Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and more! Morning half for this session is currently full. Please e-mail info@encorestage.org to be added to the waitlist.

Session 5: A Space Odyssey (August 21—September 1, 2017) Blast off with Encore on a journey through space and time! Make your way through zero-gravity, dodge a meteor shower, and discover a whole new planet in our outer space adventure!

Time:
8:30am-5:30pm (Full day)
8:30am-12:30pm (Morning half day)
1:30-5:30pm (Afternoon half day)

Fee:
$800 Full Day
$400 Half day

Location:
Sessions 1-3: Swanson Middle School (5800 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22205)

Sessions 4-5: Theatre On The Run* (3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206)

Camp Director: Madaline Langston

It's Elementary FAQs

What is the cut off birthday to enroll?
Students must be age 4-9 on the first day of camp.

Do you provide snack?
We do not provide snack for our summer programs. Snack and lunch should be packed by the student’s family, and should be peanut free.

Is there a rest or quiet time in the afternoon?
Teaching artists may elect to incorporate rest and relaxation time depending on the dynamic of the class, but it is not guaranteed. Parents know their children best: If you know they need a nap in the middle of the day perhaps a half-day option is better for you.

Will campers have play time outside?
Because Encore is running a theatrical based camp day there is no time for outside play. However, each group does attend dance class each day to get their blood moving and get out the wiggles! We also play a variety of active theatre games throughout the day.

Is it possible to enroll for just one week of camp?

Because our camp builds up to a final performance on the last day, we highly encourage students to participate the entire two weeks of camp. Our performances are based on teamwork–attending all camp days will help your child make most of their theatre camp experience. If a one-week camp works best for you schedule, we recommend enrolling in Summer Stories.

What is the teacher to student ratio?
Our teacher-student ratio is 1:6.

What is the class size capacity?
The entire program will have between 50 and 60 campers at any given time. However, they are divided into 3 or 4 age groups. Our groups tend to have 15 students or fewer.

Do you take field trips anywhere and if so how do you transport the children?
There are no field trips during our camps.

Are your employees CPR/First Aid certified?
Our camp directors are all CPR/AED/First Aid Certified. Many of our teaching artists are as well.

Can my child be grouped with his/her friend?
We are more than happy to put in grouping requests to our camp directors. Camp directors work very hard to honor grouping requests; however, we cannot make any guarantees.

Are the half day and full day students grouped together?
Yes, half-day and full-day students will be divided into groups by age, not by half and full-day.

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Scenes For Tweens

Ready for two weeks of theatrical fun? During Scenes for Tweens, students will develop their performance skills through workshops in character study, movement, improvisation, ensemble building, and more. They’ll then put their new skills to the test while working to create a scripted performance for family and friends.

Each session has a unique theme: comedy, musical theatre, tragedy, and adventure. Students are encouraged to participate in multiple sessions or to repeat a session they’ve enjoyed in the past as the performance material and skill-building classes change each year. During each session, students will be divided into age groups. Each session will culminate in a performance. Staff to student ratio: 1:9. Ages 8—12.

Session 1 July 10—21, 2017
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Do you love to make people laugh? Join Encore for a hilarious journey as we explore physical comedy, clowning, improv, and more. You’ll be sure to leave any audience in stitches with the comedic antics you’ll learn in this side-splitting session.

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Session 2 July 24—August 4, 2017
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Don’t wait for “Tomorrow”—“Seize the Day” with Encore’s Summer Showstoppers musical theatre camp! This perennial favorite is back to help students improve and celebrate their song and dance skills. Whether you’re just discovering a love of musicals or have always longed to see your name in lights, Summer Showstoppers will have you tapping your toes and bringing down the house by the final day of camp.

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Session 3: August 7—18, 2017
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Take on the major moments in classical drama as we explore famous tragedies and exciting battles. Encore’s Teaching Artists will guide you through feats of legendary bravery and acts of treacherous revenge in plays by Shakespeare, Webster, and more in this action-packed camp.

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Session 4: August 21—September 1, 2017
Theme: Movie Mash-Up

Bring your favorite on-screen action, adventure, and sci-fi characters to life onstage in this new camp! Teaching Artists will guide students in exploring the motivations and circumstances of their favorite characters and creating original, imaginative scenes and sketches as an ensemble.

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Time:
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00 a.m.; 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Fee:
$600
$100 Extended AM
$100 Extended PM

Location:
Session 1 and 2:
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204) Please note the location listed in the Arlington Parks and Recreation brochure is incorrect.

Session 3 and 4:
Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Scenes for Tweens FAQs

What is a typical day like?
At Scenes for Tweens, we strive to build theatre skills while working towards a final performance. After a full-camp warm-up session, students typically divide into smaller groups and rotate through classes/workshops throughout the morning. After lunch, time is typically spent on rehearsal. At the end of the day, the camp comes back together for a brief reflection and notes about what to expect the next day.

I’ve heard that children are often divided into groups. Can my child be grouped with his/her friend?
We are more than happy to put in grouping requests to our camp directors. Camp directors work very hard to honor grouping requests; however, we cannot make any guarantees.

What is the cut-off birthday to enroll?
Students must be ages 8–12 on the first day of their camp session.

Do you provide snack?
We do not provide snack for our summer programs. Snack and lunch should be packed by the student’s family, and should be peanut free.

Does the camp day include any outdoor time?
Students will have the opportunity to go outside for a brief period of recess after lunch each day. Any student who does not wish to go outside may elect to stay in the cafeteria with a teacher.

What is the teacher to student ratio?
Our teacher to student ratio at Scenes for Tweens is 1:7, but is often lower once our camp aides and college interns are included.

What is the class size capped at?
Total enrollment in Scenes for Tweens varies according to each session. Students will be divided into groups, and each group tends to have no more than 15 students.

Do you take field trips anywhere and if so how do you transport the children?
There are no field trips during our camps.

Do you have a nurse on staff or are all of your employees CPR/First Aid certified?
We do not have a dedicated nurse on our staff. Our camp directors are all CPR/AED/First Aid Certified. Many of our teaching artists are as well.

Summer Stories

Put your imagination to the test in this one-week camp! Students will turn their favorite stories into memorable scenes and skits and use their imaginations to create brand-new plays while also enjoying theatre games, ensemble-building activities, and more. Camp will conclude with a performance of brand-new, original works. Staff to student ratio 1:7. Ages 8—12.

Session 1: June 26—30, 2017
Theme: Playwriting

Click here to read the camp’s welcome email.

Time:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Extended hours: 8:30-10 a.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.

Season Sampler--NEW!

Date:
July 3—7, 2017 (no camp on July 4)

Can’t get enough of Encore onstage? Explore four upcoming shows from Encore’s 2017-18 season in this fun new camp! Each day, we’ll focus on a new script and skill set, including training in stage combat, musical theatre, Shakespeare, and more. This innovative camp is perfect for budding actors and eager audience members alike! Staff to student ratio 1:7. Ages 8—12.

Click here to read the camp’s welcome email.

Time:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Extended hours: 8:30-10 a.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.

Fee:
$240

Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

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Stage Door

Ready to embrace the spotlight? Participate in a fully-staged musical production with Stage Door!

In this conservatory-style program, you’ll work to sharpen your acting, singing, and dancing skills each morning, then immediately put those skills to the test as part of our daily rehearsal process. This camp experience is led by a director, music director, and choreographer, and the curriculum is enhanced by workshops with guest artists. Past workshop topics have included stage combat, clowning, makeup design, and physical comedy. As the camp builds towards public performances of a fully-staged musical, you’ll be challenged to fully engage your creativity, to develop a memorable character, and to work as part of a team while gaining valuable stage experience.

Runs in conjunction with Encore’s Tech Camp. Staff to student ratio 1:7. Ages 11-15.

Session 1: June 26—July 14 (no camp on July 4) This session is currently full. Please e-mail info@encorestage.org to be added to the waitlist.
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Session 2: (July 31—August 18) This session is currently full. Please e-mail info@encorestage.org to be added to the waitlist.
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Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Extended Hours : 8:30-10 a.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.

Fee:
$960
Extended Hours:
$150 Extended AM
$150 Extended PM

Location:
Session 1: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204)

Session 2: Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206)

Tech Camp


Interested in developing your technical theatre skills? Here’s your chance to get backstage!

With just three weeks to put together all of the technical elements of a show, you’ll be challenged to bring your best, most creative self to camp every day. Each morning, you’ll focus on exploring technical skills including scenic design, costuming, stage management, and more. Afternoons will be spent turning designs into reality by creating set pieces, props, and costumes. By the third week of camp, you’ll be ready to present your designs to the public and run a seamless show backstage. Throughout each session, your work will be supplemented by guest artist-led workshops on topics such as stage combat, sound design, and lighting as you prepare for two public performances.

Runs in conjunction with Encore’s Stage Door camp. Staff to student ratio 1:7. Ages 11-15.

Session 1: June 26—July 14 (no camp on July 4) This session is currently full. Please e-mail info@encorestage.org to be added to the waitlist.

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It’s 1927 and Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. When “talkies” take over town, though, the studio is forced to turn their latest silent film into a hit movie musical. There’s just one problem—the leading lady can’t sing, dance, or act! Comedy, romance, and stormy weather collide in this beloved show featuring classic songs like “Make ’em Laugh,” “Good Morning,” and of course, “Singin’ in the Rain.”

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Session 2: July 31—August 18

Production: The Little Mermaid Jr. icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective
Though Ariel lives a comfortable life as undersea royalty, she longs for excitement and exploration. When the sea witch Ursula offers her a chance to try out life as a human, this mermaid trades her fins for legs. But the bargain she strikes is exceptionally risky; will Ariel easily adapt to life on land, or will her experiment cause the collapse of her family’s kingdom? This classic tale includes a marvelous cast of colorful characters who help–and hinder–Ariel’s quest to fit in, stand out, and find her place in the world. With beloved songs like “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World,” this memorable musical is sure to be a swimming success.

Click here to read the camp’s welcome email.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Extended hours: 8:30-10 a.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.

Fee:
$960
Extended Hours:
$150 Extended AM
$150 Extended PM

Location:
Session 1: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204)

Session 2: Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206)

Stage Door and Tech Camp FAQs

I see that Stage Door and Tech Camp have the same theme and run on the same dates in the same location. How do these programs work together?
Stage Door and Tech Camp are two components of the same performance-based program. Students enrolled in Stage Door will serve as the actors for the selected musical, while students enrolled in Tech Camp will serve as the technical crew. Students will participate in a variety of activities together, but will also work on projects separately throughout the three-week program.

What is a typical day like?
Busy! With just under three weeks to put together a fully-staged musical, students at Stage Door and Tech Camp are constantly learning, creating, and collaborating. Actors can expect to spend the morning in classes/workshops designed to improve their acting, singing, and dancing skills, while crew will take classes on topics which may include set design, costuming, and lighting. Rehearsals are typically held in the afternoon during the first week of camp, but usually become a full-day activity towards the middle of the second week of camp. At the end of each day, actors and crew typically gather together to reflect on the day and discuss plans for the day ahead.

How do auditions work? Is everyone guaranteed a role in the show?
If you are enrolled in Stage Door, you are guaranteed an acting role. If you are enrolled in Tech Camp, you are guaranteed a spot on our crew.
We strive to make the audition process as low-stress as possible. For actors, auditions are typically held on the second or third day of camp, once everyone has had a chance to settle in and become familiar with the musical. Any material required for the audition will be taught by the camp staff before the audition process begins, and students will be given time to practice before they audition. Auditions are usually held in small groups and callbacks are held on an as-needed basis. A cast list is distributed the day after auditions.
For Tech Camp students, no formal audition is held. The Technical Director will assign each student to a role (including positions such as backstage run crew, props master, board operator, or stage manager) once she has had a chance to observe their skills and experience level. Students may request a particular job, but that job is not guaranteed.

Is it alright to miss a day or a few days of camp?
Because of the fast-paced nature of this program, we ask that absences be kept to a minimum. If you know you will be out of town for a few days during one session, you may want to consider enrolling in the other session or in another Encore summer program. All students should plan to be at camp on both performance days.

What is the cut-off birthday to enroll?
Students must be ages 11—15 on the first day of their camp session.

Do you provide snack?
We do not provide snack for our summer programs. Snack and lunch should be packed by the student’s family, and should be peanut free.

Does the camp day include any outdoor time?
Students will have the opportunity to go outside for a brief period of recess after lunch each day. Any student who does not wish to go outside may elect to stay in the cafeteria with a teacher.

What is the teacher to student ratio?
Our teacher to student ratio at Stage Door and Tech Camp is 1:7, but is often lower once our camp aides and college interns are included.

What is the class size capped at?
Total enrollment for Stage Door is typically capped at 30 actors. The cap for Tech Camp is usually less than 15 students.

Do you take field trips anywhere and if so how do you transport the children?
There are no field trips during our camps.

Do you have a nurse on staff or are all of your employees CPR/First Aid certified?
We do not have a dedicated nurse on our staff. Our camp directors are all CPR/AED/First Aid Certified. Many of our teaching artists are as well.

One Act Wonders

Want to pack as much theatre as possible into just two weeks? Hone your performance and technical theatre skills in the fast-paced environment of this innovative camp! Under the guidance of professional directors and designers, students will have the opportunity to participate as both actors and designers/crew members as they channel their creative energy, talent, and enthusiasm into two fully-staged public performances.

Session 1: July 17—28, 2017
icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetectiveTheme: One-acts

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Time:
10:00am – 4:00pm
Extended hours: 8:30 – 10:00am and 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Fee:
$640
$100 Extended AM
$100 Extended PM

Location:
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204)

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