Summer Camps

Summer Camp Registration opens online on January 2, 2018!

For Ages 4-9:

    One Week:
    June 18-22, 2018: Amazing Adventures—NEW!
    June 25 – July 6, 2018: Encore Presents Lola’s Lab–NEW!
    Two Weeks:
    July 9-August 31, 2018: It’s Elementary

For Ages 8-12:

    One Week:
    June 18 – June 22, 2018: Modern Day Myths–NEW!
    June 25 – June 29, 2018: Summer Stories
    July 2 – July 6, 2018: Season Sampler
    August 20 – August 24, 2018: Improv-a-thon—NEW!
    August 27 – August 31, 2018: Summer Nights Live—NEW!
    Two Weeks:
    July 9-August 17, 2018: Scenes for Tweens

For Ages 11-15:

    Two Weeks:
    July 16-27, 2018: One-Act Wonders
    Three Weeks:
    June 25-August 10, 2018: Stage Door
    June 25-August 10, 2018: Tech Camp

For Ages 14-18:

    Three Weeks:
    August 13 – August 31, 2018: Shakespeare Intensive—NEW!

Click here to review our policies.

For Ages 4-9:

Amazing Adventures--NEW!


June 18—22, 2018 icon h adventures
Adventure is out there, and Encore will help you find it! This session is jam-packed with heroic escapades, discovering lands unknown and more! Will there be detours along the way? You won’t want to miss your chance to participate in these amazing adventures!

Camp Director: Madaline Langston

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee: $300
$50 AM Extended
$50 PM Extended

Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Encore Presents Lola's Lab--NEW!



June 25 – June 29, 2018: Zoopossible Kingdom icon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective
The wise King of Zoopossible has a big idea to sustain his “green” kingdom. But the prince-zoologist goes missing when he finds out that it involves a royal marriage to his neighbor! Our story comes to life when campers become citizens and animals of Zoopossible, using their creative skills combining art, movement, drama, creative writing and more, to help the prince and save Zoopossible.

July 2 – July 6, 2018: Captain Kaleidoscope icon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective
Off the Isle of Black and White, a young sea captain sails under the stormy skies and catches something that changes everything his land has ever known to be true. A rainbow. Imaginations will be dipped in amazing shades of fantasy as campers activate in expressive art, movement, creative writing and more to help the captain in bringing back the colors to the Island. No camp July 4.

Camp Director: Madaline Langston

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee:
Zoopossible: $350 | $50 AM Extended | $50 PM Extended
Captain Kaleidoscope: $280 | $40 AM Extended | $40 PM Extended

Location: Swanson Middle School* (5800 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22205)

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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 1:7.

July 9 – July 20, 2018: Whodunit? Be a dashing detective! From secret agents to super spy kids, uncover and act out the hilarious and mindbogging mysteries!

July 23 – August 3, 2018: Happily Ever After Make your Once Upon a Summer into Happily Ever After! From dragons and wizards to brave princesses and princes, bring classic tales to life as you embark this royal adventure!

August 6 – 17, 2018: Kings, Queens, and Courtly Figures Live like a king or queen! Break magic spells as we relive classic stories near and far!

August 20 – August 31, 2018: Fantastic Voyage Set sail with Encore on your greatest journey yet! Make your way through the seven seas, soar over the moon or discover new heights in our fantastic voyage–the imagination’s the limit!

Camp Director: Madaline Langston

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

Fee:
$810 Full Day
$405 Morning Half day

Location:
Whodunit & Happily Every After: Swanson Middle School* (5800 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22205)

Kings, Queens & Courtly Figures and Fantastic Voyage: Theatre On The Run* (3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206)

It's Elementary FAQs

Will you accept students younger than age 4?
No. We cannot accept students younger than age 4.

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 Amazing Adventures and Encore Presents Lola’s Lab.

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.

For Ages 8-12:

Modern Day Myths

June 18 – June 22, 2018 icon h adventures

Have you heard about the daring adventures of Odysseus or the epic feats of Hippolyta and the Amazons? What if those heroes and heroines lived in today’s world? In this one-week camp students will devise and perform their very own modern day myth determining important morals, creating characters, and constructing stories all while building their theatrical skills. Student to staff ratio 1:8.

Camp Director: Kelsey Meiklejohn

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee: $300
$50 AM Extended
$50 PM Extended

Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Summer Stories

June 25 – June 29, 2018: Playwriting

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 creativity to write brand-new plays while also enjoying theatre games, ensemble-building activities, and more. Camp will conclude with a performance of the students’ brand-new, original works. Staff to student ratio 1:8.

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee: $315
$50 AM Extended
$50 PM Extended

Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Season Sampler

July 2 – July 6, 2018 (no camp July 4)
Can’t get enough of Encore onstage? Explore four upcoming shows from Encore’s 2018-2019 season in this fun camp! Each day, we’ll focus on a new script and skill set, including training in stage combat, musical theatre, and more. This innovative camp is perfect for budding actors and eager audience members alike! Staff to student ratio 1:8.

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee:
$240
$40 AM Extended
$40 PM Extended

Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

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Scenes For Tweens

Ready for a summer 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 from exploring the opposites of tragedy and comedy to Shakespeare and even jiving to your favorite Broadway musicals! Participate in multiple sessions or repeat a session you’ve enjoyed in the past as the performance material and skill-building classes change each year. Students will be divided into age groups. Each session will culminate in a performance. Staff to student ratio: 1:9.

July 9 – July 20, 2018: Tragedy vs. Comedy icon h adventuresicon funnybones

Explore acting opposites of tragedy and comedy and decide for yourself which will reign supreme! Actors will delve into the extremes of both comedic and dramatic acting styles as well as the skills needed for both. Culminating in a performance of scripted scenes, students can embrace both their inner clown and tragedian.

July 23 – August 3, 2018: Broadway Bootcamp icon mmixtape
Push your musical theatre skills to the limit in a focused two week ensemble atmosphere. Geared toward musical theatre lovers and newbies alike, this camp will build music, dance, and acting skills through classes and rehearsals for a musical theatre showcase! Start on your path toward triple-threat status and learn all about what it takes to make it on Broadway.

August 6 – August 17, 2018: Shakespeare Clowns & Comedies
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Tackle Shakespeare’s famous comedies in this two-week camp. Bolster your understanding of the Bard’s language and performance techniques as you embody his famous clowns, enact hilarious misunderstandings, and attempt to decipher twins in disguise!

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee:
$630
$100 Extended AM
$100 Extended PM

Location: Encore’s Main Campus (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.

Will you accept students younger than age 8?
No. We cannot accept students younger than age 8.

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.

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.

Improv-a-thon---NEW!

August 20 – August 24, 2018 icon funnybones
Get the ultimate improvisation experience to stretch your creativity while learning to trust your instincts! In this one week camp, students will explore various improv techniques including games, short-form improvisation, and character work. Want to take it to the next level? Make it a two-week experience by building on skills learned in Improv-a-thon in our Summer Nights Live camp! Staff to student ratio 1:8.

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee:
$315
$50 AM Extended
$50 PM Extended

Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Summer Nights Live---NEW!

August 27 – August 31, 2018 icon funnybones
Coming to you live from Arlington, VA it’s Summer Nights Live where you take center stage! Explore everything sketch-comedy from developing an idea to finalizing a script in this one-week side splitting spectacular. Want to make it a two-week experience? This camp pairs perfectly with our Improv-a-thon camp, where students will build improvisation skills that feed into their sketch-comedy work! Staff to student ratio 1:8.

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee:
$315
$50 AM Extended
$50 PM Extended

Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

For Ages 11-15:

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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 1:8.

June 25 – July 13, 2018 (no camp July 4): Shrek, Jr.icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.
Performances: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 9 – July 27, 2018: Peter Pan, Jr.icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.
Performances: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 23 – August 10, 2018: Bye, Bye, Birdie YPE icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective

A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye, Bye, Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for kids, and a hilarious script, Birdie remains one of the most popular shows in schools across the country.
Performances: Thursday, August 9 at 7:30pm, 2018 and Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:00pm

Camp Director: Kelsey Meiklejohn

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee:
$975
$150 Extended AM
$150 Extended PM

Location:
Shrek Jr. and Bye, Bye Birdie are located at Kenmore Middle School* (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204)

Peter Pan Jr. is located at Falls Church High School**

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 1:8.

June 25 – July 13, 2018 (no camp July 4): Shrek, Jr.icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.
Performances: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 9 – July 27, 2018: Peter Pan, Jr.icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.
Performances: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 23 – August 10, 2018: Bye, Bye, Birdie YPE icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective

A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye, Bye, Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for kids, and a hilarious script, Birdie remains one of the most popular shows in schools across the country.
Performances: Thursday, August 9 at 7:30pm, 2018 and Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:00pm

Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

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

Location:
Shrek Jr. and Bye, Bye Birdie are located at Kenmore Middle School* (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204)

Peter Pan Jr. is located at Falls Church High School**

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.

Will you accept students younger than 11 years old?
No. We cannot accept students younger than 11 years old.

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.

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.

July 16—27, 2018: The Importance of Being Earnest & Pygmalion
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Time:
10:00am – 4:00pm
Extended hours: 8:30 – 10:00am and 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Fee:
$650
$100 Extended AM
$100 Extended PM

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

For Ages 14-18:

Shakespeare Intensive

August 13 – August 31, 2018: Hamlet icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective

Encore’s Shakespeare Intensive will challenge students to take the reigns as they present a fully staged production of Hamlet. Guided by professional teaching artists, actors will approach the Bard’s most famous work from the perspective of actor-directors. Through text analysis, movement and voice classes, and character development exercises the ensemble will focus on staging Hamlet in a contemporary setting. The intensive is suitable for both students who have experience working with Shakespeare’s text and those who are new to his plays and want to round-out their theatrical skills.
Performances: Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7:30pm

Camp Director: Kelsey Meiklejohn

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

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

Location:
Gunston Arts Center – Theatre Two* (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206)

*The locations listed are request by Encore Stage & Studio. Arlington County will confirm locations in February 2018.
**The locations listed are request by Encore Stage & Studio. Fairfax County will confirm locations in March 2018.

All dates, locations, themes and times are subject to change.