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It’s Elementary for Ages 4-9
Scenes for Tweens for Ages 8-12
Stage Door for Ages 11-15
Tech Camp for Ages 11-15
One-Act Wonders for Ages 11-15
Summer Stories for Ages 8—15
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It's Elementary


Join us this summer for an exciting theatre adventure! Teaching Artists will channel the energy and imagination of our young campers through story drama and character creation. Students will explore their creativity through dance, crafts, and theatre games during this fun and engaging two-week camp. Students will be divided into age groups. Students ages six and up will experiment with scripted drama. Each session will feature a unique theme and final performance. Staff to participant ratio 1:6. Ages 4-9.

All It’s Elementary final performances are held on the last day of camp, 11:15 am (morning half and full day), 4:15 pm (afternoon half and full day).

Session 1: June 27—July 8, 2016(no camp on July 4)
Theme: Talk to the Animals
Location: Swanson Middle School

Session 2: July 11—22, 2016
Theme: Kings, Queens & Courtly Figures
Location: Swanson Middle School

Session 3: July 25—August 5, 2016
Theme: Adventures of My Favorite Hero
Location: Swanson Middle School

Session 4: August 8—19, 2016
Theme: Tales from Afar
Location: Theatre on the Run

Session 5: August 22—September 2, 2016
Theme: Imagination Express
Location: Theatre on the Run

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

Locations:
Sessions 1-3: Swanson Middle School (5800 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22207)

Session 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

Get your friends together for two weeks of theatrical fun! During Scenes for Tweens, students will develop their performance skills through character study, movement, improvisation, and scenework while exploring concepts of creativity and ensemble-building.

Each session has a unique theme. We’ll kick off the summer by exploring action-packed tales of adventure in Session 1, then discover all the ways we can make an audience laugh during Session 2. You won’t want to miss our popular musical theatre camp during Session 3, and in Session 4, we’ll tackle tragedy on an epic scale through Shakespeare and stage combat.

During each session, students will be divided into age groups. Each session will culminate in a scripted performance for family and friends. Staff to student ratio: 1:9. Ages 8—12.

Session 1: June 27—July 8. 2016 (no camp on July 4)
Theme: Amazing Adventuresicon h adventures
Location: Kenmore Middle School
Adventure is out there, and Encore will help you find it! This session is jam-packed with heroic escapades, tales of derring-do, and moments of nail-biting suspense. You won’t want to miss your chance to participate in these amazing adventures!

Session 2: July 11—22, 2016
Theme: Summer Stooges icon funnybones
Location: Kenmore Middle School
Do you love to laugh? Join Encore for a hilarious journey as we explore physical comedy, clowning, and more. You’ll be sure to leave any audience in stitches with the comedic antics you’ll learn in this side-splitting session.

Session 3: July 25—August 5, 2016
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Location: Kenmore Middle School
Camp Director: Kelsey Meiklejohn
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.

Session 4: August 8—19, 2016
Theme: All’s Well That Ends…icon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective
Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Take on the major moments in classical drama as we explore famous tragedies, epic battles, and exciting bouts of stage combat. 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.

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

Fee:
$600
$100 Morning Extended
$100 Afternoon Extended

Locations:
Sessions 1-3: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204)

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Session 4: 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.

Do you offer a dedicated aide?
Unfortunately, Encore is unable to provide a dedicated aide. If you are able to provide an aide for your child, though, we are more than happy to work with them so your child may have a successful camp experience. If you need help finding an aide, we suggest contacting Arlington County’s Parks and Recreation Department.

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.

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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, students will develop their performance skills through a variety of classes and workshops. Students in Session 1 will rehearse and perform Anything Goes and students in Session 2 will rehearse and perform Annie, Jr. Each day, students will concentrate on improving their acting, singing, and dancing skills as they prepare for these public performances. Special workshops may include stage combat, improv, physical comedy, makeup design, and more. Throughout the three-week program, each student will be challenged to fully engage their 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: July 5—22, 2016 This session is sold out. Please e-mail info@encorestage.org if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.
Production: Anything Goesicon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective
Location: Kenmore Middle School
Camp Director: Caroline Schreiber

About Anything Goes: All aboard the S.S. American! When a socialite, a stockbroker, and a famous singer find themselves on board a luxury liner with mobsters and millionaires, anything goes and high-seas hijinks ensue! This hilarious story is chock-full of memorable supporting characters, wacky disguises, and mistaken identities, and features a toe-tapping score by musical theatre legend Cole Porter.

Final Performance Dates for Session 1 of Stage Door and Tech Camp are Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm & Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2 pm.

Session 2: August 8—26, 2016 This session is sold out. Please e-mail info@encorestage.org if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.
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Location: Gunston Art Center
Camp Director: Caroline Schreiber

About Annie, Jr.: Welcome to NYC in 1933. Times may be tough, but a gregarious and optimistic orphan reminds us that tomorrow is just over the horizon. Featuring musical theatre standards such as “Hard-Knock Life” and plenty of fun roles (Con artists! Dancing butlers! President Roosevelt!) for both boys and girls, this upbeat musical is sure to leave you with a smile.

Final Performance Dates for Session 2 of Stage Door and Tech Camp are Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm & Friday, August 26, 2016 at 2 pm.

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

Fee:
$900
$150 Morning Extended
$150 Afternoon Extended

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

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

Tech Camp


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

Students in Session 1 will help create a production of Anything Goes and students in Session 2 will work on Annie. Each morning, we’ll focus on exploring technical skills including scenic design, costuming, stage management, makeup, lighting, sound, and more. Afternoons will be spent making our designs a reality by creating and painting sets, props, and costumes. Our third week will showcase our skills as designers, creators, and backstage crew members during two public performances. Throughout each session, campers will also have the chance to engage in exciting theatrical workshops in topics such as stage combat as we build towards our final performance.

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

Session 1: July 5-22, 2016 This session is sold out. Please e-mail info@encorestage.org if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.

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Location: Kenmore Middle School
Camp Director: Rebecca Pfeil

About Anything Goes: All aboard the S.S. American! When a socialite, a stockbroker, and a famous singer find themselves on board a luxury liner with mobsters and millionaires, anything goes and high-seas hijinks ensue! This hilarious story is chock-full of memorable supporting characters, wacky disguises, and mistaken identities, and features a toe-tapping score by musical theatre legend Cole Porter.

Final Performance Dates for Session 1 of Stage Door and Tech Camp are Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm & Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2 pm.

Session 2: August 8—26, 2016

Production: Annie, Jr.icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetective
Location for Session 1: Kenmore Middle School
Locatin for Session 2: Gunston Arts Center
Camp Director: Rebecca Pfeil

About Annie, Jr.: Welcome to NYC in 1933. Times may be tough, but a gregarious and optimistic orphan reminds us that tomorrow is just over the horizon. Featuring musical theatre standards such as “Hard-Knock Life” and plenty of fun roles (Con artists! Dancing butlers! President Roosevelt!) for both boys and girls, this upbeat musical is sure to leave you with a smile.

Final Performance Dates for Session 2 of Stage Door and Tech Camp are Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm & Friday, August 26, 2016 at 2 pm.

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

Fee:
$900
$150 Morning Extended
$150 Afternoon Extended

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

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Location for Session 2: Gunston Arts Center
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 offer a dedicated aide?
Unfortunately, Encore is unable to provide a dedicated aide. If you are able to provide an aide for your child, though, we are more than happy to work with them so your child may have a successful camp experience. If you need help finding an aide, we suggest contacting Arlington County’s Parks and Recreation Department.

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 this innovative new 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 create a public performance.

Session 1: July 25—August 5, 2016
icon mmixtapeicon pop princessicon funnybonesicon h adventuresicon ddetectiveTheme: One-acts
Location: Kenmore Middle School

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

Fee:
$600
$100 Morning Extended
$100 Afternoon Extended

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

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Summer Stories

Put your creative skills to the test in this one-week camp. Students will write, design, and perform original works of theatre! Ages 8-12.

Session 1: June 27—July 1, 2016
Theme: Playwriting
Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

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

Fee:
$300
$50 Morning Extended
$50 Afternoon Extended

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

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