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Traveling Players brings theatre outdoors

July 30, 2013

After two weeks of touring throughout Virginia, the Traveling Players Ensemble returns home to perform Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Madeira on Friday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Traveling Players Ensemble is a summer theater camp for teens, whose mission is to bring great theatre into the great outdoors. Much Ado About Nothing is presented by the camp's most advanced program: the Traveling Troupe.

This group rehearses a full-length Shakespearean play for five weeks, then hits the road for a two-week tour throughout Virginia, camping, hiking, and performing outside.

Other stops on the tour include Lubber Run (Arlington, VA), Clifton Forge Masonic Amphitheatre (Clifton Forge, VA), Kimball Theatre (Colonial Williamsburg, VA), and Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Norfolk, VA).

Traveling Players Ensemble was founded in 2003 with the mission to enhance problem-solving skills, self-reliance, self-expression, and a heightened appreciation of both challenges and beauty by bringing great theatre into the great outdoors. The program reflects the origins of theatre, when troupes of actors roamed the ancient and medieval countryside, relying on the barest props and boldest imagination to convey their art. Traveling Players performers follow this tradition by touring by bus and backpack, performing Shakespeare outdoors in beautiful and historic places.

The camp was hailed as a “little-known summer gem…for the budding actor” by The Washington Post. Traveling Players was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a Summer School in the Arts, one of only 25 in the nation to receive this honor. In 2005, Traveling Players performed Much Ado About Nothing at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Traveling Players is supported in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Traveling Players Ensemble is based at The Madeira School. Throughout the school year, the company offers weekend classes in classical acting, improvisation, mask, and movement. In summer residence at The Madeira School since 2007, the company offers several theatre camps for ages 10 and up. Throughout the school year, they teach weekend classes in classical acting, improvisation, mask, and movement.

Admission is $10 and open to the public. Appropriate for children age 8 and up.

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

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