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Encore Stage & Studio Scenes for Tweens
Arlington, Virginia

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200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.
Arlington, Virginia 22204

3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206

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TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Monday - Friday, Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00 a.m.; 4:00-5:30 p.m.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

Theater, Musical Theater, and more.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Our two-week summer camp emphasizes creativity, teamwork, and fun. Students will develop their acting skills through character study, improvisation, and movement.

This summer, we’ll start by exploring dazzling tales of fantasy and adventure in Adventure is Out There, then move on to the art of making an audience laugh in Summer Stooges. For session 3 it’s all about musical theatre when our popular Summer Showstoppers theme returns. During all sessions, students will be divided into age groups.

Each session will conclude with a final performance for family and friends. Staff to student ratio 1:9.

Encore Stage & Studio's mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.

Encore Stage & Studio is the artistic home for young people in the Washington, DC area, and a national leader in children’s theatre. We are an incubator of young talent providing challenging and diverse opportunities in the arts.

Our Values
We Love Theatre. Theatre has the unique power to enrich the lives of young people by using imagination to explore big ideas. We strive to be an ambassador for the arts in our community, by providing wholesome, family entertainment at affordable prices. We are cultivating the next generation of artists and patrons.

Kids Come First. Children are at the heart of our mission, and we believe they have a vital role to play in the larger artistic community. Encore empowers, respects, and mentors children, offering them opportunities for artistic expression and growth in a safe and nurturing environment.

We Expect Excellence. We are professionals onstage and off. Encore acts with integrity and produces quality productions and classes. We expect 110% from everyone, every time. We teach our participants the life skills they need to succeed as citizens.

We Encourage Inclusiveness. We value unique perspectives and believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity of all types. Encore is a safe place where children can express themselves.
We Connect Communities. We are a hub of excitement with the goal of connecting our participants and our audiences with the community at large. Alliances with other organizations strengthen the fabric of our community.

Education Empowers. Theatre is the medium we use to foster creativity and promote reading and critical thinking. We believe our classes and productions complement and enrich in-school learning.
We Build Leaders. We know that leadership makes a difference. We give our participants the poise and confidence to develop as leaders, while encouraging peer mentorship and teamwork.

Our History

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: To ensure the participation of all interested students, Encore Stage & Studio offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships for all of our classes and camps. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application Form on our website and mail it to the attention of our Registrar, Leigh Troutman, at Encore Stage & Studio, PO Box 969, Arlington VA 22216. Visit Our Camp Website Link: download an application form.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: “Theater by kids, for kids!” Encore Stage & Studio has been serving children and their families in Arlington for 47 years. Their mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore achieves this through two primary avenues: high quality, developmentally appropriate theatrical productions that are by and for young people, and enriching, curriculum-enhancing educational classes, workshops and summer programs. Encore Stage will perform and offer an activity featuring theatre and improv games for children and families, run by their performers (ages 9–18) and supervised by their Director.

Today, Encore has grown to include our production season and school year education classes and summer programs. Encore presents five fully realized productions each year under the guidance and direction of experienced theater professionals. Encore is unique in offering dramatic productions in which every actor and every behind–the-scenes technician is a young person under 18 years of age. Our summer production program, casts youth ages 15 and older, as well as college students and adult community members. Encore’s multi-age structure encourages mentoring and role modeling between older and younger participants. Our production opportunities are provided to participants at no cost.

In conjunction with, and as a foundation for, our on-stage productions, Encore offers a year-round series of theater classes, workshops, and summer camps. Stage Door, Scenes for Tweens, and It’s Elementary. Literacy and playwriting have become an important focus within our educational programming through Encore’s “Play-Ground” for middle school students.

In addition, we have recently started a number of creative programs designed to expand our reach in the community and our offerings for our students. These include the Musical Theatre Intensive, for singers in the 8th grade and older; the Encore Traveling Theatre Club, through which Encore participants attend plays at other theaters in the area, including Arena Stage, The Roundhouse Theatre, and Signature Theatre; and Evenings with the Pros, in which Encore participants take acting workshops from local professional actors.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Location for Sessions 1-3: Kenmore Middle School
200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204

Location for Session 4: Marymount University Campus
2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207

Session 1: June 23 -July 3, 2014
Theme: Adventure is Out There!
In this session, campers will explore and enact epic adventure stories! We will travel around the world, meeting heroes and villains and going on quests. Acting and movement classes will focus on creating dynamic characters and storytelling, and this session will culminate in a full camp-wide production of an adventure story.

Session 2: July 7-18, 2014
Theme: Summer Stooges
In this session, campers will exercise their funny bone! We will be inspired by classic comedic groups, sketch comedy, and improv to learn how to really sell a joke–and come up with some of our own! Classes will range from acting fundamentals to slapstick to improv, and the session will culminate in a very silly camp-wide production.

Session 3: July 21-August 1, 2014
Theme: Summer Showstoppers
Back by popular demand! If you love to sing and dance, this is the camp for you. Whether you’ve performed in multiple school musicals or just like to sing in the shower, you’ll have a blast at Encore’s musical theatre themed camp as you learn to perform like a Broadway legend. Camp will culminate in a performance showcase for family and friends.

Session 4: August 4-15, 2014
Theme: Tales of the Amazon
Journey with Encore through the heart of the Amazon as we discover a wealth of South American stories. Fabulous tales of animals, spirits, and children will come to life through acting, movement, and more in this two-week camp. Our expedition will end with a performance of stories and scenes for family and friends.

Fees: $550
Ext. Hours AM $85; PM $85

Camp Aides:
Camp Aides are vital to making all of Encore’s summer camp programs run smoothly. Aides’ responsibilities differ slightly for each camp, but may include assisting with the set-up and clean-up of camp spaces, leading short theatre games or warm-up activities, helping to supervise extended hours, working on the final camp production, and modeling good behavior for the campers. Previous experience with theatre is a plus, and an affinity for working with younger children is a must.

Aides for It’s Elementary and Scenes for Tweens must be at least 14 years old. Aides for Stage Door must be at least 16. Any Aide under age 16 must have a valid work permit, which can obtained from his or her school. All aides are paid a stipend for their work. Visit Our Camp Website Link: to download an application.

Teaching Artist for Scenes for Tweens: 
Encore Stage & Studio seeks energetic, imaginative, and organized Teaching Artists for Scenes for Tweens, our summer camp program for students ages 8—12.

Applicants must have a college degree and previous teaching experience. Desired skills include strong interpersonal skills, excellent classroom management, creativity, flexibility, and a passion for working with late elementary and middle school children. Teaching Artists must be responsible individuals who are able to work independently and as part of a team of educators to foster creative expression in students. Successful applicants will have experience in designing age-appropriate lesson plans around a provided camp theme. Teaching Artists with experience in improvisation/comedy, storytelling, and musical direction are particularly encouraged to apply.

Each session of Scenes for Tweens runs for two weeks; specific program dates may be found on Encore’s website. Please indicate your availability in your cover letter. Encore offers competitive pay. Teaching Artists will be required to submit to a background check before beginning employment with Encore.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and a sample lesson plan for this age group to Caroline Schreiber, Programs Manager, at caroline.schreiber[AT] with the subject line, “Scenes for Tweens teaching application.”

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