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National Players

Also Known As: Student matinees and workshops

At several times throughout the year, Olney Theatre Center's touring troupe, National Players, hosts student matinees of fully-produced Shakespeare and classic literature and dramatic works. Students of all ages are welcome to view the show and learn about theatre production. Before and/or after the show, theatre workshops are taught by our capable teaching artists in the following subjects: Powerplay: A dynamic and interactive playwriting workshop that introduces the basics of dramatic structure and involves students in the creative process. Through a series of exercises and improvisations, the students write monologues and short scenes that are then brought to life by the actors in the company. Powerplay provides students with an introduction to the actors, gets them excited about the show they are about to see, and puts them in touch with their creativity. Shakespeare- The Actor's Journey: This engaging workshop illuminates the journey the actor must take to bring Shakespeare's words to life. Using the scenes and soliloquies from Shakespeare, students explore and personalize Shakespeare's language, characters, and situations. Acting and Improvisation: The Players lead students through a brief series of exercises and improvisational games to warm-up the body, voice, imagination, and intellect, followed by an introduction to scene study. Stage Combat: A workshop with the rudiments of illusion and the methods of creating believable, safe stage fighting. Players demonstrate the methods of hand-to-hand stage combat and teach students the basic moves: stage slaps and punches, falling, and hair-pulling.


Olney Theatre Center

Languages Available:

English -

Payment Description:

Varies according to arrangment and come at severely reduced prices for certain audiences.

Intake and Eligibility:

students of all ages

Areas Served:
  • Montgomery County

Contact Info:


Olney Theatre
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Olney, MD 20832

Hours of Services:

M Tu Wed Thu Fri
  • Mon
  • 9 - 6
  • Tue
  • 9 - 6
  • Wed
  • 9 - 6
  • Fri
  • 9 - 6
  • Sat
  • 9 - 6
  • Sun
  • 9 - 6
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