Have you become too… “time-honor’d” to attend the ASC Theatre Camp as a camper? Do you nonetheless find yourself missing the dewy streets of Staunton, the aching calves earned on the hike to Deming, or the flickering magic of the Blackfriars Playhouse stage illuminated by the glowing eyes of exhaustion during midnight dress rehearsals?

We’ve got a cure for those “missing my camp days” blues: join our new camp alumni group, the ASC Old Timers’ Society, or ASCOTS.


Avoid aimless activity and accelerate appropriate action: activate the anterior avatar (appellated “ATTEND THE 2018 ASCOTS ASSEMBLY”) with absolute alacrity – allay adjournments, abjure all anger and anxiety, and ASSEMBLE! Admission available until attendance achieves the allotted abundance.


(…or, to put that into normal words, click the button above to register for the 2018 ASCOTS Assembly.)

An ascot is a fancy kind of tie. It looks like this:







An ASCOT, on the other hand, is a member of the ASC Old Timer’s Society, the official ASC Theatre Camp alumni group. Most of the time, they look like people.

In order to be an ASCOT, you must:

  1. have been a participant of the ASC Theatre Camp in any of the various incarnations and iterations of it’s 20+ year history (this includes YCTC), and
  2. have grown too old — excuse me, too “time-honor’d” — to continue attending camp.

Yes. Yes you can.

I’m gonna let Ben Curns answer this one. For those of you who do not know Curns, he has been an actor for the American Shakespeare Center’s resident, touring, and Renaissance troupes. He has also directed several shows for camp. He never attended camp as a camper, but why don’t you think about whether he qualifies as an ASCOT after you read what he has to say:

The summer of 2006 was a damn hard one. Thank goodness for that 2 Henry IV. Those young actors may never know how much I needed that…then again…they’re all really pretty sharp…maybe they do.

Campers aren’t the only ones profoundly affected by the experience of the ASC Theatre Camp. The ASCOTS is held together by its members’ shared bond of having that experience, not by their status as “camper” or “staff” and not by whether they attended “ASCTC” or “YCTC.” And that is the answer to that question. It has nothing to do with the fact that otherwise, none of the current camp admin staff would get to be members of the ASCOTS and that would suck for us.

Because the world isn’t fair. But, if you’re patient, you will be inducted into the ASCOTS society at the end of your final summer. You’ll even get a shirt! Look at these awesome shirts:


What another excellent question! You’re so smart. Yes, in fact, the ASCOTS do more than bask in the glow of their own excellence: they ASSEMBLE!

The inaugural ASCOTS Assembly took place in August, 2017.

ASCOTS Assembly 2: Electric Boogaloo will follow (like the sequel) this summer, August 9-12, 2018.

Details are subject to change, but a few things are certain about the ASCOTS Assembly:

  • You will collaborate with fellow ASCOTS to mount a (potentially abridged) Shakespeare production. Which means you will spend a significant amount of time in rehearsal each day.
    • Just wait till you see how we’re handling casting.
  • You will perform this production on the Blackfriars Playhouse Stage. At midnight.
    • I’m dead serious.
  • You will get Ralph’d to some degree, and likely Menzer’d to another.
  • You will get to experience a more… “grown up” version of the post-show actor meet-and-greet.
    • Try not to embarrass yourselves.
  • You will come back to Staunton. And when you leave, another tiny part of you will remain in Staunton forever.
Approximate Agenda from the inaugural 2017 ASCOTS Assembly
Thursday, August 10 – Arrive in Staunton


  • Early Arrivers’ BBQ
    • Casting announcement for The Tempest
    • Secret Sonnet assignments
Friday, August 11


  • Welcome Breakfast
  • Lessons & Lecture with Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen
  • Rehearsal Observation: ASC resident troupe works on The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3)


  • Rehearsal
  • Rehearsal
  • Rehearsal


  • Rehearsal
  • Dinner break
  • Attend the evening performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse

Late Night

  • Rehearsal
Saturday, August 12


  • Farmer’s Market and Breakfast
  • Rehearsal


  • Lunch
  • Matinee performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Rehearsal


  • Rehearsal
  • Rehearsal with pizza
  • Evening performance of Much Ado about Nothing

Late night

  • Final Dress rehearsal for The Tempest
  • Midnight performance of The Tempest
Sunday, August 13


  • Sleep


  • Secret Sonnet Farewell Brunch
  • Matinee performance of Peter and the Starcatcher


  • Return to regularly scheduled life


Assembly admission appraises at $350 per ASCOT.

(Acting with alacrity and affirming attendance ahead of Monday April 2, 2018 to access our $50 Anticipatory Aviator Admission Abatement* – and adjust the actual amount of admission to $300.)

*AKA an Early Bird Discount. Get it?!?!