GETTING TO STAUNTON

Address: 201 E. Frederick Street, Staunton, VA 24401

BY CAR

From the North: Take Interstate 81 South to Exit 222. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Richmond Avenue (Rt. 250 West). After approximately 2 miles, merge right onto Greenville Avenue/Rt. 11 North. Continue straight through the intersection under the railway bridge onto South Coalter Street. Go straight through the first traffic light at the top of the hill. Take the next left turn onto East Frederick Street (no traffic light). Turn right into the first parking lot in front of the PEG Center dormitory.

From the West and South: Take Interstate 81 North to Exit 222. Merge right from the exit ramp onto Richmond Avenue (Rt. 250 West).

From the East: Take Interstate 64 West to Exit 87. Stay in the right lane to merge onto I-81. Take Exit 222. Merge right from the exit ramp onto Richmond Avenue (Rt. 250 West).

BY AIR

Staunton is conveniently located near two regional airports, the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) and Charlottesville International Airport (CHO). We’re also just a few hours by car from Dulles International. Campers and their families may easily connect to these airports and use a rental car service from Staunton.

We are happy to help arrange airport pick-ups for campers traveling alone, however transportation is limited to driver availability. Additional fees apply for airport pick-ups from Shenandoah, Charlottesville, or Dulles International airports. Please fill out the ASCTC Extras Form to arrange an airport pickup for your camper.

Overnight dorm fees apply for campers arriving a day early or staying a day late.

BY TRAIN

Amtrak has a station in downtown Staunton as well as in nearby Charlottesville. If your camper is traveling by train, we can arrange to pick them up at either station.  Pickup from the Staunton Amtrak station is free. Extra fees apply to pickups from the Charlottesville station. Please fill out the ASCTC Extras Form to arrange a train station pickup for your camper.

Overnight dorm fees apply for campers arriving a day early or staying a day late. Keep reading for more information.


Travel Assistance

For campers traveling alone, we can assist with transportation to and from select airports and train stations in and around Staunton. Extra fees apply (see below).

Once registered to attend camp, families can request travel assistance using the ASCTC Extras Form. If scheduling shifts or changing plans require adding or otherwise modifying your need for travel assistance, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

Transportation assistance is only available on select dates and times and according to staff availability.

We will only schedule one trip per airport per day unless driver availability permits us to schedule more than one trip. We will contact you shortly before camp begins to confirm your travel arrangements and to share your driver’s contact information.

*Some airline reservations require that you list the name of the person who will pick up a traveling minor. If your flight reservation requires this information, please contact Lia Wallace prior to confirming your reservation. ASC staff may not be able to claim your camper at the airport unless the person listed on your reservation is present at the airport.

2019 Pickup Dates

Early Arrivals: Saturday, June 15 (Session 1) and Saturday, July 13 (Session 2)

Regular Arrivals: Sunday, June 16 (Session 1) and Sunday, July 14 (Session 2)

2019 Dropoff Dates

Regular Departures: Monday, July 8 (Session 1) and Monday, August 5 (Session 2)

Late Departures: Tuesday, July 9 (Session 1) and Tuesday, August 6 (Session 2)

Unless participating in the Extended Experience Week, campers may not arrive more than a day early or stay for more than a day beyond the start or end of their session(s).

We cannot provide travel assistance for parents or other family members.

Registered campers and their families: please use the ASCTC Extras form to request travel assistance.

available Stations and Fees

  • Airport/train station fees are calculated based on distance. The prices below are for one-way trips.
  • An overnight dorm fee of $50 per night applies for those arriving a day early or departing a day late.

Train Stations

Staunton Amtrak Station (STA) – free
Charlottesville Amtrak Station (CVS) – $40

Airports

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) – $30
Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) – $45
Dulles International Airport (IAD) – $110

Please help us prepare for your camper’s arrival by providing your travel assistance information on the ASCTC Extras Form. Don’t know all the details just yet? That’s okay — fill out what you know, and update us as the pieces fall into place. When you finalize your travel arrangements, please forward your camper’s travel itinerary, including flight numbers, to Lia Wallace at lia.wallace@americanshakespearecenter.com.

By requesting travel assistance, you agree that the ASC or its hired staff will not be responsible for missed flights for any reason. All campers and staff must be present through the final performances. Parents requesting travel assistance for campers departing on the last day of the session should contact Lia before making their reservations.


Accommodation

 

Staunton offers many accommodation options for parents looking to explore the town. We highly recommend that parents book their rooms for the final weekend of camp at the time they register.

 

Welcome to peg

All ASC Theatre Campers live in the PEG Center, a residence hall that was built specifically for MBU’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted in 2003. This $6.7 million state-of-the-art center is bright, spacious, and ideally situated between Grafton Library and Pearce Science Center, just steps from classrooms, computer and language labs, and Hunt Dining Hall. Designed to meet students’ academic and social needs, the building features a study room, lounge, laundry, and small kitchen on each of its three residence floors. Student rooms are arranged in clusters, each supervised by a live-in residence staff member. Fully wired for Internet, phone, and cable services, the center provides a comfortable home away from home for MBU students during the school year — and for ASC Theatre Campers during the summer.

Check out the video below to take a virtual tour of the PEG Center.


Camper & Parent Orientation Schedule

Session 1: Sunday, June 16 | Session 2: Sunday, July 14

10:00 am – 2:00 pm — Camper Move-In

  • Move your stuff in, meet your roommates and other camp compatriots, and get ready to have fun!

2:00 pm  — Orientation for Everyone

  • Campers and Parents meet the staff, go over camp policies and important dates, take a tour of campus locations, and open it up for a general Q&A

3:00 pm  — Farewell, Parents!

  • Say your good-byes!

3:30 pm — Orientation for CAMP PARTICIPANTS ONLY

  • Rules, games, questions, secret sonnets

5:30 pm — Dinner

  • Because you have to eat

7:30 pm — Tour of the Blackfriars Playhouse

  • The only one in the world

9:30 pm — Pre-audition Workshop

  • Campers and RDAs prep for Monday’s auditions in small groups back at the PEG dorm

10:30 pm — HALLS

  • All campers must be on their assigned residence hall, preparing for bed

11:00 pm — LIGHTS OUT

  • Get plenty of sleep! Auditions are in the morning.

 

Final Performance Festival

You’re invited.

Parents and siblings, families and friends: you finally get the chance to see the fruits of our labor when you see your camper strut and fret an hour upon the Blackfriars Playhouse Stage. Three weeks of hard work, big choices, admirable failures, and surprising successes culminate in the performances and celebrations of the Final Festival at each session’s end.

2019 Session 1 Performance Festival: July 7, 2019

2019 Session 2 Performance Festival: August 4, 2019

The Play’s (not) the (only) Thing

The Final Performance Festival is more than just the sum of its shows. Celebrate your camper’s achievements (and see just what they’ve been up to) on a weekend getaway to Staunton, complete with a special “Camp Command” performance by the ASC resident troupe.

 

About the final weekend schedule

The big day

Campers perform their shows for their adoring public (including friends and family) in the Blackfriars Playhouse on Sunday morning. After the performances, campers and parents reunite at the Celebration Reception, held the Wharf — home to Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare & Performance graduate program.

See what we’ve been seeing

After food and remarks, everyone returns to the Playhouse for the 5PM “Camp Command” performance by the ASC resident troupe, dedicated to the ASC Theatre Camp. Campers perform alongside ASC resident troupe actors in the preshow and join their parents in the audience for the performance.

Book your tickets

All camp families receive two free tickets to the Camp Command performance, with the option to purchase additional tickets for any performance during the final weekend of the session at a discounted rate. To reserve your tickets, contact Liz Bernardo at liz.bernardo@americanshakespearecenter.com.

One more night

Sunday night, parents are free to explore the Staunton downtown nightlife while their campers return to the dorm for their final night of camaraderie: cleaning, packing, sobbing, and sonnets.

Where to Stay?

Staunton offers many accommodation options for parents looking to explore the town. We highly recommend that parents book their rooms for the final weekend of camp at the time they register.

The next morning

Parents and campers reunite in the morning on Monday for a final breakfast-in-PEG and farewell before departing Staunton.


*Draft* Festival Schedule

Sunday – show day

9:30 am – Doors open at the Blackfriars Playhouse

  • Admission is free and open to the public.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.

10:00 am – Play #1

Destined to be a classic.

11:00 am – Coffee Break (15 minutes)

Complimentary coffee served in the upstairs lobby.

  • Feel free to step outside and stretch your legs or visit By & By.
  • Don’t go too far! The next show will begin promptly regardless of your attendance.

11:15 am – Play #2

Like the first, but this one’s second.

12:15 pm – Coffee Break (15 minutes)

Complimentary coffee served in the upstairs lobby.

  • Feel free to step outside and stretch your legs or visit By & By.
  • Don’t go too far! The next show will begin promptly regardless of your attendance.

12:30 pm – Play #3

A real show-stopper, if you know what I mean.

1:30 pm – Strike and Photos

  • Photo session on the Playhouse stage: group photos of each cast and an all-camp photo.
  • Parents are welcome to stay and take pictures as well; if you decide to do so, please stand behind the official photographer and do not use your flash.

2:00 pm – Celebration Reception

  • Held at Mary Baldwin University’s downtown Wharf
  • Complimentary to friends and family (RSVP required)

5:00 pm – ASCTC Ambassadorial Evening Performance (Camp Command/Celebration)

  • Attend a special, ASCTC-dedicated performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse with your camper in celebration of a successful session
  • Campers will perform in the pre-show alongside ASC resident troupe members
Monday – departure day

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Continental PEG Breakfast

Grab a bite in the PEG lobby/garden with your camper before hitting the road

‘Til next summer! We’ll miss you.

*This calendar is subject to change.