For me, becoming a long-term member of such a close-knit theatre community has been one of the best and most formative experiences of my life. Simply put: I met more wonderful people, created more lasting friendships, and learned more about theatre at YCTC/ASCTC than anywhere else. Those people and those experiences are always with me.
-Francis, Camper & Counselor 2006-2012
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. Scroll down to learn more about the ASCOTS and to register for the August ASCOTS Assembly.
General Info and FAQ
What’s an ascot?
It’s a fancy kind of tie. It looks like this:
What does that very snazzy-looking neck decoration have to do with the ASC Theatre Camp?
I’m glad you asked. An “ascot” (also called a “cravat”) is the fancy tie pictured above, but an “ASCOT” is a member of the ASC Old Timers’ Society, the newly formed alumni group for former attendees of the ASC Theatre Camp.
What are the requirements for ASCOTS membership?
In order to be an ASCOT, you must a) have attended the ASC Theatre Camp in any of its iterations (this includes all YCTC campers) and b) have grown too old – too “time-honor’d” – to continue attending camp.
So… I never actually attended camp, as in as a camper… but I worked as a counselor/show director/intern! Can I be in the ASCOTS, too?
Yes. Yes you can.
Hold up. That seems contradictory when you take into account the requirements you laid out above with the whole a) attending camp and b) can’t attend camp anymore stuff. What gives?
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, neither Lia nor Adrienne would get to be members of the ASCOTS and that would suck for us.
In that case, how come current campers can’t be in the ASCOTS? They’ve been to camp before, which makes them alumni. How come they have to wait until they’re too old to be campers in order to join the ASCOTS?
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:
Do the ASCOTS do anything besides wear awesome shirts and be really, really, really ridiculously good looking?
What another excellent question! You’re so smart. Yes, the ASCOTS do in fact do more than bask in the glow of their own excellence. Occasionally, they ASSEMBLE! The second annual ASCOTS Assembly (or ASCOTS Assembly 2: Electric Boogaloo) will take place August 9-12, 2018. Keep reading to learn more!
Return. Rewind. Renew.
Annually, in August, we call all camp alumni to return to Staunton for a refreshing retreat. Recover from reality, reconnect with old friends, and revive your joy for a whirlwind weekend at the ASCOTS Assembly.
Avoid aimless activity and accelerate appropriate action: activate the anterior avatar (appellated “Admission Acquisition”) 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)
Details are subject to change, but a few things are certain about all ASCOTS Assemblies:
- 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.
- You will get to experience more… “grown up” versions of favorite camp activities.
- 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.