Carol Boyd Leon

encore performance camp

Encore Performance Camp

For students entering grades 3-9

There will be no camp in summer 2016 because of the recent death of Carol's husband.

Our musical in summer 2016 was to have been Sleeping Beauty and the Royal Academy!

Since 1992, area residents have had the opportunity to send their children to Carol's one-of-a-kind summer music camp where the emphasis is on having a thoroughly enjoyable musical theater experience.

In 2015, 25 girls and boys in two separate casts performed The Wizard of Oz. The audience was enthralled by every wonderful singing and dancing cast member.

Campers did an incredible job of learning and rehearsing the show, helping make simple scenery, and deciding upon costuming.The 2016 season is expected to be equally wonderful and especially fun, as our Sleeping Beauty script is unlike any other! Every summer, our audience is amazed at how much the campers can accomplish in one brief week of camp and the final music-filled performance is always a delight.

"Just a quick note to thank you for another great week of Encore. We parents are always so amazed at how much progress these kids can make in such a short amount of time. It seems as though, with the limited amount of time they have together, it would have to be all work and no play just to pull it off but it's clear that they all have a great time preparing for the shows. You really do a terrific job with these kids and we're so thankful that you take time off from your job to do this! Thanks again and we'll see you next year!  --Therese Burruss (8/1/11)

P.S.  We already have another pal who wants to join in next year."

Sand castle-building Encore "dwarfs" singing By The Sea in 2009
Play Song | Stop

Our previous productions--adaptations of Mary Poppins, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Annie, Cinderella, Snow White, and The Wizard of Oz--were all fun for everyone in the cast as well as for the audience.

Each camper comes away from the experience with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and a desire to keep learning more.

In 2015, campers again will receive a practice music CD or  music download a week or so before camp begins so they can start learning the songs at home. Auditions are held on the second day of camp and everyone gets cast in a role and sometimes two. The performance takes place with live piano accompaniment. As "The Wizard of Oz" is a lengthy musical, narrators are used to tell part of the story, and campers act out all of the most fun scenes.

All campers need to bring is a desire to perform and a willingness to be part of a team effort. “Miss Carol” will bring the snacks!

Here was our 2015 Encore Performance Camp schedule:

July 27-August 1

  • MORNING SESSION 9 a.m.–noon, Mon thru Fri
    Performance Saturday, August 1 at 10 a.m. (campers arrive 8:30 a.m. Saturday and leave around 11 a.m.)
  • AFTERNOON SESSION 1–4 p.m, Mon thru Fri
    Performance Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m.(campers arrive 11:30 a.m. Saturday and leave around 2 p.m.)


  • Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and in several past years, the camp has filled up. Registration for returning campers and their siblings begins March 1. Registration for new campers begins April 1.

Required 2015 forms:

[2016 forms are not yet available]


A supply fee of $25 ($20 for campers who already have a camp t-shirt) must accompany the completed registration form and is nonrefundable.


Camp t-shirts are distributed on the first day of camp and are required to be worn on two camp days. Those attending our Family Luncheon at McDonald's on Thursday or Friday are urged to wear the t-shirt then, too.


Tuition ($200) must be received by July 1 to guarantee your child's place except for late sign-ups. Prepaid tuition is fully refundable until July 1.


Carol teaches both camp sessions. She is aided by an assistant or two. Live piano accompaniment will be used during the performances.


Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke Centre. Camp is held in a lovely double-sized classroom. The ENCORE performance is held "on stage" in the church Meeting House.  The camp is not affiliated with the church and registration is open to all. The performances are open to whomever you would like to invite and there is no admission fee.


Inquiries should be directed to Carol at 703-250-0554. Cell phone number during the camp day FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY is 703-338-7631.

Some Encore scenes from past summers: