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ASHLAND, OREGON

Inside the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: A Wonderful Week of Theatre

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Program #19884RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate (Variable by Program Date)
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Ashland is located at 2000' elevation at the foot of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 3, 2014

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Type: Inn

Contact info:
555 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-2151
Room amenities: Wireless, high speed internet access in all guest rooms, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and Am/Fm radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel has a small library of Shakespeare literature, gym access for up to 2 hours at a time at Anytime Fitness, an indoor pool and hot tub.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates & avail.
Call hotel at 541-488-2151 to reserve extra nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 28 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientati...
Arrival and Check-in / Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Introduction to Ashland, Ore.

Arrive To: This program date will be held at the Stratford Inn in downtown Ashland. Note the activity level of this date is moderate: you will be walking across Siskiyou Boulevard each day to our meeting room at the Ashland public library, and several blocks to the OSF theatres. Ashland is located on a hill and streets to the theatres are on an incline.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. The schedule below includes sample class topics. The final class schedule will be announced when you arrive on the program. Thank you for your understanding.

The 2014 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is packed full of comedy, tragedy, adventure, and more! On this program, you’ll experience a unique perspective of this 79-year-old theatre company. An OSF actor will prepare you for each of the three performances you’ll see, and bring in special guests straight off the stages of OSF. Courses taught by OSF company members and local experts will integrate behind-the-scenes aspects of the theatre such as costuming, set design, make-up, music, directing, and more! No matter who you meet this week, you’ll experience the quaint town of Ashland and its nationally-recognized theatre company up close and personal.

Hotel rooms will be available at or after 4pm. Should you arrive before check-in begins at 4pm, you can leave your bags with the staff in the lobby of the hotel. You can enjoy locally roasted Noble Coffee at the café in the hotel, Boulevard Coffee, or you can take a short walk to the shops, restaurants, and cafés on East Main Street.

Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION and CHECK-IN: Available from 4-5pm in the lobby of the hotel. The main entrance to the hotel is accessible from the parking lot off of Sherman Street. At registration you’ll meet your Group Leader, who will be your expert guide for the week, and will give you your packet and schedule for the week.

ORIENTATION: At 5:30pm, meet in the Siskiyou Room in the hotel to get to know your fellow Road Scholars and program staff during an overview of the program.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be catered in the Siskiyou Room. Enjoy a hot meal at the end of your travel day with salad and dessert as well as coffee and tea.

Evening: INTRODUCTION TO ASHLAND, OREGON:
Tucked between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, you’ll find this unique epicenter of culture in the small community of Ashland. Tonight you’ll prepare yourself for the week while you learn that Ashland is not only home to the award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but also boasts a wealth of art galleries, restaurants, chocolate shops, a cabaret theatre, and a spirit of community that will happily welcome you.

Lodging: Stratford Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
555 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-2151
Room amenities: Wireless, high speed internet access in all guest rooms, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and Am/Fm radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel has a small library of Shakespeare literature, gym access for up to 2 hours at a time at Anytime Fitness, an indoor pool and hot tub.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates & avail.
Call hotel at 541-488-2151 to reserve extra nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 29 - Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre Exploration /...
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre Exploration / Picnic Lunch / OSF Production Excursion / Evening Program

Note: Activity Level for Day: Moderate. Today you will be on your feet exploring the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus. Some activities may include standing for long periods of time and walking several blocks through town. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Siskiyou Room in the hotel. A variety of baked goods, granola and hot oatmeal, fruit, and beverages including coffee, tea, milk, and juice will be available.

Morning: THEATRE EXPLORATION
Take a leisurely stroll through OSF’s three theatres, the indoor Angus Bowmer and Thomas theatres, and outdoor Elizabethan theatre. In this field trip, created especially for Road Scholar by OSF company members, learn about the festival from its evolution as a regional production of two shows in 1935 to an award-winning eleven-play repertory theatre.

Lunch: Today’s lunch will be a picnic in town. You might eat in beautiful Lithia Park, or on the newly renovated Oregon Shakespeare Festival Bricks, a popular meeting spot in Ashland. In case of rain, we will return to the hotel.

Afternoon: OSF PRODUCTION
Explore the work that goes into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions. You might get a glimpse of the costume or scene shops, or learn about lighting design.

Return to the hotel for a class led by a theatre expert. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include how the casting process works, the implementation of a play for the modern stage in dramaturgy, or how actors learn dialects for the stage.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be catered in the Siskiyou Room at the hotel.

Evening: Take in another presentation this evening in the Siskiyou Room of the hotel. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the costume design process, the life of an actor, how the stage manager runs the show, Shakespearean language and literary history, or how an actor researches a role.

Lodging: Stratford Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
555 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-2151
Room amenities: Wireless, high speed internet access in all guest rooms, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and Am/Fm radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel has a small library of Shakespeare literature, gym access for up to 2 hours at a time at Anytime Fitness, an indoor pool and hot tub.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates & avail.
Call hotel at 541-488-2151 to reserve extra nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 30 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / OSF Ma...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / OSF Matinee Performance / Evening Program

Breakfast: Breakfast this morning will be in the Siskiyou Room at the hotel.

Morning: We'll walk across the street to our meeting room in the library to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, Southern Oregon University, and visiting and local experts.

Continue the conversation and catch any announcements from your group leader over a brief break.

THEATRE REFLECTIONS:
These core classes of the program will be taught daily by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor who will be your guide for the week’s performances, lead review discussions, and introduce you to several actors straight off the OSF stages.

Lunch: Lunch today will be freshly made salads or sandwiches in our meeting room at the library.

Afternoon: Named after the OSF founder Angus Bowmer, this theatre opened in 1970 to extend the OSF season by offering an indoor venue. By design, you’ll find there’s no bad seat in the house.

This world premiere is the sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Broadway hit and Tony Award-winning play All the Way, which also premiered on the OSF stage. "The Great Society" continues the story of the trials and triumphs of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency.

Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: This evening, return to the Siskiyou Room of the hotel to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, Southern Oregon University, and visiting and local experts.

Lodging: Stratford Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Contact info:
555 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-2151
Room amenities: Wireless, high speed internet access in all guest rooms, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and Am/Fm radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel has a small library of Shakespeare literature, gym access for up to 2 hours at a time at Anytime Fitness, an indoor pool and hot tub.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates & avail.
Call hotel at 541-488-2151 to reserve extra nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 01 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Aftern...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / Afternoon at Leisure / OSF Evening Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast this morning will be in the Siskiyou Room at the hotel.

Morning: Back in the meeting room at the library, learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, Southern Oregon University, and visiting and local experts.

Continue the conversation and catch any announcements from your group leader over a brief break.

THEATRE REFLECTIONS:
This week’s OSF actor instructor returns for today’s discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays and will bring in a special guest.

Lunch: Lunch today will be freshly made salads or sandwiches in our meeting room at the library.

Afternoon: AFTERNOON AT LEISURE:
Explore the wonders of Southern Oregon or take in another show on your own at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. For more information and to purchase tickets, you can call the OSF box office at (800) 219-8161. Or, stroll through the beautiful parks of Ashland, visit the many galleries and shops downtown, sample your way through a handful of the wineries in this up-and-coming wine region, or indulge in the sweets offered at Dagoba Chocolate in Ashland and Harry & David in Medford. Taste Rogue Creamery blue cheese in nearby Central Point, or spend an afternoon in neighboring Jacksonville exploring the charming character of this old gold-rush mining town registered as a National Historic Landmark.

Dinner: Tonight dinner will be on your own, to take advantage of more than 80 restaurants in Ashland. You’ll find everything from sushi or traditional pub fare to fine dining in downtown Ashland.

Evening: Walk into another world on a summer evening under the stars in one of America’s oldest Elizabethan theatres.

Tonight you will be seeing RICHARD III – A cunning villain slays his way to the throne in this classic Shakespeare tragedy.

Autumn outdoor productions are susceptible to seasonal weather. In the rare event of inclement weather, most performances will continue as scheduled. As such, participants are asked to bring appropriate layers including coats and sweaters. We also recommend packing a rain jacket. Blankets and pillows can also be rented for an extra fee at the theatre.

Lodging: Stratford Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Inn

Contact info:
555 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-488-2151
Room amenities: Wireless, high speed internet access in all guest rooms, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and Am/Fm radio alarm clock.

Facility amenities: This hotel has a small library of Shakespeare literature, gym access for up to 2 hours at a time at Anytime Fitness, an indoor pool and hot tub.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates & avail.
Call hotel at 541-488-2151 to reserve extra nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 02 - Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / OSF Ma...
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members / OSF Matinee Performance / Farewell Dinner

Note: Today, in addition to walking to classes and the theatre, you'll walk to a local restaurant for dinner. The total distance for the day will not exceed one mile, and you won't walk more than half a mile at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast this morning will be in the Siskiyou Room at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll gather again in the meeting room at the library to meet today’s experts. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, Southern Oregon University, and visiting and local experts.

Continue the conversation and catch any announcements from your group leader over a brief break.

THEATRE REFLECTIONS:
This week’s OSF actor instructor returns for today’s discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays and will bring in a special guest.

Lunch: Lunch today will be freshly made salads or sandwiches in our meeting room at the library.

Afternoon: Named after the late OSF Development Director Peter D. Thomas, the indoor Thomas Theatre offers an intimacy and versatility in seating arrangements unique to each show.

Today you will be seeing THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Mix-ups come in Shakespeare’s comedy when a man and his servant find their long-lost twin brothers, causing confusion amongst the town and significant others.

Dinner: Tonight you’ll eat downtown at a local brewpub. Pick from a few of our favorite dishes that feature many ingredients, including meats and vegetables, raised on the restaurant’s own farm only a mile away. If you wish, you’ll be able to sample some of the beer made onsite at your own cost.

Evening: This evening, return to the Siskiyou Room of the hotel to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, Southern Oregon University, and visiting and local experts.

Lodging: Stratford Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 03 - Theatre Class with OSF Company Members / Boxed Lu...
Breakfast: Breakfast this morning will be in the Siskiyou Room at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll gather in the meeting room at the library once more.

THEATRE REFLECTIONS:
Today you’ll meet for the last time with this week’s OSF actor instructor, review the week’s plays, and get a glimpse of the 2015 season.

Lunch: Choose a boxed lunch to eat in the hotel, outside in downtown Ashland, or take on the road as you return home.

Afternoon: This concludes our program. Please check out of the hotel by 11:00 AM. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Safe journeys home!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Ashland, OR
Ashland Chamber of CommerceYour one stop source for information on things to do in Ashland- where to go and what to see. Visit the chamber at 110 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520, call (541) 482-3486 or visit their website for information.
For additional information, visit: www.ashlandchamber.com
Camelot TheatreThis regional theatre in Talent produces plays and musicals by amateur and professional actors. Founded as Actors’ Theatre in 1982, the theatre changed names to Camelot in 2002 when Livia Genise became artistic director and grew the theatre’s reputation it enjoys today. It performs in the recently-completed James M. Collier theatre. For tickets call their box office at (541) 535-5250.
For additional information, visit: http://camelottheatre.org/
Crater Lake National ParkScenic Crater Lake is a two hour drive from Ashland. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States. Most known for its dazzling blue color, the lake has two picturesque islands making it a destination for photographers.

With an average snowfall of 44 feet, not all entrances are open year round. Roads can close from October to July. Rim Drive is typically open by the beginning of July. This 33 mile drive has spectacular viewpoints.

For the latest road, weather, and trail information please call (541)594-3000. Current conditions at the park, including web cams, road and facility status can be found on the "Current Conditions" page of their website.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/crla

Craterian TheatreThe Craterian Theatre in Medford puts on performances by local, regional, and national performance artists. Including musicals, ballets, and symphonies, you’ll find something for everyone here. For tickets call their box office at (541) 779-3000.
For additional information, visit: http://www.craterian.org/
Dagoba ChocolateDagoba founder Frederick Schilling started the company in 2001. The chocolate’s name comes from the Sanskrit word for “temple.” Sourcing its ingredients directly from cacao producers, Dagoba has become a nationally-recognized chocolate bar. Visit them in Ashland at 1105 Benson Way.
For additional information, visit: http://www.dagobachocolate.com/
Harry & DavidSamuel Rosenberg bought Harry & David’s first 240 acres of pear trees in 1910. His sons, Harry and David, took over the family orchard in 1914 and developed the “Royal Riviera” pears the company would become known for. Today a national brand known for its “Moose Munch” snacks as well as its pears, Harry & David headquarters are in Medford, Oregon, only a 20-minute drive from Ashland. Afternoon tours of the factory are offered daily at 1:45pm. Ticket reservations required by calling 1-877-322-8000.
For additional information, visit: http://www.harryanddavid.com/
JacksonvilleA 40 minute drive from Ashland is Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark. Jacksonville has been known for its colorful history. Its foundation began during the Gold Rush flurry in the 1850’s. The buildings that line California St. were in large part built before 1900 when the town was referred to as Table Rock City.

For decades Jacksonville, which had become the county seat, flourished as the commercial and cultural center of Southern Oregon. It wasn’t until 1884, when the railroad was routed through the neighboring town of Medford, did the prestige of Jacksonville begin to wane. As residents and businesses moved away to those communities along the rail lines, Jacksonville settled into a new role-that of an agricultural center.

The combination of the County Seat being moved to Medford in 1927, the Great Depression and World War II had serious economic impact on Jacksonville. But never a community to give in, residents and business leaders sought to preserve the heritage of Southern Oregon’s first town. Although no longer a boom town, Jacksonville discovered a new way to lure those with the pioneer spirit, capturing it’s colorful past and inviting a new generation of explorers to experience it.

The Britt Festival in Jacksonville is a must see when visiting this unique town. The festival began in 1963 with its first summer outdoor concert. Britt exclusively offered classical music until 1978 when they started to incorporate other world-class artists. With an array of performances, including the Classical Festival in the beginning of August, you won’t want to miss these wonderful outdoor concerts.

In 1966, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic Landmark. Over 100 buildings in Jacksonville are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The information provided above is from www.jacksonvilleor.us. Call 541-899-1231 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonvilleor.us

Lithia ParkLithia Park, which began with eight acres in 1892 has continued to grow and change along with the community that surrounds it. Its growth and development from a Chautauqua site (where the original Shakespeare theatre began in 1935) to a complete reflection of the public parks movement makes it of great historical as well as landscape interest. Today 42 of its 93 acres are listed in the National Register.

The development of today's park began in 1914 with the hiring of John McLaren (also designer of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park) as landscape architect. Lithia Park embodies the distinctive characteristics of park design in the tradition of Frederick Law Olmsted. McLaren's landscape plan for Lithia Park was organic in layout, following the natural canyon of the water course. The plantings were naturalistic to the extent that native alders, oaks, conifers and madrones were incorporated, but other plants, such as willows, maples, sycamores, and numerous ornamental varieties were introduced and selected for hardiness, form and color. Once within the Park, the visitor can walk along the trail on the east side of Ashland Creek to the Park headquarters and obtain a map showing the location of both historic and more modern park features including a trail guide to the most significant trees throughout the Park.

Lithia Park is located at 59 Winburn Way in downtown Ashland and is open to the public. Trail guides and other booklets about the park can be obtained from the park office of Ashland Parks and Rec. Dept., open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/nr/travel/ashland/lit.htm

Oregon Cabaret TheatreThe Cabaret theatre produces 5 shows from February through December in Ashland’s remodeled First Baptist Church. This popular theatre performs to regularly full houses. For tickets call their box office at (541) 488-2902.
For additional information, visit: http://www.oregoncabaret.com/
Oregon Shakespeare FestivalFounded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Box Office- (541) 482-4331 or Toll-Free: (800) 219-8161
For additional information, visit: www.osfashland.org
Rogue Valley WineriesSurrounded by forested mountains and rivers, the Rogue Valley has the micro-climates necessary for a world-class viticulture district. The vineyards thrive on the laced hillsides of Ashland and the sun-soaked valleys of the Rogue.

The Rogue Valley Region of Southern Oregon has three distinct subregions for grapes: the Rogue River subregion along Interstate 5 from Ashland to Grants Pass, the growing area of the state with the steepest elevation; the westernmost Illinois Valley, at a high elevation and more heavily influenced by the marine climate of the Pacific Ocean; the smaller Applegate Valley, locus for part of the Southern route of the Oregon Trail, further inland and sheltered from Pacific marine air.

The Rogue Valley is the most elevated, warm and dry wine growing region in Oregon. Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris are grown in all parts of the Rogue. The inland subregions of the Rogue, including the Applegate Valley, have a dry and warm climate suitable for production of the best Bordelaise varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon and Cabernet franc. The Illinois subregion is noted for its high quality Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Chardonnay.
For additional information, visit: www.winesoforegon.com/rogue-valley-wineries-vineyards.htm

Schneider Museum of ArtShow your Road Scholar nametag for free admission! This wonderful art museum on the Southern Oregon University campus displays beautiful visual art exhibitions by local artists.


For additional information, visit: www.sou.edu/sma/

Southern Oregon Visitors AssociationWant to explore outside of Ashland? Southern Oregon Visitors Association has information for all of our outdoor pursuits- from scenic drives to rafting adventures on the Rogue and Umpqua rivers.
For additional information, visit: www.southernoregon.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
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3 Performances

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