PRESENTATION: Introduction/Preview of "The Matchmaker," & "Both Your Houses," two plays participants will be seeing during the week.
Please make your dinner reservations for a restaurant on St. Armands Circle on the assigned evening. A St. Armands brochure was in your packet and group leader and or host have copies of menus.
Lunch: Lunch will be catered in at the hotel.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: When available we have a clown that gives an overview of clowning and circus history in Sarasota.
OPTIONAL DVD PRESENTATION: View a Three-Ring Circus Documentary
Or relax for the rest of the afternoon.
Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.Evening: PERFORMANCE: A play reading group from the Asolo Theatre Guild will perform in our private room just for our participants. A short question and answer session will follow.Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.Evening: For a deeper appreciation of theatre attend a performance of “The Matchmaker,” by Peter Amster. With his eye firmly fixed on the bottom line, wealthy hat merchant Horace Vendergelder can’t see the value of love, even as he searches for a wife. But he gets more than he bargains for when he employs the services of matchmaker Mrs. Dolly Levi. Mistaken identities, near misses and a wild romp through late 19th Century New York City flow through this madcap comic adventure like vintage champagne. The uproarious comedy that inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!, Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker proves that sometimes money can buy happiness.Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Go-behind-the-scenes at the Asolo Theatre for a back-stage look at the workings of the theatre, including the costume shop.Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch at the Asolo Theatre and a staff person from the Asolo with give you more insight into the theatre.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Introduction and preview of third performance. Plus a talkback on play viewed last night.Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Experience “Both Your Houses,” by Maxwell Anderson. Imagine a divided Congress. Imagine lawmakers more interested in lining their own pockets than serving the national interest. Imagine an idealistic young Congressman determined to expose the corruption by introducing a bill so stuffed with pork it is sure to oink itself to death. Will his fight cost him the support of his peers, his constituents, and the woman he loves — who just happens to be the daughter of the Appropriations Committee chairman? A comic masterpiece that could have been pulled straight from today’s headlines, this marvelous political satire is as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Colorful characters, sharp wit and glorious wisecracks reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies add to the fun and fury.Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy a coffee break in between classes
PRESENTATION: Introduction to Theatre Part II with theatre expert.Lunch: Lunch will be catered at hotel.Afternoon: Free afternoon.
Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy Florida cuisine with transportation provided. A bus will depart for St. Armands Circle, renowned as a continental marketplace. The Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present. Relax and enjoy a meal from a plethora of award winning restaurants; from gourmet snacks to candlelit feasts, you'll find it all on St. Armands Circle. Get out of the box and into the Circle.Evening: PERFORMANCE: Delve into the play “Good People,” by David Lindsay-Abaire. Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where this month’s paycheck barely covers last month’s bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Faced with the reality that her neighborhood is providing her with the same opportunities it always has — none — Margie concocts a plan to solve all her financial problems — and it might just be crazy enough to work. This humor-filled, Tony-nominated hit from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire takes a look at the “haves” and the “have-nots” as it questions the American dream and how to achieve it — hard work, skill, or luck?Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
A coffee break and time to check-out of hotel room.
PRESENTATION: Talkback on the play seen yesterday.
Lunch: A box lunch is offered on Fridays to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. (You will be given a lunch selection of three types of sandwiches, return this form to your group leader on Sunday night.) The lunches will be available after 10:00am. Students who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the lobby area or on the patio by the pool. Program ends after lunch.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch