PRESENTATION: Introduction/Preview of "Both Your Houses" & "The Matchmaker," 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 web address is in your information. Also you can just type in the web www.StArmandsCircle.com and it will show you all of the restaurants for the dinner on your own night. Group Leader/hosts have copies of menus to look at during the week.
Lunch: Lunch will be catered in at the hotel.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: We have a clown that gives an entertaining overview of clowning and circus history in Sarasota.
OPTIONAL DVD PRESENTATION: View a Three-Ring Circus Documentary.
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: At 7:30pm experience “Both Your Houses,” by Maxwell Anderson at the Asolo Theatre. 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
Bus will drop off participants at St. Armands Circle for dinner on your own, some restaurants are close to the drop off point and some are up to a 1/2 of a mile away round trip walking.Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of sausage, turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, regular coffee, decaf and tea.Morning: PRESENTATION: Actor from one of the plays talk with group.
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: Box lunch at the Asolo Theatre.Afternoon: Enjoy a matinee 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.Dinner: (If you do not wish to dine at St. Armands Circle, after participants are dropped off you can be returned directly to the hotel.) A reservation on the bus is required 24 hrs in advance for this complimentary service provided by the Friendship Centers.
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: EXCURSION: Continue your exploration on St. Armands Circle.Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
FREE AFTERNOONDinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.Evening: PERFORMANCE: The music and lyrics are by Jeff Bowen and the book was written by Hunter Bell enjoy this performance at the Asolo Theatre. “Title of Show,” is a musical sensation both off and on Broadway, where it has won three Obie Awards and a Tony nomination for best book. This hilarious and often bittersweet play focuses on two struggling young artists and their two friends who race to write a successful piece in just three weeks, resulting in the very musical the audience is seeing!Lodging: AmericInn HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A coffee break and time to check-out of hotel room.
PRESENTATION: Talkback on "Title of Show," seen yesterday and Art of Performance.
Lunch: A box lunch is offered on Fridays to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Box lunches will be available at 10:00am. Please fill out the box lunch form with three choices for this lunch and return to your group leader on Sunday night. 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