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STAUNTON, VIRGINIA

American Shakespeare Center: Will’s World With Outstanding Performances (4 nights)

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Program #19279RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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
No, but this is located in a mountain-valley area, with hilly terrain at some locations

Itinerary for Sep 23 — Sep 27, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Stonewall Jackson opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2005. It is a full-service luxury hotel in the Colonial Revival style. With its historical character, custom interiors, and warm finishes, it was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award. An original 1924 one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ/piano graces the ballroom. The Hotel is located next to the Blackfriars Playhouse and just one block from Beverley Street, downtown Staunton's main street with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bookstores.

Contact info:
24 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
phone: 540-885-4848
web: www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com

Room amenities: High speed internet access, telephones with data port and voice mail, cable TV, coffeepots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a restaurant, lounge, business center including computer with internet access, guest laundry, fitness facility, and indoor pool with a whirlpool. Parking is available in the adjacent New Street Parking Garage, with elevators to the hotel, for $6 per day.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on season & availability
Based on season and availability

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, September 23 - Arrival/Registration/Dinner/Orientation
Afternoon: Welcome to the Queen City of Staunton and to your superb accommodations at the full-service Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Register for your room at the hotel lobby desk between 4:00 and 5:00 pm and look for our Road Scholar table in the lobby to register for your program. Please let us know if you will not be arriving until after 5:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: Orientation and introductions in our classroom in the hotel.

Lodging: Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Stonewall Jackson opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2005. It is a full-service luxury hotel in the Colonial Revival style. With its historical character, custom interiors, and warm finishes, it was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award. An original 1924 one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ/piano graces the ballroom. The Hotel is located next to the Blackfriars Playhouse and just one block from Beverley Street, downtown Staunton's main street with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bookstores.

Contact info:
24 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
phone: 540-885-4848
web: www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com

Room amenities: High speed internet access, telephones with data port and voice mail, cable TV, coffeepots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a restaurant, lounge, business center including computer with internet access, guest laundry, fitness facility, and indoor pool with a whirlpool. Parking is available in the adjacent New Street Parking Garage, with elevators to the hotel, for $6 per day.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on season & availability
Based on season and availability

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 24 - Classes/Behind-the-scenes at the Playhouse/Evenin...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Shakespeare for pleasure? That's just what this program is! All of his works tell great stories, with multidimensional characters that we can relate to and situations that are still relevant today. You'll find that you won't have any problems at all with the language and you'll understand how Shakespeare's invention of new words and phrases became the basis for modern English. This exciting program includes 3 plays performed at the one-of-a-kind Blackfriars Playhouse--a re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater, in-depth study of the plays, language, text, stagecraft and history with directors and other Shakespeare scholars from the American Shakespeare Center. Performance titles will be announced when they become available. There's also time to discover the delightful city of Staunton, its five historic districts and the restaurants, boutiques and bookstores that grace its downtown district. We'll have most meals at the hotel, but one dinner will be at a local restaurant, and you'll have one dinner on your own for which you have a bevy of choices in Staunton's myriad of restaurants. We make every attempt to abide by the schedule presented below, but sometimes instructors' availability requires us to rearrange your classes. Although this rarely happens, the American Shakespeare Center reserves the right to change the scheduled titles, dates and times of plays. Class this morning is an introduction to the program and Shakespeare's bio-history as actor and playwright. Learn about his London years, the companies and theaters he worked for, and their practices, successes and controversies. After class we'll go back-stage at the Blackfriars Playhouse to talk with actors, directors, choreographers and other personnel.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: Class: Learn about Shakespeare's language and text, and be introduced to the play for the performance this evening. You'll also have a little free time to discover the charms of Staunton. Your hotel is located just one short block from Staunton's main street (Beverley) and its shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: We'll walk next door from the hotel to Blackfriars Playhouse for our first performance. Curtain time is usually 7:30 pm.

Lodging: Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Stonewall Jackson opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2005. It is a full-service luxury hotel in the Colonial Revival style. With its historical character, custom interiors, and warm finishes, it was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award. An original 1924 one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ/piano graces the ballroom. The Hotel is located next to the Blackfriars Playhouse and just one block from Beverley Street, downtown Staunton's main street with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bookstores.

Contact info:
24 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
phone: 540-885-4848
web: www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com

Room amenities: High speed internet access, telephones with data port and voice mail, cable TV, coffeepots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a restaurant, lounge, business center including computer with internet access, guest laundry, fitness facility, and indoor pool with a whirlpool. Parking is available in the adjacent New Street Parking Garage, with elevators to the hotel, for $6 per day.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on season & availability
Based on season and availability

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 25 - Morning class/Afternoon class/Dinner on your own/...
Morning class/Afternoon class/Dinner on your own/Evening performance at Blackfriars Playhouse

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Class this morning is led by an American Shakespeare Center staff educator, and will typically cover subjects such as interpreting texts, actors' movement, or staging matters.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: Class: Study and discussion of tonight's play.

Dinner: Dinner on your own allows you to explore the variety of restaurants in Staunton. You can also purchase dinner at the hotel if you'd rather stay in.

Evening: We'll attend our second performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Lodging: Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Stonewall Jackson opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2005. It is a full-service luxury hotel in the Colonial Revival style. With its historical character, custom interiors, and warm finishes, it was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award. An original 1924 one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ/piano graces the ballroom. The Hotel is located next to the Blackfriars Playhouse and just one block from Beverley Street, downtown Staunton's main street with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bookstores.

Contact info:
24 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
phone: 540-885-4848
web: www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com

Room amenities: High speed internet access, telephones with data port and voice mail, cable TV, coffeepots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a restaurant, lounge, business center including computer with internet access, guest laundry, fitness facility, and indoor pool with a whirlpool. Parking is available in the adjacent New Street Parking Garage, with elevators to the hotel, for $6 per day.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based on season & availability
Based on season and availability

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, September 26 - Classes/Lunch/Class/Performance at Blackfriars Pl...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Classes on a subjects such as Renaissance theater and Shakespeare's stagecraft.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: Class: Final lecture, discussion of plays (including tonight's play), and the experience as a whole

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or in the hotel dining room. If the latter: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: Attend our third performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Lodging: Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Saturday, September 27 - Breakfast, wrap-up, and departure
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll gather for a brief wrap-up to the program. Program ends after the session. Hotel check-out by 11:00 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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