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SARASOTA, FLORIDA

Backstage at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company Plus Three Performances

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Program #8258RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Feb 10 — Feb 15, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Uniquely appointed rooms with all the comforts of home. Each room is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, work desk, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, coffee maker and fitness center. Hotel is located conveniently to I-75 and Fruitville Rd. the gateway to Sarasota.

Contact info:
5931 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 USA
phone: 800-396-5007 x9413428778
web: www.floridatravelnet.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, voice mail, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, refrigerators, microwave and hairdryers available.

Facility amenities: Featuring a heated pool, hot tub and fitness room. Several restaurants are within walking distance.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA
Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 10 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, G...
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: 4:00pm. Rooms may be ready earlier

Afternoon: ORIENTATION: Begins at 5:00pm in our private meeting room. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Please take the elevator to the second floor to visit the Road Scholar registration table in one of the private meeting rooms between 3:30 - 4:45pm.

Dinner: Dinner will be (catered in by local restaurant) at the hotel at 6:00pm. (There will be a vegetarian option available for you if you note a vegetarian preference on your Health & Safety form.)

Evening: GETTING TO KNOW YOU: After dinner we'll spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead. <> You are about to embark on a full week of the "Asolo Theatre," a learning adventure in Sarasota.

Lodging: AmericInn Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Uniquely appointed rooms with all the comforts of home. Each room is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, work desk, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, coffee maker and fitness center. Hotel is located conveniently to I-75 and Fruitville Rd. the gateway to Sarasota.

Contact info:
5931 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 USA
phone: 800-396-5007 x9413428778
web: www.floridatravelnet.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, voice mail, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, refrigerators, microwave and hairdryers available.

Facility amenities: Featuring a heated pool, hot tub and fitness room. Several restaurants are within walking distance.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA
Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 11 - Introduction to theatre/Clowning history of Saras...
Introduction to theatre/Clowning history of Sarasota/Asolo Play Reader's Guild performance

Note: All classes and the play reading are held at the hotel. For the evening meal participants ride a bus to a local restaurant.

Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Introduction to Theatre I.

Coffee break in between classes.

PRESENTATION: Introduction/Preview of "Glengarry Glen Ross," & "You Can't Take It With You," 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 coordinator/hosts 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. He was a former Dean at Clown College here in Sarasota. Participate in balancing feathers, juggling etc.

OPTIONAL DVD PRESENTATION: Cecil B DeMille's "The Greatest Show On Earth," filmed in Sarasota. Featuring Betty Hutton, Charlton Heston and James Stewart.

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 Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Uniquely appointed rooms with all the comforts of home. Each room is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, work desk, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, coffee maker and fitness center. Hotel is located conveniently to I-75 and Fruitville Rd. the gateway to Sarasota.

Contact info:
5931 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 USA
phone: 800-396-5007 x9413428778
web: www.floridatravelnet.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, voice mail, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, refrigerators, microwave and hairdryers available.

Facility amenities: Featuring a heated pool, hot tub and fitness room. Several restaurants are within walking distance.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA
Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 12 - Day at Ringling Museum Complex/Evening performanc...
Day at Ringling Museum Complex/Evening performance "Glengarry Glen Ross" at the Asolo Theatre .

Note: The Ringling Complex: To see everything there is a lot of walking, however, there are plenty of benches to rest on and you can explore at your own pace or with the group. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.

Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: to the Ringling Museum Complex. A local expert takes you through Ca' d'Zan, (house of John) the Ringlings' magnificent, 32-room Venetian-Gothic mansion. See "Tibbals Learning Center," featuring Howard Brothers Miniature Circus. Next see the Circus Museum displays of memorabilia and artifacts from the long and eventful history of the Ringling Bros.

Lunch: Luncheon will be at the Ringling Museum's "Treviso," an Italian restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy the architectural elements of the Art Museum, focus of the collection; Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces and the collecting style of John Ringling. At your leisure explore the gardens and grounds given to the people of Florida, thus preserving for generations to come the exuberant lifestyle of America's spectacular Roaring Twenties. The beautiful landscaped grounds contain over 400 species of exotic Florida trees, plants, flowers, sculpture garden figures and Mable's historic rose garden.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Ending 4/14/13 Paolo Veronese is acknowledged as one of the giants of Venetian Renaissance painting. His artistic production was richly varied, extending from imposing altarpieces to smaller religious paintings for private clients, from grand portraits to sensual episodes drawn from the classical tradition. Veronese was also an outstanding draughtsman, and his graphic oeuvre ranged from preliminary sketches to highly finished chiaroscuro sheets. A foreigner in Venice, he created paintings for Venetian clients and settings, as well for the mainland and export abroad. Thus, Veronese's art was unusually versatile for its time. pThis magnificent exhibition will display this extraordinary versatility and examine Veronese's artistic practice, concentrating on works from North American collections. For a sixteenth-century painter, many of whose works are in fresco or on enormous canvases still in situ, Veronese is unusually broadly represented in North America. At the same time, the broad spectrum of Veronese as a painter and draughtsman has not been available to American audiences in over two decades. This exhibition is a major contribution to Veronese studies. Focusing attention on both little-known works as well as acknowledged masterpieces, it will discuss Veronese's complicated chronology, his artistic process, technical discoveries, and issues of attribution, as well as exploring his depictions of sumptuous fabrics in his paintings.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: Attend the 7:30pm performance of "Glengarry Glen Ross," by David Mamet and directed by Carl Forsman at the Asolo Theatre.

David Mamet’s scalding comedy/drama tackles one of the most elusive topics in all of American literature: the pursuit of the American dream. A contemporary classic that became a celebrated film, this 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winner examines a group of cutthroat Chicago real estate agents who will do anything to close the deal. With a gift for natural dialogue and a realistic portrayal of these men’s struggles, Mamet creates “crackling tension...ferocious comedy and drama” (New York Times). Contains strong/mature language.

Lodging: AmericInn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Uniquely appointed rooms with all the comforts of home. Each room is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, work desk, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, coffee maker and fitness center. Hotel is located conveniently to I-75 and Fruitville Rd. the gateway to Sarasota.

Contact info:
5931 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 USA
phone: 800-396-5007 x9413428778
web: www.floridatravelnet.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, voice mail, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, refrigerators, microwave and hairdryers available.

Facility amenities: Featuring a heated pool, hot tub and fitness room. Several restaurants are within walking distance.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA
Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 13 - Actor from a performance/Behind-The-Scenes at the...
Actor from a performance/Behind-The-Scenes at the Asolo Theatre/Performance of "You Can't Take It with You."

Note: The Asolo Theatre backstage visit moves at a moderate pace and participants can take the elevator or the stairs to see the costume shop. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.

Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.

Morning: PRESENTATION: with actor or actress in one or more plays at the Asolo Theatre.

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: PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a matinee featuring "You Can't Take It With You," by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and directed by Peter Amster at the Asolo Theatre.

When this 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winner debuted to instant acclaim during the Great Depression, it was clear that Kaufman and Hart had come up with the perfect remedy for the nation’s troubles: laughter and optimism. So it’s no surprise that in the 21st century, it’s still one of the funniest and most endearing plays around. The action centers on the zany inhabitants of the Vanderhof household–a joyous madhouse populated by lovable eccentrics, artists and anarchists. But when granddaughter Alice falls in love with the son of a Wall Street banker, mayhem ensues as values and philosophies collide.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Introduction and preview of third performance and the art of performance to learn actor's secrets a with theatre expert. Plus a talkback on plays seen during the week.

Lodging: AmericInn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Uniquely appointed rooms with all the comforts of home. Each room is equipped with microwave, refrigerator, work desk, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, coffee maker and fitness center. Hotel is located conveniently to I-75 and Fruitville Rd. the gateway to Sarasota.

Contact info:
5931 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 USA
phone: 800-396-5007 x9413428778
web: www.floridatravelnet.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, voice mail, free wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, refrigerators, microwave and hairdryers available.

Facility amenities: Featuring a heated pool, hot tub and fitness room. Several restaurants are within walking distance.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA
Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 14 - Talkback on performance/Intro to Theatre Part 2/M...
Talkback on performance/Intro to Theatre Part 2/Matinee of "The Heidi Chronicles."/Dinner on your own at St. Armands Circle

Note: 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. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.

Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.

Morning: Intro to "The Heidi Chronicles," with theatre maven.

Enjoy a coffee break in between classes

PRESENTATION: Introduction to Theatre Part II with theatre expert.

Lunch: Lunch will be catered at hotel.

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Attend a matinee performance of "The Heidi Chronicles," by Wendy Wasserstein and directed by Laura Kepley, at the Asolo Theatre.

If you were a woman finding your way in the world between the 1960s and 1980s, you might think that this play was all about you. After surviving three decades of juggling her career and her personal life, baby boomer art historian Heidi Holland looks back at her quest to “have it all” and tries to figure out what’s missing now that she’s actually got it. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Wasserstein’s funny and touching play still mirrors the emotional trials faced by all of us as we try to figure out the big question: What should we do with our lives?

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: Continue to explore the Circle after dinner.

Lodging: AmericInn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six: Friday, February 15 - Presentation by Asolo Costume designer and the Ar...
Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, Regular coffee, decaf and tea.

Morning: PRESENTATION: A costumer from the Asolo Theatre will share information about the art of costume designing from head to toe.

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. 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



Free Time Opportunities


Sarasota, FL
Sarasota AreaSarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Sarasota Opera House, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co., Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks.
For additional information, visit: www.sarasotafl.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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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
4 Performances

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