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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
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.

Itinerary for Feb 22 — Feb 27, 2014

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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 high speed Internet, iron/board and coffee maker. 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, 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: Saturday, February 22 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, G...
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: 4:00pm. Rooms may be ready earlier

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: 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.

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 high speed Internet, iron/board and coffee maker. 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, 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: Sunday, February 23 - Introduction to theatre/Intro to two plays that w...
Introduction to theatre/Intro to two plays that will be seen during the week/Matinee "How I Learned to Drive," at the Asolo Theatre.

Note: All classes in the morning are at the hotel. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre. 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 two of plays "How I Learned to Drive," and "Other Desert Cities," 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 Circle website is listed in your welcome packet and coordinator/hosts have copies of menus at the program.

Lunch: Lunch will be catered in at the hotel.

Afternoon: Matinee "How I Learned to Drive," by Paula Vogel, directed by Jesse Jouat at the Asolo Theatre.

L’il Bit has put her past behind her, but her dark and dangerous relationship with her Uncle Peck continues to haunt her in this Pulitzer Prize winning play about disturbing family relationships and a culture that sexualizes young women.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: Talkback on afternoon matinee.

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 high speed Internet, iron/board and coffee maker. 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, 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: Monday, February 24 - Day at Ringling Museum Complex/Play readers from ...
Day at Ringling Museum Complex/Play readers from the Asolo Theatre Guild will perform a private reading for participants in the evening.

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. For the evening meal participants ride a bus to a local restaurant. The play reading will take place at the hotel.

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.



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 high speed Internet, iron/board and coffee maker. 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, 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: Tuesday, February 25 - Intro to Theatre Part II, Evening performance of ...
Intro to Theatre Part II, Evening performance of "Other Desert Cities."

Note: 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: Intro to "Vanya, Sonia and Masha and Spike," and continue and acting styles.

Enjoy a coffee break in between classes

PRESENTATION: Art of Performance with theatre maven.

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 the former Dean of Clown College here in Sarasota. Participate in balancing feathers, juggling etc.

OPTIONAL DVD PRESENTATION: View a Three-Ring Circus Documentary.

Relax the rest of the afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: Attend a 7:30pm performance of "Other Desert Cities," by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Greg Leaming.

This riveting new play by the creator of TV’s hit drama “Brothers & Sisters” brings dysfunctional family drama to new heights. In their Palm Springs home, ex-Senator Lyman Wyeth and his wife Polly welcome their family home for Christmas for the first time in six years. The reunion seems hopeful, until their daughter announces she’s written a memoir about their family and the incident that changed their lives. With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities is “the most richly enjoyable new play for grownups in many a season” (The New York Times).

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 high speed Internet, iron/board and coffee maker. 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, 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: Wednesday, February 26 - Actor from a performance/Behind-The-Scenes at the...
Actor from a performance/Behind-The-Scenes at the Asolo Theatre/Dinner at St. Armands Circle/See a performance of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

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. 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: 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.

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

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: 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: Attend an evening performance of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," by Christopher Durang and directed by Peter Amster at the Asolo Theatre.

It’s a lovely day at Vanya and Sonia’s farmhouse in Bucks County, PA. But instead of spending the morning strolling through their cherry orchard, these wacky siblings have their hands full with a prophetic cleaning woman, a neighborhood costume party, and a surprise visit from their movie star sister Masha and her studly new boy-toy, Spike. One of the funniest dramatists writing today, Christopher Durang’s latest Broadway hit turns Chekhov on its head and his signature blend of comedy and absurdity has never been more endearing—or relentlessly funny.

Lodging: AmericInn Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six: Thursday, February 27 - Presentation by Asolo Costume designer and talkba...
Presentation by Asolo Costume designer and talkback on plays seen during the week.

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 designer from head to toe.

A coffee break and time to check-out of hotel room.

PRESENTATION: Learn about actors secrets in the lecture "Art of Performance." Plus talkback on 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. 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

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