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Theatre Magic: Stratford Presents ...

Program Number: 11625RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/16/2013 - 6/21/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Bayfield (Ontario), Ontario
Price starting at: $1,493.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Experience theater from every perspective! Through workshops oriented towards the performances at the renowned Stratford Festival, discover the other side of the curtain. Explore the grounds and discuss staging, wardrobe, makeup, wigs, and the thought-provoking work of Shakespeare and other classic playwrights. The magic continues back at our inn, where you will enjoy an array of fine dining with menus crafted by our chef using locally sourced ingredients; culminating with a sumptuous five course wine tasting dinner.




Highlights

• Examine each play from various points of view: the director, the actors, the critics and the audience.
• Enhance comprehension of various plays as Art Director Jim Schaefer outlines the techniques that make each performance.
• Trace the history of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and explore the early roots of theater and its continuous evolution.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile; some stairs unavoidable.




Date Specific Information

6-16-2013

Tickets to two performances at the Stratford Festival are included: Fiddler on the Roof and The Three Musketeers.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.




Bayfield (Ontario)

A charming heritage community on the shores of Lake Huron, the village of Bayfield is nestled among Huron County’s rural delights, from wooded forest preserves to sandy beaches, just 45 minutes from the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival.



Accommodations
Historic inn dating to the 1830s, with antique furnishings, custom duvets and locally sourced foods.
Meals and Lodgings
   Little Inn of Bayfield
  Bayfield, Ontario 5 nights
 Little Inn of Bayfield
Type: Inn
  Description: The Little Inn of Bayfield has warmly welcomed guests since the 1830s, when it first opened its doors as a coach stop. Located in the picturesque Lake Huron village of Bayfield, the Little Inn provides elegant accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. Guests enjoy many wonderful options for getaways: spa treatments, theatre , golf, water sports and cross-country skiing.
  Contact info: PO Box 100
Main St
Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 Canada
phone: 800-565-1832
web: www.littleinn.com
  Room amenities: Hypo-allergenic duvets, white linens and towels, mohair blankets from The Old Mill, cable TV, complimentary telephone, local and 800 access, hair dryer iron and ironing board and a selection of luxury Neutrogena personal amenities
  Facility amenities: All guests enjoy the following services: room service, concierge service, nightly turn-down (by request), complimentary VCR usage, laundry/dry cleaning, babysitting/dog walking, newspapers (by request) early check-in (by prior arrangement), late arrival (by prior arrangement).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $125.00 Call for availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $125.00 Call for availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm check in. Reception in Front parlor at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at Little Inn of Bayfield that night.
  End of Program:
Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Program ends after lunch. You will be staying at Little Inn of Bayfield the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for all travel between Canada and the United States (by air, land and sea) as of June 1, 2009. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Free on site
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bayfield, Ontario
  Nearest city or town:  Goderich
  Nearest highway: Highway 21
  Nearest airport:  London Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Bayfield, Ontario
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Toronto to Bayfield

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Stratford Airporter
phone: 888-549-8602
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 120 miles west of Toronto.

   

Scheduled shuttle service available between Stratford and Toronto. Private sedan and limousine service are also available. www.stratfordairporter.com/

 

London to Bayfield

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 800-565-1832
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 one way - price reduced with additional passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

   

The Little Inn will arrange transportation if you travel by train, bus or plane into London, Ontario. Cost is $85 one way and will be divided among the number of passengers using the shuttle service for each trip. Contact the Inn to make arrangements for pick up/drop off in London - toll free 800-565-1832 or at 519-565-2611 or by email at innkeeper@littleinn.com

 

London to Bayfield

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 800-565-1832
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 one way - price reduced with additional passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

   

The Little Inn will arrange transportation if you travel by train, bus or plane into London, Ontario. Cost is $85 one way and will be divided among the number of passengers using the shuttle service for each trip. Contact the Inn to make arrangements for pick up/drop off in London - toll free 800-565-1832 or at 519-565-2611 or by email at innkeeper@littleinn.com

 

London to Bayfield

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 800-565-1832
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 one way - price reduced with additional passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

   

The Little Inn will arrange transportation if you travel by train, bus or plane into London, Ontario. Cost is $85 one way and will be divided among the number of passengers using the shuttle service for each trip. Contact the Inn to make arrangements for pick up/drop off in London - toll free 800-565-1832 or at 519-565-2611 or by email at innkeeper@littleinn.com

 
Driving Directions
  Buffalo, NY/Fort Erie, Canada Fort Erie North to QEW to 403 west to Woodstock Hwy 59 north to Shakespeare at traffic light in Shakespeare Drive through Stratford to Seaforth; turn left at the traffic light in Seaforth. Approximately 2 km further on, turn right on County Rd. 3 and continue to Bayfield.
  London, Ontario From London: Take Hwy 4 north to Brucefield. Turn left at flashing light on to County Rd. 3 and continue on to Bayfield.
  Sarnia, Ontario From Sarnia: From the Bluewater Bridge in Port Huron: Drive east on Hwy.402 to Hwy. 21 North then to Bayfield.
  Special For any one traveling by air and have difficulties renting a car, the site coordinator will pick you up at the LONDON ONTARIO airport on Sunday. You must give him a call to organize your pick-up trip at 800-565-1832. No other city - London only. West Jet does fly into London in the afternoon from many Canadian and USA cities.
  Toronto From Toronto: West on Hwy. 401 to Kitchener Hwy. 8 west. Drive through Stratford to Seaforth; turn left at the traffic light in Seaforth. Approximately 2 km further on, turn right on County Rd. 3 and continue to Bayfield.
Elevation Note: Located on the shores of Lake Huron elevation 189 meters above sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Orientation
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Afternoon: ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN: Arrivals to Bayfield in the afternoon. Check-in after 3:00 pm. ORIENTATION: Reception and information session in the Front Parlour at 6:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room. Arctic Char Lox Tartlette, Gourmet Leaves, Saffron Mayo Pan Roasted Chicken Supreme, Spring Pea Polenta, Pan Jus Local Peach Tart Tatin, Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream
   
Accommodations: Little Inn of Bayfield
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Meet Your Instructor/Story of the Stratford Festival/Bayfield Historic Walk
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast consist of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish. Due to the elaborate lunches and dinners served, we will not be offering a hot breakfast.
 Morning: LECTURE: The Roots of Theatre. Meet your Instructor: Jim Schaefer, Art Director Jim Schaefer has been conducting the academic portion of our program for the last 13 years. His possesses a unique understanding of the theatrical arts and shares his vast knowledge on the subjects of this program. Established in the frame work of an interactive learning activity, even the many participants who return every year do not get bored, nor do they feel that it is a repeat experience from previous programs. You will spend three hours every morning with our well versed theatrical art director where you will extensively explore each play from various points of view: from the writer, the director, the actors, theatre critics and class participants. In this our first session, we will look at the roots of theatre and how it evolved to its present form. We will trace the history of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival from its beginnings in 1953 when Stratford’s city council gave the nod to a local man, Tom Patterson, and his dream of starting something new and exhilarating down by the Avon River. We will see how that led to the famous Tyrone Guthrie and his desire to find a new way to stage Shakespearean plays. This led to Alec Guiness, star of stage and screen the world over, uttering the first lines of the first play, “Now is the winter of our discontent".
 Lunch: Lunch at the Inn. Exeter Vine Tomato Tart, Local Goat Cheese, Crispy Ham Foraged Mushroom Risotto, Reggiano, Red Sorrel Chocolate Fudge Cake, Cherry Ice Cream, Cherries
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: History & Development of Bayfield. Explore Bayfield on a guided walk with Tyler Hessel - with a discussion of the history of the development of Bayfield and the famous four corners with and some historical gossip to spice it up. The Village of Bayfield, Ontario has a storied history starting with a wealthy Dutch Nobleman’s vision of a settlement with the perfect natural harbour. As a result of the natural harbour, the village expanded quickly however, the railroad bypassed Bayfield and the little village began to prosper as a getaway for cottagers, tourists and the adventurous. The same spirit remains today. Many visitors are daytrippers, Inn-to-Inn hoppers or boaters putting in for a visit when heading northward. Bayfield’s largest draw is its heritage main street which, along with Clan Gregor Square Park, was designated a Heritage Conservation District in 1982. It’s time travel at its most authentic.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room. Spring Pea Veloute, Metzgers Ham Hock, Creme Fraiche, Coleman Farm Black Angus Faux Filet, Heirloom Carrot, Sauce Perigueux, White Chocolate Creme Caramel
 Evening: LECTURE: The Blyth Festival Theatre. Our guest speaker is Deb Sholdice, General Manager of Blyth Festival Theatre (www.blythfestival.com). The Blyth Festival Theatre was started by James Roy, playwright Anne Chislett and local newspaper editor Keith Roulston in 1975. Its primary mandate is to produce and develop local Canadian plays. In 1975, few scripts that fit the festival's mandate were being written so the team jumped into the creation of new work. At that time, the festival was the only summer theatre producing original Canadian plays, and one of the very few, if not the only "500-seat" theatre in Canada producing Canadian plays exclusively. In 36 years, the Blyth Festival Theatre has staged 120 original productions. Deb will then join the group for dinner for further discussion and to answer any questions in a more informal environment.
   
Accommodations: Little Inn of Bayfield
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pre-Show Chat/Matinee Performance- Fiddler on the Roof/Canadian Authors
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish
 Morning: LECTURE: Preview of Matinee Peformance. The group will get ready for today's presentation at the Stratford Festival. Morning class followed by a matinee theatre performance.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Inn. Heirloom Carrot Salad, Baby Cucumber, Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette Local Beef Goulash, Egg Noodles, Smoked Paprika Crème Fraiche Flight of Little Inn Ice Creams, Brown Sugar Cookie
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Depart from the Inn at 12:30 for a Matinee Performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival - curtain time is 2:00 p.m. This affectionately humorous portrait of life in a Jewish village in Tsarist Russia centres on Tevye, a milkman-philosopher who finds his values challenged by his daughters’ insistence on following their hearts rather than the dictates of tradition. Meanwhile, more sinister changes are on the horizon – ones that threaten the community’s very existence.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room. Exeter Tomato Gazpacho, Ham Powder, EVOO Lake Huron Pickerel, Fregola Sarda, Asparagus, Red Wine Jus Berry Shortcake, Blueberry Sorbet, Orange Custard
 Evening: LECTURE: Canadian Authors and Literature. Our guest speaker tonight is Mary Brown, owner of The Village Bookshop (www.thevillagebookshop.com) to discuss Canadian authors and literature. The Village Bookshop is truly one of the gems of Bayfield. Since 2001, over 92 authors have been hosted and shared their latest work – either at a “Books and Brunch” event at The Little Inn, at the Bookshop’s annual “Bayfield Writer’s Festival” or as part of their “Midsummer Night’s Reading Series”. Mary will then join the group for dinner for further discussion and to answer any questions in a more informal environment.
   
Accommodations: Little Inn of Bayfield
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Performance Review/Pre-Show Chat/Backstage at the Festival/Matinee Performance - The Three Musketeers
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish. Due to the elaborate lunches and dinners served we will not be offering hot breakfast.
 Morning: LECTURE: Performance Review/Theatre Styles. We will share our reactions to yesterday's production and get ready for today's presentation. Examine the plot and characters and discuss the theatre styles and methods. FIELD TRIP: Costume & Props Warehouse. We depart for Stratford for an exploration of the Costume and Props Warehouse. Thousands of costumes and hundreds of props are catalogued and stored at one of the largest costume warehouses in North America. These one-hour tours deliver a close-up look at the work of the Festival's world-class designers, wardrobe staff and prop-makers. Don't forget your camera!
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the Avon River in Stratford. Each participant will be given cards to make their menu selections a few days prior to the picnic. Each lunch will be individually packed by The Little Inn Chef and his team. Lunches will include a salad entrée, gourmet sandwich and dessert. Coffee/tea, water, soft drinks will be provided on site.
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Curtain time is 2:00 p.m for our second matinee performance at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival - The Three Musketeers. Vowing eternal comradeship – “All for one, one for all!” – the cadet D’Artagnan and his new friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, members of the King’s Musketeers, risk their lives to protect Louis XIII from the machinations of the villainous Cardinal Richelieu and his accomplice Milady de Winter, a wily adventuress as dangerous as she is beautiful.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Old Dining Room.Ramp Veloute, Air Dried Bacon, Goat Cheese Cloud, Charred Diver Scallops, Mushy Peas, Sauce Gribiche, Flourless Chocolate Cake
   
Accommodations: Little Inn of Bayfield
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Post-Show Discussion/Free Afternoon/Five Course Wine Tasting Dinner
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish
 Morning: LECTURE: Performance Review/Critique. We will compare and contrast our views of the two productions we have seen. We will look at the story and characters and examine the available press clippings.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Inn. Soiled Reputations Gourmet Leaves, Green Apple, Maple Vinaigrette, Roasted Chicken Garganelli, Ramps, Truffle Sauce, Egg Custard Tartlettes
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore on your own.
 Dinner: Five-course wine tasting dinner with our Innkeeper, featuring his current favourite wine selections, paired with a menu created by Chef using fresh, local and seasonal produce.
   
Accommodations: Little Inn of Bayfield
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap-Up Class with Jim Schaefer/Independent Departures
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Consists of a cold buffet with assorted cereals, fresh fruits in season, assorted juices, yogurts, croissants and muffins, you may order a hot cereal if you wish.
 Morning: LECTURE: Acting Exercises/Directing. We will try some acting exercises to experience how actors learn to create characters and distinguish them one from the other when performing in a repertory setting like the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. We will look at directing and discover how much influence the artistic team has on the productions we have seen. We will share our personal artistic journeys with each other as we answer the question, “What is your next artistic experience?”
 Lunch: Farewell Lunch. Grilled Asparagus, Wild Arugula, Wasabi Bearnaise Local BBQ Pork Confit Sandwich, Chef’s Slaw, Blue Cheese Aioli, Flight of House-made Sorbets
 Afternoon: INDEPENDENT DEPARTURES: Independent Departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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