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Great Classical Music & World-Class Theatre: Staunton Music Festival & American Shakespeare Center

Program Number: 19901RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/19/2013 - 8/23/2013; 8/16/2015 - 8/21/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Price starting at: $585.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Join us for the nationally acclaimed Staunton Music Festival, presenting an extraordinary variety of great music in Historic District venues throughout this lovely town. Rehearsals, classes and concerts range from chamber music to medieval chant, baroque to classical orchestra masterpieces, emerging composers, international musicians and world premieres. Study Shakespeare's craft with American Shakespeare Center scholars, go behind the scenes with actors, and attend an evening performance at the unique Blackfriars Playhouse.




Highlights

• Attend classes led by musicologists that highlight the arrangements, interpretations and performance of Festival music.
• Go on a private, behind-the-scenes exploration of the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater.
• Enjoy free time to explore Staunton’s quaint downtown region — a National Historic District.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles, some hills; some stairs.



The 2014 session of this program has been extended by one day--as many attendees have requested--which will enable the group to attend more festival activities and concerts.




Date Specific Information

8-19-2013

The performance at Blackfriars Playhouse will be Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



8-16-2015

Specific information about performances at this program will be listed when it becomes available.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Staunton

Tucked in the heart of the Shenandoah, Staunton is blessed with natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and 270 years of history. Five National Historic Districts display outstanding architecture, while the American Shakespeare Center and its re-creation of Shakespeare's original Blackfriars Playhouse showcase the best of the Bard.



Accommodations
Historic hotel in downtown Staunton with heated indoor pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Sarah Enloe

Sarah Enloe, director of education at the American Shakespeare Center, has an MFA in dramaturgy and a master of letters in teaching from Mary Baldwin's Masters in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, and a BFA in theatre studies from the University of Texas. She has directed “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” “Love's Labour's Lost” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Sarah teaches at Mary Baldwin College and James Madison.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Stonewall Jackson Hotel
  Staunton, VA 4 nights
 Stonewall Jackson Hotel
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 $4 per day.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-5:00 PM in lobby for Road Scholar registration. Note: Your room may not be available until 3:30. You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check-out is 11:00 am. You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. none
  Parking availability:
Parking available at the municipal garage adjacent to the hotel. Parking is $4 per day. Elevators available from the garage into hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Staunton, VA
  Nearest city or town:  Harrisonburg to the north, Waynesboro to the east
  Nearest highway: North-south: I-81 and US Rt 11; East-west: I-64 and US Rt 250
  Nearest airport:  Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Weyers Cave (20 miles away)
  From End of Program
  Location: Staunton, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle to Harrisonburg
phone: 540-234-8304
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30-$65
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

   

If 3 or less, shuttle is by car: total cost of trip is approximately $30 one way or $50 RT (this is not a per-person cost, it is a per-trip cost). For 4-12 people, shuttle is by minibus: RT cost is approximately $65 total.

 

AMTRAK to Staunton

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Town trolley

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free trolley, operates May to December
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

A short walk, or 20-25 minutes depending on trolley route & timing 

 

Distance:

 

2 blocks

   

Train arrives at Staunton Depot. The hotel is close to the depot but up a hill. From the depot, walk one block up S. New St. to the municipal parking garage that is adjacent to the hotel. To avoid almost all of the climb, enter the garage and take the elevator up to the hotel lobby. Alternatively, the public trolley is a pleasant ride in fair weather, but to reach the hotel only two blocks away can require a rather long trip to the outskirts of town before the route loops back to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East on I-64, from Richmond, Norfolk, VA Beach, Williamsburg Take I-64 west to I-81 north (64 joins 81 below Staunton). Take the next Exit 222, follow signs for Rt 250 west - Richmond Road - which ends at Business Rt 11. Bear right onto Rt 11 but get into the left-hand lane. At the light just after the overpass, turn left onto Greenville and follow signs into downtown. Turn right on South New Street and enter city parking lot on your right. Elevators are marked for access to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel; push button that says "Lobby."
  From the North on I-81, from Maryland, Washington DC Follow I-81 south, take Exit 222 Staunton. Follow signs for Rt 250 west - Richmond Road - which ends at Business Rt 11. Bear right onto Rt 11 but get into the left-hand lane. At the light just after the overpass, turn left onto Greenville and follow signs into downtown. Turn right on South New Street and enter city parking lot on your right. Elevators are marked for access to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel; push button that says "Lobby."
  From the South on I-81, from Roanoke Follow I-81 North to Exit 222 Staunton OR follow Route 11 North and take Business Rt. 11 into Staunton. From I-81 exit 222, follow signs for Rt 250 west - Richmond Road - which ends at Business Rt. 11. Bear right onto Rt 11 but get into the left-hand lane. At the light just after the overpass, turn left onto Greenville and follow signs into downtown. Turn right on South New Street and enter city parking lot on your right. Elevators are marked for access to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel; push button that says "Lobby."
  From the West on US Route 250, from West Virginia Follow Route 250 into Staunton. At Gypsy Hill Park, turn left onto Churchville Avenue. Turn right onto Augusta Street; follow Augusta to Beverley; turn left on East Beverley, turn right on South Market Street; hotel will be on right; follow South Market past the hotel, go down the hill; enter city parking lot on your right at the bottom of the hill. Elevators in the parking lot are marked for access to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel; push button that says "Lobby."
Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes, for sure! Umbrellas & outerwear for inclement weather. Field trips take place rain or shine.
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: Arrival, Registration, Orientation, Introductions
(Monday, August 19)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome to Staunton and your delightful accommodations at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Register for your room any time between 3:30 and 5:00 pm at the hotel lobby desk. You can also register for your program between 3:30 and 5:00 pm at our Road Scholar table in the lobby. Please let us know if you'll be arriving after 5:30 pm .
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant includes low fat, low salt entrees with options for vegetarians
 Evening: Enjoy an orientation to the program and introductions to your fellow participants in our classroom.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Music Festival Overview, Noon Concert, Music Class
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel
 Morning: This program description includes a sample schedule. The order of classes and activities may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' availability and the final schedule of events for the Music Festival. The city of Staunton, located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, has experienced a cultural and architectural renaissance in less than a decade. Staunton, with its 5 Historic Districts, was designated one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" and called the "poster child" for the Main Street program of the National Trust. The Music Festival, the American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, your instructors, and your hotel combine to provide this excellent program that celebrates some of the "best of Staunton." In this program, we'll visit some of Staunton's historic buildings when we attend concerts and master classes for its nationally acclaimed Music Festival. We'll also celebrate the "timeless power" of Shakespeare's language and stagecraft at Blackfriars Playhouse. the world's only re-creation of his indoor theatre. This program provides fascinating classes taught by gifted musicologists, scholars and actors and provides a little free time to visit some of the many galleries, boutiques and artisans in Staunton's downtown National Historic District. Class this morning provides an overview of the Staunton Music Festival and the music.
 Lunch: Early lunch in the hotel, before the Noon Concert
 Afternoon: Field trip to one of Staunton's historic churches to attend the Noon Concert. Depending on location, we will walk 4-6 blocks from the hotel to our destination; the concert length is approximately 45 minutes. Class after the concert continues with the Festival overview and focuses on particular segments of the Festival music.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel restaurant includes low fat, low salt entrees with options for vegetarians
 Evening: The evening is free so that you can have an opportunity to enjoy a Music Festival concert on your own. (The complete schedule is available at www.stauntonmusicfestival.com.) Or you may choose another cultural event from the numerous available options. Blackfriars Playhouse may be presenting a different play than the one that we will attend on Thursday. (The schedule will be available at www.americanshakespearecenter.com). A number of bookstores and boutiques are open in the evening, as is the movie theater housed in an historic building. The free town trolley makes 1/2-hour to 45-minute runs to the outskirts of town, to delightful Gypsy Hill Park, and returns through the Historic Districts.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: All About the Staunton Music Festival, Noon Concert, Young Artist Master Class, Evening Festival Concert
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel
 Morning: Class this morning is taught by musicologists/senior music faculty who provide an inside view of the dynamics of the Festival music and how performers work out their varying views of interpretation and presentation. The class will be followed by a noon concert that is part of the Music Festival.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel restaurant includes low fat, low salt meals with options for vegetarians
 Afternoon: Walking field trip to a noon concert, location TBA will be within 3-6 blocks of our hotel. Concert length is approximately 45 minutes. After lunch and noon concert, and depending on what is available in the Music Festival schedule, we will attend either a rehearsal or the Young Artist Master Classes, in which established Staunton Music Festival artists guide young artists in their performance and interpretation.
 Dinner: Walk 1-2 blocks to a local restaurant, where we will have low fat, low salt and vegetarian options
 Evening: Attend the evening Music Festival concert: Enjoy the pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm, followed by the concert at 7:30 pm. The schedule of events and arrangements in Festival concerts will be posted on the Road Scholar website/program #19901 and at www.stauntonmusicfestival.com when it becomes available.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Class, Backstage at Blackfriars Playhouse, Noon Concert, Class, Evening Performance of Shakespeare Play at Blackfriars
(Thursday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel
 Morning: The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre. The Playhouse is a year-round laboratory and performance venue for actors, students and scholars. Shakespeare's works are performed under their original staging conditions -- on a simple stage, surrounded on three sides by the audience. Thus, actors can see and interact with the audience, the audience can see the actors, and, most importantly, the audience can see each other. This arrangement allows the performers and audience to recreate the festive sense of community in which patrons of Shakespeare's Blackfriars reveled during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. For our class this morning, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will illuminate the language, acting, staging and play-writing of Shakespeare's day. We'll also have a behind-the-scenes lecture and tour of the Blackfriars Playhouse.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: After early lunch, we'll attend the Noon Concert of the Music Festival, held at a location within 3-6 blocks of our hotel. Concert length is approximately 45 minutes. At our mid-afternoon class, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will discuss the evening's play and its performance.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel
 Evening: Attend a performance of a play by William Shakespeare at the Blackfriars Playhouse, which is located next door to your hotel. The title will be announced when it becomes available. More information about the play, its director, and its actors can be found at www.americanshakespearecenter.com. By following basic principles of Renaissance theatrical production, the American Shakespeare Center provides audiences some of the pleasures that an Elizabethan playgoer would have enjoyed. Shakespeare's actors could see their audience; ASC actors can see you. When actors and audience see one another, they can engage. And audience members can play the roles that Shakespeare wrote for them – whether Cleopatra's court, Henry V's army, or simply the butt of innumerable jokes! The dialogue and action are fast-paced, just as in Shakespeare’s time.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Program concludes with breakfast
(Friday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel
 Morning: Due to Staunton’s location in the mountains, the program concludes with breakfast so that participants get a head-start on travels. We trust you have had a rewarding and memorable learning adventure and that you will return for many more!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List


A Guide to Historic Staunton, Virginia


Author: Edmund D. Potter


Historic Houses of Staunton, Virginia


Author: Joe Nutt


Learning the valley: excursions into the Shenandoah Valley


Author: John Leland


Portals to Shenandoah Valley Folkways


Author: Ed. Dorothy A Boyd-Bragg


Shakespeare and the Arts of Language


Author: Russ McDonald




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