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Backstage at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company Plus Three Performances

Program Number: 8258RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/17/2013 - 2/22/2013; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 2/28/2015 - 3/5/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Price starting at: $945.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Meet theatrical professionals and go behind the scenes to see firsthand how the magic happens at the Mertz and Cook Theaters. Attend three performances from current offerings including a private reading from the Asolo Play Reader’s Guild.




Highlights

• Deepen your understanding of all elements of a professional stage production and offer your personal reviews during post-performance talk-backs.
• Meet and learn from pros such as playwrights to actors, directors, designers, costumers, tech staff, and other experts.
• As an added highlight, enjoy a narrated motorcoach field trip to see Sarasota landmarks including Cà d'Zan Mansion and learn about its circus roots at the Ringling Museum.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Performance schedule will be released in the fall.




Date Specific Information

2-17-2013

This program date features a major new art exhibition, “Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice.” One of the giants of Venetian painting, Veronese (1528–1588) was the most elegant artist of the triumvirate that included Titian and Tintoretto, brilliantly capturing the opulence and splendor of Renaissance Venice. This special exhibition presents some of the finest of Veronese’s paintings and drawings in North American museums and private collections. In addition to works from the Ringing Museum’s own collection, loans come from the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Harvard Art Museums; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Morgan Library and Museum; the Blanton Museum of Art; and many other museums and private lenders.



2-22-2015, 2-28-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by the Friendship Centers.




Sarasota

Situated on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on Florida's west coast, Sarasota is rich in cultural treasures and recreational attractions within a short driving distance, including the outstanding John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of the Circus, art galleries, golf courses and beaches.



Accommodations
Modern hotel with heated swimming pool and fitness room.

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

Sharon Ohrenstein has worn various hats in the performing arts, including that of singer, actress, writer/lyricist, director, and one-half of the concert duo “The Ohs.” She portrayed Marie Dindon in “La Cage Aux Folles” and has starred in productions such as “The Sound of Music” and “La Bohème.” Sharon has also directed “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Glass Menagerie.” Sharon has appeared on television and screen and is working on a screenplay.
 
June Taylor

June Elisabeth Taylor hails from Long Island, New York and received an associate degree in theatre. She moved to Florida, after attending technical school for tailoring. She created costumes for Asolo Theatre, and still designs costumes for the main stage and FSU Conservatory. She was the resident designer for the Riverfront Theatre in Bradenton, has designed for the Sarasota Opera, and was the assistant designer of Clown College, which sponsors Ringling Brothers Circus.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   AmericInn Hotel
  Sarasota, FL 5 nights
 AmericInn Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $119-$159 per room AARP AAA Participants should call hotel directly to make reservation for additional nights. 941-342-8778
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30pm in the hotel meeting room for registration. You will be staying at AmericInn Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:45am followed by a box lunch, students may take with them or dine at the hotel. You will be staying at AmericInn Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest highway: I-75
  Nearest airport:  Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Sarasota, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Diplomat Taxi
phone: 941-365-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

Taxis are readily available 24hrs a day at the SRQ Airport.

 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sarasota Tampa Express
phone: 941-032-6280
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 to SRQ Airport or office of Sarasota Tampa Express
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Please call in advance for reservations. You will then need to call a taxi to get yourself to the hotel. They can tell you who to call.

 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Starlight Limousine
phone: 941-957-6761
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $85 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 30 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

They use executive town cars and SUVs, please ask for Rick.

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 Sarasota, FL Hotel is located off of I-75 and Fruitville Rd at exit 210. Heading West at the traffic light turn right and then make another right keep driving and you will see the hotel on your left after about 1/2 mile.
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 & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Getting to Know You
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 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.
 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.
 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.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to theatre/Clowning history of Sarasota/Asolo Play Reader's Guild performance
(Monday, February 18)

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 "The Heidi Chronicles" & "You Can't Take It With You," 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 the former Dean of 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.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Day at Ringling Museum Complex/Evening performance "The Heidi Chronicles" at the Asolo Theatre
(Tuesday, February 19)

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.

This 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 play "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?

   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Backstage look at the Asolo Theatre, evening performance of "You Can't Take It With You," at the Asolo Theatre.
(Wednesday, February 20)

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: Actor from one of the plays talk with group.

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: Box lunch at the Asolo Theatre.
 Afternoon: Matinee performance of "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, directly after matinee.
 Evening: Talkback on play seen in the afternoon.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lectures on theatre and preview of "Glengarry Glen Ross" and matinee/Dinner at St. Armands Circle
(Thursday, February 21)

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 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: PRESENTATION: Introduction to Theatre II with theatre expert.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Introduction to "Glengarry Glen Ross" and talkback on plays viewed during the week.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel.
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Matinee 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.

 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: PRESENTATION: Learn actor's secrets in the art of performance class with theatre expert for one hour class.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Presentation by Asolo Costume designer and talkback on "Glengarry Glen Ross."
(Friday, February 22)
   
 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 "Glengarry Glen Ross," 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 Area
Sarasota 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: 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


Acting; the First Six Lessons


Author: Richard Boleslavsky


Description: The original idea of method/Stanislavsky style acting.



Entrances: An American Director's Journey


Author: Schneider, Alan


Description: A director's journey into putting on plays by Albee, Beckett, Wilder and many more.



Rewrites: A Memoir


Author: Simon, Neil


Description: A great look at creating theater from a playwright's perspective.



The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway


Author: Goldman, William


Description: A critique of critics.





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