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Summer Theatre in Vermont and New York

Program Number: 21123RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/15/2013 - 7/19/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Rutland, Vermont
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Meet theatrical professionals and go behind the scenes to see first-hand how the magic happens at the Weston Playhouse Theater Company, Dorset Theater Festival and Adirondack Theater Festival. Through talks and backstage explorations of the venues where these prestigious theater companies perform, deepen your understanding of all elements of a professional stage production, from how sets are built to costuming choices and the creation of characters.




Highlights

• Enjoy tickets to three performances by three of the region’s most reputable theatre companies, as well as a staged reading at the Adirondack Theatre Festival.
• Visit the Paramount Theater to learn about the elegance and history of this century-old venue.
• Meet and learn from pros in pre- or post-show discussions with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, costumers, tech staff and other experts.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on city streets; standing up to two hours in museums, historic home and gardens.




Rutland

During the early 1800s, Rutland was known for farming and its sheep industry. During the Revolutionary War the city was a crossroad for the fighting force known as the Green Mountain Boys. By the mid 1800s, Rutland had become one of the largest marble producers in the world and is today the largest city in southern Vermont.



Accommodations
Recently renovated hotel in Rutland, Vt.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Rutland
  Rutland 4 nights
 Holiday Inn Rutland
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Full service hotel, located walking distance to shopping.
  Contact info: 476 Route 7 South
Rutland, VT 05701 USA
phone: 802-773-6130
web: www.hivermont.com
  Room amenities: The Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington VT provides a contemporary retreat from the bustle of the city. Our 151 spacious guest rooms and suites boast a classic, beautiful dècor and thoughtful amenities. Whether you are here for pleasure or business you will appreciate the new amenities such as enhanced bedding, mini refrigerator and microwave, to name a few. Television, hair dryers, microwaves.
  Facility amenities: Full service restaurant, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, lounge.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  None
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  None
  Check out time: 8:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Please check in with your on site coordinator in the lobby after you have checked into your room beginning at 3:00pm You will be staying at Holiday Inn Rutland that night.
  End of Program:
This program concludes with our morning program by 10:30am. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Rutland the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rutland
  Nearest city or town:  Rutland
  Nearest highway: Route 7
  Nearest airport:  Rutland
  From End of Program
  Location: Rutland
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Rutland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
All Occasions
phone: 802-236-1966
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 - $50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 Hour 

 

Distance:

 

35 Miles

   

You may fly into the Rutland Airport from Logan in Boston on Cape Air

 
Driving Directions
  From CT/Western MA From CT/Western MA: I-91 North to Exit 6, turn left onto Rt 103 North and follow to the end. Bear Right onto Rt 7 North 4 miles. Hotel is on Left. There is a Left only lane to enter the hotel. From Easter MA/Boston/NH-: I-93 North to I-89, take Exit 1 (in Vermont) to Rt 4 West, follow to end. Turn left onto Rt 7 South for 2 miles. The Hotel is located on the right. From Montreal, Canada: Rt 40/15 to Rt 10 to Rt 35 to Rt 133 to USA border to I-89 to Rt 7 South for 49 miles. Merge onto Rt 7 South approximately 65 miles. Hotel is located on the Right on the South side of Rutland. We suggest that you park under the canopy and check before unloading your luggage as there is parking closer to your Hotel room. Luggage carts are available at each entrance and we are always happy to help you unload so please feel free to ask for assistance. For detailed directions or personal assistance, please call us toll free at 800-462-4810.
  From NY/NYC/NJ IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The GPS systems will not recogize our physical address. We highly reccomend you use 4476 Holiday Drive, Rutland, VT 05701. From NY/NYC/NJ: I-87 North to Albany, I-87 (Northway) to Exit 20, Rt 9 to Rt 149 to Fort Ann, NY. In Fort Ann, turn left onto Rt 4. Follow Rt 4 to the end in Rutland. Turn Left onto Rt 7 North. The Hotel is located 1/4 mile on the Left. There is a Left only lane to enter the driveway.
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, Welcome Reception & Opening Dinner, Orientation
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Afternoon: ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN: Holiday Inn Rutland, VT. Check-in is available from 3:00pm. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we'll review during orientation
 Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00pm. The lovely buffet typically includes soup, salad, a choice of two delicious entrée items (vegetarian option available with advance request), and dessert.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner, we will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The evening will conclude with introductions of everyone in the group.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Rutland
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Matinee performance at the Adirondack Theatre Festival/visit the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, a small town with a big feel.
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 7:00am. Enjoy a tasty buffet in our private dining room. Buffet may include eggs, pancakes and waffles, bacon or sausage, home fries. There may also be yogurt, fruits, or cereals. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice water is also included.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning, travel to Glens Falls, a small town with a big feel and enjoy exploration of the Hyde Collection Art Museum. There will be a direct correlation between an exhibit at this museum and the play we will see at the Adirondak theatre Festival called Filming O'keeffe. The Hyde’s collection is a truly remarkable group of works and is a testament to the vision of our founder, Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, and her husband, Louis Fiske Hyde. Works from the collection – the Rembrandt, the Rubens, the Picasso, the Renoirs, and the Hassam, for instance – The Hyde Collection offers a world-class group of works that span almost six thousand years of art history from antiquity to the present. The Museum's founders, Louis and Charlotte Hyde, acquired the majority of objects during a fifty-year period of avid and highly informed collecting. Many of these works are displayed in Hyde House, the founders’ former home, as well as in the Museum’s modern exhibition galleries.
 Lunch: A plated lunch will be served at the one of the lovely restaurants to be found in Glens Falls.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we enjoy a pre or post performance lecture with the staff, actors or interns associated with the Adirondack Theater Festival. Discussions may includes talks on the performance and the entire festival.
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: This afternoon, enjoy a matinee performance at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. We will update you with the play title as soon as it becomes available. Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) is a professional not-for-profit summer theatre located in Glens Falls, NY. ATF strives to challenge, entertain, and nourish its audience through the development and production of new and contemporary musicals and plays. This relationship engages the community as audience members and participants in workshops, discussions, and educational programming.
 Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00pm and typically this lovely buffet includes soup, salad, a choice of two delicious entrée items (vegetarian option available with advance request), and dessert.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: We will do our best to make available a list of activities available for your to enjoy during your free time.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Rutland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit lovley Weston Vermont/dinner and a show at the Weston Playhouse.
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 7:00am. Enjoy a tasty full buffet in our private dining room. Buffet may include eggs, pancakes and waffles, bacon or sausage, home fries, and home baked items. There may also be yogurt, fruits, or cereals. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice water is also included
 Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning enjoy a lively discussion with a company member from the Weston Playhouse. Discussion topics may include information on the upcoming performance and the history of the Weston Playhouse.
 Lunch: Enjoy a lovely lunch served at the hotel.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we travel to beautiful Weston, VT. Here you may enjoy a leisurly stroll to the town green, historic museums or spend some time in the iconic Vermont Country Store.
 Dinner: Dinner wil be served at the Historic Bryant House Restaurant. Here, you will have a choice of two or three entrees. Enjoy a sit-down meal in the charming 1827 eating rooms of this remodeled Bryant House Restaurant in Weston. They serve a wide variety of hearty comfort-food dishes. Enjoy a libation from in their beautiful 1885 barroom, and one of their scrumptious desserts made from scratch.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE:Enjoy an evening performance at the Weston Playhouse. We will update you with the play title as soon as it becomes available. In 1935, while Franklin D. Roosevelt was coping with the Great Depression, Weston-born architect Raymond Austin was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse that one New York critic would later call "the most beautiful theatre in New England." Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization. Under Ewen, Fort, and Stettler, the Playhouse has redefined its role as a professional regional theatre, expanding its offerings beyond the traditional summer months and creating outreach programs which can serve Southern Vermont audiences on a year-round basis. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of its Board of Directors, Theatre Associates, community volunteers, patrons, company members and alumni, the theatre completed a $2 million capital campaign in 2002. The campaign secures the future of the Weston Playhouse with the establishment of a major endowment, the purchase and renovation of property for artist housing and rehearsal space, and capital improvements to the Playhouse facility including air conditioning and an infrared listening system. With an eye to the future and unparalleled support from its extended family of theatregoers and artists, the Weston Playhouse continues to build on the tradition of quality entertainment and community involvement which has characterized Vermont's Oldest Professional Theatre from its inception. Every effort will be made to attend a pre or post show talk with members of the artistic staff and performers. N Expert-led lectures: 1 Performances: 1
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Rutland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit the Paramount Theatre/Evening performance at the Dorset Playhouse.
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 7:00am. Enjoy a tasty full buffet in our private dining room. Buffet may include eggs, pancakes and waffles, bacon or sausage, home fries, and home baked items. There may also be yogurt, fruits, or cereals. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice water is also included
 Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning, we visit the Paramount Theatre to learn about the elegance and history of this century old theater. In the early part of the 20th century, many called The Playhouse Theatre of Rutland, Vermont one of the finest theatres in America and very few, reportedly, were more artistically designed or appointed. Built in 1912 & 1913 by George T. Chaffee. The Theatre opened on January 16, 1914. The successful restoration of the Paramount Theatre was completed in February 2000 and an Opening Night Gala in March 2000 honored the artisans and contributors who made the historic project possible. Once again, the Paramount Theatre has assumed its role as an arts, cultural, and educational leader, and as a significant and valuable community resource.
 Lunch: Enjoy a lovely lunch served at the hotel.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Today we travel to Manchester, VT and go to the Dorset Playhouse for a behind the scenes exploration of this wonderful theatre.
 Dinner: A wonderful three course dinner will be served at one of the many restaurants that can be found in Manchester.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight we take in a show at the Dorset Theatre Festival. We will update you with the play title as soon as it becomes available. On July 2, 1929, The Dorset Playhouse officially opened. In typical Vermont style, the building of this lovely theatre was a true community effort and included the use of three local barns in its construction! Since the 1930's, Under the passionate and energetic artistic leadership of Jill and John, DTF flourished for many decades and served as a launching ground for new playwrights, a training ground for new talent, and home for a truly beloved group of theatre professionals who helped make DTF the fixture it has become for these past 35 years. There are many who stand out in this history, but we would be remiss if we did not mention in particular the late John Morrison whose contribution was invaluable. Since 2001, and a $3 million restoration to the building, DTF has continued to thrive and prosper. John Nassivera took over the reigns after the death of the irreplaceable Jill Charles, and in 2007 he passed the baton to acclaimed Keen Company director Carl Forsman who continued the stellar tradition of producing top quality professional theatre in Southern Vermont for three seasons. Summer 2010 the Dorset Theatre Festival marked its 35th year anniversary with an exciting new Artistic Director, Dina Janis. Dina would like to begin this new decade by giving a genuine thanks to all who have supported DTF through the years: the actors, directors, playwrights, designers, apprentices and interns, our dedicated and hardworking Board of Trustees, our incredibly generous donors, local businesses that have always supported us, and of course our loyal audience; for without you, DTF would not exist. Every effort will be made to attend a pre or post show talk with members of the artistic staff and performers.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Rutland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Program concludes with morning classroom talk.
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 7:00am. Enjoy a tasty full buffet in our private dining room. Buffet may include eggs, pancakes and waffles, bacon or sausage, home fries, and home baked items. There may also be yogurt, fruits, or cereals. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice water is also included
 Morning: Our program concludes this morning after we meet with a company member from one of the theatres we visited this week. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
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


1. Glens Falls (NY) (Images of America)


Author: by Gwen Palmer, Bob Bayle and and Stan Malecki


Description: Glens Falls presents a photographic essay of a community on the Hudson River, midway between Saratoga Springs and Lake George. The book spans the years from 1860 to 1925, when Glens Falls was reaching its peak in economic, social, political, and cultural growth. Depicted in stunning images are the city's simple beginnings, the days of dirt roads traveled by horse and buggy, and its cultural emergence with opera houses, exquisite mansions, and public transportation. Clearly portrayed are the educational, religious, business, and recreational opportunities of the time.



The Soul of Vermont


Author: Richard Brown


Description: Arguably the consummate collection of quintessential Vermont images, Richard Brown’s now-classic, eminently collectible The Soul of Vermont is back in hardcover. For more than 40 years, Brown has been taking photographs of his beloved home state. These soulful images, taken throughout the seasons, create a distinctive, unforgettable photographic portrait of Vermont’s landscape and its people. He chronicles with great affection the people who live and work on the land, and without sentimentality he celebrates a rapidly disappearing way of life. 50+ full-color photographs





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