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Contemporary Musicals, James Michener, Great Comedy Teams

Program Number: 17072RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/30/2014 - 4/4/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $668.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Literature; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    


Date Specific Information

3-30-2014

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Coordinated by Eckerd College.



Contemporary Musical Theatre

Explore the history of American musical theatre then move forward to trace its development over the past 20 years. We'll strive to answer the question: Where is musical theatre going? Lectures and live music.



James Michener: Master Storyteller

Widely regarded as a storytelling phenomenon, Michener created works that have translated successfully to the stage and film. We'll explore some of his most well known, including his Pulitzer Prize winning story that became "South Pacific".



Great Comedy Teams

The ability to make people light is a gift. With the straight man and the comic, each team created a unique relationship that involved both humor and pathos. Explore their relationships and their unique comic styles. Lectures and selected film clips.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Full service resort on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg/USA 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Road Scholar Health & Safety form is required. Completed Health & Safety forms should be returned to the Program Coordinator at least two weeks prior to arrival. In the case of late enrollments, these documents can be brought to the site along with other necessary paperwork. You will also need a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license. If you have special dietary needs (low-salt, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc), you must notify us in advance and we will do our best to meet those needs. Most meals have gluten-free items available.
  Parking availability:
On-site parking is free and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg/USA
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg/USA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

To/From Magnuson Hotel 727-8981496 To/From Greyhound Lines-7 Miles (For Greyhound Only) Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Supershuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: www.supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Car Rental

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774

 
Driving Directions
  From North to Magnuson Hotel I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From South to Magnuson Hotel I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.25 toll). Take Exit 16 right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  From St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport to Magnuson Hotel Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road.Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From Tampa International Airport to Magnuson Hotel I-275 south toward St. Petersburg. You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: 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: Check-in/CEC Dining Hall/Orientation / Introductions
(Sunday, March 30)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: From 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the meeting room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule that we will review during orientation in the evening. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULED TIMES COULD CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Hotel Dining Room
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Great Comedy Teams / Special Guest Speaker /T'ai Chi Demonstration
(Monday, March 31)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Great Comedy Teams: The ability to make people laugh is a gift. With the straight man and the comic, each team created a unique relationship that involved both humor and pathos. With our resident actor/Instructor Rick Kistner, explore their relationships and their unique comic styles. Lectures and selected film clips will complete your learning. Take a short refreshment break between classes. PLACEMENT OF CLASSES ON THE SCHEDULE (MORNING, AFTERNOON OR EVENING) ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Special Guest Speaker. Here we will give you a taste of other classes that Eckerd College has to offer. As a part of the Foreign Service program, WAYNE GRIFFITH, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, recounts anecdotes from his 30-year career with the Department of State. After class, you'll have time on your own to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Take a break from classes with a T'ai Chi demonstration from Eckerd College Professor Hong Gu.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: James Michener / Great Comedy Teams / Field Trip / Movie Night
(Tuesday, April 1)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: James Michener was widely regarded as a storytelling phenomenon. He created works that have translated successfully to both stage and screen. This week come along with instructor Dedee Aleccia as she explores some of his most well known novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning story that became South Pacific. Take a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Begin the afternoon with another class on Great Comedy Teams. Then, board our motor coach for a tour of an historic local hotel. ALL EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Film related to one of the courses. To be announced.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: James Michener, Contemporary Musicals, Great Comedy Teams
(Wednesday, April 2)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: An introduction to Contemporary Musical Theater with Instructor/Director/ Actor Jason Fortner will start your morning. Then Dedee will continue to explore Michener. Take a short refreshment break between classes
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Final classes on James Michener. After class, you'll have time on your own to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Final class on Great Comedy Teams.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Contemporary Musical Theatre /Time on your own / Live Entertainment.
(Thursday, April 3)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Continuation of class on Contemporary Musical Theater There will be a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on your own. Transportation provided to the waterfront area of downtown St. Petersburg. Lots of things to do within walking distance or local trolley ride: museums, shops, galleries, etc.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Continuing Education Center dining hall. A selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Live musical program from local artist Joy Katzen-Guthrie
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Great Comedy Teams / End of Program.
(Friday, April 4)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Continuation and final class on Contemporary Musical Theater.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room. Program Concludes after Lunch today. Have a safe trip home and please come to see us again.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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


Broadway Musicals: Show by Show: Sixth Edition


Author: Green, Stanley and Green, Kay


Description: The most comprehensive and widely used Broadway reference book has been expanded and updated to include nearly 400 of the most important and memorable productions of the American musical theatre, including revivals. Chronologically arranged beginning with The Black Crook in 1866, the sixth edition adds entries on numerous musicals from recent years, including The Lion King , Hairspray , The Producers , Wicked , Mamma Mia! , Thoroughly Modern Millie , Avenue Q , and others. Features a wealth of statistics, including: music and lyrics information; names of producers, directors and choreographers; cast lists; New York run dates; songs; and more. Also includes inside information, info on critical reception, and pithy commentary about each show.



Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre


Author: Mordden, Ethan


Description: Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News, which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" (New York Times), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" (Wall Street Journal). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American musical theatre. Anything Goes stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1920s through the 1970s, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational style. He peers with us over Stephen Sondheim's shoulder as he composes at the piano. He places us in a bare rehearsal room as the cast of Oklahoma! changes history by psychoanalyzing the plot in the greatest of the musical's many Dream Ballets. And he gives us tickets for orchestra seats on opening night-raising the curtain on the pleasures of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill and the thrill of Porgy and Bess. Mordden examines the music, of course, but also more neglected elements. Dance was once considered as crucial as song; he follows it from the nineteenth century's zany hoofing to tap "combinations" of the 1920s, from the injection of ballet and modern dance in the 1930s and '40s to the innovations of Bob Fosse. He also explores the changing structure of musical comedy and operetta, and the evolution of the role of the star. Fred Stone, the avuncular Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, seldom varied his acting from part to part; but the versatile Ethel Merman turned the headlining role inside out in Gypsy, playing a character who was selfish, fierce, and destructive. From "ballad opera" to burlesque, from Fiddler on the Roof to Rent, the history and lore of the musical unfolds here in a performance worthy of a standing ovation.



Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent


Author: Schulman, Susan


Description: Do you love Broadway plays and musicals? Do you have a shelf full of original cast albums? If so, you will love Broadway press agent Susan L. Schulman’s fun, dishy new book BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY. Susan has survived some of the most celebrated train wrecks and backstage dramas on Broadway. She tells us what it is like to work with the most talented and creative people in the theatre – sometimes behaving badly and often with incredible grace – as they struggle to create theatrical magic. Susan has worked with some of Broadway’s greatest stars, producers, writers and directors including Zero Mostel, George C. Scott, Lauren Bacall, Mary Martin, Bob Fosse, Yul Brynner, David Merrick, Robert Preston, Raul Julia, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler, Glenn Close and many more. The Broadway shows she has represented include DANCIN’, STATE FAIR, SCAPINO, SLY FOX, DREAM, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and THE MERCHANT. In this entertaining book, Susan takes us behind the show curtain, sharing true tales of her life in the theatre. BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY is illustrated in color with previously unpublished photographs from the author’s private collection. And if you appreciate Broadway window cards and posters, you will recognize the distinctive style of Broadway’s legendary graphic designer, FRAVER, who created the cover.



Laurel and Hardy: A Bio-Bibliography


Author: Gehring, Wes D.


Description: This book presents a combined biographical, critical, and bibliographical estimate of Laurel & Hardy's significance in film comedy, the arts in general, and as popular culture icons. Of the two, Laurel decidedly evolves as the central player in this duo biography. The reasons for this are several, but mainly stem from Laurel's role as team spokesman; his late life accessibility; media coverage given to his private life; and the fact that he outlived Hardy by eight years--from 1957 to 1965--a period in which the ever burgeoning public fascination with the team reached new proportions. Hardy's artistic input, however, is currently being given a revisionist upgrading, which Gehring addresses. The book is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 is a biography of Laurel & Hardy, exploring the public and private sides of their lives. Chapter 2 is a critique of four broad influences of Laurel & Hardy--as special icons of comic frustrations; as developers of a change in film comedy pacing (which also eased their transition from silent to sound film); as movie pioneers in the innovative early use of comic sound; and, most importantly, as key participants in the evolution of the comic antihero into American mainstream humor. Chapter 3 is composed of two very early reprinted Laurel & Hardy articles and a special Encore collection. Chapter 4 is a very ambitious Laurel & Hardy bibliographical essay, assessing key reference materials and locating research collections open to the student and/or scholar. This involves many obscure, often early and/or untranslated articles drawn from research in Ulverston England--Laurel's birthplace--London and Paris. Chapter 5 is a bibliographical checklist of all sources recommended in Chapter 4. This volume should be of special interest to all Laurel & Hardy aficionados, and students/scholars of comedy.



American Legends: The Marx Brothers


Author: Charles River Editors


Description: A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. When the American Film Institute ranked its top 50 screen legends of the 20th century, only one team of performers earned a collective spot: the Marx Brothers. Famous throughout the country for nearly half a century, several of the Marx Brothers performed together for over 40 years, and their nicknames – Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Gummo and Zeppo – are all well known today, especially Groucho. From the vaudeville stage to movie theaters, millions saw their performances, and the brothers became not only one of the most popular acts but the kind that paved the way for subsequent groups like The Three Stooges. American Legends: The Marx Brothers examines the lives and careers of one of America’s most iconic performance teams. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Marx Brothers like never before, in no time at all.



Michener's South Pacific


Author: May, Stephen J.


Description: When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, James A. Michener was an obscure textbook editor working in New York. Within three years, he was a naval officer stationed in the South Pacific. By the end of the decade, he was an accomplished author, well on the way to worldwide fame. Michener’s first novel, Tales of the South Pacific, won the Pulitzer Prize. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein used it as the basis for the Broadway musical South Pacific, which also won the Pulitzer. How this all came to be is the subject of Stephen May’s Michener’s South Pacific. An award-winning biographer of Michener, May was a featured interviewee on the fiftieth-anniversary DVD release of the film version of the musical. During taping, he realized there was much he didn’t know about how Michener’s experiences in the South Pacific shaped the man and led to his early work. May delves deeply into this formative and turbulent period in Michener’s life and career, using letters, journal entries, and naval records to examine how a reserved, middle-aged lieutenant known as "Prof" to his fellow officers became one of the most successful writers of the twentieth century.





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