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Backstage at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company Plus Three Performances

Program Number: 8258RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/8/2014 - 3/13/2014; 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: $949.00 - 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

3-8-2014

Join us this week for the following performances: “How I Learned to Drive”, Asolo Theatre, “The Grapes of Wrath”, Asolo Theatre and “Oklahoma” at the Venice Theatre.
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2-22-2015, 2-28-2015

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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 high speed Internet, iron/board and coffee maker. 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, 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.
  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
 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Starlight Limousine
phone: 941-923-1896
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $95 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

They use executive town cars and SUVs, please ask for Rick. They are the most reliable transportation from the Tampa International Airport.

 

Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Diplomat Taxi
phone: 941-365-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles

   

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

 
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
(Saturday, March 8)
   
 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.
 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: 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.
 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/Intro to one of the plays that will be seen during the week, "How I Learned to Drive."
(Sunday, March 9)

Note: All classes in the morning are at the hotel. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre. 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 one of the plays "How I Learned to Drive," that 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 Circle website is listed in your welcome packet and Group Leader and Host will have copies of menus at the program.

 Lunch: Lunch will be catered in at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Matinee "How I Learned to Drive," at the Asolo Theatre, by Paula Vogel, directed by Jesse Jou.

L’il Bit has put her past behind her, but her dark and dangerous relationship with her Uncle Peck continues to haunt her in this Pulitzer Prize winning play about disturbing family relationships and a culture that sexualizes young women.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Talkback on afternoon matinee.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Day at Ringling Museum Complex/Play readers from the Asolo Theatre Guild will perform a private reading for participants in the evening.
(Monday, March 10)

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. For the evening meal participants ride a bus to a local restaurant. The play reading will take place at the hotel.



   
 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.

 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 4: Talkback on play, Intro to Theatre Part II, Evening performance of "Oklahoma."
(Tuesday, March 11)
   
 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: Intro to "Grapes of Wrath," and "Oklahoma."

Enjoy a coffee break in between classes

PRESENTATION: Introduction to Theatre Part II with theatre maven.

 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: View a Three-Ring Circus Documentary.

Relax the rest of the afternoon.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Attend an 8:00pm performance of "Oklahoma," at the Venice Theatre. Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs. Original Dances by Agnes de Mille. Directed and Choreographed by Dennis Clark, with Music Direction by Bobby Brader

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains their most innovative. Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th century, this high-spirited musical set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.

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

Day 5: Actor from a performance/Behind-The-Scenes at the Asolo Theatre/Dinner at St. Armands Circle/See a performance of "The Grapes of Wrath."
(Wednesday, March 12)

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. 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: with actor or actress in one or more plays at the Asolo Theatre
 Morning: 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: Enjoy a box lunch at the Asolo Theatre and a staff person from the Asolo with give you more insight into the theatre.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 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: PERFORMANCE: "The Grapes of Wrath," by Frank Galati, from the novel by John Steinbeck, directed by Michael Donald Edwards, at the Asolo Theatre.

Frank Galati’s groundbreaking adaptation of Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel won the Tony Award for Best Play and has become a national theatrical treasure. This quintessential American story of hope and survival follows the Joad family’s epic journey from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promised land of California in search of land, jobs and dignity. A soaring affirmation of the goodness, strength and perseverance of the human spirit, The Grapes of Wrath provides the perfect canvas for an examination of a nation in search of itself.

   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Presentation by Asolo Costume designer and the Art of Performance.
(Thursday, March 13)

Note: Program ends today and all morning classes are at the hotel.



   
 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 designer from head to toe.

A coffee break and time to check-out of hotel room.

PRESENTATION: Learn about actors secrets in the lecture "Art of Performance." Plus talkback on "The Grapes of Wrath," 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. 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.visitsarasota.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.



John Ringling: Dreamer, Builder, Collector


Author: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art


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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