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The Shaw Festival: Extraordinary Theater and Nature in Niagara

Program Number: 10396RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2014 - 8/22/2014; 9/15/2014 - 9/19/2014; 8/10/2015 - 8/14/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Niagara Falls (Ontario), Ontario
Price starting at: $1,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Renowned for its stylish productions, the Shaw Festival is home to one of North America’s largest repertory companies. Immerse yourself in theater with performances, backstage experiences and lectures by Shaw company members. Round out your stay in Niagara with visits to Niagara Falls, the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and a local winery for a tasting of Niagara’s renowned icewine.




Highlights

• Enjoy private pre-show introductions to each play and post-show chats with cast members.
• Complement your in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the Shaw Festival with orchestra seats to three performances.
• Experience more than 2,000 free-flying butterflies in a lush, rainforest setting, then walk the footpaths of the Botanical Gardens and one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees, shrubs and roses.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a few blocks; some stairs.




Date Specific Information

8-18-2014

Tickets for three performances at the Shaw Festival are included: The Philadelphia Story, Arms and the Man, and Cabaret.
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9-15-2014

Tickets for three performances at the Shaw Festival are included: The Philanderer, The Philadelphia Story, and Cabaret.
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8-10-2015

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Niagara Falls (Ontario)

Situated along the same latitude as Northern California, this world-famous destination attracts people to its wineries and local cuisine, as well as to its impressive natural falls, breathtaking scenery and great theater.



Accommodations
Centrally located hotel within walking distance of Niagara Falls.

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

A former resident of the Niagara region, Ellen Semple lives in the city of Toronto and spent the majority of her career in the banking industry. Today, she serves as a Group Leader for Road Scholar learning adventures, and shares her love for theater with participants at the Shaw Festival and Stratford Theater. Year round, she has access to theater life in Toronto, and is an excellent resource for participants on the arts of the region. Most importantly, she enjoys meeting and spending time with the people who travel to this area from across Canada and the U.S.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
  Niagara Falls, ON 4 nights
 Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Holiday Inn is the Niagara Falls hotel of choice if you're looking to stay near the historic, natural landmark! Our Niagara Falls hotel is located just steps from the mighty Falls in the heart of the Fallsview hotel, dining and entertainment district, making all the premier attractions just a walking distance away. At the Holiday Inn By The Falls you'll be next door to the famous Skylon Tower and IMAX Theatre, across the street from the Fallsview Casino Resort. The Holiday Inn By The Falls adjoins Coco's Terrace Steakhouse offering guests a variety of delicious food all day from the breakfast buffet to dinner, drinks, and late night pizza.
  Contact info: 5339 Murray Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3 Canada
phone: 905-356-1333
web: www.holidayinnniagarafalls.com/
  Room amenities: You'll enjoy our spacious guest rooms with cable/satellite TV, in room pay per view movies, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board and iron. We also have free high-speed wireless internet service.
  Facility amenities: Free on-site parking and free wireless internet service are included. Enjoy our indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soothing saunas, exercise room, and invigorating whirlpool spa. Coco's Steakhouse Lounge, Mr. Coco's Pizza Bar and Grille, Fallsview Terrace Patio and Tiki Bar,Terrace Patio Bonfire and seasonal nightly entertainment. On site laundry facility and gift shop.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel Contact hotel directly for rates/availability. Toll free reservations number 1-800-263-9393.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel Contact hotel directly for rates/availability. Toll free reservations number 1-800-263-9393.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Niagara Falls. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara) that night.
  End of Program:
Lunch at 12:00 noon. Program ends following lunch. You will be staying at Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required at all US border crossings - by air, land and sea. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Parking at hotel is free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Niagara Falls, ON
  Nearest city or town:  Niagara-on-the-Lake
  Nearest highway: Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)
  Nearest airport:  Buffalo, NY
  From End of Program
  Location: Niagara Falls, ON
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Buffalo

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Buffalo, Hamilton and Toronto Airports. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com

 

Toronto

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 hours 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Buffalo, Hamilton and Toronto Airports. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com

 

Niagara Falls

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10 - $12 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 - 15 minutes 

   

Taxis available from bus station to the hotel. Greyhound Bus Lines offers regular service to/from Niagara Falls. Call 800-661-8747 or visit www.greyhound.ca/en/

 

Buffalo

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Buffalo Airport. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com. Please call for reservations.

 

Toronto

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Niagara Airbus
phone: 905-374-8111
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 hours 

   

24 hour door to door service to/from Toronto Airport. Information also available online at www.niagaraairbus.com. Please call for reservations.

 

Niagara Falls

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10 - $12 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

10 - 15 minutes

   

Taxis available from bus station to the hotel. Greyhound Bus Lines offers regular service to/from Niagara Falls. Call 800-661-8747 or visit www.greyhound.ca/en/

 
Driving Directions
  Buffalo, New York Merge onto I-190;Take exit 9 toward Peace Bridge/Ft Erie Canada; Slight right toward Peace Bridge Plaza; Turn left onto Peace Bridge Plaza; Entering Canada (Ontario); Continue straight to stay on Peace Bridge Plaza; Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way; Take exit 21 for Regional Road 47 E/Lyon's Creek Road E; Merge onto Lyons Creek Rd/Regional Rd 47; Turn left onto Stanley Ave; Turn right onto Marineland Pkwy; Turn left onto Portage Rd (signs for Portrage Road N/Regional Road 49 N); Turn right onto Fallsview Blvd; Take the 1st right onto Murray St. Destination will be on the left.
  Detroit and Windsor When you cross the border into Canada at Windsor get on Highway 401. You will continue driving east on Highway 401 for about 3 hours. Watch for signs for Highway 403 to Hamilton and Niagara. You then travel east on Highway 403 for about ½ hour before you will merge with the QEW to Niagara. Once on the QEW to Niagara you are about 1 hour from the hotel. For balance of the trip please follow the same directions as From TORONTO.
  Toronto, Ontario Take Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls; keep left on QEW and follow signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie; take the exit on the left onto ON-420 E toward The Falls/Niagara Falls. Turn right onto Stanley Ave (signs for Regional Road 102 S/Stanley Avenue). Turn left onto Murray St. Destination will be on the left
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 and Check-In/Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Monday, August 18)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Niagara Falls in the afternoon; check-in to the hotel after 3:00 p.m. The front desk will let you know where to register, meet the Road Scholar Coordinator and residential host. The coordinator will do introductions; distribute and discuss the itinerary with the group; and be available for any questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible and appreciate your understanding.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Shaw Festival Theatre Backstage/Matinee Theatre Performance - The Philadelphia Story
(Tuesday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: Enjoy a behind the scenes look, backstage at the Festival Theatre (main theatre) followed by a lecture & pre show chat about George Bernard Shaw and the matinee presentation we will see today.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: This afternoon we attend a matinee performance of The Philadelphia Story at the Shaw Festival. Tracy Lord is young, beautiful, wealthy, and about to get married. The Philadelphia socialite has divorced her dashing but unreliable husband and fallen in love with a self-made (but perhaps a bit dull) business tycoon. When a cynical tabloid newshound arrives to cover the ceremony, Tracy has a hard time keeping her nuptials – and her heart – on the right track. A classic romantic comedy, the play was a huge turnaround success for Katharine Hepburn’s in the late 1930s. Barry wrote it especially for her, and the play had a year-long run on Broadway before becoming a six-time Oscar nominated film in 1940.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the area.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Shaw Seminar/Winery Tour & Tasting/Matinee Theatre Performance - Arms and the Man
(Wednesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: Shaw Seminar-Production Chat and a pre-show lecture about the play we will see today.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: We attend a matinee performance of Arms and the Man at the Shaw Festival. All’s fair in love and war – or is it? Worlds collide with delicious results when two opposing soldiers vie for the heart of an idealistic girl. Set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War, Raina Petkoff is a young woman in love with love – and with Sergius Saranoff, one of the heroes of the war. One night, a Swiss mercenary soldier, Captain Bluntschli, bursts through Raina’s bedroom window and begs her to hide him. When he reassures her that he carries chocolates instead of a weapon, Raina agrees. After the war ends and both soldiers return for Raina, the real battle for true love begins. Subtitled “an antiromantic comedy,” it became one of Shaw’s most popular plays and one of his first commercial successes.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shaw Seminar/Matinee Theatre Performance - Cabaret
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: We start the day with a Shaw seminar on the Rehearsal Process and a pre-show chat about this afternoon's performance.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: We attend a matinee performance of Cabaret at the Shaw Festival. Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, the hottest nightclub in Berlin. American Cliff Bradshaw has just arrived in town. When he meets nightclub singer Sally Bowles, his life is turned upside down – just as the world is about to turn upside down, with Hitler on the rise in Weimar Germany. Another couple – Fraulein Schneider, Cliff’s landlady, and Herr Schultz, a Jewish grocer – must face the music, while the Emcee invites Cliff and Sally to forget the world around them. Hailed as a rare musical that both challenges and entertains, it premiered on Broadway in 1966 and ran for over 1100 performances, winning numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Botanical Gardens/ Butterfly Conservatory/Program Concludes/ Departures
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: Enjoy a video and self-guided excursion at the Butterfly Conservatory: This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!
 Morning: The Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens was established in 1936, visitors enjoy 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Footpaths wind past the Butterfly Conservatory and butterfly garden, ponds and an arboretum featuring one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs.
 Lunch: 12:00 p.m. Lunch at hotel. Box lunches can be arranged for those leaving the program early. Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.
   
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.

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