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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; 10/13/2014 - 10/17/2014; 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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10-13-2014

Tickets for three performances at the Shaw Festival are included: Cabaret, Arms and the Man, and The Philadelphia Story.
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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.
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:
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: Check-In/Orientation
(Monday, September 15)
   
 Arrive To: ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals to 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 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.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Group Introductions followed by short video of Shaw Festival.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Shaw Festival Theatre Backstage/Matinee Theatre Performance - The Philanderer
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Backstage Tour of Festival Theatre (main theatre) PRESENTATION: George Bernard Shaw & Pre-Show Chat. Lecture & pre show chat about George Bernard Shaw and the matinee presentation we will see today.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Shaw Festival. This afternoon we attend a matinee performance of The Philanderer at the Shaw Festival. The rules for joining the Ibsen Club are simple: if a candidate is female, she cannot be womanly, and if male, not manly. Leonard Charteris, one of the club’s leading philosophers, also happens to be its leading philanderer. Two women have fallen in love with him, but the one he wants doesn’t want him – and, naturally, the one he doesn’t want can’t live without him. This comedy about love and sex was so daring, a friend who read the play told him to burn the final act. For the first time, the Shaw Festival will stage the play as Shaw had first intended. Why was he so willing to discard the act? As one critic wrote, “In short, the reason why Act III was abandoned – was not the unpreparedness of the playwright, but that of the audience.”
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.
 Evening: FREE 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 - The Philadelphia Story
(Wednesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Shaw Seminar-Production Chat. PRESENTATION: Pre show lecture about the play we will see today.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Winery Tour & Tasting. We will visit a local winery for a tour and tasting.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Shaw Festival. Today 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 a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shaw Seminar/Matinee Theatre Performance - Cabaret
(Thursday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Rehearsal Process. Shaw seminar on the Rehearsal Process PRESENTATION: Pre Show Chat. Pre show chat about this afternoon's performance.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Shaw Festival. 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/Independent Departures
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room.Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens. 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.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Butterfly Conservatory. 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!
 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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