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Great River Shakespeare Festival

Program Number: 12735RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/23/2014 - 7/27/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Winona, Minnesota
Price starting at: $674.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.; Theater
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

See two Shakespeare plays plus see a bonus non-Shakespeare play performed by professionals from the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Enhance your theater experience by discussing the production approach and exploring the directing, design and acting functions. The expertise, enthusiasm and energy of the instructors will add to your enjoyment of the program. You will attend plays as well as participate in some of the special events in conjunction with the Festival. Come for an extraordinary experience and excellent Shakespeare conveniently located in America's Heartland. Enjoy beautiful vistas, nature and art along the Father of Waters and experience the unique charm, history and hospitality of the Island City of Winona, MN.




Highlights

• An insider’s look into a professional acting company.
• See two Shakespeare plays, plus a bonus production (All TBA), all performed by professional actors from the Great River Shakespeare Festival.
• In addition to great theater you will delight in the city of Winona and the beautiful scenery it has to offer.



Activity Particulars

Climbing a few stairs and limited walking.



Extend your last day and get the chance to attend the Great River Shakespeare Festival Intern/Apprentice Project on the final afternoon of the program at no additional cost.



Coordinated by Winona State University.




Winona

Situated between sandstone bluffs and the Mississippi River in southern Minnesota, Winona looks to the river for images of its past and for the pleasures of its present. Outdoor activities abound, as do riverside art festivals and performances.



Accommodations
Comfortable motel. Free parking. Commuter option excludes breakfasts.
Meals and Lodgings
   Days Inn
  Winona, MN 4 nights
 Days Inn
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 420 Cottonwood Drive
Winona, MN 55987 USA
phone: 507-454-6930
web: daysinn.com
  Room amenities: Hair dryer, Cable 58+ channel television with HBO
  Facility amenities: Free high speed internet, coffee and tea available 24 hours, free outdoor parking; Handicapped Rooms/Facilities/Roll in Shower; Free Local Telephone Calls; Free Newspaper
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Rate determined by motel. Call 507-454-6930 to check price and availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rate determined by motel. Call 507-454-6930 to check price and availability
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 PM at Days Inn motel in Winona, MN. You will be staying at Days Inn that night.
  End of Program:
After 2:00 optional matinee performance. You will be staying at Days Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at motel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Winona, MN
  Nearest highway: US Hwy 61 or I-90
  Nearest airport:  Rochester, MN (RST) or La Crosse, WI (LSE)
  From End of Program
  Location: Winona, MN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Winona, MN/Rochester, MN

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO Carefree Shuttle
phone: 888-781-5181
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25.00 (current price as of 10/28/13)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

   

GO Carefree Shuttle is a van service with 4 available departure times from Winona, MN to the Rochester, MN (RST) airport. See website for more information: www.gocarefreeshuttle.com

 

Winona, MN/LaCrosse, WI

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO Carefree Shuttle
phone: 888-781-5181
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 (current price as of 10/28/13)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1/2 hour 

   

GO Carefree Shuttle is a van service with 5 available departure times from Winona, MN to the La Crosse, WI (LSE) airport. See website for more information: www.gocarefreeshuttle.com

 

Rochester,MN/Winona, MN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO Carefree Shuttle
phone: 888-781-5181
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 (current price as of 10/28/13)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

   

GO Carefree Shuttle is a van service with 4 available departure times from the Rochester, MN (RST) airport to Winona, MN. See website for more information: www.gocarefreeshuttle.com

 

LaCrosse, WI/Winona, MN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
GO Carefree Shuttle
phone: 888-781-5181
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 (current price as of 10/28/13)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1/2 hour 

   

GO Carefree Shuttle is a van service with 5 available departure times from the La Crosse, WI (LSE) airport to Winona, MN. See website for more information: www.gocarefreeshuttle.com

 
Driving Directions
  From the East (Madison, WI) Take I-90 West to Hwy 43 North exit. Drive six miles to Winona. At T lighted intersection, turn left. At first light, turn right onto Highway 61. Continue to lighted intersection with Highway 14. Turn right onto Highway 14. At first light turn right and curve around to Days Inn entrance.
  From the North (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Take Hwy 61 to Winona. At lighted intersection with Highway 14 turn right. At next stop light turn right and curve around to Days Inn entrance.
  From the South (La Crosse, WI) Take Hwy 61 to Winona. At lighted intersection with Highway 14 turn left. At next stop light turn right and curve around to Days Inn entrance.
  From the West (Rochester) Take Highway 14 into Winona. At first stop light turn left and curve around to Days Inn entrance or Take I 90 to Hwy 43 North Exit. Drive six miles to Winona. At T lighted intersection, turn left. At first light, turn right onto Highway 61. Continue to lighted intersection with Highway 14. Turn right onto Highway 14. At first light turn right and curve around to Days Inn entrance.
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, introductions/overview, dinner at a local restaurant, optional band concert.
(Wednesday, July 23)
   
 Afternoon: Check in at motel at 3:30 PM. Pick up Road Scholar folders and meet coordinator. Introductions at 4:00 PM followed by a Welcome to the Great River Shakespeare Festival session. Meet some of the key staff of the Great River Shakespeare Festival and gain an understanding of why Winona was chosen as the site for the Festival and the philosophy and story behind the creation of the Festival.
 Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.
 Evening: Transportation will be provided for those who would like to attend an optional outdoor Community Band Concert at the bandshell in the park.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes during the day and a performance tonight!
(Thursday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at motel.
 Morning: Class on The Playwright: His Life and Times
 Lunch: Lunch at Winona State University
 Afternoon: Following lunch there will be two classes. One will be an overview of one of the plays and the other will be an actors talk. Talk to actors who will be on stage. Hear about their backgrounds, how they were hired, what they do to prepare for a role, and an opportunity to ask any of those questions you always wished you could ask when you see a stage production. These talented professional actors will share their stories with you in a most enjoyable class session.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: You will have excellent seats as we attend the first play of this Road Scholar program. As an added bonus there will be a "company conversation" following the play where you will be able to ask questions of the cast and give them feedback on your reactions to the production.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: More interesting classes, field trip, and a play. It will be a busy day!
(Friday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at motel.
 Morning: This morning we will have another Actor's Talk. Meet the actors of the Merry Wives of Windsor. Hear about their backgrounds, how they were hired, what they do to prepare for a role, and an opportunity to ask any of those questions you always wished you could ask when you see a stage production. These talented professional actors will share their stories with you in a most enjoyable class session.
 Lunch: Lunch at Winona State University campus.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will have a class on Direction and Design....meet the production director and technical staff who conceive how the play will look when it is presented. Learn how the stage is transformed into the setting visualized by the director. Receive special insights on effects to watch for when viewing the play. Following this class we will visit the Watkins Company headquarters, museum and store.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy the performance of the second play!
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Symposium and performance
(Saturday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at motel.
 Morning: Participate in an engaging conversation at the Great River Shakespeare Festival Front Porch Event with Dr Peter Saccio. This year, Dr. Saccio will talk on both Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in a lecture entitled: “What Happened at Elsinore?”
 Lunch: Lunch and class on play direction and design.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will visit the Minnesota Marine Art Musueum.
 Dinner: Dinner.
 Evening: Enjoy the performance of the third play.
   
Accommodations: Days Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning classes, lunch on your own, optional performance
(Sunday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the motel.
 Morning: First we will have a class on the GRSF Intern/Apprentice Project followed by a Q & A session with the Great River Shakespeare Festival actors at a local venue.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own today. Enjoy your lunch break at one of our many wonderful establishments.
 Afternoon: We know some of you may want to get on the road early but we do hope you will consider staying for an optional performance by the Great River Shakespeare Festival Apprentice Project. Program officially ends after this performance.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Winona, MN Winona Convention and Visitors Bureau
Your guide to Winona. For additional information, visit www.visitwinona.com
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


Hamlet


Author: William Shakespeare


Merry Wives of Windsor


Author: William Shakespeare




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