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The Shaw Festival: Extraordinary Theater and Nature in Niagara

Program Number: 10396RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/10/2015 - 8/14/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/18/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Niagara Falls (Ontario), Ontario
Price starting at: $1,345.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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

8-10-2015

Includes tickets for three performances at the Shaw Festival: You Never Can Tell, Sweet Charity and Light up the Sky.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



9-14-2015

Includes tickets for three performances at the Shaw Festival: Sweet Charity, You Never Can Tell and Light up the Sky.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



10-5-2015

Includes tickets for three performances at the Shaw Festival: Pygmalion, Sweet Charity and Light up the Sky.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.




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:
Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in Niagara Falls. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. Orientation at 4:30 at the hotel. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara) that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Contact hotel directly to enquire about parking.
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
 

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

   

If you purchased airfare through Road Scholar, you’ll receive free round-trip airport transfers to get you to and from your program. You will receive detailed information regarding the transfer approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. If you did not purchase airfare through Road Scholar, you will be responsible for making your own way to and from the airport. Please review the suggested options below.

 

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/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Monday, August 10)

Note: If you are interested in buying tickets for additional Shaw plays you can check availability at the Box Office when we arrive each morning. Prior to your arrival in Niagara you can call 1-800-511-7429 or visit SHAWFEST.COM



   
 Arrive To: Arrivals and transfers to Niagara alls in the afternoon; check-in to the hotel after 3:00 p.m. Registration between 3:30 - 4:30 at the Hotel Bar with a group welcome at 4:30 for program overview, introductions and question period. 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 6:30 p.m.
 Evening: Evening at leisure. The nightly illumination of the Falls is from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight.



We don’t stop playing because we grow old: we grow old because we stop playing.....G. Bernard Shaw

   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Shaw Festival Theatre Backstage/Matinee Theatre Performance - You Never Can Tell
(Tuesday, August 11)

Note: Some stairs are encountered when we go backstage. Assistive Listening Devices for the theatre performance are available in the lobby for a $2.00 fee. They can be used with and without hearing aids. We recommend that you reserve these devices during our morning break or before lunch.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room starting at 7:30 a.m. Participants dine at own convenience. Breakfast vouchers are provided at check-in.
 Morning: On our first day at the Shaw Festival there will be a welcome on introduction to the festival. Then go backstage at the Festival Theatre (main theatre) with Shaw docents to get a behind the scenes peek at the inner workings of a theatre. We will have a presentation in the Festival Library about the history of the Shaw Festival with Dr. Leonard Conolly, Shaw Scholar.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Theatre tickets will be distributed during lunch.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we attend a matinee performance at the Royal George Theatre - You Never Can Tell. In one of Shaw’s most light-hearted plays, we meet Mrs Clandon and her three children, twins Dolly and Phillip and Gloria, her prototype of the modern woman. They have just returned to England after 18 years on the island of Madeira and are readjusting to British life at a summer resort. The children have no idea who their father is and, through a comedy of errors, end up inviting him to a family lunch.



Meanwhile, a dentist named Valentine falls for Gloria whose ideals don’t include marriage. And through it all, the friendly waiter William dispenses wisdom with the phrase “You never can tell.” Part of Shaw’s collection called Plays Pleasant, the play’s family mishaps and romantic skirmishes still resonate in today’s battle of the sexes.



Following the performance we will visit a local winery, Jackson Triggs Winery, for a tour and tasting.

 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 - Sweet Charity
(Wednesday, August 12)

Note: If you make a purchase in the Shaw Gift Shop (The SHAWP) be sure to present your theatre ticket to receive a 15% discount on your purchase.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: Presentations at the Shaw Festival with guest speakers this morning will include a look at the music of Sweet Charity and other aspects of the Shaw Festival.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: A presentation after lunch will provide an introduction to the play we are seeing today. Attend a matinee performance at the Festival Theatre - Sweet Charity. Experience the bold and colourful world of 1960s New York through the eyes of Charity Hope Valentine. The dance hall hostess dreams of a brighter future but she can’t help but give her heart to all the wrong guys. Then she meets the meek but sweet Oscar Lindquist when they get trapped in an elevator. Could he be the man to change Charity’s luck and take her off the market as a heart-for-hire? Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields’ bright music and dance numbers like ‘Big Spender’ and ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now,’ paired with a book by Neil Simon made this a Broadway hit when it premiered in 1966.



Following the performance we will have a post show chat with ensemble members from Sweet Charity.

 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shaw Seminar/Botanical Gardens/Evening Theatre Performance - Light Up The Sky.
(Thursday, August 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: Enjoy a Shaw seminar and presentations including a look at the set and costume design for today's performance with the Shaw's design director William Schmuck.
 Lunch: Lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake
 Afternoon: Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens were 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.



Enjoy a video and brief 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!

 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Queenston Heights.
 Evening: This evening we attend a performance of Light Up The Sky at the Festival Theatre. Playwright Moss Hart was one of Broadway’s biggest stars who co-wrote the hit comedies You Can’t Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner. This play is his comic love letter to the theatre world. A new play is about to have its first out-of-town tryout and assembled in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton are the leading lady, the naive playwright, the emotional director, the vulgar producer and his ice-skater wife. Everything is love and kisses and toasts to the “magic time” of theatre. But when they return to the hotel after the show, things aren’t quite as rosy.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn by the Falls (Niagara)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Program Concludes/Departures
(Friday, August 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room. Participants dine at own convenience.
 Morning: Departures after breakfast as per individual travel plans. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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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