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Backstage at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company Plus Three Performances

Program Number: 8258RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 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: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Meet theatrical professionals and go behind the scenes to see firsthand how the magic happens at the Asolo's 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, 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

2-22-2015, 2-28-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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 wireless high speed Internet, iron/board, coffee maker and fitness center. 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.americinn.com/hotels/FL/Sarasota?
  Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, alarm clock, voice mail, free wireless 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 for up to two passengers.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

They use executive town cars and SUVs, please ask for Rick. This will be your least expensive option from Tampa. Advanced reservations are a must!

 

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
(Sunday, February 15)

Note: All activities take place at the hotel today.



   
 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.
 Afternoon: 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.
 Dinner: Dinner will be (catered in by local restaurant) at the hotel at 6:00pm. We offer vegetarian and gluten free meals. If you only dine on fish, chicken or are lactose intolerant, please list on your form. Please fill out your Personal Health & Information Form and return to us in a timely manner, to ensure a pleasant stay.
 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/Clowning history of Sarasota/Asolo Play Reader's Guild performance
(Monday, February 16)

Note: All classes and the play reading are held at the hotel. 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 sausage, turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, cottage 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 "tba" & "tba," plays 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 brochure web address is in your information. Also you can just type in the web www.StArmandsCircle.com and it will show you all of the restaurants for the dinner on your own night. Group Leader/hosts have copies of menus to look at during the week.

 Lunch: Lunch will be catered in at the hotel.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: When available we have a clown that gives an entertaining overview of clowning and circus history in Sarasota.

OPTIONAL DVD PRESENTATION: View a Three-Ring Circus Documentary.

Relax for the rest of the afternoon.

 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 3: Full day at Ringling Museum Complex/Evening performance "Both Your Houses," at the Asolo Theatre
(Tuesday, February 17)

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. 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 sausage, turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, cottage 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: Experience “Both Your Houses,” by Maxwell Anderson at the Asolo Theatre. Imagine a divided Congress. Imagine lawmakers more interested in lining their own pockets than serving the national interest. Imagine an idealistic young Congressman determined to expose the corruption by introducing a bill so stuffed with pork it is sure to oink itself to death. Will his fight cost him the support of his peers, his constituents, and the woman he loves — who just happens to be the daughter of the Appropriations Committee chairman? A comic masterpiece that could have been pulled straight from today’s headlines, this marvelous political satire is as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Colorful characters, sharp wit and glorious wisecracks reminiscent of 1930s screwball comedies add to the fun and fury.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Backstage look at the Asolo Theatre, then a matinee performance of "The Matchmaker," at the Asolo Theatre.
(Wednesday, February 18)

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. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.

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.



   
 Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of sausage, turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, regular coffee, decaf and tea.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Actor from one of the plays talk with group.

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: Box lunch at the Asolo Theatre.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a matinee performance of “The Matchmaker,” by Peter Amster. With his eye firmly fixed on the bottom line, wealthy hat merchant Horace Vendergelder can’t see the value of love, even as he searches for a wife. But he gets more than he bargains for when he employs the services of matchmaker Mrs. Dolly Levi. Mistaken identities, near misses and a wild romp through late 19th Century New York City flow through this madcap comic adventure like vintage champagne. The uproarious comedy that inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!, Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker proves that sometimes money can buy happiness.
 Dinner: (If you do not wish to dine at St. Armands Circle, after participants are dropped off you can be returned directly to the hotel.) A reservation on the bus is required 24 hrs in advance for this complimentary service provided by the Friendship Centers.

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: EXCURSION: Continue your exploration on St. Armands Circle.
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lectures on theatre and preview of the musical, "Title of Show," participants will see this evening. Dinner will be at an area restaurant.
(Thursday, February 19)

Note: 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 sausage, turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, assorted juices, plus coffee, regular coffee, decaf and tea.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Introduction to Theatre II with theatre expert.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Introduction to the musical, "Title of Show," and talkback on "Both Your Houses."
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Talkback on "The Matchmaker."

FREE AFTERNOON

 Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: The music and lyrics are by Jeff Bowen and the book was written by Hunter Bell enjoy this performance at the Asolo Theatre. “Title of Show,” is a musical sensation both off and on Broadway, where it has won three Obie Awards and a Tony nomination for best book. This hilarious and often bittersweet play focuses on two struggling young artists and their two friends who race to write a successful piece in just three weeks, resulting in the very musical the audience is seeing!
   
Accommodations: AmericInn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Presentation by Asolo Costume designer and talkback on "Title of Show," by theatre maven. Program ends after lunch.
(Friday, February 20)

Note: All activities are at the hotel today.



   
 Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-10:00am an enhanced continental breakfast will be served buffet style in the hotel lobby. The continental breakfast consists of sausage, turkey sausage, omelettes, oatmeal, sausage biscuits & gravy, muffins, English muffins & assorted breads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, homemade waffles, Danish, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, cottage 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 designing from head to toe.

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

PRESENTATION: Talkback on "Title of Show," seen yesterday and Art of Performance.

 Lunch: A box lunch is offered on Fridays to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Box lunches will be available at 10:00am. Please fill out the box lunch form with three choices for this lunch and return to your group leader on Sunday night. 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.sarasotafl.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.



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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