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From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, Everyman of Film, 1950s Musicals

Program Number: 16981RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $745.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Literature; Music Appreciation
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

There is minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

1-25-2015, 2-22-2015

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



Coordinated by Eckerd College.



Political Satire from Mark Twain to Jon Stewart

Political satire focuses on the foibles of politicians and allows us to inject humor into what is frequently not very humorous. Through lectures, writings and TV clips, we’ll examine some of the best American political satirists.



Everyman of Film: Lemmon, Eastwood, and Hanks

Through their films, these three actors became symbols of the American man at his best. They were pillars of moral courage and defenders of traditional values. Learn about their lives and gain appreciation for the "Everyman" image in their films.



Shall We Dance: Musicals of the 1950s

The 1950s brought new sophistication to musical theatre. Strong books heightened with words and music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe, Loesser, Styne, gave new focus to choreography by Robbins and Fosse. Lectures, film clips, live music.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis courts and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, fitness center.

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

Rick Kistner had two careers that could not have been more different. He spent 30 years in law enforcement as a police chief in cities in Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida. At the same time, his performing arts career landed him roles in over 100 stage productions, as well as in films, TV commercials and voice work. Rick has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Dayton, and studied acting under Richard Digby Day at the Eugene Oneill Theatre Center in Connecticut.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, Florida 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the Magnuson is free and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Train
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Amtrak 601 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Fl 33602 Taxi: Bat's Taxi: 727-367-3702 Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
see below
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport: Bat's Taxi: 727-367-3702 Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Bat's Taxi: 727-367-3702 United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
see below

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Tampa Airport Car Rental Avis:800-831-2847 Budget:800-527-0700 Dollar:800-800-4000 Hertz:800-736-8222 Thrifty:800-847-4389 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Alamo:727-530-5491 Avis:727-530-5491 Budget:727-535-5263 Dollar:727-531-3557 Enterprise:727-524-1239 Hertz:727-531-3774

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: Bat's Taxi: 727-367-3702 United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-282-6817

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

Website: supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended, but not necessary

 
Driving Directions
  From North to the Magnuson Hotel I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From South to the Magnuson Hotel I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.25 toll). Take Exit 16 right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  From St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport to the Magnuson Hotel Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  From Tampa International Airport to the Magnuson Hotel I-275 south toward St. Petersburg. You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Sea Level.

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: Welcome and Orientation/Dinner at the hotel
(Sunday, February 22)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN: From 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the meeting room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule that we will review during orientation. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULED TIMES COULD CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room with table service.
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart / Field trip /Evening presentation
(Monday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: LECTURE: Political satire focuses on the foibles of politicians and allows us to inject humor into what is frequently not very humorous. Through lectures, writings and TV clips, our seasoned instructor Joy Katzen-Guthrie will help you examine some of the best American political satirists. Take a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Joy continues exploring the political satirists. EXCURSION: After class, board our motor coach for a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” tour of the local area.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. There is always a selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays. Beverages include hot tea and coffee, juices, milk and soft drinks.
 Evening: Evening Presentation or Activity
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, Everyman of Film / Field Trip / Tai Chi
(Tuesday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: LECTURES: Today Joy will finish her classes on Political Satire. There will be a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Begin the afternoon with a class on Everyman of Film. Through their films, Jack Lemmon, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks became symbols of the American man at his best. They were pillars of moral courage and defenders of traditional values. With our actor/instructor Rick Kistner learn about their lives and gain appreciation for the "Everyman" image in their films. EXCURSION: After class board the bus for an excursion to the St. Petersburg Museum of History for an expert-led tour of the museum's permanent collection and the special exhibit "Imagining la Florida: Juan Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth." The objective of this exhibit is to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of de Leon's discovery and to spread the importance that Spain had in the discovery and in the colonial past of this state; a rich and complex history that, to an extent, is unknown by both countries. The exhibit will let visitors get to know some of the most relevant figures in this chapter in history.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. There is always a selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays. Beverages include hot tea and coffee, juices, milk and soft drinks.
 Evening: Take a break from your classes and enjoy a lesson in T'ai Chi with Eckerd College Professor Hong Gu.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Everyman of Film / Free Time / Evening Presentation
(Wednesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: LECTURE: Rick will continue his classes on "Everyman" with clips and lecture. Take a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Continuation of Everyman of Film. After the lecture, your group leader will introduce you to the many pleasures of downtown St. Pete. This introduction will give you some ideas of how you’ll spend your time during your downtown visit. The group leader can always answer your detailed questions about what to do. Spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying the hotel's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café. There is always a selection of various entrees to choose from in a self-service format with trays. Beverages include hot tea and coffee, juices, milk and soft drinks.
 Evening: Evening Presentation or Movie
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 1950's Musicals / Field trip to downtown St. Petersburg / Live Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: LECTURE: The 1950s brought new sophistication to musical theatre. Strong books heightened with words and music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe, Loesser, Styne, gave new focus to choreography by Robbins and Fosse. With instructor/entertainer/ choreographer Jason Fortner learn about this exciting time in musical theater history. Lectures, film clips, live music. There will be a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on your own. Transportation provided to the waterfront area in downtown St. Petersburg. Take what you learned earlier in the week to enjoy the many things there are to do within walking distance or local trolley ride: museums, shops, movies, galleries, etc.
 Dinner: Tonight’s buffet dinner will be specially prepared and served to you in a private setting on campus.
 Evening: Take a musical trip down memory lane with a local favorite on this last evening of the program
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 1950s Musicals
(Friday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: The buffet in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).
 Morning: Final two classes for 1950's Musicals. Take a short refreshment break between classes.
 Lunch: Lunch in our private dining room with table service.
 Afternoon: Program concludes with lunch today. Thank you for choosing Eckerd College and the Magnuson Hotel for your Road Scholar experience. Hope you enjoyed the week and will come back to see us again soon. Have a safe journey to your next destination.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Suggested Reading List


A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father


Author: Lemmon, Chris


Description: First time in paperback, a very personal portrait of an actor audiences loved, written by his actor son. Jack Lemmon (1925-2001) was one of our most beloved movie stars, a two-time Academy Award winner for Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger. In A Twist of Lemmon, Chris Lemmon shares family tales, intimate father-son conversations, and anecdotes from and about his dad. Joining Chris are first-person tributes from Blake Edwards, Andy Garcia, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Neil Simon, Shirley MacLaine, and Cliff Robertson, among others.



American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood


Author: Eliot, Marc


Description: As an actor, he seduces us with his tough-guy charm. As a director and producer, he amazes us with his artistry and technical savvy. As a Hollywood icon, Clint Eastwood, one of film's greatest living legends, represents some of the finest cinematic achievements in the history of American cinema. In American Rebel, bestselling author and acclaimed film historian Marc Eliot examines the ever-exciting, often-tumultuous arc of Clint Eastwood's life and career. Unlike past biographers, Eliot writes with unflinching candor about Eastwood's highs and lows, his artistic successes and failures, and the fascinating, complex relationship between his life and his craft. Eliot's prodigious research reveals how a college dropout and unambitious playboy rose to fame as Hollywood' s "sexy rebel," eventually and against all odds becoming a star in the Academy pantheon as a multiple Oscar winner. Spanning decades, American Rebel covers the best of Eastwood' s oeuvre, films that have fast become American classics–Fistful of Dollars, Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino. Filled with remarkable insights into Eastwood's personal life and public work, American Rebel is highly entertaining and the most complete biography of one of Hollywood's truly respected and beloved stars–an actor who, despite being the Man with No Name, has left his indelible mark on the world of motion pictures.



Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre


Author: Mordden, Ethan


Description: Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News, which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" (New York Times), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" (Wall Street Journal). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American musical theatre. Anything Goes stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1920s through the 1970s, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational style. He peers with us over Stephen Sondheim's shoulder as he composes at the piano. He places us in a bare rehearsal room as the cast of Oklahoma! changes history by psychoanalyzing the plot in the greatest of the musical's many Dream Ballets. And he gives us tickets for orchestra seats on opening night-raising the curtain on the pleasures of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill and the thrill of Porgy and Bess. Mordden examines the music, of course, but also more neglected elements. Dance was once considered as crucial as song; he follows it from the nineteenth century's zany hoofing to tap "combinations" of the 1920s, from the injection of ballet and modern dance in the 1930s and '40s to the innovations of Bob Fosse. He also explores the changing structure of musical comedy and operetta, and the evolution of the role of the star. Fred Stone, the avuncular Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, seldom varied his acting from part to part; but the versatile Ethel Merman turned the headlining role inside out in Gypsy, playing a character who was selfish, fierce, and destructive. From "ballad opera" to burlesque, from Fiddler on the Roof to Rent, the history and lore of the musical unfolds here in a performance worthy of a standing ovation.



Clint Eastwood, A Life


Author: The Editors of New Word City


Description: Confident and masculine, solitary and moral, Clint Eastwood’s screen persona represents a strain of the American character that is simple, true, and timeless. But Eastwood - though his pictures have grossed billions - is far more than an iconic movie star. He has produced and directed some of the most important films of the last three decades, earning 10 Academy Award nominations and four wins, two each for Best Director and Best Picture. Here, his life and career take center stage.



Jon Stewart: Beyond The Moments Of Zen


Author: Stewart, Jon


Description: Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has been called a “cultural force,” a “fourth branch of government,” and “the most influential man in America.” In this newly expanded, new edition of this pioneering biography, award-winning journalist Bruce Watson charts Stewart’s remarkable rise from a wise-cracking New Jersey comic to a powerful pundit hosting presidents and prime ministers, all with a smirk.



New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer


Author: Maher, Bill


Description: Bill Maher is on the forefront of the new wave of comedians who have begun to influence and shape political debate through their comedy. He is best known not just for being funny, but for advocating truth over sensitivity and taking on the political establishment. Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a controversial bad boy. Bill Maher's popular new HBO television show, Real Time, has put Maher more front and center than ever before. Particularly one regular segment on the show, entitled "New Rules," has been a hit with his ever-growing legion of fans. It is the part of the show during which Maher takes serious aim, bringing all of his intelligence, incisiveness, wit, and his signature exasperation to bear on topics ranging from cell phones ("I don't need my cell phone to take pictures or access the Internet. I just need it to make a phone call. From everywhere! Not just the places it likes!") to fast food ("No McDonald's in hospitals. I'm not kidding!) to the conservative agenda ("Stop claiming it's an agenda. It's not an agenda. It's a random collection of laws that your corporate donors paid you to pass.") His new book, the first since his bestselling When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden, brings these brilliantly conceived riffs and rants to the written page. Appropriately titled New Rules, the book will collect some of the best of the rules derived from previously written material and will also contain substantial new material, including some longer form "editorials"—of course with a twist and bite that only Bill Maher can deliver.



Some Like It Cool: The Charmed Life of Jack Lemmon


Author: Freedland, Michael


Description: 'Some Like It Cool' is the story of Jack Lemmon, perhaps one of the best-loved stars in Hollywood's history. The first biography since his death in 2001, this book focuses not just on Lemmon's career, but also on his private life. It includes the story of his relationship with his mother, a broken first marriage, his drinking, his 'terrible' facelift and his fight with cancer. This is no rags to riches tale as his wealthy father sent him to Harvard where a Columbia Pictures talent scout invited him to Hollywood where the speed of his rise to success and stardom was astonishing. The author, Michael Freedland, who interviewd Lemmon frequently, confesses to being a Lemmon devotee, yet this biography presents a frank and honest account - as well as a celebration - of one of Hollywood's greats.





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