19279
Staunton
American Shakespeare Center: Three Outstanding Performances at Blackfriars
Immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare at Blackfriars Playhouse, a re-creation of the Bard’s original indoor theater, where you’ll go backstage and enjoy performances and talks.
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Program No. 19279RJ
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4 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Staunton, VA
D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Afternoon: Welcome to the Queen City of Staunton and to your superb accommodations at the full-service Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Register for your room at the hotel lobby desk between 4:00 and 5:00 pm and look for our Road Scholar table in the lobby to register for your program. Please let us know if you will not be arriving until after 5:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: Orientation and introductions in our classroom in the hotel.

DAY
2
Classes, Behind-the-Scenes at the Playhouse, Performance
Staunton, VA
B,L,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Shakespeare for pleasure? That's just what this program is! All of his works tell great stories, with multidimensional characters that we can relate to and situations that are still relevant today. You'll find that you won't have any problems at all with the language and you'll understand how Shakespeare's invention of new words and phrases became the basis for modern English. This exciting program includes 3 plays performed at the one-of-a-kind Blackfriars Playhouse--a re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater, in-depth study of the plays, language, text, stagecraft and history with directors and other Shakespeare scholars from the American Shakespeare Center. Performance titles will be announced when they become available. There's also time to discover the delightful city of Staunton, its five historic districts and the restaurants, boutiques and bookstores that grace its downtown district. We'll have most meals at the hotel, but one dinner will be at a local restaurant, and you'll have one dinner on your own for which you have a bevy of choices in Staunton's myriad of restaurants. We make every attempt to abide by the schedule presented below, but sometimes instructors' availability requires us to rearrange your classes. Although this rarely happens, the American Shakespeare Center reserves the right to change the scheduled titles, dates and times of plays. Class this morning is an introduction to the program and Shakespeare's bio-history as actor and playwright. Learn about his London years, the companies and theaters he worked for, and their practices, successes and controversies. After class we'll go back-stage at the Blackfriars Playhouse to talk with actors, directors, choreographers and other personnel.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: Class: Learn about Shakespeare's language and text, and be introduced to the play for the performance this evening. You'll also have a little free time to discover the charms of Staunton. Your hotel is located just one short block from Staunton's main street (Beverley) and its shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: We'll walk next door from the hotel to Blackfriars Playhouse for our first performance. Curtain time is usually 7:30 pm.

DAY
3
Classes, Performance at Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
B,L
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Class this morning is led by an American Shakespeare Center staff educator, and will typically cover subjects such as interpreting texts, actors' movement, or staging matters.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: Class: Study and discussion of tonight's play.

Dinner: Dinner on your own allows you to explore the variety of restaurants in Staunton. You can also purchase dinner at the hotel if you'd rather stay in.

Evening: We'll attend our second performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

DAY
4
Classes, Performance at Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
B,L,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Classes on a subjects such as Renaissance theater and Shakespeare's stagecraft.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: Class: Final lecture, discussion of plays (including tonight's play), and the experience as a whole

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant or in the hotel dining room. If the latter: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: Attend our third performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

DAY
5
Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
Staunton, VA
B

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll gather for a brief wrap-up to the program. Program ends after the session. Hotel check-out by 11:00 am.