Today we’ll be on our feet exploring the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus. Some activities may include standing for long periods of time and walking several blocks through town. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!
In the hotel's breakfast room on the mezzanine, we'll have a breakfast buffet with hot and cold options including make-your-own pancakes, hard-boiled eggs, hot and cold cereals, fruit, breads, toast, bagels, and pastries, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, and water.
A company member will lead an informative “walk and talk” as we explore OSF’s three theatres - the indoor Angus Bowmer and Thomas theatres, and the outdoor Elizabethan theatre. In this field trip created especially for Road Scholar by the OSF, we’ll learn about the festival from its evolution as a regional production of two shows in 1935 to today’s award-winning annual calendar of eleven performances.
In one of Ashland’s popular meeting spots, we’ll enjoy a picnic boxed lunch from a favorite local deli, including sandwiches, small sides, and a beverage.
We’ll meet another company member, who will take us through one of the OSF production shops to see the work that goes into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s productions. We might get a glimpse of the costume shop, or learn about lighting design. Next, we’ll return to the hotel for a class led by a theatre expert. Class topics vary each week; subjects may include how the casting process works, the implementation of a play for the modern stage in dramaturgy, incorporating dance in theatre productions, or how actors learn dialects for the stage.
Catered in our meeting room at the hotel.
After dinner, we’ll have a class led by a theatre expert. Subjects vary according to schedules and availability at the time of the program. Some possibilities might include learning about the costume design process, how the stage manager runs the show, Shakespearean language and literary history, the life of an actor, or how an actor researches a role.