19884
Ashland
The Bard and Beyond: A Backstage Pass to Award-Winning Theatre
Learn about the life of a theater player, enjoy an expert-led walk of the stage and experience three award-winning shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Intro to Ashland, OR
Ashland, OR
D
Ashland Hills Hotel

Activity note: The location of this program is at the Ashland Hills Hotel. There will be a charter bus to/from the campus and downtown theatres. There will be minimal walking via covered walkway between the hotel rooms and the breakfast/meeting rooms. Ashland is on an incline so some walking up/downhill may be necessary.

Dinner: In our hotel meeting room, we’ll enjoy a catered buffet with a variety of fresh options including salad, chef choice entrée, side dishes, and dessert, coffee, tea, and water.

Evening: Enjoy an evening at leisure to familiarize yourself with Ashland, Oregon. If you would like to attend additional Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800) 219-8161.

DAY
2
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), Production Insight, Class
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Hills Hotel

Activity note: Activity Level for Day: Moderate. 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!

Breakfast: 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.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Catered in our meeting room at the hotel.

Evening: We’ll take in another class this evening with a theatre expert. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the costume design process, the life of an actor, how the stage manager runs the show, Shakespearean language and literary history, or how an actor researches a role.

DAY
3
Theatre Classes, OSF Matinee Performance, Evening Class
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Hills Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: In our classroom at the hotel, we’ll learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, Southern Oregon University (SOU), and visiting and local experts. We’ll continue the conversation and catch any announcements from our Group Leader during a brief break. Our second morning class, called “Theatre Reflections,” will be taught by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, who will meet with us daily to provide context for the week’s theater experience, prepare us for the performances we’ll see, lead review discussions, and introduce us to more actors straight from the OSF stages.

Lunch: We'll have a catered lunch in the hotel with a hearty fresh salad and protein along with coffee, tea, and water.

Afternoon: At leisure to explore the wonders of Southern Oregon. You might also stroll through the beautiful parks of Ashland, visit the many galleries and shops downtown, or sample your way through the region’s handful of the wineries. Or visit the nearby towns of Medford, Central Point, or Jacksonville, an old gold-rush mining town registered as a National Historic Landmark. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. If you want to attend other Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800) 219-8161.

Dinner: Catered at the hotel.

Evening: Tonight we'll take in our first OSF performance, OFF THE RAILS. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” this production is set in the Old West. When Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show comes to town, the locals catch the acting bug and believe they are destined for stardom. Written by a Native American writer, this tells a story of forbidden love between a Pawnee teenager and an Irish-American when crossing heritage lines was punishable by death. Infused with humor and music, this is a play to make you laugh and cry. This play is performed in OSF’s larger indoor theatre, the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

DAY
4
Theatre Classes, Free Time, OSF Evening Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L
Ashland Hills Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, SOU, and visiting and local experts. We’ll enjoy a brief mid-morning break before today’s “Theatre Reflections” class. This week’s OSF actor instructor will return for another in-depth discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. Today, we’ll also hear from a special guest.

Lunch: Catered at the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will take in our second Shakespeare OSF performance, HENRY IV, PART 1. The main plot of “Henry IV, Part 1” is power, honor and rebellion. King Henry IV is not enjoying his reign and feels threatened by opposition. Meanwhile his son — Prince Hal — is living a dissolute life in taverns with shady characters including his gang’s leader, Sir John Falstaff, whom he enjoys pulling pranks on to pass the time. When opposition to King Henry turns into open rebellion, Hal must improve his behavior and act as prince alongside his father. This play is performed in OSF’s newest and most intimate theatre, the indoor Thomas Theatre.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Choose one of the more than 80 restaurants in Ashland, with cuisine ranging from sushi or traditional pub fare to fine dining.

Evening: At leisure to explore the wonders of Southern Oregon. You might also stroll through the beautiful parks of Ashland, visit the many galleries and shops downtown, or sample your way through the region’s handful of the wineries. Or visit the nearby towns of Medford, Central Point, or Jacksonville, an old gold-rush mining town registered as a National Historic Landmark. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. If you want to attend other Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows on your own, we recommend advance reservations. Call OSF’s box office directly at (800) 219-8161.

DAY
5
Theatre Classes, Farewell Dinner, OSF Evening Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Hills Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll return to to the classroom for our two morning classes, including a brief break with our Group Leader. After the break, at today’s “Theatre Reflections” class, our OSF actor instructor will be accompanied by another special guest.

Lunch: Catered at the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll have another lecture in our classroom. Class topics vary each week and are taught by local instructors from the OSF company, SOU, and visiting and local experts.

Dinner: Catered final buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Tonight we will attend our final OSF performance, JULIUS CAESAR. Shakespeare based the tragedy of Julius Caesar on true events from Roman history. In 44 B.C., Caesar returns from war to a spontaneous celebration among the commoners, a reaction that the political elite want to end. Soon Brutus, a close friend of Caesar’s, and Cassius, a long-time foe of Caesar’s, find themselves at a similar conclusion: Caesar must die for the good of the republic. Yet Caesar’s influence lives on beyond his assassination on March 15, and Brutus struggles between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship. This play is performed in OSF’s larger indoor theatre, the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

DAY
6
Theatre Classes with OSF Company Members, Program Concludes
Ashland, OR
B

Activity note: Hotel Check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: In our classroom, we’ll take in our final “Theatre Reflections” class. Our OSF actor instructor will also provide a glimpse of the festival’s upcoming season. Before we head home, we’ll share our favorite moments from the program with our instructor, Group Leader, and each other. We'll wrap up the programming by 10:45am.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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