19884
Oregon
The Bard and Beyond: A Backstage Pass to Award-Winning Theatre
Attend three award-winning shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and enrich your experience and appreciation of the productions through lectures, tours and discussions.
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5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Theatre Class
Ashland, OR
D
Ashland Hills Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. The walk from the hotel room to the Meeting may be outside over rolling terrain and up to 1.5 blocks.

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: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. This program is staffed by both a Group Leader and Instructors who are either members of the OSF Company or local experts. Your program includes tickets to three performances. Transportation to and from the hotel to downtown theatres will be via motorcoach with steps up and down, unless specified otherwise. Walking between hotel rooms and the meeting / breakfast rooms is approximately 2 blocks. Tours will require standing for up to one hour. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings and afternoons at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending additional performances on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local circumstances or conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for understanding. We’ll close the evening with a class and discussion led by a theatre expert. Subjects vary according to the themes and plays we will be seeing this week. Some possible topics include: costume design, stage management, Shakespearean language, literary history, and the development of a role.

DAY
2
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) Tours, Theatre Classes
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: 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.

DAY
3
Theatre Classes, OSF Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L
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), plus 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: We'll see our first performance, Othello. Directed by OSF’s Artistic Director, Bill Rauch who describes the play as “Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy.” It is a profound portrait of society navigating difference and jealousy.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost. Explore the unique cuisine of the area. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Choose one of the more than 80 restaurants in Ashland, ranging from sushi or traditional pub fare to fine dining.

Evening: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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. Tonight's performances are Oklahoma! and Romeo and Juliet (in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre).

DAY
4
Theatre Classes, Free Time, OSF Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
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 and SOU, as well as 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: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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. Today's matinees are Snow in Midsummer and Manahatta.

Dinner: Catered at the hotel.

Evening: Tonight we'll take in our second OSF performance, The Way the Mountain Moved -- playwright Idris Goodwin’s fictionalized take on a historical survey team of soldiers, artists and scientists who went out into the west to survey the landscape and assess the feasibility of a transcontinental railroad. They’re learning the landscape which they know they will alter. The playwright describes the work as “a slightly magical meditation on the cost of progress.” Directed by May Adrales, who is based in New York City and has just been named the Associate Artistic Director of Milwaukie Rep.

DAY
5
Theatre Classes, Farewell Dinner, OSF 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: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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. Today's matinees are Oklahoma! and Henry V.

Dinner: Catered final buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Tonight we will experience our final OSF performance, Kate Hamill's playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility. This humorous play exposes the power of gossip and our reactions to societal pressures in delightful ways and bold theatricality. Directed by Hana S. Sharif Baltimore Center Stage a debut director of OSF. The play is in the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre.

DAY
6
Theatre Class, 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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