Behind the Curtain: A Weekend in A Theatre Lover’s Paradise
Experience a haven of theater as you attend two shows, learn about production and design and speak with actors and experts at the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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Program No. 19885RJ
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4 days
3 nights
8 meals
3 B 2 L 3 D
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Oregon Shakespeare Fest
Ashland, OR
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, plus dessert, coffee, tea, and water.

Evening: Introduction to Ashland, Oregon: A local expert will join us in our meeting room to introduce us to the small community of Ashland, tucked between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains. In addition to being home to the award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland also boasts a wealth of art galleries, restaurants, chocolate shops, a cabaret theatre, and a spirit of community that will happily welcome you.

Theatre Classes, OSF Matinee Performance, Free Time
Ashland, OR
Ashland Hills Hotel

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: 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: This afternoon we will attend our first OSF performance, HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO. Hannah finds two things inside a FedEx box: a wish and a suicide note. Within weeks of becoming a board-certified neurologist, Hannah tracks the package to Seoul, discovering that her South Korean grandmother decided to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of her retirement home, and accidentally ending up on the wrong side — straight into the Demilitarized Zone. Her family joins her journey that descends into comic chaos, and includes bizarre twists and turns involving fairy tales as well as the ghost of Kim Jong-Il. In this dark, yet fresh and whimsical comedy, Hannah is forced to confront the intricacies of a culture and heritage she never really knew. This play is performed in OSF’s newest and most intimate theatre, the indoor Thomas Theatre.

Dinner: Catered at the hotel.

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 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.

Theatre Classes, OSF Matinee Performance, Farewell Dinner
Ashland, OR
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: 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.

Dinner: Catered final dinner at the hotel.

Evening: This evening we'll attend our second 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.

Theatre Class with OSF Company Members, Program Concludes
Ashland, OR

Activity note: Hotel Check-out by 11:00 am

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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