19886
Oregon

A Feast for the Senses: Ashland & the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

See what Ashland is famous for by attending three performances, and discover the city’s thriving art, food and wine scenes through the eyes of local artisans.
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Program No. 19886RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 4 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Lecture
Ashland, OR
D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check in is available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet. This contains your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 pm. The Group Leader will welcome everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures (including contact numbers for key staff) and answer questions. 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. We will walk to and from the hotel to the theatres and restaurants (some with steps up and down, unless specified otherwise). Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 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.

Dinner: In our private dining room at the hotel, we’ll gather for a buffet with a selection of local cuisine, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase at the hotel bar.

Evening: We'll close the evening with a class led by a theatre expert. Subjects vary according to schedules and availability at the time of the program. Possible topics 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
2
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tastings, Expert Lecture
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 45 miles, approximately 1.5 hours round trip. Walking up to several blocks at a time on sidewalks, gradual hills and sometimes uneven terrain. May need to stand for long periods during winery visit.

Breakfast: In the hotel’s Palm Room, we’ll enjoy a buffet with items including pastries, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, and yogurt. Organic coffee, tea, juice and water will also be provided.

Morning: We will board our motorcoach and begin our "feast" day with a visit to local chocolatier. With the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival every spring, Ashland is home to a variety of chocolate makers and confectioneries. Here, we will have the chance to learn about the production process, hear the history of artisan chocolate in the Rogue Valley, and taste a variety of treats. Following our visit, we will board our motorcoach and travel to Central Point's Artisan Corridor for a visit to Rogue Creamery. Well-know for their creamy blue and cheddar cheeses, Rogue Creamery was dubbed the winner of the World's Best Cheese award at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Italy. We will have the chance to taste some of their award-winning cheeses and see firsthand how the cheese is made with a look inside the cheddar production room.

Lunch: At the creamery, we will enjoy a lunch of fresh grilled-cheese sandwiches with choice of non-alcoholic beverages; additional beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll board our private motorcoach to explore Oregon’s oldest grape-growing region and visit a local winery. At the winery, we’ll learn from the vintner and other staff involved in grape production about how the unique terrain of the Rogue Valley produces the conditions for a wide range of popular grape varietals. We’ll conclude with a wine tasting. After our tasting, we will board the motorcoach and return to the hotel where we will listen to another lecture given by a local expert. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to explore the city with free time.

Dinner: At a local favorite restaurant, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with appetizer, entrée chosen from a select menu, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Returning to our hotel meeting room, 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 Class, Free Time, OSF Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Walking several blocks up to 1/4 mile, to restaurants and theater; may need to stand for long periods, some walking uphill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: From a local expert, learn about the various aspects of OSF productions. Subjects vary according to schedules and availability at the time of the program. We’ll continue the conversation and catch any announcements from our Group Leader during a brief break. Our second morning class — Theatre Reflections — will be taught by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, who will meet with us daily to provide context for the theater experience and performances we’ll attend. She will also lead review discussions, and introduce us to more actors or company members from the OSF stages.

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: 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.

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.

Evening: We will meet in the hotel lobby to walk to the Thomas Theatre, where we will see "Everything that Never Happened." This new-take on Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” explores everything that you didn’t see happen between Jessica, Shylock, Lorenzo and Gobbo. Written by Sarah B. Mantell and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, this production takes a poignant look at anti-Semitism, family, love and humanity in an imaginative and complex retelling.

DAY
4
Theatre Class, OSF Performance, Free Time
Ashland, OR
B,L
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Walking several blocks up to 1/2 mile, to restaurants and theater; some walking uphill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Back in our meeting room, we’ll learn more about OSF and theatre from members of the company, instructors from Southern Oregon University, or visiting and local experts. Subjects vary according to schedules and availability at the time of the program. We’ll have a brief mid-morning break then resume with our Theatre Reflections class. Our OSF actor instructor will lead another in-depth discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. Today, we’ll also hear from a special guest.

Lunch: We will walk together to a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will meet in the hotel lobby to walk to the Angus Bowmer Theatre, where we will see "The Copper Children." This world premiere, American Revolutions commissioned play, written by Karen Zacarias and directed by Shariffa Ali, takes an unapologetic look at the true history of “orphan trains” in the United States. “The Copper Children” explores the decades-long practice of transporting immigrant children to homes in the West that resulted in a sensational custody case that reshaped laws in our nation.

Dinner: This meal has also been excluded from the program cost. You are on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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.

DAY
5
Theatre Class, Free Time, Farewell Dinner, OSF Performance
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Walking several blocks up to 1/2 mile, to restaurants and theater; some walking uphill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll return to the hotel meeting room 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: Walking to a local Ashland restaurant, we’ll order our entrées from a select menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

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.

Dinner: We will walk to a local Ashland restaurant where we will enjoy a farewell dinner ordered from a select menu including an entrée and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: This evening we will meet in the hotel lobby to walk to the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, where we will see "The Tempest," directed by Nicholas C. Avila. This late romance takes place on a mystical island where Prospero has been exiled with his daughter. Filled with storms, shipwrecks and the supernatural, this story touches on themes of power, betrayal, revenge and family as it explores the complexities of human nature.

DAY
6
Theatre Class, Program Concludes
Ashland, OR
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll gather for our final Theatre Reflections class to review the week's performances and meet another special guest. 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. This concludes our program. 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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