19886
Oregon
A Feast for the Senses: Award-Winning Theatre in Historic Ashland
See what Ashland is famous for at three Shakespeare festival productions, then discover the city’s thriving art, food and wine scenes through the eyes of local artisans.
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12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
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, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

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: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome 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 any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. The 2017 performances will be announced in November 2016. Check back later for updated performance information! The 2017 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is packed full of comedy, tragedy, adventure, and more. On this program, we’ll have a unique perspective of this Tony Award-winning theatre company. An OSF actor will prepare us for each of the three performances we’ll see, and bring in special guests straight off the stages of OSF. Courses taught by OSF company members and local experts will integrate behind-the-scenes aspects of the theatre such as costuming, set design, make-up, music, directing, and more. In addition to its nationally-recognized theatre company, we’ll also experience the quaint town of Ashland. 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
OSF Theatres, Winery & Wine Tasting, OSF Shop, Evening Class
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to several blocks at a time; may need to stand for long periods during theater visit and winery visit. Ashland is built on a hill, so participants may need to walk uphill for several blocks.

Breakfast: In the hotel’s Palm Room, we’ll enjoy a buffet with items including cinnamon rolls, scones, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, and yogurt, plus organic coffee, tea, juice, water.

Morning: An OSF company member will meet us to lead an informative “walk and talk” created by OSF especially for Road Scholar. We’ll explore OSF’s three theatres: the indoor Angus Bowmer and Thomas theatres, and the outdoor Elizabethan theatre. We’ll also 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. Next, we’ll board our private motorcoach to explore Oregon’s oldest grape-growing wine region and visit a local winery. At the winery, we’ll learn from the vintner and other staff involved in growing grapes and production about how the unique terroir of the Rogue Valley produces the conditions for a wide range of popular grape varietals. We’ll conclude with wine tasting.

Lunch: At the winery, enjoy a catered buffet luncheon with salad, entrée, dessert, lemonade, water; additional wine available for purchase.

Afternoon: As we ride back to Ashland, take in the beautiful views as we return to Ashland. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, it enjoys a warmer and drier climate than the rest of Oregon reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Enjoying a long growing season, the Rogue Valley is a hotspot for agriculture including numerous vineyards, fruits, and nuts. Then we’ll meet another company member who will take us through one of the OSF production shops to see some of the work that goes into putting on Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s productions. Depending on schedules at the time of the program. We might get a glimpse of the costume shop, scene shop, or learn about lighting design.

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
OSF 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; some walking uphill.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Learn more about aspects of OSF productions with members of the company, instructors from Southern Oregon University, visiting and local experts. 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, the performances we’ll attend, lead review discussions, and introduce us more actors or company members from the OSF stages.

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: After lunch we will head back to our classroom for another lecture by an expert in local 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.

Evening: This evening we take in our first OSF performance, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Sir John Falstaff — reappearing from the Henry IV plays — is up to his usual antics. In an attempt to gain income for himself, he writes identical love letters to Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, aiming to gain access to their husbands’ wealth. The wives quickly discern his intents and decide to teach Falstaff a lesson. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s daughter, Anne, finds herself as the center of romantic pursuit. A hilarious battle of the wits ensues. This play is performed, rain or shine, in the oldest outdoor Elizabethan Theatre in the United States, the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Pillows and blankets can be rented at the theatre for an additional cash fee. Autumn outdoor productions are susceptible to seasonal weather. Participants are asked to bring appropriate layers, including coats and blankets.

DAY
4
OSF Theatre Class, Free Time, OSF Performance
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 to a local favorite for lunch.

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 attend our second OSF performance, THE ODYSSEY. In Ithaca, Penelope has been waiting 10 years for the return of her husband since the end of the Trojan War. She vows to stay true to Odysseus until his burial shroud is finished. But suitors still plague her. Meanwhile, on the island of Ogygia, Odysseus is alive and well, but trapped by the vengeful nymph Calypso. This play tells a story of a family’s struggle to remain faithful and strong while facing insurmountable odds. This play is performed, rain or shine, in the oldest outdoor Elizabethan Theatre in the United States, the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Pillows and blankets can be rented at the theatre for an additional cash fee. Autumn outdoor productions are susceptible to seasonal weather. Participants are asked to bring appropriate layers, including coats and blankets.

DAY
5
OSF Theatre Class, OSF Performance, Farewell Dinner
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: Tonight we will take in our final 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: 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: 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
6
OSF 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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