19886
Oregon
A Feast for the Senses: Award-Winning Theatre in Historic Ashland
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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5 nights
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 from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet 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 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. 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
OSF Theatres, Theatre Classes, Wine Tasting
Ashland, OR
B,L,D
Ashland Springs Hotel

Activity note: This program involves standing for up to one hour, climbing a flight of stairs, and walking up to one mile over sidewalks with gradual hills and sometimes uneven terrain.

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. Organic coffee, tea, juice and water will also be provided.

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.

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

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. 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.

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, 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: 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 small sandwiches, small sides, and a beverage.

Afternoon: We will walk to the Thomas Theatre where we'll take in our first performance by OSF, Manahatta. This new play follows Jane Snake, a brilliant young Native American woman with a Stanford MBA who has just taken a job on Wall Street, which is also her ancestral homeland, Manahatta. The play also follows the Lenape Indians and their encounters with Dutch settlers who claim to have purchased the island for $24. This vitally important work written by Mary Kathryn Nagle, a writer, lawyer, activist and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma examines our meaning of identity, ownership and the entire system of American capitalism.

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: 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. This evenings shows are Oklahoma! and Romeo and Juliet.

DAY
4
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 together to a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon 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 Today's matinees are Sense and Sensibility and Manahatta.

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: We will meet in the "Atrium" of the hotel to walk over to Angus Bowmer Theatre to see Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, the musical celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018. Set in the rural town of Claremore in 1906, the musical focuses on the romance of cowboy Curly and a farm girl, Laurey, while a secondary romance concerns cowboy Will and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado. OSF’s production of this much beloved musical is directed by OSF’s Artistic Director, Bill Ruach whose re-interpretation looks at gender and sexuality in a new way while maintaining the integrity of this much-beloved classic. For, in the end, love is about vulnerability, regardless of gender.

DAY
5
Theatre Class, Free time, 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: 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 Today's matinees are Snow in Midsummer and The Way the Mountain Moved.

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: After dinner, we will walk to our third performance, The Book of Will. It is the story of two friends who, after their best friend William Shakespeare has died, want to collect and preserve all of his plays. Doing so, however, is a rollercoaster caper through London involving villains, love stories, and losses. It’s a moving story of relationships and the unique life of a theater company where actors build relationships not only as colleagues on stage but as friends off-stage. This is a new play by Lauren Gunderson, the first female playwright with an original play on the Elizabethan Stage in its 83-year history. 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.

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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