19901
Virginia

Great Music & Theatre: Staunton Music Festival & American Shakespeare Center

Enjoy great music, theatre and culture in historic Staunton as you learn about the Blackfriars Playhouse, speak with Shakespearian scholars and attend classes with a musicologist!
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Program No. 19901RJ
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Concert
Staunton, VA
D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m. Blackfriars Playhouse is next door to the hotel.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. Please let us know if you'll be arriving after 5:30 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room at 5:30 p.m., we’ll have plated meals with salad, nightly rotating choices of chicken, fish, or pasta plus dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: 6:45 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Tonight the orientation will be cut short because we have a concert, and it will be resumed in the morning. This music and theatre program showcases the Staunton Music Festival and the American Shakespeare Center at venues in downtown Staunton as well as the ASC Blackfriars Playhouse. We'll visit some of Staunton's historic buildings and the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre. Fascinating classes will be taught by gifted musicologists, scholars, and actors. There will also be time to visit some of the many galleries, boutiques, and artisans in Staunton's downtown National Historic District. Concert programs, performers, and venues are subject to change by the Staunton Music Festival. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat. Lunches on several days will be early in order to attend Noon festival concerts. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will 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. At the proper time we will walk next door to the Blackfriars Playhouse to attend our first Staunton Music Festival concert. The complete music festival schedule is available at www.stauntonmusicfestival.com.

DAY
2
Music Festival Overview, Noon Concert, Music Class
Staunton, VA
B,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 5 blocks to/from festival venues. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat. The downtown trolley (exact change only, 25 cents) runs a fixed route and has a limited schedule but at times goes the right way at the right time.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the Southern breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cereal, fruit, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, we will continue and complete our Orientation to the program with our Group Leader here in historic Staunton. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Staunton has experienced a cultural and architectural renaissance. It was designated one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" and called the "poster child" for the Main Street program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Music Festival’s Executive Director will join us for an overview of the Festival program. He will talk about the themes that each concert is built around. We’ll also have a conversation with one of the festival folks such as a composer or performer depending on availability. After a break, we’ll set out on the relatively short walk to the venue for the Noon festival concert. Festival events are scheduled primarily at downtown churches on a rotating basis. The Noon concerts often feature smaller ensembles and are typically 45 minutes to an hour in length.

Lunch: 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. There are a number of restaurants within a few blocks in downtown Staunton.

Afternoon: We’ll gather at one of the downtown churches for a session that might be a chance to meet a visiting composer, or a talk by a visiting musician or scholar on a musical topic, or to listen to a rehearsal of one of the performing groups.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: We will walk five blocks down Beverley, downtown Staunton’s main street, to Trinity Episcopal Church — a historical structure with a walled churchyard and renowned stained-glass windows — where the Festival conducts its evening concerts. Depending on the theme, we might find an orchestra gathered, or the stage packed with early keyboard instruments, or a chorus assembled. Over the length of the Festival there can be both seriousness and also some fun in the programming.

DAY
3
Inside the Festival, Noon Concert, Young Artists, Concert
Staunton, VA
B,L
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 5 blocks to/from festival venues. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat. The downtown trolley (exact change only, 25 cents) runs a fixed route and has a limited schedule but at times goes the right way at the right time.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have a class taught by a musicologist, who will provide an inside view of the music or theme of an upcoming concert (or two), describing what links the different musical works that make up the concert program. We’ll then walk to a festival venue and attend the scheduled Noon concert.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room, lighter fare buffet lunches will include rotating choices such as deli sandwiches, salads, soups, dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: At a downtown church, we will meet one or two of the Festival’s guest artists, who will talk about their careers, preferred composers and styles for performing, or another topic that is important to a person whose life revolves around music.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: We will walk to this evening’s festival venue for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m.

DAY
4
ASC, Backstage at Blackfriars, Concert, Shakespeare Play
Staunton, VA
B,L,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 5 blocks to/from festival venues. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat. Blackfriars Playhouse is next door to the hotel.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We shall spend today with William Shakespeare. For this morning’s class at the hotel, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will illuminate the language, acting, staging, and play-writing of Shakespeare's day. We will walk next door for a presentation and behind-the-scenes exploration of the Blackfriars Playhouse, conducted by staff at American Shakespeare Center. The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre. The Playhouse is a year-round laboratory and performance venue for actors, students and scholars. Shakespeare's works are performed under their original staging conditions: on a simple stage surrounded on three sides by the audience. Thus, actors can see and interact with the audience, the audience can see the actors, and the audience can see each other — recreating the festive sense of community in which patrons of Shakespeare's Blackfriars reveled during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. We’ll then walk to a downtown church and attend the Noon concert.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: At our mid-afternoon class, instructors from the American Shakespeare Center will discuss the evening's play and its performance.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll walk next door from the hotel to Blackfriars Playhouse — the world’s only authentic recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater — and attend the play. Currently scheduled is “As You Like It” directed by the American Shakespeare Center’s co-founder, Ralph Alan Cohen. From the ASC: “To escape death, the extraordinary Rosalind, her brave cousin Celia, and one of Shakespeare’s funniest fools flee into the woods. There, in the bewitching Forest of Arden, they discover shepherds and aristocrats, country folk and lovers — and, ultimately, life, love, joy, and freedom.” More information about the play, its director, and its actors can be found at www.americanshakespearecenter.com.

DAY
5
Preview, Rehearsal, Noon Concert, Free Time, Performance
Staunton, VA
B,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: Walking approximately 5 blocks to/from festival venues. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat. The downtown trolley (exact change only, 25 cents) runs a fixed route and has a limited schedule but at times goes the right way at the right time.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The Festival’s Executive Director will join us at the hotel to introduce the music we will hear in today’s Noon concert. We’ll walk to attend a rehearsal for a performance to be heard later in the program, then walk to the Noon festival concert.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time. This time has been set aside for your 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. There are several Music Festival events you can attend independently. Or, you might like to explore downtown Staunton and historic sites such as the Woodrow Wilson Museum. Or, simply rest and relax.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: We will walk to the musical festival pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. then attend the concert at 7:30 p.m.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Staunton, VA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by Noon

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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