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North Carolina

Curtain Up! Broadway Musicals in the ‘Land of the Sky’

Experience the love of Broadway music in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With an expert in show tunes at the piano, get a behind-the-scenes view of musical theater and its glorious history.
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Program No. 22396RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Orientation
Montreat, NC
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Assembly Inn

Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Registration for our program will be from 4 - 5:30 in the lower lobby. Spend some time walking around the lovely grounds. Concrete and gravel paths surround Lake Susan... or venture out with your map to explore the campus.

Dinner: Join us for a scrumptious dinner in the Galax Dining Room, located on the first floor of the Assembly Inn. A full salad bar, choice of two different entrées, vegetables, rolls/bread, fruit and dessert will tempt your taste buds and your appetite. Sweet/unsweetened tea, milk, coffee, hot water w/ tea or cold water at our beverage stations. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall (also in the Assembly Inn). We'll spend some time giving you some history and orientation to this special place, reviewing the schedule for the week, and you'll have an opportunity to meet and hear from your instructors. We know you're tired from your travels, so our evening with end around 8 p.m. with some "get to know you" activities. Refreshments, Fellowship/games and puzzles await those who desire to stay up a little later.

DAY
2
The Beginnings (1860-1927), walk around Montreat, fun evening program
Montreat, NC
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Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Whether you like muffins, pancakes or waffles, bacon or sausage, grits or oatmeal, biscuits and gravy or a bowl of cereal and some fruit, breakfast in the Galax Dining Room, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. is sure to please! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Morning: The Beginnings (1860-1927). We start with the inspiration of musicals from across the Atlantic, musicals such as the "Pirates of Penzance" by Gilbert and Sullivan along with the "Merry Widow" with the music of Franz Lehar. We also encounter rising composers on the American scene such Victor Herbert and the American icon George M. Cohan. Other great musicians of this era include the George and Ira Gershwin team, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Sigmund Romberg. We'll have a mid-morning break for refreshments and fellowship.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. The lunch menu varies each day, but normally features a salad bar, sandwich fixings, soup, and a yummy (light) dessert to top it off.

Afternoon: Our afternoon class with Michael Ruiz continues to focus on the wonderful beginnings of Broadway. Around 3:30 p.m., there will be a Walk Around Montreat (guided tour of grounds) or free time

Dinner: Ready for another yummy dinner? 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Evening program (entertainment), from 7:00 to 8:00 games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested

DAY
3
The Musical Takes Shape and the Golden Age Begins (1928-1950) and optional hike
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Breakfast options change each day, but always include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pasteries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!

Morning: The Musical Takes Shape and the Golden Age Begins (1928-1950). The musical matures, taking a leap forward as Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II work on "Show Boat." The growth of the musical continues with Broadway names like Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Frederick Lowe, and Julie Stein. Among the musical titles in this period are "Girl Crazy," "The Band Wagon," "Anything Goes," and "The Boys from Syracuse." Then another leap is made with "Oklahoma!" (Rodgers and Hammerstein II), marking the beginning of the Golden Era. We'll have a mid morning break between the two classes to enjoy refreshments and fellowship.

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. Today's feature: Taco Tuesday! Enjoy Mexican dishes... build your own taco or burrito, or make a Mexican salad. All the trimmings make for a delicious and fun lunch...including tortilla chips and melted cheese... sour cream and peppers. Top it all off with some warm peach cobbler and ice cream. Yum Yum!

Afternoon: Back to the classroom for more explorations of the Golden Age of Broadway. After class (around 3:30 p.m., there will be an optional hike in the mountains or free time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: Evening programs are typically a fun event -- a dance, a concert, or a storyteller games/cards/tv available in lobby for fellowship and optional movie on big screen.

DAY
4
The Golden Era Continues (1950s-1960s); free afternoon, evening class
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Come on down to the Galax Dining room for another great breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Morning: The Golden Era Continues (1950s-1960s). We now come to such well-known musicals as "On the Town," "Carousel," "Finian's Rainbow," "Kiss Me, Kate," "South Pacific," "Guys and Dolls," "The King and I," "Peter Pan," "My Fair Lady," "The Music Man," "West Side Story," "Gypsy," "The Sound of Music," "Camelot," "Oliver," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Cabaret," and "Mame."

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:15 - 1:15 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area! We'll provide a listing of area attractions and directions for explorations on your own!

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: The 50s were arguably Broadway’s finest decade, with classic shows by Lerner and Loewe, Frank Loesser, Adler and Ross, and Meredith Wilson. In the 60s, the shows became more daring, going into places such as Russian ghettos, Nazi nightclubs, and Spanish prisons that would have been unthinkable a decade earlier. And music, for better or worse, became more tightly integrated with the book. Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman are among the outstanding creative forces.

DAY
5
The New Era (1970-2000)
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room. If you haven't tried the grits yet, you really should!

Morning: The New Era (1970-2000). The post Golden Age era brings us music and lyrics from the marvelous Stephen Sondheim, who was the lyricist for "West Side Story," and "Gypsy." His string of hits include "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park with George," and "Into the Woods." Other prominent musicals of this era are "A Chorus Line," "Chicago," "Annie," "Evita," "Cats," "Nine," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Miss Saigon," "Beauty and the Beast," "Rent," and "The Lion King."

Lunch: Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: During our afternoon course the music of Broadway, with finish up our exploration with the 70s and beyond. Choreography, which had always been there, becomes a more important element. Some critics argue that as the shows become more and more about scenic spectacle, they become less and less about memorable music. 3:30 - 5:30 free time

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 evening program: games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

DAY
6
The New Century (2000s), Closing program, lunch & goodbyes
Montreat, NC
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Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: The New Century (2000s). The 21st Century brings us "Aida," "Mamma Mia!" "Hairspray," "Wicked," "Jersey Boys," "Curtains," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Book of Mormon." In this modern period is a musical that holds the record for the most Tony Awards (12), "The Producers" by Mel Brooks. A mid morning break for refreshments will give time for participants to check out (required by 11 a.m.) Our Anthology of Musicals, which all participants will receive the first day of class, contains a listing of 150 musicals with dates and 425 show tunes with composers/lyricists. We will have the opportunity during the week to cover and hear excerpts of many songs from these great musicals. 12:15 - 12:30 closing program and saying good-byes

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch in the Assembly Inn Dining Room (those who cannot stay for lunch may request a box lunch to take with them)






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