Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 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. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the program schedule and any changes. We will also discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Transportation and transfers will be provided via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Presentations will take place in our meeting room in the hotel. There will be a charter bus to/from the hotel and downtown theatres. There will be walking via covered walkway between hotel rooms and the breakfast-meeting rooms. Ashland is on an incline so some walking will be up/downhill. 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.
Dinner: In our hotel meeting room, we’ll have a catered buffet with a variety of fresh options including salad, choice entrée, side dishes, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: We’ll be joined by an OSF actor who will guide grandparents and grandchildren through fun and interactive theatre-based games.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Riding the slides will require walking up stairs that vary based on the rides. Those who do not wish to ride the slides can watch from a viewing area. Bring a bathing suit and towel for Emigrant Lake waterslides; the Lake has dressing rooms, showers, and rest rooms.
Breakfast: In the hotel's breakfast room on the mezzanine, the breakfast buffet offers hot and cold options including make-your-own pancakes, hard-boiled eggs, hot and cold cereals, fruit, breads, toast, bagels, and pastries, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Dive into theatre performance as we join with other families and become expert playwrights! Under the expert leadership of an OSF actor, we’ll have the chance to co-write a play based on images given to your group as inspiration for character ideas, settings, or themes. This morning will be our first play rehearsal, with daily rehearsals the rest of the week. On the last morning of our program, each group will have the opportunity to share their creative play. Next, we'll head down to the festival to get an exciting glimpse into the backstage world at OSF. Discover the show behind the show along with the history of the Festival as you explore some of the behind-the-scenes areas of the theatres with a company member.
Lunch: In the hotel, we'll have a catered buffet lunch hotel including a hearty fresh salad and coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: At Emigrant Lake, located a few miles southeast of Ashland, cool off at the 280-foot Emigrant Lake waterslides. If you don’t want to get soaked, you can watch the action from the comfortably dry viewing area.
Dinner: Hotel buffet.
Evening: An OSF company member will introduce some of the aspects of theater that make it work in the most wonderful ways.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll continue rehearsals for our group performance with the guidance of an OSF actor instructor. With an OSF actor, learn about the days ahead as we prepare for the performances we will see, provide context for the week’s theater experience, lead review discussions, and introduce us to more actors straight from the OSF stages.
Lunch: Hotel buffet.
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 wish to attend an additional play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), we recommend making reservations in advance. Or take some time to polish up your own performances or practice lines.
Dinner: Hotel buffet.
Evening: Tonight we will 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.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Continue rehearsing for your group performance. Our OSF actor instructor will lead an in-depth discussion of the OSF plays. Today we'll also hear from a special guest.
Lunch: Hotel meal.
Afternoon: We will begin the afternoon with a special demonstration from a local expert in the art of stage make-up. Later, enjoy an afternoon of fun and adventure with an open afternoon to spend your time doing any activity that suits your fancy. Do you want to swim at the public pool or go on a hike? It is up to you! Choose from sports activities, Science Works, swimming, hiking, and many other activities. Please remember that grandparents are responsible for their grandkids.
Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Take some time to stroll through Ashland's charming downtown area and enjoy the unique gastronomic culture the city has to offer!
Evening: Tonight we'll view 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.
Activity note: Note: Getting on/off a motorcoach.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Spend the morning by continuing to rehearse for your group performance. Later, with our actor, we will have an early discussion where we delve into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Review yesterday’s performance, meet a special guest, and get ready for today’s production. Then, we will transfer via motorcoach to the OSF costume shop for a behind-the-scenes look. In one hour, you will learn the costume process from conceptual meetings through opening night and beyond. Hear what the 60 OSF costume employees do to make the clothing, wigs, accessories, and shoes become a reality onstage. Find out about costume quick change tricks, what happens in the "pounding room," who makes new clothes look worn, and how exactly do we fit hundreds of shoes per season onto the acting company? A lively question and answer time is always a highlight of this session.
Lunch: At a local restaurant in downtown Ashland, enjoy a pizza buffet with several options of stone-baked pizzas, fresh salad, and beverages including soda, iced tea, water.
Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll attend our final OSF performance of the program, HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO. Hannah finds two things inside a FedEx box: a wish and a suicide note. Within weeks of becoming a board-certified neurologist, Hannah tracks the package to Seoul, discovering that her South Korean grandmother decided to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of her retirement home, and accidentally ending up on the wrong side — straight into the Demilitarized Zone. Her family joins her journey that descends into comic chaos, and includes bizarre twists and turns involving fairy tales as well as the ghost of Kim Jong-Il. In this dark, yet fresh and whimsical comedy, Hannah is forced to confront the intricacies of a culture and heritage she never really knew. This play is performed in OSF’s newest and most intimate theatre, the indoor Thomas Theatre. Following the afternoon performance, we will take a trip to the Ashland Goodwill where you will have the chance to shop for your costumes for your upcoming debut performance.
Dinner: At the hotel, we will have our last meal together as a group. Share your thoughts about this week’s program with your new Road Scholar friends and highlight your favorite experiences.
Evening: 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 wish to attend an additional play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), we recommend making reservations in advance. Or polish up your own performances, practice lines, and prepare for the limelight tomorrow!
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: This morning we'll have final dress rehearsals to iron out every last detail and incorporate our costumes. Then, enjoy the spotlight as you perform the world-premiere of the play you and your group wrote and rehearsed this week! After a brief break, we’ll regroup, review the week’s performances, meet with a guest actor, and wrap up the week’s themes. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!