Activity note: All activities take place at the hotel.
Afternoon: Program Registration starts at 3:30pm: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in our meeting room on the second floor 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 you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At 6:00pm on the hotel’s first floor, enjoy a tasty and nutritious catered meal with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea and bottled water.
Evening: Spend time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The rest of the evening is yours to continue making new friends or just to relax and prepare for the full day of activity ahead. You are about to embark on a full week of the "Asolo Theatre," a learning adventure in Sarasota.
Activity note: When at the theater the bus drops group off in front of theater and will pick up as close to front as possible. For the evening meal participants ride a bus to a local restaurant.
Breakfast: In the hotel, our breakfast buffet includes a variety of choices such as eggs, sausage, yogurt, oatmeal, biscuits, muffins, waffles, and cereal, plus assorted juices, coffee, tea and water.
Morning: We will begin at the hotel with an introduction to theater by our very own theater maven. Theater as an art form began in ancient Greece in the city-state of Athens. It soon evolved from hymns to Dionysius to comedy and drama, and today includes ballet, musicals, opera, plays, and more. At the end of the presentation, we will have a short coffee break before reconvening. We’ll then continue with our survey of theater history and an introduction to the first performance.
Lunch: In the hotel, our catered lunch includes salad, sandwiches and wraps, a sweet treat, plus beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), hot tea and bottled water.
Afternoon: See a 2:00pm matinee performance, “Morning After Grace,” by Carey Crim and directed by Peter Amster. Hilarious and heart-warming, this unconventional new comedy tackles love, loss, and coming to terms with growing old. After hooking up at a funeral, Angus and Abigail find themselves waking up the next morning wrapped in sheets on Angus’s sofa. Strangers just the day before, Abigail thinks she may finally be ready to take a chance on love, but Angus has a few issues to work through first. Enter next-door neighbor Ollie, a former Detroit Tigers baseball player who now enjoys golf and yoga. But nothing is as it seems with this trio and every disclosure reveals a new perspective. Set in a Florida retirement community not far from here, this charming and big-hearted comedy takes us on an expected journey toward a new lease on life. The bus departs directly to dinner.
Dinner: We will select dinner choices prior to arrival at a local restaurant. In addition to salad and entrée, the meal includes dessert and plus coffee (regular/decaf), tea (iced/hot), water; other beverages are available for purchase.
Evening: As one of the interactive features of our program, we’ll have a “talk back” session on the performance.
Activity note: Today we will board a bus for dinner.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: At the hotel, a theater expert will join us to continue our introduction to theater with a discussion of acting styles and an overview of the next play. As always enjoy a coffee break in between sessions in the hotel lobby.
Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon: We’ll be joined by a circus clown for an overview of clowning and circus history in Sarasota. John Ringling — of the Ringling Brothers who helped create the modern circus — made Sarasota the circus’s winter headquarters. As one of the wealthiest men in the world, Ringling was vital to the development of modern Sarasota. FREE TIME or OPTIONAL DVD: View a Three-Ring Circus Documentary. Relax for the rest of the afternoon. Remember this afternoon to please make your dinner reservations for a restaurant on St. Armands Circle on the assigned evening. Group Leaders/hosts have copies of menus.
Dinner: We’ll take the bus to a local restaurant for an Asian-themed buffet dinner with a variety of choices including salad and seafood, plus dessert and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), tea (iced/hot), water; other beverages are available for purchase.
Evening: In our private room in the hotel, a group from the Asolo Theatre Guild will perform a play reading, followed by Q&A.
Activity note: The Ringling Complex: Walking up to 1-1/4 miles, long periods of standing; benches available. When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Bus departs approx. 9:00am. The extraordinary estate John Ringing willed to the state of Florida includes the Ringling's 56-room Venetian-style mansion, Ca' d'Zan; the Museum of Art, designated as Florida’s official state art museum; the historic Asolo Theater; the Circus Museum and its Tibbals Learning Center; and much more. With a local expert, we will explore palatial Ca’ d’Zan, (ticketed timed walk through) described as “the last of the Gilded Age mansions” to be built in America. You will also have time to explore the Circus Museum with docents who will present costumes, parade wagons, posters, a 44,000-piece model circus, and more.
Lunch: We will select luncheon choices prior to arrival at the museum’s new table service restaurant MUSE. In addition to salad and entrée, lunch offers the chef’s choice of dessert and beverages including soda, coffee (regular/decaf), tea (iced/hot), water; other beverages are available for purchase.
Afternoon: Next, we will explore the extraordinary Ringling Museum of Art that Mr. Ringling considered his chief legacy. He and Mrs. Ringling were art lovers who made numerous European trips. Their love of Sarasota developed into a goal of making it a cultural and educational center with the museum at its heart. They collected thousands of objects from antiquity, medieval and Renaissance decorative arts, magnificent Old Masters, and whole rooms from other mansions. The incredible building that houses this exceptional collection was designed to emulatethe Uffizi Gallery in Florence. You will then have free time to walk through the beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds — including Mrs. Ringling’s rose garden — with more than 400 species of exotic Florida trees, plants, and flowers adorned with sculpture. The bus will take us back to the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.
Dinner: At a local Amish restaurant, the extensive buffet offers salad, several choices of main dish and side dishes, plus dessert and beverage choices including coffee (regular/decaf), tea (iced/hot) and water.
Evening: Departing the restaurant via bus, we will attend a performance at the Asolo Theatre. Enjoy "Shakespeare in Love," adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Mark Norman and Tom Stoppard and is directed by Rachel Rockwell. “A joyous celebration of the possibilities of theatre itself.” - The Telegraph Tom Stoppard and Mark Norman’s brilliant seven-time Academy Award-winning film, including Best Picture bursts to life on the Asolo Rep stage. Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block while two competing theatre managers are demanding new comedies replete with romance, adventure and maybe a funny bit with a dog. To his rescue comes the beautiful and vibrant Viola, Will’s greatest admirer and the inspiration he’s been longing for. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star crossed. This sweeping romantic comedy is a love letter to the arts, as Viola proclaims: “I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.” After the performance the bus will return participants to the hotel.
Activity note: When attending the theatre the bus will drop participants off in front of theatre and will pick up in front of the theatre. At St. Armands Circle for dinner on your own, some restaurants are near the drop off point and some are up to 1/2 mile walking round-trip.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Boarding the bus, we will ride to the Asolo Theatre, where an actor from one of the performances will meet us for a private talk. Afterwards, we’ll go behind-the-scenes of the Asolo Theatre with a member of the staff for a look at backstage operations including the costume shop.
Lunch: At the Asolo Theatre, choose from a variety of tea sandwiches and pasta salad, plus dessert and lemonade.
Afternoon: We will attend a matinee performance of “Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco, adapted and directed by Frank Galati. “A magical embrace between the show and the spectator.” - Le Monde A farce. A tragedy. A magical experiment for the mind. Brace yourself for this illuminating new adaptation by two-time Tony Award-winner Frank Galati. Berenger is a simple man with a simple life. He has a regular job, drinks too much, and has a flirtatious relationship with his coworker Daisy. But his day is interrupted by a rhinoceros charging through town – then another and another, until all of the townspeople transform into rhinos. As one of the few humans remaining, Berenger ponders the ramifications of literally following the herd. Written just after World War II, Rhinoceros was considered a masterpiece of absurdist theatre, where the world is incomprehensible and anything a writer can imagine can happen. Don’t miss this hilarious satire about mass culture, conformity, and integrity. After the performance board the bus to St. Armands Circle.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. For those who wish to dine on St. Armands Circle, the bus will go there directly from the theater. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also return to the hotel if you prefer, after the other students have been dropped off at the Circle. br> We will rendezvous at an appointed time and place for return to the hotel via bus.
Evening: At your leisure.
Activity note: Check out is 11:00am and your luggage may be stored in the classroom.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: A costumer from the Asolo Theatre will share information about the art of costume designer from head to toe. A coffee break and time to check-out of hotel room before last class. Learn about actors secrets in the lecture "Art of Performance."
Lunch: Pick up your custom pre-ordered box lunch you may have in the hotel lobby or take away with you. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we 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!