8258
Sarasota
Backstage at the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company Plus Three Performances
Attend three performances and gain a deeper understanding of live stage productions as you go behind-the-scenes to meet professionals at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.
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Program No. 8258RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sarasota, FL
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota-I75

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.

DAY
2
Backstage, See "The Originalist," at Asolo Theatre
Sarasota, FL
B,L,D
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota-I75

Activity note: The Asolo Theatre backstage visit moves at The backstage visit moves at moderate pace; elevator and stairs to the costume shop. 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: Approx. 6:00-8:45am: 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: 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: Enjoy a matinee performance of "The Originalist" by John Strand and directed by Molly Smith. Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death at age 79 has thrown a wrench into the political arena, but has brought intense interest in this daring new stage play that had its world premiere at Arena Stage last spring. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. Written by Charles MacArthur Award-winning playwright John Strand and starring four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Scalia), this powerful work depicts passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their interpretation of the truth.

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 Originalist."

DAY
3
Lectures, Clowning/Sarasota History, Play Readers Guild
Sarasota, FL
B,L,D
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota-I75

Activity note: Today we will board a bus for dinner.

Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-8:45am at the hotel.

Morning: At the hotel, a theater expert will join us for our introduction to theater with a discussion of acting styles and an overview of our next plays. 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: Board a van or walk to a local restaurant for dinner which includes a soup or salad, plus entrée with one side, 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.

DAY
4
Ringling Museum Complex, Learn about the Art of Performance.
Sarasota, FL
B,L,D
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota-I75

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: Approx. 6:00-8:45am 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: Learn about the Art of Performance by our theatre maven. Microphones, acting styles and more.

DAY
5
"Born Yesterday", St. Armands, "Great Society"
Sarasota, FL
B,L
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota-I75

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: Approx. 6:00-8:45am at the hotel.

Morning: 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 plays we will see later.

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: We will attend a performance of "Born Yesterday," by Garson Kanin and directed by Peter Amster. A Broadway triumph and 1950 Academy Award-nominated film, this deliciously witty comedy is also a biting commentary on politics and the power of female persuasion. With his ex-showgirl girlfriend Billie Dawn in tow, junkyard magnate Harry Brock moves to Washington D.C. where he hopes to break into some “special interest” business with an ethically-challenged senator. When Billie’s lack of social graces embarrasses even him, Harry hires a young reporter to give her the polish she needs to get ahead in D.C. society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for when, in a deliriously funny turn of events, he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing.

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 out along St. Armands Circle, the bus will go there directly from the theater. The Group Leader or Host 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: Attend the play "The Great Society," by Robert Schenkkan and directed by Nicole A. Watson. On the heels of Asolo Rep’s wildly successful “All the Way,” “The Great Society,” continues Robert Schenkkan’s profound exploration of Lyndon Johnson’s turbulent years in the White House. In his second term as president, besieged by political opponents, Johnson summons all his political wiles to try to push through Congress some of the most important social programs in U.S. history. His vision of a Great Society became the most ambitious effort ever to test what American government is capable of achieving. And in doing so, to discover what it is not. Actor Nick Wyman returns to the Asolo Rep stage to reprise his role as L.B.J. in this unflinching examination of the morality of power.

DAY
6
Costume Designer, Talkback on two plays, Program Concludes
Sarasota, FL
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Activity note: Check out is 11:00am and your luggage may be stored in the classroom.

Breakfast: Approx. 6:00-8:45am

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. "Talkback on Born Yesterday" and "The Great Society."

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!