Course Documents

STRATFORD ITINERARY SUMMER 2019

Subject to minor changes and adjustments

July 25, Thursday

8:00     Meet at Wright State Millett Parking Lot (Please bring or have breakfast prior to departure)

12:00   Cross the US/Canada Border

Ensure that passports, ID and other relevant materials are ready for the border guards to assess. No firearms or recreational drugs allowed. Although unlikely, our bags are subject to closer inspection. Please be ready to cooperate during a search, if necessary.

3:00     Check in time at Arden Park Hotel

5:30     Orientation through Stratford, meet at hotel lobby

We will stroll through the town before dinner (please wear comfortable shoes!). I want to point out the Tourist Bureau, some local eateries, the Shakespeare Garden, the site of the Farmer’s Market during the weekend, and ending at our dinner venue.

7:00     Welcome Dinner Bijou Restaurant

July 26, Friday

10:30   Class Meeting Henry VIII discussion: please bring printed book or electronic devices to access play text http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org for play text, textual introduction, synopsis, and character discussion.

For discussion bring: one word, one question, and one insight.

 Theatre Review Workshop #1

 2:00     Henry VIII Studio Theatre

Actor Talk Back #1:  Arrangements have been made for us to meet the actors after the performance. I urge you to be especially attuned to interpretive choices during the performance. You will be able to discuss these choices with the actors after the show.

Actors Irene Poole and Brad Hodder Studio Rehearsal Hall #4 meet in Studio lobby post-show

Evening Stratford Ghost Tour

July 27, Saturday

10:30   Forum Event: Crusades Past and Present

Set in Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, Nathan the Wise makes a persuasive plea for religious tolerance. What crusades exist in our world today, and how do they compare to those of the past? What remains the same, and what has changed?

Panelists for Forum Event:

Diane Flacks, this season’s Nathan in Nathan the Wise

Dr. Robert Mason, Archaeological Scientist at the Royal Ontario Museum

Fadi Ragheb, Assistant Professor of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto

1:00   Class Meeting Othello discussion: please bring printed book or electronic devices to access play text http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org for play text, textual introduction, synopsis, and character discussion

For discussion bring: one word, one question, and one insight.

 Theatre Review Writing Workshop #2

8:00     Little Shop of Horrors, Avon Theatre

 July 28, Sunday

9:15     Festival Theater Tour, Meet at the Info desk next to the box office at 9:00

Come behind the scenes and discover the magic of how a show is created. Tour may be challenging for those with restricted mobility.

2:00     Othello Festival Theatre

Actor Talk Back #2:  Arrangements have been made for us to meet the actors after the performance. I urge you to be especially attuned to interpretive choices during the performance. You will be able to discuss these choices with the actors after the show.

Actors Michael Blake and Shruti Kothari meet at Playwright Circle Lounge (south lobby by the cafe)

 July 29, Monday

Free Day

Please note that if you want to take the train to Toronto, discounted tickets for day trips are available if purchased early. Check out Viarail.ca for more information.

Other activities that students have enjoyed in Stratford  include a musical festival event, river tour, boat rentals, distillery tour, shopping. Try to make these arrangements prior to arrival with Stratford Tourism Alliance 1-800-561-7926 or send a message via the website www.visitstratford.ca

 July 30, Tuesday

11:00   Musical Workshop: learn the basics of song and dance from Festival actors

Actor Devon Michael Brown Normal School 303 (meet at Normal School stairs)

2:00     Front Page Festival Theatre

5:00     Theatre Review Writing Workshop #2 and 3: bring laptops to write up thesis ideas and observations

8:00     Birds of A Kind Studio Theatre

 July 31, Wednesday

9:30     Meet the Theatre Forum Chalmer’s Lounge

Fun and casual Q&A session with artistic director and festival educators.

10:45   Forum: Creative Collaboration

While Shakespeare has been commonly touted as a singular genius, the Elizabethan theatre was rife with artistic collaborations. Writer and scholar Holger Syme, Shakespeare BASH’d Artistic Director James Wallis and Shakespeare scholar Alexa Alice Joubin discuss the magic wrought by creative partnerships, from Shakespeare and Fletcher to contemporary practitioners. Moderated by the Stratford Festival’s Literary and Editorial Director, David Prosser.

2:00     Billy Elliot the Musical Festival Theatre

August 1, Thursday

11:00   Costume Warehouse Tour

Meet at the warehouse by 10:50. See the vast selection of costumes and props with this guided tour of our Warehouse. Bring your camera and capture an in-costume memory!

2:00     Mother’s Daughter Studio Theatre

8:00     The Crucible Avon Theatre

Actor Talk Back #3:  Arrangements have been made for us to meet the actors after the performance. I urge you to be especially attuned to interpretive choices during the performance. You will be able to discuss these choices with the actors after the show.

Actors Katelyn McCulloch and Shannon Taylor meet at The Chalmers Lounge (2nd floor lobby at the Avon Theatre)

August 2, Friday

1:00     The Archives of Stratford Theatre Festival

Meet at Location Archives 350 Douro Street Host: Liza Giffen, Director of Archives

3:00   Class Meeting The Merry Wives of Windsor discussion: please bring printed book or electronic devices to access play text http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org for play text, textual introduction, synopsis, and character discussion

For discussion bring: one word, one question, and one insight.

8:00     The Merry Wives of Windsor Festival Theatre

Actor Talk Back #4:  Arrangements have been made for us to meet the actors after the performance. I urge you to be especially attuned to interpretive choices during the performance. You will be able to discuss these choices with the actors after the show.

Actors Sarah Dodd and Farhang Ghajar Eaton Lounge meet at Eaton Lounge (off the promenade on the orchestra level, around aisle 7, sign above door that says Eaton Lounge)

August 3, Saturday

11:00   Combat Workshop: learn the basics of stage combat from Festival actors.

Actors EB Smith and Johnathan Sousa, Avon Rehearsal Hall #2 (meet at Studio theatre lobby)

2:00     Private Lives Avon Theatre

4:30     Change-Over Tour

Crew person from Avon Theatre will bring us from the lobby.

7:15     Farewell Dinner at Fellini’s Italian Restaurant (Private Dining Room)

August 4, Sunday

9:30     Meet at the Lobby, breakfasted, packed and checked out

10:00   Drive back to Dayton, Ohio Please be ready to cooperate at US border, if necessary. ETA 4pm