UFV Ashland External Study Tour July 6-13, 2015

Since 1985, Ian Fenwick (UFV Theatre Department) and Lynne Wells (UFV Nursing Faculty) have teamed up to lead external study tours to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland (located off Interstate 5, 20 miles north of the California border). The Tony-award winning OSF is among the oldest and largest professional theatres in North America. Each year OSF presents a season of eleven plays plus numerous theatre education activities. The OSF mission statement is: “to create fresh and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays in repertory shaped by the diversity of American culture using Shakespeare as the standard and inspiration.”

The University of the Fraser Valley external study tour is also part of the Shakespearean Studies Program at Southern Oregon University (SOU).

Discussions and commentary plus access to festival lectures/workshops, a backstage tour and park talks in Ashland make this external study tour an enjoyable educational adventure.

Ashland 2015 tour participants will attend an exciting blend of plays including three by Shakespeare, two musicals, an modern classic, an new adaptation, a contemporary play from China and a 19th century swash-buckler.

The plays are: Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra and Pericles, Prince of Tyre by Shakespeare; Guys and Dolls by Loesser, Swerling and Burrows, Head Over Heels by Jeff Witty (Avenue Q) and the Go Go’s; Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill; Fingersmith adapted by Alexa Junge from the book by Sarah Waters; Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land by Stan Lai; The Count of Monte Cristo adapted from the book by Alexandre Dumas.

Included as part of the tour experience is comfortable travel from the Fraser Valley to and from Ashland; accommodation in air-conditioned rooms at Southern Oregon University, all breakfasts, some hosted dinners and a wine tasting tour to Jacksonville and the Applegate Valley.

The cost for the 2015 tour will be finalized once the OSF ticket structure has been established.  (The present estimate is approximately $1,600 CAD for double sharing).  Registration dates will be announced by the end of September.  The 2015 tour is expected to sell out quickly.  Please register promptly when the dates are established to avoid disappointment.

For information:

Contact Ian Fenwick

Associate Professor, UFV Theatre

Ian.Fenwick@ufv.ca or 604 795 2838

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