Alabama Shakespeare Festival
WEEKEND PLAY TRIP
Saturday & Sunday
April 26-27, 2014
The annual weekend trip to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) in Montgomery is one of the college's most popular events and one of the best deals around. Since the trip usually sells out, early sign-up is recommended.
Variety is the theme of this year’s trip. We will see the world premiere of a modern English version of a Shakespeare play at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and a comedy by Oscar Wilde at the Faulkner University Dinner Theater. We will also explore Montgomery’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement with a visit to the Rosa Parks Museum and a tour of the parsonage occupied by Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery bus boycott.
Saturday will feature lunch and our tours of the museum and the historic parsonage. Then we will dine at the Faulkner University Dinner Theater and see "The Importance of Being Earnest", a hilarious comedy about mistaken identity and young love.
Sunday’s itinerary includes a boxed lunch on the beautifully landscaped ASF theater grounds and time to explore the grounds, visit the gift shop, etc. before the performance of "Timon of Athens" on the Festival Stage in ASF’s multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art theater complex. This play about friendship and the emphasis on material possessions seems especially relevant for modern times. A brief “Stage Side Chat” with one or more of the actors or ASF production staff members is expected to follow the play.Back to Top
CostThe trip fee covers:
• tour bus transportation
• one night's lodging at Wingate Inn (with deluxe continental breakfast)
• admission to the two plays
• admission to the Rosa Parks Museum and tour of MLK Parsonage
• a background information packet on the plays
• dinner at Faulkner Dinner Theater Saturday night and a boxed lunch at ASF on Sunday
The trip fee varies according to the number of persons per hotel room. The total per-person trip prices are as follows: 4 per room-$95, 3 per room-$100, 2 per room-$110. Rooms will have two queen beds. (Approximately $25 in spending money will be needed to pay for two meals and snacks not covered by the trip fee.) The Office of Student Life will make roommate assignments for those who request help in finding roommates, but will not be able to guarantee the requested number of persons per room. Coed rooms for unmarried couples are not allowed.Back to Top
The trip is open to Georgia Highlands College students, employees, and their guests. Sign-up begins on Feb. 3 in the Office of Student Life on all campuses and continues on a first-come, first-served basis until the sign-up deadline of March 3, unless tickets run out before then. A $50 deposit is required at the time of sign-up. The deposit becomes non-refundable on March 3. The balance of the trip fee is due Thursday, March 20. The balance also becomes non-refundable on that date. (If someone must cancel from the trip after the refund dates, an effort will be made to find a replacement so a refund can be made, but this cannot be guaranteed.)Back to Top
English classes, some other humanities and social science classes, and perhaps other classes as well will offer extra credit to trip participants.
Here are a few comments from previous trip participants:
“Enjoyed myself greatly! I will definitely be back!”
“I like that it’s affordable and a fun way to meet people. It’s a great experience!”
“Great trip! Well organized and fun!”
“Enjoyed meeting and interacting with students from the other GHC campuses.”
“This trip was a good experience for me because I had never seen a play before, but I definitely will again.”
“The trip was great! The scenery was beautiful and very relaxing. The plays were awesome, and I enjoyed every minute of it.”