Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Trip
Saturday and Sunday
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.
In one of the best line-ups ever, this 30th anniversary drama weekend will be highlighted by live professional performances of As You Like It and King Lear. This comedy of young love in the forest of Arden and the timeless tragedy of a foolish old King are among Shakespeare’s most well known and popular plays.
Saturday will feature lunch and a guided tour of the Alabama State Capitol building. Built in 1851, this National Historic Landmark was both the first capitol of the Confederacy and the final destination of the 1965 Selma voting rights march. At the end of the march, MLK addressed a crowd of approximately 25, 000 from the Capitol steps, delivering the famous “How Long, Not Long” speech. After supper at Golden Corral, we will see As You Like It on the Octagon Stage in ASF’s multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art theater complex.
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 afternoon performance of King Lear on the Festival Stage. A brief “Stage Side Chat” with one or more of the actors or ASF production staff members is expected to follow the play.
The trip fee covers
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-$110, 3 per room-$120, 2 per room-$135. 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.
The trip is open to Georgia Highlands College students, employees, and their guests. Sign-up begins on Feb. 2 in the Office of Student Life on all GHC campuses and continues on a first-come, first-served basis until the sign-up deadline of March 2, unless tickets run out before then. A $50 deposit is required at the time of sign-up. The deposit becomes non-refundable on March 2. The balance of the trip fee is due March 19. 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.)
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.”