Last day in Canada :(

Today is our last day in Canada! We started the day by eating lunch at an Irish pub which was delicious! We pretty much had a free day till tonight.  We decided to finish our chocolate tour and explore the town.  Stratford has tons of cute little shops everywhere!  I bought tons of chocolate, I probably spent all my money on chocolate but that’s okay! Everyone got 6 tickets for free stuff! I love free stuff and especially chocolate free stuff! It was a good day with adventure and exploring the town of Stratford! For dinner we went to an English pub and found out we all get 30 dollars to spend at the theatre store! I got an insult Shakespeare tshirt! We are seeing Man Of La Mancha in about 30 minutes and I can’t wait! I love the storyline of the show the music and characters! It has been a great trip full of plays, fun, shopping, chocolate, and adventure! 

Layna Seibert

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I was crazy for King Lear on a midsummer night! _shayna

Fingers crossed everyone-my first post never went through so let’s hope this one does! Can you imagine falling in love with a place in less than two days? Well, that’s what happened here in Stratford. The town is so exciting yet very quaint. The people we have met have been so kind and welcoming. So far we have been able to take advantage of a couple different restaurants, shops, tours, and of course the shows. The shows have all been very different from each other, but they all have been incredible. Crazy For You was a great way to begin our trip. It was such a high energy, feel good show that had the audience totally connected with the characters. I know we were feeling a bit sluggish since yesterday was a travel day, but seeing that show really kept us engaged and awake! Today we saw King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I wasn’t sure what to expect with King Lear, but I will say it blew anything I could have expected out of the water. It was such an intriguing play. The acting was superb, and really made me feel for the King. Finally, we were on our way to see the show I had been anxiously awaiting since it is my favorite Shakespeare play. An added bonus to this very modern interpretation was that we were able to take part in the show by sitting next to the stage as wedding guests. So far the trip has made me want to stay here forever because of such a great experience we are having. I’m looking forward to keeping the memories coming in the next few days!

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Day Two adventures – Dawn Schmid

WOW! The first full day of the trip is over and it was wonderful! I’m fighting some sort of sickness so I am not sleeping well at all, but it has been worth it. We started the day with breakfast at a diner. I had an english muffin and it was delicious! I was very much still asleep at breakfast, but awake enough to appreciate a good meal! Then we moved on to the costume tour!  It was so awesome. I loved seeing all of the costumes hanging up. It was so difficult not to want to reach out and touch them! I took loads and loads of pictures. Then, at the end of the tour, we had time to try on some costumes and that was so much fun. Seeing everyone dress up in these ridiculous costumes was awesome. After the tour we went and walked around for a while and did some shopping. Probably one thing that I was looking forward to on this trip. The little shops around town are so cool to look in. There is so much cool stuff here. The first of the two shows that we saw today was King Lear. It was very heavy and not as joyous and fun as the show from the night before, but it was still very good. I really enjoyed it. But, the highlight of the day had to be the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The crazy thing about that show was where we were sitting…on the floor right by the stage! It was awesome. The actors were right there next to us, encouraging us to dance and react along with them. This was a very modern adaptation of the show and I thought it was so entertaining. I loved it and I can’t wait to see more!

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How to be a Canadian…Wait what?!?!

It is the second day in Canada!! YAAYYY!!! Today we had a busy day!! First, we woke up early in the morning which was no fun but we had a day full of events!  We ate breakfast at a yummy dinner and I had huge pancakes the size of my face!! After breakfast we went to the costume warehouse tour.  It was so cool to see the different costumes and props! It was such a huge warehouse with tons and tons of costumes!! We even got to try on some costumes which was tons of fun.  After that we went to look at the shops around town! This town is so cute and has tons of cool shops and little places to eat. We went into a book store and I bought a book called How To Be A Canadian which I feel like is going to be very interesting.  After lunch at the dinner again we went and saw King Lear! At first I was not sure if I was going to like it or not. I was super tired and was trying not to fall asleep but it was so loud that I started to really enjoy it.  After King Lear, we went to dinner at the hotel and I had a huge plate of Nachos that was the size of my head.  Then we got a text from Michelle saying we get to sit in the gutter of the stage on cushions!! I was so excited to sit there!! I have never seen A Midsummer Nights Dream so I was interested to see it especialy since someone said it was suppose to be more modern.  Once we got to the theatre we were escorted to a room where we got to meet some actors from the show and they told us where to sit and what to do! It was so cool seeing it in a different perspective from most of the audience members.  We even at the end got to dance for about 40 seconds on stage!! It was a great first full day today and I can’t wait for the adventures we have tomorrow and friday!

Layna Seibert

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First Full Day!

What an amazing day! Our first full day here in Canada was full of visiting the theater and many different activities. One of my personal favorites was being able to take a warehouse tour of where all of the costumes and props are held for rental and/or use. There so many different costumes pieces and it was great to see the many different tags down the rows of costumes that listed the specific historical times in order to separate the costumes even further. It would be pretty awkward if you tried to do a play or musical with a specific time period and wore clothing of an entirely different historical time. Yikes! There were rows upon rows of costumes and many other rows filled with props listed by what kind of prop they were and their weight. My favorite piece had to be the severed head that we were shown and our tour guide also explained how it was created. All of us were very excited near the end of the tour when we got a few minutes to try on different costumes that the tour guide had set aside for us. We found plenty to choose from when it came to capes, hats, and even wedding dresses. All of us had a lot of fun and took as many pictures as we possibly could. This first full day here in Stratford completely exceeded my expectations and I can’t even begin to imagine what’s in store for us tomorrow or even the day after that! However, I do know that if we’re going to keep this busy throughout our time here then I definitely need to get some sleep. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

-Magoline Middleton

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at the airport

at the St Louis airport, waiting for our flight to Cincinnati

at the St Louis airport, waiting for our flight to Cincinnati

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Layover in Cincinnati

We are currently sitting in the Cincinnati, Ohio airport (which is very nice and clean), while waiting for our flight to Toronto. Dawn survived her first plane trip, which was on a plane so small that the seats were split with two on one side of the aisle and one seat on the other. Peanuts, pretzels, and cookies were offered (yeah, they were free). I think the most exciting part about Cincinnati is that is has an almost complete lack of self-identity as a state; Dr. Ypma and I were walking past a gift shop emblazoned with numerous Kentucky shirts (a state neighbor to Ohio) and items riddled with horse jokes (“50 Shades of Hay” t-shirt available to any wanting buyers idling in the Cincinnati International Airport–available in the color of pink, and sports a female horse seductively holding a whip in her mouth. The image is as graphic as you imagine–no neighs about it.) Cincinnati is also extremely difficult to spell, especially for someone not use to regularly spelling it, which probably explains the lack of state capital t-shirts or seductive horse shirts.

Another troubling item while heading towards Canada, a different country–one of the group asked what state Cincinnati is in. Oh boy—but it will be okay!

 

BON VOYAGE!

–Allie Barrows

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Almost time to go!

Well, I’m almost packed.  We are meeting at 5:30 a.m. to leave for the airport, which is waaaaay too early for this theatre person.  Tomorrow we fly to Cincinnati, then on to Toronto and into a shuttle van which will take us to Stratford.  We’ll check into the hotel and then grab something to eat on our way to the first show–Crazy for You at the Festival Theatre.  Here is the show’s website: Crazy for You

Here is the website for the whole festival, if anyone is interested:  Stratford Festival

If I’m going to be up at 4:30, I’d better get to bed–more updates tomorrow!

 

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