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Canadian Theatre Festivals


August 13-17, 2019

Trip Highlights

Our 19th annual Canadian Theatre Festival tour is, as always, a theatre lover’s dream.   You have orchestra seats for 2 performances at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake and 2 performances at the Stratford Festival. A day in Toronto is an added highlight. For over 25 years Carew Travel has partnered with the Theatre Development Fund in offering theatre-rich tours around the world.

Detailed Descriptions

Day 1. Tuesday, August 13  (L/D)

Our tour director meets you at LaGuardia and oversees the program. Your nonstop Air Canada flight departs from LaGuardia at 10:15am. On arrival in Toronto, you travel directly, via private motor coach, to the storybook village of Niagara-on-the-Lake which continually is named one of the “Prettiest Towns in Canada.”  On the lush banks of Lake Ontario, this gem is characterized by its cobblestone streets and Victorian architecture.  Enjoy lunch before you check into the lovely Queens Landing hotel. Located in the heart of town, this Georgian style hotel has a harbor front location and is filled with 21st-century comforts including an indoor pool.   

Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner before the evening performance at the Shaw Festival, the second largest repertory theatre company in North America. You have tickets for Brigadoon at the Festival Theatre. Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Frederick Loewe.

 

Day 2. Wednesday, August 14     (B/D)

This morning choose a Backstage Tour of the Festival Theatre or an optional excursion to Niagara Falls (please note:  the backstage tour is included; the falls tour is not included in the price of the trip).

You are free for lunch prior to a matinee performance of George Bernard Shaw’s play, Getting Married. Edith and Cecil were supposed to tie the knot but a pamphlet has arrived warning them of the dangers of getting married. So now they’ve called it off, sending their entire family into a frenzied, fireworks-filled debate about marriage, society’s best-loved institution: is it, in fact, anything more than a con? This timeless comedy shows Bernard Shaw at his best, willing to ask the questions that, even now, we would rather ignore – while still making us laugh our socks off.  

After the performance, you have free time before joining the group for dinner.

 

Day 3, Thursday, August 15   (B/L/D)

In the morning you check out of the hotel and drive by private motor coach to the lively town of Stratford. Along the way, you tour a winery and enjoy lunch at the vineyard.  

 After these activities, you spend 2 nights at the Arden Park, a landmark in downtown Stratford. You dine as a group before the evening performance of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.   Pursuing two respectably married women at the same time, a would-be seducer fails to anticipate that his targets will, quite literally, compare notes. Nor has he reckoned on the mischievous spirit in which the wives will use their wits and wiles to teach him the error of his ways. Set in the 1950s, in a town not unlike Stratford, Ontario, this production brings Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy close to home – and close to our hearts.

 

Day 4. Friday, August 16    (B/D)

You’ll marvel at the talent of world-class designers, scenic and wardrobe staff and prop makers as you tour the Stratford Festival’s Costume Warehouse.  You are free for lunch and then meet the group at the theatre for a Matinee performance of The Front Page. Star reporter Hildy Johnson has had it with the newspaper business – until he finds himself harbouring a death row escapee with a tale to tell. Hildy’s challenge now is to outwit corrupt cops and rival journalists to get the scoop of a lifetime – without losing the love of his life. Written by two former Chicago reporters, this twentieth-century classic is a powerful and timely drama of civic corruption and journalistic truth-telling.

Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight in Stratford.

 

Day 5. Saturday, August 17  (B/L)

After breakfast, you check out of the hotel and travel to Toronto for a private guided tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) one of the largest art museums in North America. The breathtaking building redesign by architect Frank Gehry is considered his most personal as a native of Toronto. The AGO’s collection of close to 95,000 works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art such as Untilled by Pierre Huyghe to European masterpieces such as Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of The Innocents; from the vast collection by the Group of Seven to works by established and emerging Indigenous Canadian artists. Our lunch today is at the museum cafe.

This Canadian Cultural Tour ends with a nonstop Air Canada flight at 3:30 pm arriving into New York’s LaGuardia airport at 5:01 pm. 

 

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Notes & Pricing

This engaging experience includes:

  • Roundtrip Airfare from LaGuardia
  • Private coach transportation
  • Carew Travel tour director
  • 2 nights Queen’s Landing Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • 2 nights Arden Park Stratford
  • Breakfast daily, 4 dinners; 3 lunches
  • 2 Tickets for Shaw Festival 
  • 2 tickets for Stratford Festival
  • Winery Tour
  • Tour of Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Porterage
 
PROGRAM PRICES:

Per person (double occupancy): $2300

(Based on a minimum of 15 people)

Single Supplement: $400

DEPOSIT:  $400 per person due April 1

BALANCE: Due prior to June 10

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$400.00 deposit due immediately. Deposit is non-refundable. Final payment due June 10 and is non- refundable after this date.

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