This five day cultural trip in late April is organized by Mrs. Coyle, and is a requirement for the Incentive English 10 class; it is an optional trip for Incentive Grade 11 and 12 students. This trip is a great enrichment opportunity that Incentive students look forward to for months, and is so popular that students have signed up to go two or even three years in a row. The highly respected Oregon Shakespeare Festival is the largest repertory theatre festival in North America, and each year it presents 10-11 different plays, of which 2-3 are drawn from the works of Shakespeare.
On this trip, students have the opportunity to attend theatre workshops and participate in backstage tours. Usually, we take in five productions, including one Shakespeare play, a musical, and a cabaret dinner theatre experience (where students are required to be in semiformal or formal attire). In addition, there is time provided to explore the town of Ashland (a quaint, artistic, theatre and college town), do some shopping and see the sights.
Because this trip is to the US, students are required to have proper travel documents (eg. a valid Canadian passport, a copy of their birth certificate, and/or a Canadian Citizenship Card and/or Permanent Resident Card and/or Visa). In addition, students are required to have proof of travel medical insurance.
A few photos from the most recent Ashland trip in April 2012 are posted below (click on each photo to enlarge).
Throughout the trip, students are expected to be mindful, polite, and respectful to each other and to all staff, as well as to the theatre workshop and backstage tour leaders, hotel/motel staff and bus driver. In addition, students are strictly required to be courteous, appreciative and fully attentive during all stage productions. As on any trip, Incentive students are expected to be model citizens and ambassadors for the program and the school. In addition, safety is our main concern, and we will do all that we can to keep students safe from injury or otherwise. However, students must also be responsible on their own accord, and must strictly adhere to all safety information and protocol provided. While staying at the hotel/motel, students are required to adhere to rules of common etiquette and courtesy, and respect the need for quiet and privacy of other guests. In addition, students are required to do a thorough cleanup and tidying up of their suites before departing for home.