Theatre Travel

Join the Trippers!

Enjoy travel? Love theatre? Join The Trippers, a fun-loving group of American Stage theatre travelers. Up to four trips per year are offered with an annual theater trip to New York City every March, a trip to the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in the summer, and two other trips to exciting US and European cities. Past trips have included visits to England, Ireland, many regions in France and Italy, the Czech Republic, regions of Canada, and trans-Atlantic crossings.

Over the years, the trips have raised over one million dollars for American Stage while providing Trippers with great memories and good times. Trippers typically stay in four-star hotels, eat in the finest local restaurants, and receive excellent seats at some of the world’s best theatres. These high-quality trips are a good value for our guests based on American Stage’s travel connections and partners. (A tax-deductible donation to American Stage is included in the cost of each trip.)

Upcoming Trips:

Canada (Shaw Festival)
July 8-13, 2019

London
October 21-31, 2019

Previous Trips:
Palm Beach
December 10 – 14, 2018

Chicago
October 17-21, 2018

Shaw Festival
June 25-30, 2018

NYC
April 4-8, 2018

South Florida
December 12-16, 2017

Niagara on the Lake & Shaw Festival
August 28-September 2, 2017

London
October 10-20, 2017

To book a trip or to learn more about the Trippers, contact Tom Block, General Manager, at
727-823-1600 x 208 or tomblock@americanstage.org.

Or join the Trippers Email List to for updates on new adventures!

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Join us in New York City.

THE DATES: March 27 – 31, 2019

“…I’M ALWAYS TRUE TO YOU, NEW YORK, IN MY FASHION”

Here’s the plan:

  • We fly nonstop to New York.
  • We’re met by our trusty bus to transport us to the SOFITEL, 44th St. off 5th Avenue near all the shops! (The bus will be with us during the entire trip for transporting to theatres and all events.) The 4-star Sofitel has walk-in showers and tubs and an excellent restaurant where we will enjoy a fabulous breakfast daily.
  • We see four outstanding performances.
  • We visit the observation tower of One World Observatory, formerly the site of the World Trade Center, and also have a group lunch that day.
  • We enjoy an excellent Sunday brunch together.

The four days we are there will be filled with THEATRE, the main reason we go to New York! These are the shows we have confirmed below. The helpful Tom Block is our trip leader, and your traveling companions are sure to be among the kindest and most spirited you’ll encounter.

  • Kiss Me Kate, a Roundabout Theatre production starring Kelli O’Hara, at Studio 54.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, a theatrical adaptation of America’s most-beloved novel, by acclaimed writer, Aaron Sorkin, starring Jeff Daniels, and directed by Bartlett Sher.
  • Tootsie, the hilarious, updated musical adaptation of the acclaimed 1982 film, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; The Full Monty).
  • Hillary and Clinton, primarily a comedy, written by Lucas Hnath (last year’s triumphant, A Doll’s House, Part 2), starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, directed by Joe Mantello.

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip air, bus service from and to N.Y. airport
  • 4 nights at the four-star Sofitel hotel with breakfast daily except Sunday
  • 4 great theatre events with round trip bus service
  • A trip downtown to the One World Observatory
  • A group lunch
  • An elegant Sunday brunch
  • A $200.00 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

FOR ALL THIS THE COST IS $2,970*.
(Single supplement: $990.00)
You may pay this in 3 installments:
Due now ($990)
Jan 1 ($990)
Feb 1 ($990)

 

IF YOU PLAN ON GOING WITH US, PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW.

Payment plans are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 823-1600 ext 208. Make checks payable to American Stage. Mail to American Stage, Attention: Tom Block, P.O. Box 1560, St. Petersburg, FL, 33731.

*We recommend cancellation insurance. We make every attempt to refund as much money as possible; however, we have financial commitments with signed contracts that we are obligated to meet, and your portion of that financial commitment cannot be refunded.

There are no refunds after final payment is received.For cancellation insurance, please call BJ Lambert at 727-744-2282.

Join us in Canada for THE SHAW FESTIVAL.

THE DATES: July 8-13, 2019

THE BEST THEATRE IN NORTH AMERICA IN A PICTURESQUE CANADIAN TOWN ON THE SHORES OF LAKE ONTARIO

Here’s the plan:
It’s summer in Florida and time to break away to somewhere cooler where the peaches are just coming into season. Time to head back to Canada and the George Bernard Shaw Festival! We’ll spend five nights in the center of this quaint town in the heart of wine country at the welcoming, four-star, Prince of Wales Hotel, an English classic.

Here’s how we’re getting there:
We fly round trip from Tampa to Buffalo, NY, where we will be met and transported to the hotel. Your stay will of course include breakfast daily.
As always, the theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be excellent, as it is some of the best in North America.

This is what we’ll be seeing this year:
BRIGADOON, a feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades with its magical story and classic songs including “Almost Like Being in Love” and “I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean.

SEX – Mae West wrote this one for herself as Margy LaMont, a quick-witted, sharp-tongued prostitute in Roaring Twenties Montreal who is looking for a better life. Funny and frank, this comedy drama got its author locked up for “corrupting the morals of youth.”

GETTING MARRIED – Edith and Cecil were supposed to tie the knot, but a pamphlet has arrived warning them of the dangers of getting married. Bernard Shaw’s timeless comedy demonstrates him at his best as he asks the questions that even now, we would rather ignore – while still making us laugh our socks off.

THE LADYKILLERS, by Graham Linehan – Is it really so hard to kill one little old lady? Based on one of the best-loved British films of all time, this comedy tour-de-force is set in post-World War II London where five oddball crooks pose as an amateur string quintet in order to rent a room from that little old lady.

THE RUSSIAN PLAY, a one-act by Hannah Moscovitch – A small-town flower girl falls for a gravedigger in Stalinist Russia. What can go wrong? This edgy, wildly original homage to the great Russian playwrights will first make you laugh, then take your breath away.

In addition to the theatre, we will be visiting Willowbank, a National Historic Site of Canada and gracious nineteenth-century estate overlooking the Niagara River.

If you’ve never been to Niagara-on-the-Lake, we’re sure you’ll be enchanted with the unique shops, lovely parks, and excellent restaurants. As always, the helpful Tom Block will be our trip planner and leader.

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Tampa; all scheduled, private transportation; all group excursions
  • All theater tickets (always the best seats available)
  • Hotel room and breakfast daily
  • One group lunch and two group dinners
  • A $200 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

FOR ALL THIS THE COST IS $2,670*.
(Single supplement: $800.00)
You may pay this in 3 installments:
Mar 1 ($890)
Apr 15 ($890)
May 15 ($890)

 

IF YOU PLAN ON GOING WITH US, PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW.

Payment plans are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 823-1600 ext 208. Make checks payable to American Stage. Mail to American Stage, Attention: Tom Block, P.O. Box 1560, St. Petersburg, FL, 33731.

*We recommend cancellation insurance. We make every attempt to refund as much money as possible; however, we have financial commitments with signed contracts that we are obligated to meet, and your portion of that financial commitment cannot be refunded.

There are no refunds after final payment is received.For cancellation insurance, please call BJ Lambert at 727-744-2282.

London, Chichester, and Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte

October 21st – 31st, 2019

Join CEO and Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte, together with General Manager and Trip Leader, Tom Block on an unforgettable 10-day adventure in the United Kingdom.

 

Here’s the plan:

We begin our trip in Chichester staying two nights in the coastal village of Bosham. Nestled on 35 private acres, the Millstream Hotel on Chichester Harbor is a traditional British retreat offering breakfast daily. On our first evening, we will enjoy a group welcome dinner. The next day, our fabulous and knowledgeable long-time guide, Gillian Chadwick, will take us to Portsmouth. Highlights may include a visit to the D-Day museum, a harbor tour, a visit to the historic dockyards, Spinnaker Tower, and of course, shops and restaurants. That evening, we will attend a performance of MACBETH at the famous Chichester Festival Theatre. The next day, we will spend the morning in Chichester before heading to exciting London! Following lunch and via private coach, we will take the scenic route through South Downs stopping at Guildford Cathedral.

Once in London, we will spend seven nights at The May Fair, a centrally-located, five-star hotel. While there, we will see three plays selected by Ms. Gularte with an option of attending two to three other plays with her as well. In anticipation of the performances, Ms.Gularte will provide background information on the plays, and will give brief discussions about the plays en route to each performance.  At the hotel, you will be invited to join Ms. Gularte in a conversation about the performances you’ve seen.

While in London we will also visit the new Victoria exhibition at Kensington Palace, and our wonderful guide Gillian will escort us on several other coach tours: a visit to Dennis Severs’ house in Spitalfields, a meticulously crafted 18th century living history museum that follows the generational fortunes of Huguenot silk-weavers; a visit to Hatfield House, a fine Jacobean country house which became a favorite residence of Queen Elizabeth 1 and has recently been featured in The Favourite; a tour of the Globe Theatre; and a tour of Parliament.

Here’s what the trip will include:

  • Round trip air
  • Two nights at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham (breakfast included daily)
  • Four theater experiences selected by Stephanie Gularte
  • An option for additional theater experiences with Stephanie
  • Four theater presentations and play discussions with Stephanie
  • All coach transfers to and from the airport, theaters, and all planned excursions
  • Daily guided tours led by Gillian (Note: Daily tours require a moderate level of mobility, as we will be traversing uneven terrain.)
  • One group dinner and three group lunches
  • A $200 tax deductible donation to American Stage

We will be using longtime American Stage friends, Diane and Nick Morton’s coach company, and we will have the same coach and driver the entire trip. You know how we do it – we’re always looking for exciting things to add, and we’ll pick the best-available plays that are showing in London at the time, as well as the finest restaurants. This is a trip you will not want to miss!

FOR ALL THIS THE COST IS $5,400*.
(Single supplement: $1500.00)
You may pay this in 3 installments:
Due May 30 ($1800)
June 30 ($1800)
August 30 ($1800)

 

IF YOU PLAN ON GOING WITH US, PLEASE LET US KNOW NOW.

Payment plans are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 823-1600 ext 208. Make checks payable to American Stage. Mail to American Stage, Attention: Tom Block, P.O. Box 1560, St. Petersburg, FL, 33731.

*We recommend cancellation insurance. We make every attempt to refund as much money as possible; however, we have financial commitments with signed contracts that we are obligated to meet, and your portion of that financial commitment cannot be refunded.

There are no refunds after final payment is received. For cancellation insurance, please call BJ Lambert at 727-744-2282.