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.)

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.

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AMERICAN STAGE’S FAMOUS NEW YORK TRIP IS ALL SET—ALL WE NEED IS YOU!

THE DATES: MARCH 29 – APRIL 2

 

 

 

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

  • We fly nonstop to New York.
  • We’re met by our trusty bus to transport us to the SOFITEL, 45th 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 New York Botanical Garden for their special orchid show, and we have lunch at the Hudson Garden Grill in the gardens.
  • 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! Here are the shows we will be seeing:

  • Oslo – a darkly funny new play at Lincoln Center that explores how those involved in the 1993 Iraeli-Palestinian peace agreement overcame their fears and mistrust of one another to craft the accord
  • Sunset Boulevard – Glenn Close reprises her Tony-winning role in this paired down version coming directly from London.
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 – This new musical, based on a love story from War and Peace, stars Josh Groban in his Broadway debut.
  • Come From Away – On September 12, 2001, over 6,000 international airline passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. This critically acclaimed and uplifting new musical is about the local community that opened its homes and hearts to them.

Of course, if exciting new shows pop up, our ticket guru, Caryl, is always watching out for us.

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip air, bus service from and to N.Y. airport
  • 4 nights in a luxury hotel with breakfast daily except Sunday
  • 4 great theatre events with round trip bus service
  • A day trip with lunch
  • An elegant Sunday brunch
  • A $200.00 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

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.

FOR ALL THIS THE COST IS  $2,880.00
Single Supplement: $800

PAYMENTS
Payment plans are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 823-1600 ext 208 or Tinker McKee (727) 895-4835.

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.

  • "Just wanted to let you know that we both had a great time in London. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. From where we stood, everything seemed to go incredibly smoothly… I look forward to joining American Stage [Trippers] again in the future."

  • Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

    "These kids amaze me with what they come up with and how they support each other. It is truly a blessing to be around such a smart and creative bunch of students."
-Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

Come discover the place Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne came for inspiration.

THE DATES: JULY 9 – 14, 2017

 

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

Nestled among rivers, lakes, and rolling hills, the Berkshires is a region in Western Massachusetts known for quaint villages and world-class arts performances. We will spend five nights at the historic Red Lion Inn in the center of the lovely little New England village of Stockbridge. A fabulous, New England breakfast is included daily.

Highlights of our trip will include the following:

  • A concert at Tanglewood conducted by Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony. The performance will be held in the acoustically-rich Ozawa Hall and will feature trumpet players Hakan Hardenberger and Thomas Rolfs.
  • A performance and dinner at Jacob’s Pillow featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company. (We will also visit the Norman Rockwell Museum.)
  • A day in Williamstown including a visit to the world-famous Clark Art Institute.
  • A performance at the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival.
  • An additional theatre experience at either the Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage, or Shakespeare and Company. None of these theaters have announced their season to date, but we have been assured that Williamstown will have a performance the day we are there. The itinerary will also include some of the seasonal offerings that have yet to be announced.

We have hired a local guide who will be with us for three full days and will lead us through the best that the Berkshires have to offer. The trip will also include two group dinners and two group lunches.

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip, nonstop airfare from and to Tampa
  • Private bus service from and to the airport and all events
  • 5 nights at the historic Red Lion Inn with its fabulous New England breakfast daily
  • 2 theater experiences at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and either the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, or Shakespeare and Company
  • A dance performance at Jacob’s Pillow
  • A concert at Tanglewood in Ozawa Hall conducted by Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Andris Nelsons.
  • A visit to the Norman Rockwell museum
  • A visit to the Clark Art Institute
  • 2 special group dinners and 2 group lunches
  • Hotel baggage handling
  • A $200 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

The helpful Tom Block is our trip leader, and you will be in the company of nice people with whom you’ll enjoying traveling. We know that this Berkshire experience is more than worth it!

FOR ALL THIS THE COST IS  $2,775.00
Single Supplement: $700

PAYMENTS
Payment plans are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 823-1600 ext 208 or Tinker McKee (727) 895-4835.

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.

  • "Just wanted to let you know that we both had a great time in London. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. From where we stood, everything seemed to go incredibly smoothly… I look forward to joining American Stage [Trippers] again in the future."

  • Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

    "These kids amaze me with what they come up with and how they support each other. It is truly a blessing to be around such a smart and creative bunch of students."
-Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

Join us at the SHAW FESTIVAL 2017 and see the best theatre in North America at Niagara on the Lake!

THE DATES: August 28 – September 2, 2017

Here are the Details:

A temperate climate, world class chefs, wine, and theater – we must be going back to Canada and the George Bernard Shaw Festival! As if that isn’t enough, in August, fresh produce will be at its peak! 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.

Under the direction of the Shaw Festival’s new Artistic Director, Tim Carroll, here’s the theater we’ll see:

  • St. Joan, Bernard Shaw’s Nobel prize-winning play surrounds the life of the most remarkable teenage girl in history.
  • Wilde Tales, lunch-time one-acts by Oscar Wilde that delight and inspire the child in each of us.
  • Me and My Girl, the delightful musical comedy classic.
  • Dracula, Liz Lochhead’s sexy, funny adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic
  • The Madness of George III, Alan Bennett’s most popular play about the real men and women behind the icons we create

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 air fare from Tampa; all private scheduled, private transportation; all group excursions
  • All theater tickets (always the best seats available)
  • Hotel room and breakfast daily
  • Three group lunches and/or dinners
  • A $200 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

PAYMENTS

Divided payment dates:
1st – April 1st ($840)
2nd – May 15th ($840)
3rd – June 15th ($840)

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 823-1600 ext 208 or Tinker McKee (727) 895-4835.

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.

  • "Just wanted to let you know that we both had a great time in London. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. From where we stood, everything seemed to go incredibly smoothly… I look forward to joining American Stage [Trippers] again in the future."

  • Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

    "These kids amaze me with what they come up with and how they support each other. It is truly a blessing to be around such a smart and creative bunch of students."
-Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

Join us in London & Salisbury this Fall.

THE DATES: October 10 – 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the Details:

Join Producing Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte on an unforgettable 10-day adventure in the United Kingdom. We begin our trip in the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury where we will spend two nights at the Rose and Crown Hotel, a beautiful location overlooking the river and within walking distance of the city center. On our first evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at Grillado. The next day, our fabulous tour guide, Gillian Chadwick, will take us on a tour through the New Forest as we explore the southern villages of England including Lyndhurst and Lymington with their many fine shops, eateries, and Lymington’s scenic harbor. Later that evening, we will enjoy the famous Choral Evensong at the Salisbury Cathedral. The next day, we will make our way to London with a stop in Avebury, an extraordinary Neolithic ceremonial site and in Marlborough, Wiltshire’s most vibrant market town, for lunch.

Once in London, we will spend seven nights at The May Fair, a centrally-located, five-star hotel. While in London, we will see four plays selected by Ms. Gularte, who will also give a presentation on the plays prior to the performances and will lead a discussion of the productions following the performances. While in London we will also tour the royal Eltham Palace, an amalgam of Art Deco/Medieval architecture, near Greenwich. We’ll also visit the Charterhouse, a former fourteenth-century Carthusian monastery as well as Bletchley Park, a large Victorian mansion where The Imitation Game is set and where British code-breakers cracked WW II German communication. Plus, we’ll enjoy a legal London tour visiting the Inns of Court, Temple Church, Royal Courts of Justice, and lunch at the Ye Old Cheshire Cheese.

As always, the helpful Tom Block will be our trip leader.

 

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip direct non-stop British Air, Tampa to Gatwick
  • Two nights at the Legacy Rose and Crown, Salisbury (breakfast daily at the hotel)
  • Seven nights at the 5 STAR May Fair (breakfast daily at the hotel)
  • Evening worship at the Salisbury Cathedral
  • Four London theater experiences selected by Stephanie Gularte
  • Four theater presentations and post-play discussions with Stephanie
  • All coach transfers to and from the airport, theaters, and all planned excursions
  • Six 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 family 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! Whether you’re a seasoned American Stage Tripper or this is your first trip with us, you’re sure to leave with many new friends and lasting memories. We always have a grand time!

FOR ALL THIS THE COST IS  $5100 (Limited number of Coach Plus airline seating for an additional $400.00.)
Single Supplement: $1100

PAYMENTS

Divided payment dates:
1st – April 25th ($1700)
2nd – June 25th ($1700)
3rd – August 25th ($1700)

 

  • "Just wanted to let you know that we both had a great time in London. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. From where we stood, everything seemed to go incredibly smoothly… I look forward to joining American Stage [Trippers] again in the future."

  • Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

    "These kids amaze me with what they come up with and how they support each other. It is truly a blessing to be around such a smart and creative bunch of students."
-Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

Payment plans are available.

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 823-1600 ext 208 or Tinker McKee (727) 895-4835.

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.

  • "Just wanted to let you know that we both had a great time in London. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. From where we stood, everything seemed to go incredibly smoothly… I look forward to joining American Stage [Trippers] again in the future."

  • Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

    "These kids amaze me with what they come up with and how they support each other. It is truly a blessing to be around such a smart and creative bunch of students."
-Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist