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ChicagoSouth Florida Theater Tour
American Stage Holiday
at the Breakers

THE DATES: Dec 8 - 12, 2014

How about making this holiday season extra special? We made this trip last year, and everyone said it was one of the best American Stage trips ever. Although we won’t be traveling very far, when we reach our destination, we will be enjoying holiday cheer, decorations, and festivities at one of the finest ocean-front paradises in the world – the five-star Breakers in Palm Beach. We’ll also be enjoying the beautiful displays of decked out mansions and exclusive shopping areas. 


On December 8th, our private coach will pick us up and take us to Palm Beach. We looked into flying, but we thought with airport security and the other hassles of flying, it would just be easier to drive stopping for lunch along the way. We will check into the hotel and have a nice group dinner that evening. (You’ll have breakfast daily in the opulent hotel dining room). We’ll be planning several activities and outings in the Palm Beach area:

  • a visit to the Society of the Four Arts including the Philip Hulitar sculpture garden and the Eos Art botanical garden
  •  a visit to the Whitehall Christmas exhibit at the Flagler Museum. Whitehall’s first floor is decorated in traditional Gilded Age splendor. The focal point is a 16-foot tall Christmas tree in the Grand Hall adorned with colored electrical lights and traditional Gilded style ornaments.
  • a Gilded Age style lunch at Café des Beaux Arts at the Flagler Museum
  • and of course, great theater!


We’ll attend three plays at the area’s finest professional theater companies, two of which feature legendary theatre performers:

  • My Old Lady by Israel Horovitz
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Mame
    Starring LESLIE UGGAMS

Additionally, we will enjoy another group lunch and a farewell dinner. You’ll also have free time to enjoy the wonderful five-star amenities at The Breakers


We certainly hope that you will consider joining your Tripper friends for another memorable American Stage experience. If you haven’t traveled with us before, you’ll be sure to make new friends, and if you have, you’ll enjoy catching up with the group.

We offer all this for $2490, which includes:

  • Four nights at the five-star Breakers
  • Breakfast daily in the fabulous Breakers dining room
  • All coach services
  • Round-trip baggage transfer
  • Two group lunches and dinners
  • Three South Florida theater experiences
  • Guided tours and a museum visit                
  • A $200 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

FOR ALL THIS, THE COST IS $2,490. (Single supplement: $750)

You may pay this in 3 installments:
Due Now ($830)
September 30th ($830)
Final payment October 30th ($830)

Because of the limited space at the hotel at this popular time of year, we must commit to our room count right away, and therefore, we need to confirm our plans quickly. If you want to join us, please call Tom Block at 727-823-1600, ext. 208 or Tinker McKee at 727-895-4835.  

For cancellation insurance, please call BJ Lambert at 727-528-8714.

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I saw a man, he danced with his wife in Chicago, Chicago my hometown!"

THE DATES: October 22 - 26, 2014

This wonderful city with great theater, food, architecture, museums, and let’s not forget, shopping awaits!


We fly direct nonstop to Chicago Midway where we are met by our private coach to take us to the Chicago Sofitel Water Tower, right in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. The bus will be with us during the entire trip for transporting to theatres and all events. One of the many reasons we choose the Sofitel is that in addition to its outstanding service, ALL rooms have a walk-in shower and a bath tub. With its 4-star rating, the Sofitel also has an excellent restaurant where we will enjoy breakfast daily. We’ll also a group dinner, a group lunch, and an elegant Sunday brunch.

In addition to theater, we have arranged for a half-day Frank Lloyd Wright bus tour with the Chicago Architectural Society. The tour will include a one-hour visit to his home and studio as well as to his beloved “little jewel box” Unity Temple.

The trip will also include a private docent-led tour of the Art Institute of Chicago, considered one of the finest museums in the world. After our tour, we’ll have lunch at the museums’ Terzo Piano, headed by Tony Mantuano, who has been delighting Chicagoans for years at Spaggia, the only 4-star Italian restaurant in Chicago. Terzo Piano is one of Chicago’s top lunch destinations.


The four nights we are there will be filled with THEATRE, and Chicago theater is known as some of the best in the world. Shows that are already booked include the following:

  • The Night Alive by Conor McPherson, a compelling new drama that the New York Times calls “extraordinary”
  • Voted number one in the Chicago Tribune’s Best Theater 2013 list, Smokefall, a lyrical treatise exploring the fragility of life and the power of love (at the Goodman with its original cast)
  • Amazing Grace, a world-premiere musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song
  • Lifeline Theatre’s streamlined and powerful production of the Victorian classic Jane Eyre


  • Round trip airfare, and bus service from and to Chicago airport
  • 4 nights in the luxurious Sofitel with breakfast daily
  • 4 great theatre events with round trip bus service
  • A visit to the Art Institute with lunch
  • A Frank Lloyd Wright tour including a visit to his home in Oak Park
  • A splendid group dinner and an elegant Sunday brunch

The helpful Tom Block is our trip leader. You also will be contributing $200.00 to American Stage and you will be in the company of nice people with whom you’ll really enjoy traveling.

FOR ALL THIS, THE COST IS $2,655.00. (Single supplement: $750.00)

You may pay this in 3 installments:
Due Now ($885);
July 15 ($885);
Final payment September 7th ($885).

DON’T WAIT--THIS TRIP SELLS OUT FAST! 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.

Please note: We cannot provide refunds after the final payment has been received. For travel cancellation insurance, please call BJ Lambert at (727) 528-8714.

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THE DATES: July 28 - August 2

At Niagara-on-the-Lake, the peaches are ripe, the music festival in in town, and the theatre is the best in North America!


A temperate climate, sumptuous meals, and world-class theater – we must be going 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 which is often listed among the 100 best in the world.


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.


  • The edgy classic musical, Cabaret, book by Joe Masteroff, music and lyrics by Kander and Ebb
  • Edward Bond’s contemporary masterpiece, The Sea (a dramatic mix of comedy and politics)
  • The Tennessee Williams’ one-act A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, which explores the comic side of heartbreak
  • Arms and the Man, by Bernard Shaw, his classic “anti-romantic comedy”
  • We enjoy an excellent Sunday brunch together.
  • When We Are Married, by J.B. Priestley, is a comedy that has couples exploring either “a second chance at love or a sweet escape?”
  • As an added bonus, we will attend a concert at the Niagara Music Festival

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.


  • 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

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 $2,550.00. (Single supplement: $700.00)
You may pay this in 3 installments:
Due Now ($850)
April 1 ($850)
June 15 ($850)

DON’T WAIT--THIS TRIP SELLS OUT FAST! 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.

Trip cancellation insurance is available. Call BJ at (727) 528-8714.

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"You put together and ran a wonderful trip. Thanks so much. It really was special and I hope to join you again on a future trip."

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"There is no way to express how much I enjoyed the London experience with American Stage. First of all, it was such a joy to be with such a great group of people. It was more than special to have such a larger than life guy to keep us all under his wing. The trip itinerary was most fulfilling and engaging… I really hope I will be able to travel with American Stage again on another adventure."

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