On September 12, students and staff members will embark on the annual fall trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.
The group’s vans will leave Thursday and return on Monday, Sept. 15.
Along with Dean of Students Ellis Hall, students will be traveling with Vice President for Academic Affairs David Brailow, Client Services Manager Jeremy Smelser, Professor Linda Airey and Professor Sherri Hall. They will be staying at Stratford General Hospital in the Nurse’s Residence.
Students are required to have their passports, a release of liability and international travel forms filled out in order to go on the trip. The cost of the trip is $280, which includes everything aside from money for food or souvenirs.
Hall suggests any student that is able should take the trip.
“It’s a nice little break three weeks into the semester,” Hall said.
Hall, who has led the trip since it began at Franklin College in 2002, said he has traveled to see the Stratford Shakespeare plays since 1987 at his previous job and suggested the idea when he came to FC. He sends out an email each year in early April to gauge interest, and any student can sign up for the trip.
This year, the group is scheduled to watch Tommy at 8 p.m. on Friday. They will see Romeo and Juliet at 2 p.m. and The Merchant of Venice at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Hall also mentioned a fourth show, Taking Shakespeare, which will play at 2 p.m. on Friday, but that is not included in the itinerary. Students may voluntarily attend this show on their own.
Hall said he enjoys seeing the same actors or actresses playing different roles in various plays.
“That always impresses me to see an actor playing two different roles,” he said.
Junior Allyn Pearson said she is looking forward to attending the Stratford Shakespeare Festival since she has not attended before. She signed up over the summer. At first, she said she was not sure if she wanted to go, but then she heard about the three plays she would be able to see.
“I am spending the money to go see (the plays),” Pearson said.
Senior Johnny Bretz will be going to the festival for his third year. He said he is looking forward to seeing the first play, Tommy, as well as relaxing for the weekend. The first year he went was full of so many different experiences, he said, and this year he is hoping that he will be more accustomed to the area.
Bretz said that the trip “widens the perspective on theatre” and that it is different from a school play.
The busses will be leaving as soon as possible on Thursday based on when students get out of classes. Hall said he enjoys going on the trip with students because it is inexpensive and may be a student’s chance to see his or her first live play.
“It is a great chance to experience life in another country,” he said.