It is wonderful getting away.
We started out our journey but cutting the eight hour car journey in half by staying with friends, our good friends with a lake home near Ann Arbor, Michigan. For the past few years, we have been staying with them overnight, making our trip so much easier and with a very fun beginning.
John (our eldest son’s father-in-law) and his wife are wonderful people who open their doors to us as we wend our way to Stratford. After a nice afternoon and evening with them, we get some rest, breakfast with them in the morning, and then finish up our trip.
This year, the trip has had the following plays: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Rocky Horror Show, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare), An Ideal Husband (Oscar Wilde), and will include Julius Caesar (Shakespeare), Napoli Milionaria, and Paradise Lost.
So far, all the plays have been great. Our only issues were the narrator, adult Scout, who just seemed off in her southern accent and basically not right for the part in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Comedy of Errors which seemed hard to follow. Overall, it has been an incredible season and one we knew would be that way even before arrival.
It is a few days in and it is Monday, no play day, and we spent it with a meeting with the Stratford Festival liaison for our committee, the Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival, to talk about future plans and how we are planning to do a Stratford Film screening at Oakton Community College where I teach part-time. Following that, we did a little shopping and then read our books and swam in the salt water pool at the B&B.
It is just so nice to get away.