2016 Shakespeare Festival Trip Information

Shakespeare Feature
Merit Academy
2016 Shakespeare Festival
Trip Information

Shakespeare Info Packet 2016 – click here for a printable version of the information and the information packet you need to fill out to go on the trip.

Merit Academy is very excited to offer a summer Shakespeare Festival trip in July 2016.  This is a great opportunity travel with a great group of people, see some great theater, have some good fun, and earn High School credit in the process.

We will be traveling to see the recent Broadway Disney hit, Mary Poppins; the classic Marx Brothers musical, The Cocoanuts; the Shakespeare classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing; and the epic Shakespeare history, Henry V.  This is a great season offering that will give a good mix of various styles of world-class theater.  Additionally, we will be offering after school club gatherings where we will read the Shakespeare plays and prepare to see these great shows.

Who May Attend

Merit students, parents, students from other schools and others wishing to be chaperons are invited to attend.  The price is the same for all attendees.  Students who have not completed the 8th grade by May 2016 need to be accompanied by a parent.  Attendees must be able to adhere to generally accepted expected behavior, follow given instructions and generally take care of personal needs or be accompanied by a parent or other designated caregiver.  Only students who have completed the 8th grade by May 2016 are eligible to pursue and receive High School credit for the trip (0.5 English elective).  Students do not need to attend Merit Academy to receive High School credit, but must be able to attend the club courses as outlined below held at Merit Academy to be scheduled in March through May.

Itinerary

March – May – After school club class time where we will read Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V as well as discuss the themes and histories in those and the other plays we will be seeing.  Students will be asked to do some small projects in conjunction with the readings of Much Ado and Henry V.  Exact times subject to change, but we anticipate meeting on Wednesdays or Thursdays after school from 3:15-4:15 from the week of March 21st to the Week of May 16th (no class over Spring Break.)  In order to receive the optional English elective credit, students must attend this class at least six of the eight class periods.

Monday, July 11, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Leave Springville to drive to Cedar City.
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Arrive in Cedar city, look around the festival, eat food they bring with them.
2:00 p.m. – See Mary Poppins in Randall Theater.
5:00 p.m. – Free time for dinner. Attendees may eat food they bring with them or go out to eat* nearby.
8:00 p.m. – See Much Ado About Nothing in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theater.
11:00 p.m. – Travel to hotel to sleep.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
8:00 a.m. – Awake, get ready, eat breakfast.
9:30 a.m. – Leave hotel to travel to festival.
10:15 a.m. – Take the official Backstage Tour of the festival.
11:30 a.m. – Free time for lunch.
2:00 p.m. – See The Cocoanuts in Randall Theater
5:00 p.m. – Free time for dinner. Attendees may eat food they bring with them or go out to eat nearby*.
8:00 p.m. – See Henry V in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theater.
11:00 p.m. – Travel back to Springville.  Arrive in Springville around 1:30 a.m.

Costs

Cost per attendee: $210

Optional $35 ($245 total) fee for those wishing to receive a half-year High School English elective credit (0.5).  Only those who have completed the 8th grade by May 2016 are eligible for this credit.

This price includes a generous $44/per person discount offered to our group by the Shakespeare Festival.

Payment and refund schedule
Due date           Amount Due   Total Paid      Amount refundable
Oct. 15, 2015        $40.00           $40.00           $20.00
Nov. 13, 2015       $40.00           $80.00           $40.00
Dec. 11, 2015       $40.00           $120.00         $40.00
Jan. 15, 2016        $40.00           $160.00         $40.00
Feb. 19, 2016       $50.00           $210.00         $50.00
March 21, 2016   ($35.00)        ($245.00)        $0.00
                             (Credit fee)(Credit fee total)

Fundraising
    Humanities students will have the opportunity to fundraise for this trip through the stadium chairs fundraiser.  Space to help with stadium chairs is limited.  Experienced and older students have priority.  Other fundraisers would need to be coordinated and organized by parents.

Travel Allowance
    We are planning to have parents who are coming on the trip to drive students to and from Cedar City.  All drivers will receive a $22 travel credit discount toward the cost of their trip per person traveling in their car including themselves.  For example, a person driving a sedan with 4 attendees plus themselves (5 attendees total) will receive a $110 discount for their trip.  The drive back is a late trip (about 11:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.).  Drivers should be prepared to make this late night drive.

Inclusions
    The cost of the trip includes all show tickets, backstage tour ticket, attendance for the club class sessions in March to May, travel to and from Cedar City from Merit Academy and hotel accommodations for one night in Cedar City.  The price does not include any food or souvenirs.

Food

Day 1
Lunch – All should bring a sack lunch with them to eat upon arrival at the festival.
Dinner – You may choose to bring your own dinner.  Food you bring with you must be able to sit in a hot car during our first show, OR you may choose to travel with those who plan to eat out.  Where people go to eat will be coordinated by those on the trip that evening. 

Day 2
Breakfast – will be provided either by hotel or by us.
Lunch – You may choose to travel to eat with those who want to eat out, OR we will have a group travel to the local Walmart where you may get food for lunch.
Dinner – We would like to have a special group dinner together at a local restaurant.
Depending on choices attendees should have $20 – $45 for food.
Contact and Information

Information

Information for the Shakespeare Festival trip can be obtained from Miss Newman and Mr. Duffin.  The best ways to get information are listed below.
EMAIL: merithumanities@gmail.com
WEB: merithumanities.com
TEXT ALERTS AND CHAT: text @mhshakes to 81010 to get text alerts you can respond to.

Booking Process

Reserving Your Spot

In order to reserve your spot for the trip follow the steps below:
Fill out the information sheet included in the packet link.

Pay at least the initial $40.00 in the registrar office and obtain a receipt.  This first payment reserves your discounted tickets with the festival.  Without this we can not guarantee the discounted ticket prices.  Ticket prices go up $44 without this discount.

Return the receipt with the completed information form to Miss Newman or Mr. Duffin in person by Oct. 15, 2015.

Payments

The payment scheduled is set up to allow us to meet the obligations we need to make in order to make and keep the reservations for the trip.  Payments need to be made on time.  We can not guarantee placement or prices to those who make late payments.  Late payments may result in loss of place on the trip or a raise in price for the trip. 

Fundraising Payments

Money that has been earned through a fundraiser may be used as payment at any time after the money has been received by the school.  Money earned with the stadium chair fundraiser will be credited towards the attendee’s balance immediately after the event.  Other fundraisers will have their own timeline on when funds are available.  In accordance with law, at no time is fundraising money refundable to the attendee.  In the event of cancellation, refund amounts may not exceed what the attendee has paid out of pocket.

In the event that combined out of pocket and fundraising payments exceed the total amount, attendees are entitled to a refund of the difference not exceeding the amount of out of pocket payments.  No over payment refunds will be paid until the entire commitment ($210 for trip or $245 for trip and credit) has been met.

Fundraising money may only be used for Merit students who earned the money.  The funds are not transferable to other attendees including family members.

Cancellation

Cancellation may occur at the request of the attendee, due to failure of payment, or due to major school discipline resulting in long-term suspension or expulsion.  In cases of cancellation the refund amount the attendee is entitled to is limited to the amount listed in the payment schedule above.

Receiving Credit

Students may receive one half year (0.5) credits of High School English elective credit.  This credit does count towards the 4th year of English required for graduation.  Students must have completed the 8th grade by June 2016 to be eligible to receive this credit.

It is expected that all students seeking High School credit declare their desire and make the $35 payment before the first class to be held the week of March 21st.  In order to receive the credit students must attend at least 6 of the 8 scheduled club class sessions, complete the given assignments and attend the entirety of the festival trip.

Students who decide they would like to receive credit after the opening session may do so on consultation with the teacher and provided they have completed all requirements up to that point (attendance and assignments).

Students wishing to obtain high school credit for attending must attend a one hour, once a week after school class between March and May where we will read Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V as well as discuss the themes and histories in those and the other plays we will be seeing.  Students will be asked to do some small projects in conjunction with the readings of Much Ado and Henry V.  Exact times subject to change, but we anticipate meeting on Wednesdays or Thursdays after school from 3:15-4:15 from the week of March 21st to the Week of May 16th (no class over Spring Break.)  In order to receive the optional English elective credit, students must attend this class at least six of the eight class periods and complete necessary projects.

Students not seeking credit are encouraged to attend and participate in the sessions in preparation for the trip to Cedar City.  This is a valuable part of the experience and included in the price of the trip.  However, they are not under the same strict requirements as those seeking credit.

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