STRATFORD TRIP #1 (discount tickets $34 to $69)

Join us for a fabulous day trip to the Stratford Festival to see a show of your choosing.

Get 30 per cent off regular tickets on five of six shows using our group's discount code!

NOTE: Members who fail to answer all the questions when they RSVP will be automatically moved to "not attending" by the organizer. Answers to all the questions are mandatory for planning purposes.


THE SHOWS & PRICES

Carpool members can choose from among THREE matinee shows:

1. Fiddler on the Roof (musical that affectionately focuses on life in a small Jewish village in early 1990s Russia. Festival Theatre, 55 Queen Street, Stratford)

Discount Tickets: $34.30 (C seats), $53.73 (B seats), $69.23 (A seats) plus HST

Regular Tickets: $49 (C seats), $76.76 (B seats), $98.90 (A seats), $120 (A+ seats) plus HST

2. Blithe Spirit (a light comedy featuring a medium, a seance and a ghost of an ex-wife, as only Noel Coward can write! Avon Theatre, 99 Downie Street, Stratford)*Belinda's pick (she has already seen the stage production of Fiddler on the Roof)

Discount Tickets: $34.30 (C seats), $45.95 (B seats), $53.02 (A seats) plus HST

Regular Tickets: $49 (C seats), $65.65 (B seats), $75.75 (A seats), $97.75 (A+ seats) plus HST

3. Waiting for Godot (an absurdist play in which two characters wait endlessly, and in vain, for the arrival of someone called Godot, written by Samuel Beckett. Tom Patterson Theatre, 111 Lakeside Drive, Stratford)

Discount Tickets: $35.35 (B seats), $44.27 (A seats) plus HST

Regular Tickets: $50.50 (B seats), $63.25 (A seats), $74.75 (A+ seats) plus HST

Members, who travel independently, can add (or only attend) one of THREE evening shows:

4. Tommy (a musical about a young deaf, dumb and blind boy who has an uncanny talent for pinball. Avon Theatre, 99 Downie Street, Stratford)

Discount Tickets: No discount tickets for this show

Regular Tickets: $75 (C seats), $109.25 (B seats), $120.75 (A seats), $143.75 (A+ seats) plus HST

5. Romeo and Juliet (Shakespearean tragedy about two star-crossed lovers. Festival Theatre, 55 Queen Street, Stratford)

Discount Tickets: $34.30 (C seats), $45.95 (B seats), $53.02 (A seats) plus HST

Regular Tickets: $49 (C seats), $65.65 (B seats), $75.75 (A seats), $97.75 (A+ seats) plus HST

6. Mary Stuart (a serious drama about the last days of Mary, Queen of Scots, who is imprisoned in England where her very existence poses a threat to Elizabeth I. Tom Patterson Theatre, 111 Lakeside Drive, Stratford)

Discount Tickets: $45.95 (B seats), $60.37 (A seats) plus HST

Regular Tickets: $65.65 (B seats), $86.25 (A seats), $97.75 (A+ seats) plus HST

Note: Matinee performances of Tommy, Mary Stuart and The Three Musketeers will be offered on a second Stratford day trip on Saturday, July 27, 2013, with discount tickets.

 

DETAILS

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2013

TIME: Car / transportation pools leave Toronto beginning at 8 a.m. Matinees begin at 2 p.m. Evening shows begin at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Stratford, Ontario

MEETUP FEE: $2 cash per attendee (Please pay Belinda exact change when you see her in Stratford)

 

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS

RSVP on this event page and e-mail Belinda for the promo code to get a discount ticket. Call the box office toll free at[masked], ext. 4 and enter your 10-digit phone number when prompted. Box office hours.

Use the promo code to purchase a discount ticket. An $8 handling fee will be charged per order. Please note all seats are discounted except for A+ seating and all Tommy seats. Tickets cannot be booked online.

Members are responsible for purchasing their own tickets from the theatre.

All drivers and independent travellers will receive the promo code promptly and must book their tickets within 48 hours.

Passengers who receive the promo code are guaranteed a transportation spot if they book their tickets within 48 hours.

As soon as you've booked your ticket, please post as an RSVP the following information "Your status (driver, independent traveller or passenger), # of passenbers (if you're a carpool driver), name of show, seat number" as soon as you have booked your ticket.

To do this, login and go to this event page. Click on "change RSVP", input your comment and click on "RSVP" to save.

Failure to post the required information as an RSVP comment within 48 hours of receiving the promo code will result in the member being moved to the "not attending" list!

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Seating is reserved so members may not be able to sit together. However, we will get together before, during and after the shows.

 

MEETUP ARRANGEMENTS

A detailed itinerary (with carpool assignments, maps, etc.) will be posted closer to the Stratford trip date. The general schedule will be as follows:

DEPART TORONTO: Members in the car / transportation pool will depart Toronto beginning at 8 a.m.

COSTUME AND PROPS WAREHOUSE TOUR: Carpool drivers and independent travellers have the option of attending a one-hour tour at 11 a.m. of Stratford's wrehouse of props and costumes -- one of the largest such theatrical warehouses in North America. Passengers who wish to attend the tour, will be assigned (depending on availability) to carpool drivers who are attending the tour. Book your tour at almost 40 per cent off at the same time you book your tickets. Discount ticket: $5 including HST. Regular Ticket: $8 including HST

BROWSING AROUND TOWN: Members who don't attend the warehouse tour are free to browse around the shops in downtown Stratford or along the beautiful river front.

LUNCH: We'll have a picnic in the park by the river (very scenic!). If it's cold or rainy, our picnic will be moved indoors to the Festival Theatre's eating area. Bring your own picnic or pre-order a Festival Theatre picnic lunch for $12 (including tax) (a savings of up to 30 per cent). Picnic lunch options are: Juliet Salad, Musketeer's Lunch Box or Fiddler's Picnic. Book your picnic through the Groups & Schools Department at[masked], ext. 2 Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MATINEE PERFORMANCES: Members will attend the show of their choice beginning at 2 p.m.

DINNER: The group will go out for dinner to Downie Street Burgers at 107 Downie Street, near the Avon Theatre. The reservation is under Belinda's name.

EVENING PERFORMANCES: Independent travellers will attend an evening show of their choice beginning at 8 p.m.

See you in Stratford!


CARPOOLS

Our Toronto drivers are Duarte, Richard and Walter.

Carpool Price: $25 exact cash payable to the driver at the pickup spot before departure. Carpool members will also share parking costs, if any.

Duarte and Richard’s carpools depart at 9 a.m. sharp. Meetup time is 8:45 a.m.

Walter’s carpool at 8 a.m. Meetup time is 7:45 a.m.

If your name does not appear below as a carpool driver, carpool passenger or bus passenger, it means you are an independent traveller.

CARPOOL #1 (Toronto)

DRIVER: Duarte (no tour) (Dinner @ Downie Street Burgers)

MEETUP LOCATION: York Mills subway station (on the Yonge line), passenger pickup area on Old York Mills Road (south end of the subway station ... immediately south of the Shell gas station) MAP

PASSENGERS: Amy, Belinda, Wendy (all not taking the tour) (all pay $25 exact cash to driver)

CARPOOL #2 (Toronto)

DRIVER: Walter (Tour @ 11 a.m.) (Dinner @ Downie Street Burgers)

MEETUP LOCATION: Keele subway station (on the Bloor line), outside the station’s front door

PASSENGERS: Joan, Ophelia and Phyllis (all taking the 11 a.m. tour) (all pay $25 exact cash to driver)

CARPOOL #3 (Toronto West End)

DRIVER: Richard (no tour) (Dinner @ Downie Street Burgers)

MEETUP LOCATION: Kipling subway station (on the Bloor-Danforth line), Kiss and Ride area

PASSENGERS: Margaret, Mark, Bruce (no tour) (all pay $25 exact cash to driver)

Stratford Bus Passengers

JoAnne

Novy

Sharon

LIABILITY WAIVER: By RSVPing yes to this event, you are agree to the following: Thumbs Up Theatre Toronto, its founder/organizer and other event organizers/hosts of this group are not responsible for any injuries, illness, loss or damages, etc. that may result from your participation in this meetup and in the carpool.


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

1. Please remember to bring your show and tour tickets with you. Print them off if they were sent to you electronically via email.

2. Print out the itinerary, maps, carpool assignments email (if you're in the carpool), your carpool contact information email and dinner reservations email, and bring them with you on the trip, so you know where you’re going and how to contact the group in case you get separated.

3. Arrive at your meetup spot early! Your carpool driver will NOT wait for you if you’re late.

4. You must pay your carpool driver $25 exact cash before departure.

5. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave or anything else strongly scented.

6. Carpool drivers: Please make arrangements where you will meet your passengers for the journey home.

7. All members: Please enter Belinda’s contact info into your cellphone. She is the organizer. Texting will be the preferred method of contact if you get separated from the group. Belinda’s cell is (416) 879-7575. Her email is [masked]

8. All members: Please remember to charge up and bring your cell phones (if you have one) and ensure they are on when you’re not in the theatre so you can be contacted if there is a change of plans or if you become separated from the group. You cellphones must be turned off during the performance, as per Thumbs Up’s cellphone policy.

9. Please wear a pair of good walking shoes because you may be doing a lot of walking! Your carpool drivers, as well as independent drivers, will park for the day beside the picnic area by the river. From there, you will walk to the theatre, shops and restaurant and then back to the parking spot after dinner to return home. Drivers will park by the river because it's free and because it's very difficult to get parking in town after the matinee. If you have any mobility problems, please let Belinda know in advance. Bus passengers will be dropped off at the whichever theatre they will be going to.

10. Please pay Belinda the $2 meet up fee (exact change) for you and each of your guests when you see her in Stratford.

 


ITINERARY

7:45 a.m. – Carpool # 2 arrives at Toronto meeup spot

8 a.m. – Carpool # 2 departs Toronto.

8:45 a.m. – Carpools # 1 and # 3 arrive at Toronto meetup spots

9 a.m. - Carpools # 1, # 3 and independent travellers depart Toronto, Oakville and Hamilton

10 a.m. – Bus passengers depart Toronto (follow instructions on your ticket … request dropoff at Festival Theatre if you want to join the group for a picnic)

Directions to Stratford:

  • • Take Hwy 401 west towards Kitchener Waterloo
  • • Take Exit 278 heading north on Hwy 8 towards Kitchener-Waterlo
  • • Take exit onto Hwy 7 / Hwy 8 west to Stratford through New Hamburg and Shakespeare
  • • Arrive at Stratford

10 a.m. – Carpool # 2 (11 a.m. tour) stops at Tim Hortons at 950 Ontario Street, Stratford. Free parking in lot beside Tim Horton’s. Carpool occupants buy sandwich for picnic and use facilities. MAP

10:45 a.m. – Carpool # 2 and independent drivers taking 11 a.m. tour  arrive at Costume and Props Warehouse at 350 Douro Street, Stratford. Park for free in the large parking lot next to the warehouse. Meet Walter outside beside the front door. He looks like his photo and will be holding up a Thumbs Up Theatre sign. Pick up your ticket at the front desk as you enter if you didn’t have it sent electronically to your email account. MAP

11 a.m. – Tour begins

11 a.m. – Carpools #1 and #3 and independent drivers stop at Tim Hortons. (Parking and map see above.)

Noon – Attendees, who have purchased a picnic lunch from the Stratford Festival, can begin picking up their picnic at the lobby café in the Festival Theatre at 55 Queen Street, Stratford. Once you’ve got your picnic lunch, head to the picnic area beside the river directly below the theatre and meet the group in that area. Grab some picnic tables if you can. If raining, meet at the lobby café of Festival Theatre. Look for Belinda wearing a bright pink cowboy-style hat. Park for free in lots beside river. MAP

1 p.m. – Member who are seeing Blithe Spirit will head to the Avon Theatre AT 99 Downie Street on foot.

1:30 p.m. – Members who are seeing Fiddler on the Roof will begin walking up the hill the Festival Theatre.

FESTIVAL THEATRE MAP

AVON THEATRE MAP

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Meet Walter at the Festival Theatre box office. He will be holding up a Thumbs Up Theatre sign. Pick up your ticket at the box office if you didn’t have it sent electronically to your email account. Head to your seats. If you’re late, see Walter in his seat in Orchestra E66.

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Meet Belinda at the Avon Theatre box office. She is very short and will be wearing a bright pink cowboy style hat. If you’re late, see Belinda in her seat in Balcony B126.

2 p.m. – Shows begin

INTERMISSIONS - See your hosts in their seats: Walter in Orchestra E66 at the Festival Theatre and Belinda in Balcony B126 at the Avon Theatre.

4:30 p.m. – Blithe Spirit ends at Avon Theatre.

4:55 p.m. – Fiddler on the Roof ends at the Festival Theatre.

Members are free to walk into town and browse the shops.

5:30 p.m. – All other members having dinner meet in town at Downie Street Burgers at 107 Downie Street, near the Avon Theatre. Reservation is under Belinda’s name.

RESTAURANT MAP

Drivers may want to move their cars close to the restaurant or walk back to the river afterwards to get their vehicles.

After dinner everyone heads home except for members who are staying for evening shows.


 

 


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  • Katrina

    It was a lovely day, great play (Blithe Spirit), and very enjoyable dinner. Kudos to Belinda - it was superbly organized. This was my first meet-up and I was very impressed!

    June 17, 2013

  • Belinda

    Wonderful weather. Wonderful show (Blithe Spirit). The picnic was lovely. The dinner gathering with 30 members and their guests was really nice too.

    A warm welcome to first-time attendee Katrina.

    Members who didn't pay me or one of my hosts the $2 meetup fee for themselves and each of their guests will not receive any further discount promo codes until they pay a $4 penalty fee for themselves and each of their guests (if any).

    This penalty is applied whenever a member receives a discount promo code (as they did for the Stratford trip) and they fail to pay the meetup fee for themselves and their guests.

    June 15, 2013

    • Katrina

      thanks Belinda, for the warm welcome and a lovely day, I really enjoyed the whole experience!

      June 17, 2013

  • Phyllis

    Had a great time. I would do it again.

    June 17, 2013

  • Margaret T.

    "Fiddler on the Roof" was wonderful. I had seen the movie many years ago but it doesn't compare to this live performance. Everything was perfect!

    June 17, 2013

  • duarte

    enjoyed it very much good show the fiddlers on the roof that is

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved Blythe Spirit! Thanks so much Belinda!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The show was great. Unfortunately I got there too late to meet up with anyone and didn't see the group at intermission. I hope it was good for all of you.

    June 16, 2013

  • Larisa S.

    Belinda is an amazing organizer!

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      She's beyond amazing. Frankly, I don't know how she does it.

      1 · June 16, 2013

    • Lisa

      She's SUPER girl!. :)

      1 · June 16, 2013

  • Novy

    Thanks, Belinda, for all your efforts in organizing this event. Seems like a massive undertaking, you certainly have an eye for details. Well done !! The show itself was absolutely delightful. I've seen "Fiddler on the Roof" before but none came close to this performance.

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Novy

    Somewhat daunting. Murphy's Law was in action; however things seem to work out for the better.

    June 16, 2013

  • Sandra

    A great day indeed! Blithe Spirit was totally funny, dinner was lively and the weather perfect! Many thanks to our organizer.

    June 16, 2013

  • Amy

    Love this production of Fiddler on the Roof!

    June 16, 2013

  • Lisa

    Outstanding! Both plays did not disapoint. Fiddler and Tommy. Vastly different but both rewarding in their own diverse ways . I would highly recommend Fiddler to classsic theatre enthusiasts...and viewed Tommy as a play that would appeal to a younger generation. As usual Belinda worked so hard to organize a well planned and thought out event for us to enjoy. <3

    June 16, 2013

  • Julie F

    It was a great day - the weather cooperated and it was very pleasant by the river for our picnic. It was a lot of work for you, Belinda to make all the arrangements and your efforts are greatly appreciated.
    The restaurant was also good and it was great that it was close to the theatre. It was also nice to meet some more members of the group and chat over dinner. Thanks so much for do all of this, Belinda; you are amazing!

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • SarahC

    Fiddler on the Roof was amazing!!! I walked around the lobby looking for Walter with the sign but couldn't find him so I still owe my fee.

    June 16, 2013

    • Belinda

      Sarah: The meetup arrangements were to meet Walter at the box office between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. or during intermission to meet Walter at his seat in Orchestra E66 or Amy in her seat at Balcony F162. These instructions were sent to all attendees.

      June 16, 2013

  • Belinda

    I would like to thank the following members for their help today:

    * Walter who hosted the costume & props tour and who co-hosted Fiddler on the Roof and who also was a carpool driver

    * Richard who co-hosted Blithe Spirit and who was also a carpool driver

    * Amy who co-hosted Fiddler on the Roof * Duarte who was a carpool driver (and in whose car I was a passenger)

    I would also like to thank the Stratford Festival's Group Sales team for arranging our ticket discounts. I would also like to thank Downie Street Burgers for accommodating our large group for dinner.

    And, last but not least, thank you to all the members and their guests who joined us on this fun Stratford day trip today!

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Wendy

    A beautiful day and a delightful show (Blithe Spirit)!

    June 15, 2013

  • Walter

    Excellent!

    June 15, 2013

  • Belinda

    Tim Hortons is closed! We will meet at the next Tim Hortons on right side as you get nearer into town in Stratford

    June 15, 2013

  • Kristina

    Blithe Spirit Aisle CE, Row D, seat 115
    Tommy Blacony E-134
    travelling by bus

    June 15, 2013

  • Kristina

    Blithe Spirit Aisle CE, Row D, seat 115
    Tommy (tbd)
    travelling by bus

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Independant traveler; can take three passengers; Fiddler on the Roof; Balcony B137

    December 29, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Stratford Bus; Fiddler on the Roof; Balcony B137; no tour; will join for picnic

      June 14, 2013

  • dennis

    as per your email, confirming yes for dinner as well belinda...thanks...
    (never been to Bentley's that I recall)

    June 13, 2013

    • Belinda

      Dennis: And nor will you be going to Bentley's on this trip either!

      June 13, 2013

    • dennis

      so I see in your update.... but I've never been to Downie's either, so go with the flow lol...

      June 14, 2013

  • Katrina

    I will be attending Blithe Spirit, seat is in row O, seat 8, independent driver, and coming to dinner

    June 13, 2013

  • Sandra

    I didn't realize there was also a bus going to Stratford - how much is it, if it's not too late to ask?

    June 13, 2013

    • JoAnne

      Hi Sandra, there is a bus that leaves from downtown Toronto, It doesn't look like there are seats available, on the 10:00 am bus but you might want to try calling. - you can find it on the Stratford Festival website under visitor information, transportation.

      June 13, 2013

    • Sandra

      JoAnne, thanks very much.

      June 13, 2013

  • JoAnne

    Taking Stratford Bus - Blithe Spirit A+ Orchestra CE B18 and Tommy A+ Orchestra CE B17, No Tour

    June 13, 2013

  • Margaret T.

    Passenger - Fiddler on the Roof - Seat B41- No Tour

    June 13, 2013

    • Belinda

      Please provide full seating info ... for example, are you in Orchestra or Balcony. We can't find you with the info you have posted.

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was just thinking: if I was a biddy biddy rich deedle didle deedle didle man. Oy.

    June 13, 2013

  • Novy

    Confirmed for Fiddler on The Roof
    Seating C Balcony Aisle 1 Row D Seat 175. No tour.

    June 13, 2013

  • Novy

    Ticket Purchased. Seating C Balcony: Isle 1 Row D Seat 175. No tour. Now I need to know about seating on the bus.

    June 12, 2013

    • Belinda

      I will assign you one bus seat

      June 13, 2013

  • Katrina

    Independent driver, show will depend on what's still available

    June 13, 2013

  • Katrina

    Independent driver, show will depend on what's still available

    June 13, 2013

  • Debra C

    Yes to dinner

    June 13, 2013

  • Lisa

    Independent traveler. Fiddler on the Roof aisle 2 row D seat 161 mat. Tommy aisle CE row k seat 108 yes to picnic, yes to dinner.No tour.

    June 13, 2013

  • SarahC

    I know there is now a $2 fee. I am travelling down with 3 travellers and not going on the tour or lunch or dinner after. IWe are attending Fiddler on the Roof Am I to meet you in the lobby, Belinda, to pay the fee or what should I do?

    June 12, 2013

    • Belinda

      Sarah: I will send out information on this tonight.

      June 13, 2013

  • Novy

    Just need clarification, please. I was told by the booking office that the bus from Toronto going to Stratford is full. Then I was told if I book within 48 hours I would be guaranteed a seat. Should I try to go by train?

    June 12, 2013

    • Belinda

      Please don't worry, Novy. Just book your show ticket and I will arrange either car or bus transportation for you.

      June 13, 2013

  • Margaret T.

    Seat B41 Fiddler on the Roof. No tour

    January 31, 2013

    • Belinda

      Please add your full seating info and travel status

      June 12, 2013

  • shirley

    Independent Traveller. Fiddler on the Roof, C balcony 8F seat 162. no tour

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fiddler Made a Goof, C balcony 1 D 179 - 182, tour 10:30, dinner. Car full with 4 people.

    June 11, 2013

  • Sandra

    Blithe Spirit, driver +1 passenger, section orch, aisle CE row P seat 20, no tour, no lunch, dinner after show.

    June 11, 2013

  • Sandra

    When will we know what the carpooling arrangement is? (I'm a driver and will be driving with a friend)?What is the gas allowance for this trip? What time is dinner?

    June 10, 2013

  • Ron

    Blithe Spirit, Balcony, Centre Row E, Seats 117 & 118, no warehouse tour, no lunch or dinner. Driver, passenger Bella Abramovich, and 3 more passengers.

    May 21, 2013

  • Debra C

    Blithe Spirit, Orchestra, Centre Row P Seat 21, no warehouse tour - Independent Traveller

    May 16, 2013

  • Belinda

    Everyone: As indicated on this event page, I organize the transportation for passengers. This includes assigning the carpools.

    May 15, 2013

  • Bruce

    Driver-3 passengers, Fiddler on the Roof, Balcony,LT5,E,120, Tour 10:30

    May 7, 2013

  • Ophelia

    Passenger - Fiddler on the Roof Matinee Balcony, Section 8 Row F Seat 161; attending Warehouse Tour at 11 AM

    May 7, 2013

  • dennis

    Independent traveller(backup driver). Ticket
    purchased. Balcony. C131, aISLE 4. FIDDLER.

    January 30, 2013

  • SarahC

    Independent Traveller.
    Fiddler on the Roof. Tickets Balcony . aisle 4 B[masked], C[masked]

    January 28, 2013

  • Sandra

    Blithe Spirit, driver +1 passenger, section orch, aisle CE row P seat 20, no tour, no lunch, dinner after show.

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Independent driver, Blythe Spirit, Bal E112, no tour

    January 27, 2013

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