One Month Until Season 11!

Friends-of-Will-logoFront of House Volunteer positions and Training

There are positions open for Front of House volunteers. FOH includes ushers, Will Guides, and assisting with parking and concessions (during the Apprentice production).   Front of House training is June 17, 19, and July 9.  New and returning Front of House Volunteers are encouraged to attend to learn what’s new and meet Annika Gunderson, the new House Manager.  Kate Carlson from Visit Winona will provide additional information for Will Guides at the  June 17 session.  Sessions begin at 6:30 PM at the Winona State Performing Arts Center (PAC). Park in the Main and Mark St. lot.

Meal Hosting during tech Week

The Hospitality Team that provides meals to cast and crew during their grueling “Tech” week is looking for additional volunteers! This is one of the most fun ways to volunteer for the Festival and interact with company members. Select the Volunteer Local link below to learn more and sign up.

VolunteerLocalRegister for FOH positions and volunteer training, and hosting meals using Volunteer Local.

Help at WOW

WOW-button-2014-21The Will’s Opening Weekend Committee (WOW) needs volunteers to help with WOW events.   There are two WOW weekends this year to celebrate the opening of three plays. WOW Events.  WOW Volunteer opportunities are:

Friday, June 27, Merry Wives of Windsor opening. Reception at Winona Public Library, post-show, and Parade from Levee pre-show.
Greeting; Directing; Parade Route Guides; Selling WOW buttons, pre- and post-show; and other tasks as needed.
Saturday, June 28, Hamlet opening. Directors’ Reception, 4:30 – 6 PM, help needed 4:00-6PM.
Greeting; Directing Attendees from Green and to event in Kryszko Commons; Selling WOW buttons at name tag table; and other tasks as needed.
Saturday, July 5th, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead opening, Post-show party at the Carriage House.
Selling WOW buttons; and other tasks as needed.

Want to volunteer?  Please contact Laura Feller,

WOW buttons are for sale in the GRSF office.
A $10.00 button is your “ticket” to all three parties.

Like to sew?

The GRSF costume shop could use more volunteers for hand-sewing and other miscellaneous tasks.  If you are interested in assisting contact Marci Franklin, GRSF Costume Shop Supervisor,

Do you Have? 

GRSF office staff are requesting in-kind donations to help provide company members with supplies for their East Lake apartments.  They are especially looking for new or “like new”

  • Flat-screen TV’s
  • Bikes
  • Pots and pans
  • Kitchen towels
  • Hot mitts
  • Small cutting boards
  • Glass drinking glasses (not juice size)
  • Plates and bowls

If you have any of these items to donate please contact Rob Thomas, Company Manager.

Do you have a vintage wooden scooter or scooter parts?
Nicki Kulas, GRSF Properties Manager is looking for a vintage scooter. Staff will likely be building scooters, “but we need parts like handles, wood bottoms, old wood skateboards, and wheels. Contact Nicki Kulas,

Hire an Apprentice!

GRSF Apprentice company members are once again available to help you with house and yard projects.  Apprentices are generally available on Mondays. The rate that most people tend to pay is around $10, although it has certainly varied from time to time.  If you would like to support these hard working College and University students please send the required information to Lauren Smith, Education Coordinator. Send the information listed below in an email message to      Include:

Best time to call:
Email address:
Date (s) work desired (REMINDER: Most apprentices are only available on Mondays):
Description of Job (nature of work, special requirements):
Location of Job: Is transportation available to this location?
Time Commitment for Job (number of hours):
Number of Apprentices requested:
Amount Paid per Hour:


Supporting the GRSF company throughout Spring

Team Chariot members provided transportation for several company members from area airports to Winona   or from the Amtrak station to their Winona homes. Move in/Out team members assisted with moving housing items Move in /Move Out team members from the GRSF warehouse to the Winona State University East Lake Apartments.


Team Chariot member Ron Stevens with John Maltese, GRSF actor at the Rochester airport.


Move in /Move Out team members Dale Newcomb, Bob Williams and Vicki Englic



Visit this blog throughout Season 11 for updates!


Get Carried Away with the Callithump Raffle Quilt

The Will Quilt team is completing this season’s  queen size quilt for the Callithump raffle. Tickets will be available in the gift shop and from FOW.


The Friends of Will welcome new Friends!

Friends-of-Will-logoIf you are not a Friend of Will or if you did not volunteer in 2012 or 2013 you can join the Friends of Will using this easy form.  Questions: Contact Mary Alice Anderson, or Terry Hawkings,, FOW Steering Committee Co-Chairs.



One response to “One Month Until Season 11!

  1. Pingback: Season 11 begins in 10 days! | Great River Shakespeare Festival Blog

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