Front of House Scheduling, Hire an Apprentice (2016)

Hire an Apprentice

This summer we are so fortunate to have a very ambitious, talented group of Apprentices as part of our GRSF family! Similar to years past, there are a good handful of them that have made it to Winona on a shoe-string budget. In reinvigorating the Hire-an-Apprentice program, we hope that these ambassadors of the festival can go out into the community and earn some extra money for groceries, gas and maybe a little bit of fun while here in Winona. The rate of pay is $12.00 – $15.00 per hour. If you have any cleaning, yard work, or general labor that you’re looking for assistance with, please fill out this form and we will schedule an Apprentice to get it done! Thank you so much for your generosity. Note: Apprentices are only available to work on Mondays. However, Once they know the job they MAY be able to help anytime they have free hours. After your form is submitted Friends of Will Co-chair Terry Hawkings will match you and your request with an apprentice.  Click here Hire an Apprentice

Front of House Sign up

It’s the day you’ve all been waiting for: Usher Sign-Up for GRSF Season 13 is now available! Registration is live for all three professional productions As You Like ItJulius Caesar, and Georama, as well as the Front Porch Events and Apprentice/Intern Production of Coriolanus. We’re so grateful that our ushers share their time with us, and this season we want to make sure that all interested ushers get the opportunity to sign-up. Please only sign up for one or two shifts until May 25. After that, we’ll send another reminder to let you know it’s fine to sign up for more.

This year when you register with Volunteer Local, you’ll be asked to sign up for a training date. Usher training is mandatory this year, and all ushers must complete training prior to opening. Please contact Emily Kurash Emilyat with questions, or if you have a conflict with all the dates listed. Most importantly, stay tuned! There are additions that happen throughout the season, and we may have performances or events that get shifts added. Thank you so much for your time and effort, and we’ll see you in a few short weeks!
Emily Kurash, Director of Marketing

Costume Shop Needs Overcoats; Production would like a hardanger fiddle

The costume shop  is looking for classic men’s wool overcoats in neutral colors…grey, khaki, olive…maybe navy,  not black. They can be long or long car length.  They will also take all donations of overcoats, light overcoats, and trenchcoats.  Please bring to the GRSF office or contact Marci Franklin, GRSF  costume shop supervisor.    The Production team would like to borrow a hardanger fiddle to use in As You Like It.   Does anyone have one to loan?

Friends of Will Eau Claire

GRSF and the Friends of Will welcome our Eau Claire Friends. Chaired by GRSF fan Rozi Bejin, this new FOW group has organized several ways to support GRSF in Several Eau Claire Friends are working will work with hospitality team co-chairs Karin and Jim Worthley to help provide a meal to GFSF company members during tech week.   July 22 is the start of Eau Claire weekend at GRSF.   Eau Claire Friends Terre and Ken Sullivan have put together a bus trip to Winona for an afternoon of theatre and a Concert on the Green.   If you know people in the Eau Claire who may want to join the trip to Winona they can contact Terre or Ken @

The Shakespeare Quilts: A GRSF Tradition on display at MMAM

The Callithump raffle quilts made by Friends of Will and  displayed in the theatre lobby since 2011 will be on display at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum June 22- July 31.   All quilts feature fabric used in costumes and vary in theme and style. Designs for some were inspired by season artwork and posters. This season’s very colorful wall-hanging sized art quilt features the hills, the river and a hot air balloon created from costume fabrics. Raffle tickets available when the season opens.

Thank you, Julie!  Welcome new FOW

julieJulie Fassbender, interim company manager will be turning over the reins to Catie Osborn late May. We want to thank Julie for her preparation for getting the company ready for Season 13.  Catie Osborn will be the Company Manager May 24.

FOW is a great way to meet people and get involved with The Great River Shakespeare Festival. New Friends of Will are always welcome.   We want to welcome our ten new friends; several are new to Winona.

GRSF Friends of Will Steering Committee

The Steering Committee meets regularly throughout the year to prepare for the coming season. Many thanks to these incredible volunteers for their wonderful gifts of time and talents.

Mary Alice Anderson: Co-Chair
Terry Hawkings: Co-Chair, Special Projects
Dee Cipov & Tracy Morgan: Distribution
Jean Hayes: Volunteer Liaison
Tom Hoffmann: Move-In/Out
Rev. Jim Nelson: Team Chariot (Transportation)
Gretchen Erwin-Front of House
Karin & Jim Worthley: Hospitality
Marsha Yancy: Recording Secretary


Season 13 Company Members were welcomed to Winona and introduced at the annual Company Meeting.




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