January 2019 Events and Updates

An exciting new project and invitation for the Friends of Will to attend to a special meeting
GRSF is launching a “community engaged” project to be produced by Lonnie Alcaraz, our lighting designer. He has worked for several years with a theater company that creates plays from stories of people in different communities. We are seeking to create a play in Winona from stories gathered from people who live, work, and/or a play here adapted through the lens of Shakespeare’s canon. Ultimately, this play will be presented as one of the productions in the festival (2020 or 2021) It will be an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s works involving these stories and being performed both by professional actors and community members. As part of a January 12-13 planning weekend there are two meetings for volunteers; we hope that you can make one of them.

  • Saturday, January 12, 6 p.m., Acoustic Cafe
  • Sunday, January 13, 1 p.m., Acoustic Cafe

CONTACT.   RSVP directly to Managing Director Aaron Young if you can make one of these meetings (and which one).     (507) 474-9372 | www.grsf.org

See and touch the GRSF costumes up close – and help GRSF

Costumes are now in storage at the new GRSF office, 121 East Third. Help is needed to help organize and eventually photo and catalog the many beautiful dresses, military apparel, shoes and more. There will be two phases. 

  • Phase 1. De-cluttering the racks and organizing clothing by type/size/color.
  • 3 – 5 volunteers are needed to help about for 3-4 hours.
  • February 28 10:00 am and Tentatively Friday, March 1, 10:00 am
  • Phase 2. Cataloging and further sorting. Dates TBA

CONTACT. If you would like to help please contact Eileen Moller, Marketing and Sales Director     507.474.9376, or emoeller@grsf.org


On behalf of all of the staff at GRSF, I cannot express deeply enough the gratitude I feel for all of your kind service to this organization. This year, in addition to filling tasks associated with an extra week of performances (not to mention the addition of Wednesday evenings), you also helped us move our offices down the block, turning a day I’d been dreading into one filled with fun and friendship. Our offices light up each time one of you stops in for a visit (and you’re welcome any time). To spend your precious time in support of the community is commendable work, and I hope that you feel great joy in this New Year. There’s lots to come, so get plenty of rest and take your vitamins. See you soon! Aaron Young

FOW contributed more than 4000 hours of volunteer support to GRSF throughout 2018.  Your work is sincerely appreciated by the Friends of Will Team Leaders, GRSF Staff, GRSF Company Members and the GRSF Board of Directors.    Mary Alice Anderson, FOW Chair and GRSF Board Complete report and slide show: FOW Newsletter / Blog

Collaborating Behind the Scenes and Off Season Volunteer Opportunities

GRSF and the Friends of Will collaborated with other arts organization this past fall by helping at the Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble fall concert held in Winona and at a Hurry Back Production concert.

Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble /GRSF concert Closest Distance, Sunday, May 5
Hurry Back Highway 61 Concert Series  Saturdays. February 9, April 7, May 18

CONTACT. Front of House Team members who would like to be on the contact list to help with these collaborative events should contact Sharon Grossardt, Front of House Team Co-Chair.  sharongrossardt@gmail.com 

Visit the FOW Newsletter / Blog for updates throughout the winter and spring.



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