May News for FOW (2019)

The news you have been waiting for!  Front of House sign-up for Ushers and ticket takers is now open on Volunteer Local. Front of House training will be offered Tuesday, June 11th, 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 12th, 1:30 p.m. in the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center (PAC) Each session will last about one hour. There will probably be another scheduled after the season has begun. Front of House Team Chairs, Gretchen Erwin and Sharon Grossardt, encourage people to attend to see the changes in the WSU Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center. We encourage pre-registration but, it is not required. \The usher meeting room will once again be on first floor.  Volunteers are also needed for Front Porch Events and Will Run.

Hurrah! Remodeled lobby and restrooms!  A doubled in size women’s restroom is now on the left side of the box office; the men’s restroom is on the right!

Congratulations to GRSF for receiving a President’s Community Partner Award  GRSF was recently recognized at the Minnesota Campus Compact President’s Ward luncheon as a community partner to Winona State University. Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson and Managing Director Aaron Young were presented with the President’s civic Engagement 2019 Community Partner Award at a celebration in St. Paul.GRSF was recognized for its bond with the university, the programs it has integrated with WSU and for bringing thousands of people to campus every summer.   (Winona Post, May 12 2019)

FOW already at work!  Team leaders are busy planning season activity. Several FOW helped by volunteering for events with GRSF Partner organizations, the Rochester Chorale Arts Ensemble and Winona’s Hurry Back Production. Other FOW have assisted with mailings and sorting costumes. FOW are now distributing GRSF print brochures throughout the region, providing transportation for arriving company members and graciously providing early housing for company members before the east Lake Apartment Activities.  Thank you everyone!

Welcome to our new House and Company Managers!
House Manager Abby Schmidt will be working with our Front of House Team Leaders to provide usher training and help FOW continue providing excellent patron service. Company Manager Shelby Reddig assists the GRSF company throughout their time in Winona and will work with move in/move, transportation and hospitality team leaders and teams.

Important Pre-Season Dates
Now – June                 Brochure  & poster distribution (Distribution)
May 12                        Company members arrive (Transportation, Early Housing)
May 13                        Front of House sign up opens (Front of House)
May 23                        East Lake Apartment Move in (Move In)
June 11. 6:30 p.m.     Front of House Training, PAC (Ushers, Ticket Takers)
June 12 1:30 p.m.      Front of House Training, PAC, (Ushers, Ticket Takers)
June 6-27                    Tech week meals June 16, 18,19, 21-23, 30 & July 2-3 (Hospitality

Questions: Contact your team leader ( or Mary Alice Anderson, FOW Steering Committee chair:


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