Volunteer Local Tip, Front of House Openings

updateD June 29

There are a few Front of House volunteer shift openings.  Select  Volunteer Local to review these positions. and sign up for those that you are interested in.

Check your Volunteer Status

Front of House ushers, ticket takers and quilt raffle ticket sellers working during each performance will receive an email confirmation reminder the week they are working.

Want to check your Front of House volunteer status now?   Select the Volunteer Local check your status link;  enter your email address.  A list of what you have volunteered for will arrive in your email.

You may also cancel a shift online.
If you need to cancel the week of the event please contact Judy Rusert, Front of House Chair.


Season 12 begins in 3 weeks! Steamboat Days, Training Dates, Volunteer Needs, the Callithump Raffle Quilt!

Front of House Training & Openings

Thursday, June 11, 2:00 pm, WSU Science Laboratory Center Atrium
Thursday, June 18, 7:00 pm
, WSU Science Laboratory Center Atrium
Pre registration is NOT required   ~   WSU Campus Maps

VolunteerLocalThere are still a few remaining FOH positions. Visit Volunteer Local for specific dates and positions.   http://grsf.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer
FOH waiting list:  If you would like to be on the standby list for assisting with Front of House positions please contact Judy Rusert, Front of House Co-Chair. Judy46@hbci.com


Hospitality Training & Needs

Hospitality Training, Tuesday, June 9, 5:30 pm,
WSU, Minne Hall, room 104   ~   WSU Campus Maps
~ Registration. http://doodle.com/in9czrvbhrpdufh6

There are a few openings for FOW who would like to contribute food for company meals during tech week. Helping is a great way to interact with other FOW and GRSF Company members who LOVE the hospitality team. Please review the pre-planned menus to see what is needed by clicking the Doodle Links. You may also sign up to contribute using the Doodle.
Questions? Contact Jim or Karin Worthley, worthley@hbci.com or call 474-4360. They will be happy to answer your questions.


Steamboat Days 2015

GRSF will have float in the Steamboat Days Parade, June 21. Shakespeare for Young Adult actors will portray Romeo and Juliet.   Lee Gundersheimer, GRSF managing director, would like 4-6 FOW volunteers to walk along the float to hand out information about the Festival and Will Run.   The float is #33 in the parade; walkers will need to arrive at 11:45 for the 12:31 start.   Needed! One large plant (can be artificial) or garden statue for Romeo to hang onto.  ~ If you would like to walk in the parade or have a plant/statue to loan please contact Lee Gundersheimer.  leeg@grsf.org


Callithump Raffle Quilt

The Festival season theme and the season poster designed by Wisconsin artist, Pete Sandker were the inspiration for the 2012 Callithump raffle quilt. The Will Quilt team created a quilt featuring costume shop fabrics in an abstract tree in the quilt’s center. 10 solid roots pay tribute to the first decade and artistic director Paul Barnes. 12 branches represent growth and Season 12. A heart in the root mass represents the season theme, What love dares. A piano key border, made largely from costume shop fabric, honors the music that contributes so much to many of the plays and the Festival.  Winona’s Knitcraft Corporation also donated several fabrics for the quilt. All FOW are invited  to sell raffle tickets to family and friends. Stop by the Box office to get them; it’s a great way to support GRSF!


Will Quilt team members Connie Lrson, Dee Cipov, Lori Krumholz, Mary Alice Anderson, Mary Kaser and Ann Kendrick sewed the binding on the built June 2.


FOW behind the scenes, Hire an apprentice, FOW Volunteer opportunity updates (UPDATED June 2)

Late May/Early JUNE UpdateS

  • Accessibility usher positions have been added to each performance on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.  There are also other openings. Sign up using Volunteer Local
  • Front of House training is June 11 at 2:00 and June 18 at 7 pm. The specific location and other information TBA.
  • Callithump Quilt Raffle tickets are ready. FOW who would like to help by selling tickets may pick them up in the downtown GRSF Box Office.
  • Watch for upcoming information regarding a GRSF float in the. Steamboat Days Parade. We’ll be looking for walkers!”


Behind the Scenes: FOW provide Company & FESTIVAL Support

maggie PeteTeam Chariot team members brought company members to Winona from area airports in early May. Early Housing team members hosted 35 GRSF company members who stayed in family homes before they moved into the WSU’s East Lake apartments. Move in/Move team members assisted with moving bins of apartment supplies from the Johnson St. warehouse to the East Lake. Photos: Maggie Lambert and other FOW helped Company Manager Pete Suardi inventory and pack bins of kitchen necessities for company apartments. Kudos and Thank You to FOW and Exchange Club members who helped with a bulk mailing project.  The volunteer hours saved GRSF $700.00!


Volunteer OPPOrtunity updates

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 suggested pay is $15.00 per hour.  If you would like to support these hard working college and university students please complete this Google Form.   Please send any questions or concerns to Stephen Miranda, Assistant to Artistic Director.  2014 Apprentice Company members, Caroline Amos and Silas Sellnow, are acting interns this summer. Caroline will play the title role in Rome and Juliet; Silas will play Paris. Photos: 2014 Apprentice Company Production, Troilus and Cressida


Help a lucky person win the Callithump quilt quilt_2015Each season the quilt designed and created by Friends of Will contributes to GRSF fund-raising initiatives. FOW can help with this fundraiser by helping  promote the quilt and selling  raffle tickets before each performance and during intermission in the theatre lobby! Selling tickets is an easy and a fun way to interact with theater patrons. Information about the design process, the fabrics, and quilt completion will be available to help you. Sign up with Volunteer Local.  Other Front of House positions are still open.


Tech Week Hospitality There have been some meal schedule changes for June Tech week.  The new schedule and sponsoring groups: 6/14 Sunday evening (FOW pasta bar) 6/16 Tuesday evening (FOW Taco Bar) 6/17 Wednesday noon (Early Birds) ~ 6/17 Wednesday Evening (FOW potluck) 6/19 Friday evening (Carpe Diem) 6/20 Saturday noon (FOW Salad bar)~ 6/20 Saturday evening (FOW potluck) 6/21 Sunday evening (FOW Salad bar) 6/23 Tuesday evening (Exchange Club) 6/28 Sunday evening (FOW potluck) 6/30 Tuesday evening (Rotary) Check your email for revised sign up Doodles! Anyone who already signed up and affected by the change will be contacted individually.  If you would like to help and have not yet volunteered or been contacted, please contact Hospitality team chair, Jean Hayes jean1948@hbci.com. Reminder: Hospitality Training is June 9!


2015 Friends of Will Steering Committee

SC_15 Front: Karin Worthley, Dee Cipov, Mary Alice Anderson, Terry Hawkings.  Back: Jim Worthley, Jean Hayes, Blandine Berthelot, Marsha Yancy, Judy Rusert, Jim Nelson. Not pictured, Tom Hoffman, Tracy Morgan, SherriLu Pappas

Volunteer Opportunities: Help a lucky person win the Callithump quilt! Hospitality updates

quilt_2015Each season the quilt designed and created by Friends of Will contributes to GRSF fund-raising initiatives. FOW can help with this fundraiser by helping  promote the quilt and selling  raffle tickets before each performance and during intermission in the theatre lobby!

Selling tickets is an easy and a fun way to interact with theater patrons. Information about the design process, the fabrics, and quilt completion will be available.

Select a time to help using Volunteer Local

People are already asking how they can win this year’s quilt. It is nearing completion and will be in hung in the Lobby when the Season begins. This season’s queen size beautiful quilt features an abstract tree and heart design was inspired by the season poster and the season theme, What Love Dares.

The raffle drawing is a Callithump event, July 28!

HappycompanymembersHospitality Update
Hospitality Team orientation is June 9, 5:30 – 6:30, 103 Minne Hall at WSU.  Please use this link  to sign up for hospitality training.
Friends of Will who would like to join the hospitality team should contact  Jean Hayes, Team Leader

Front of House and Hospitality Updates: Scheduling & Orientation

Front of House
Friends of Will are invited to sign up for Season 12 Front of House volunteer slots!

Flex ushers are a new FOH position
.  Flex ushers must be able to decide where help is needed, either ticket taking or inside as usher, and be available for traffic directing at intermission. Training is imperative.
Front of House attire: Plain black bottom, plain white top.
June Front of House volunteer training is in June. Dates TBA.

Questions? Contact Judy Rusert, Team Leader
Tech Week Hospitality, June 14-23
Information about  tech week food needs and volunteer opportunities will be sent to Hospitality team members soon.  Hospitality team members can sign up for their choices as soon as they receive the information.

WorthleysWelcome Karin and Jim Worthley, new Co-Team Leaders who will be on site to back up the HOSTS  during most Tech Week meals. Karin & Jim have provided lots of food items in the past but this is their first time as team leaders. They have had great deal of experience in community theater and working with volunteers.

Save the date! Hospitality Team orientation is June 9, 5:30 – 6:30 in 103 Minne Hall at WSU.

Friends of Will who would like to join the hospitality team should contact  Jean Hayes, Team Leader

Help the GRSF office with a mailing project

Several Friends of Will have been helping the GRSF office with a mailing project.  More help is needed to complete the project. The work involves folding letters and stuffing envelopes.  If you can  help in the office Monday May 4, please use this link to select a time slot and enter your name!

Getting Ready for Season 12


Great River Shakespeare Festival invites the Friends of Will to join them in celebrating William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday and the summer campaign kick-off on Thursday, April 23 from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at The Bookshelf/Blue Heron in downtown Winona.

While Great River Shakespeare Festival celebrates Shakespeare all year long, they’re especially excited to celebrate his 451st birthday! Join GRSF friends and fans at The Bookshelf/Blue Heron on Thursday, July 23 for cake, celebratory remarks, and general revelry from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. If you missed the Spring Preview, this is your chance to hear about cast lists and the latest information on the upcoming season.

Front of House
Friends of Will are invited to sign up for Front of House volunteer slots starting early May.

Friends of Will will again provide meals for the GRSF Company during Tech  Week.  Some positions are filled, but we need additional volunteers to:
1. help serve midday (10 am – 12N)or evening (4 pm – 6 pm) June 14-23, 2015 (excluding Mondays & Thursdays)
2. prepare food during the week
3. prepare and freeze soup, cookies, bars ahead of time

If you can help, please contact:
jean1948@hbci.com or 507-454-3895

If you are not a Friend of Will or have not volunteered as a FOW since 2012 please complete the FOW registration form.

FOW Behind the Scenes

Many Friends of Will have been helping The Great River Festival throughout the past several months and are busy with pre-season support.
~ Transportation and Early Housing teams  provided assistance during the March spring Preview.  They will be cheerfully helping again when Company members arrive early May.
~Will Quilt team members are completing the 5th annual Callithump Raffle Quilt Raffle highlighting costume shop fabrics.  This year’s quilt is once again inspired by the Season poster design.
~ FOW assisted at the GRSF/Minnesota Marine Art Museum Valentine’s Day  Bash at the Marine Art Museum and helped with a GRSF Development mailing.


FOW Ray Felton, Naomi Thye, Jennifer Georgieff, Lou Gillou and Linda Wilfahrt helped with a development mailing in April.

Friends of Will Steering Committee
Mary Alice Anderson and Terry Hawkings, Co-Chairs.
Blandine Berthelot, Dee Cipov, Jean Hayes, Tom Hoffmann, Tracy Morgan, Rev. Jim Nelson, Judy Rusert, Marsha Yancy

Friends of Will are encouraged to visit this page throughout the spring  for updates and to watch for information via email from team leaders.

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