Shakespeare in the Schools


Great River Shakespeare Festival is pleased to partner with five area schools to offer Shakespeare in the Schools to local students. The Winona Senior High School’s performance of The Winter’s Tale will be on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at WSHS.

This year, Great River Shakespeare Festival Teaching Artists Stephanie Lambourn and Jess Shoemaker will be working with students in classrooms and after-school programs at five area schools.  Schools involved in the program are Winona Senior High School, Cotter High School, LaCresent High School, Rushford-Peterson High School and Arcadia High School in both in-school and after-school programs.

By bringing teaching artists to schools, students have an opportunity work with professional theater artists, while being exposed to Shakespeare’s plays in an in-depth and exciting way. While much of the work happens in English and literature classrooms during the school day, the Winona Senior program takes place after school, with the culmination on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. with a performance of The Winter’s Tale. The public is invited to attend this performance.

Shakespeare in the Schools is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Elizabeth Callender King Foundation, La Crescent Schools program made possible by Southeast Minnesota Arts Council.

Great River Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit, professional Equity theatre company in Winona, MN, dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theatre training. Their production season has become a staple in the Winona arts scene since its inception 13 years ago. More information about GRSF’s upcoming season can be found at Summer 2016 will feature As You Like It, Julius Caesar and the new bluegrass musical Georama.

Photo above: Shakespeare in the Schools residency 2015: Twelfth Night at Winona Senior High School.

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