The Great River Shakespeare Festival is based at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Winona State University. All plays are presented indoors. Free parking is available in university lots one block away from the Performing Arts Center. Enter from Main Street.
— “Much Ado About Nothing,” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
— “The Glass Menagerie” opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
— “Romeo & Juliet” opens at 7:30 p.m. July 3.
— “King John,” presented by the festival apprentice actors, opens at 7 p.m. July 22.
Plays are presented in the evening, Tuesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival runs through Aug. 2.
Tickets are $25 and $40. Tickets for all Tuesday shows are $10. Season tickets are $90 and $50. To purchase tickets, call 507-474-7900, or go to www.grsf.org. Tickets for “King John” are $15 for adults, $10 for students.
Will’s Opening Weekend
Special events to celebrate the new season. Tickets to WOW events will be available at the door; $5 entry with your ticket stub or $10 without.
Friday: Opening of “Much Ado About Nothing” at WSU Science Atrium. Music by the Old Fashioneds. Starts at about 10 p.m.
Saturday: Opening of “The Glass Menagerie.” Free Dixieland Jazz Fest on the green all day. Food trucks available.
Friday, July 3: Opening of “Romeo & Juliet” at Winona National Bank. Music by Rachael Ryan Dahlgren. Starts at about 10 p.m.
Concerts on the Green
Live music performances are presented from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on the mall in front of the Performing Arts Center. Food and drink are available.
Intimidated by Shakespeare? Thirty minutes before each performance, festival educators will discuss the upcoming play, providing a preview of themes and characters. Held on the Performing Arts Center patio.
Narrated set changeovers
The festival technical crew will transition the stage from one play to another, and it’s free to watch at 5 p.m. July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.
Cast and crew will stay late to discuss the play after every Thursday performance, and will host question-and-answer sessions at 11 a.m. Sundays at Blooming Grounds, 50 E. Third St., Winona.
Front Porch events
July 11: Symposium: “Shakespeare On-stage vs. On-screen.” $15.
July 18: Tim Federle, humorist and author of “Better Nate Than Ever.” $15.
July 19: Documentary film “Still Dreaming.” $10.
July 25: Symposium: “Tennessee Williams.” $15.
All are held at 11 a.m.
The annual extravaganza that turns Shakespearean actors into singing, dancing, joke-cracking show-offs. 7 p.m. July 28. Tickets are $25. Pre-show gathering at 5 p.m. with food, chance to meet actors.
A “28-furlong” (5.6 K) run/walk around Lake Winona, 8 a.m. July 19. Registration is $20 before July 2, $25 after that date. Register at grsf.org.
Chill with Will
Students ages 10-18 are welcome on selected dates for free tickets and special programming. 7:30 p.m. July 9, July 16, July 23. Adult chaperons get discounted tickets. For reservations, call 507-474-7900.