Page 12 - GRSF 2016 Annual Report
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Teacher Training Workshop:
Former education coordinator Lauren Smith offered continuing education training for area teachers in a week-long workshop. Using techniques of drama based pedagogy, teachers learned to use theater to enhance learning in multiple disciplines.
Company Conversations: A popular audience outreach event, Company Con- versations were held each Thursday in the theater following performances and Sunday mornings at Blooming Grounds in down- town Winona. Company Conversations gave audience members a chance to discuss the productions with acting company members, designers, technicians, and directors.
Will’s Opening Weekend: A pre- show concert on the green by Delfeayo Mar- salis warmed up patrons for the opening of As You Like It which was followed by a party in the Science Center Atrium with patrons and company members. The Dixieland Jazz Festival ran all day Saturday to welcome the opening of Julius Caesar.
Concerts on the Green: Each Friday and Saturday evening of the festival season, GRSF hosted concerts highlighting local and regional musical talent. Concerts provided
a place for the community and audience members to gather prior to the shows and enjoy food from local vendors, yard games, and this year a special art show featuring local visual artists in the Watkins Gallery hosted by the River Arts Alliance. Concerts on the Green attendance exceeded 3,800 in 2016. Featured musicians in 2016 were: Del- feayo Marsalis, The Dixieland Jazz Festival, Feeding LeRoy, The Counterfactuals, Maritza, Jillian Rae and Mike Munson, Jeni Grouws &
Chris Avey, The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temper- ance League, Led Penny, The Wide Awakes, and Reina del Cid. This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appro- priation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Callithump: This 6th annual fundraiser raised $10,333. Through ticket sales, a quilt raf e, and a performer “runway,” company members and Friends of Will provided an evening of entertainment as a thank you to GRSF and the supportive community.
Will Run: The third annual Will Run,
a 28-furlong (5.28K) race around Lake Winona, was sponsored by the GRSF Events committee and raised an additional $2,170 in support of the artistic and education pro- grams of the Festival.
Friends of Will: The Friends of Will are volunteers who support the work of GRSF and are ambassadors within the greater community. With chapters in Winona, Rochester, and Eau Claire, the membership of 312 provided more than 3,000 hours
of volunteer support. Key activities were distribution of materials, mailing assistance, apartment preparation, concessions sales, the annual quilt raf e, transportation assis- tance, hospitality (providing 750 meals for company members), housing, and ushering. The contributions of time and materials by the Friends of Will saved GRSF more than $80,000.

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