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Shakespeare in the Schools+‡
Teaching artists partnered with local teachers and directors to bring Shakespeare to life during the school year. Students in English classes studied Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest. Students ranged from seventh grade to twelfth at the participating schools; Winona, Cotter, La Crescent, Arcadia, and Rushford-Peterson.
Shakespeare for Young Actors/ Shakespeare for Young Designers‡ Students in grades seven through 12 learned from GRSF’s professional theater artists in an intensive three-week performance and technical theatre workshop.
Teaching artists introduced students to acting and design techniques and increased student knowledge of commedia dell’arte. The programs culminated with design pre- sentations and a performance of The Comedy of Errors.
Will’s Power Players/Will’s Creative Drama Players‡
Students from age four through 6th grade studied theatre and Shakespeare for the third consecutive summer. Students increased con dence through games and performance and showed off their new skills in a  nal performance.
Chill with Will+
This season one performance of each pro- duction was a special “Chill with Will” per- formance, which allowed students to attend for free. In addition to a Company Conversa- tion following the performance, there were special pre-show programs tailored to ages 11 through 18 that gave young audience members a deeper look at the world of the plays. These workshops included a rhetoric and verse workshop for As You Like It, a stage combat workshop with Julius Caesar,
+ This project is supported in part by an award from the
‡ This program is sponsored by Elizabeth Callender King Foundation
and a backstage tour and closer look at sce- nic design for Georama. Over 100 students were in attendance at each Chill with Will performance.
Library Partnership Program+
GRSF returned to its partnership with  ve libraries thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The libraries hosted education staff who provided insight into the 2016 season. Vouchers to attend performances were also distributed through the public libraries in Winona, La Crescent, Rushford, Lanesboro, and St. Charles.
Pre-Show Conversations‡
Prior to every performance, GRSF teaching artists gave audience members a brief intro- duction to the world of the play, enhanced by a complete character map and timeline, important facts, and gave audience members a chance to ask questions.
Front Porch Events‡
The Front Porch Events for 2016 offered a truly diverse and enriching experience for those who attended. With a signi cantly increased attendance this year, GRSF offered these events on Saturday mornings during the festival season hosted by scholars and professionals in each topic. This season’s Front Porch Events included: a special
free Front Porch on Assassinating Roman Reform and What Our Revolutionary Forbears Learned, Rhetoric Symposium*, special presentation of “Acting Black” with Carlyle Brown, former presidential speechwriter and political columnist Michael Gerson, Georama and the Mississippi River Symposium*, and the annual Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Award Ceremony.
*Symposiums are presented in partnership with Winona State University.
National Endowment for the Arts

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