“450 for the 450th”

450-logo-colorWe at GRSF have one question: What does 450 mean to you?

If you’re from Cochrane, WI it’s how many people live in your hometown- Population 450

If you are a professional wrestler it would be the fear of King Kong Bundy- whose fighting weight was a trim 450.

We’d love to hear from you, what is YOUR 450?

At GRSF 450 means it is time to CELEBRATE! This year was Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, so what are we doing? We are having a season long party.

The fun started on April 23rd with a flash mob Romeo and Juliet balcony scene with almost a hundred Winonans taking over the lobby of one of our sponsors Merchants Bank.

Just think. 450 years of timeless theater thanks to William Shakespeare, entertaining and enlightening countless audiences. GRSF is marking this milestone by celebrating our first decade of enriching Winona. We have performed for over a hundred thousand people and have generated well over 10 million dollars for the community in revenues. Winona loves the Shakespeare Festival, it has become an integral part of the fabric our community, and that is where you come in. You are invited to join the party and the birthday gifts are many. Not only will you get unforgettable live music and special events, the highest quality theater- dubbed “world class” by many critics, but you will also have a chance for some astounding prize drawings.

Our goal in this celebration of Will’s 450th birthday, is to have 450 sponsors, renewing friends or new partners, by the closing night of “Hamlet” on August 3rd. Our theater holds just a little under 450 patrons, so one sold out house that have committed to support us, and we will have met our goal! We have 90 supporters already since April who want to see GRSF thrive well into our next decade and right up to the 475th and 500th birthdays!

So here is just how easy it is:

Visit the Development Table in the lobby of the theatre and fill out a drawing ticket to get one entry in drawings of prizes which include original artworks, season passes for next year, a weeks stay at the exclusive resort Paamul in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and many more! It’s absolutely free. No purchase necessary!


Be sure to pick up a pledge envelope and think about becoming one of GRSF’s new or returning 450 sponsors this season.

450 Celebrating the 450th will allow GRSF to meet our bottom line before the season even ends! We will have a large banner with candles that will light up for every ten new sponsors. Visit us often to see how we are all doing, when all 450 candles are lit, it will be time for our huge blowout concert presented with the good folks at Live @the Levee and the drawings for prizes.

So what are you waiting for? Go to click on the “DONATE” button here on our website or stop by our box office today! Become one of the 450, tell us what 450 means to you, and remember your number, it could mean winter in Mexico or free tickets for next season!