Front Porch Events

New for Season 15 – all Front Porch events are Pay-What-You-WILL!

No reservation or tickets required. Join us Saturday mornings during the festival to hear from scholars, theater professionals, and community members about the places where art & life intersect. All admission is pay-what-you-WILL and will be taken at the door.

All Front Porch Events will take place in the WSU Performing Arts Center. All FP Events EXCEPT for “Women in Performing Arts Panel” will take place in the Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theater. The “Women in Performing Arts Panel” will take place in the Vivian Fusillo Mainstage Theater.

Will Run is made possible by our generous co-sponsors:

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Will Run

REGISTRATION FOR 2018 WILL RUN IS NOW CLOSED – but you can still register the morning of the race! Day-of registration opens at 7:00 a.m. at the Jaycee Pavilion and goes until the race begins at 8:00 a.m.

“I go, I go – swifter than the arrow from the Tartar’s bow!” -Puck, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Do you like running? Do you like beautiful scenery? Do you just want to see if you’re faster than an actor?

Whatever the answer may be, Will Run is for you!

Will Run is an annual race hosted by Great River Shakespeare Festival, usually during the month of July. Will Run is the only 28-furlong race (that we know of) in existence. 28 furlongs is just a little longer than a standard 5k, and follows the path around Lake Winona, offering competitors not only a fun race, but a beautiful view along the way! Company members usually participate, so you can try to outrun King Richard, or chase after that evasive sprite Ariel… don’t miss out on this unique event.

For those who have registered already for the 2018 Will Run, you can pick up packets on Friday, July 13th between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, July 14th between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at LiveWell Winona. There is also day-of packet pickup at the Jaycee Pavilion before the race begins.

Pre-Show Conversations

Company Conversations

Narrated Set Changeovers

Tree Tours

30 minutes before each performance, GRSF teaching artists present an entertaining introduction to the world of the play, the characters, and Shakespeare’s language. Located outside on Performing Arts Center patio, moves indoors in case of inclement weather.

Join GRSF Company members every Thursday evening in the theater following the performance and every Sunday at 11am at Blooming Grounds on Third Street. Ask questions and find out their answers about the plays, what it’s like to work in the theater, and more!

Observe the GRSF Tech Crew as they transfrom the stage between the plays. Hosted by GRSF Technical staff, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the stage shift from one play to the next, and have all your technical theater questions answered.

July 7, Unusual and Non-native Trees and July 21, Prairie and Rain Gardens

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Meet at the Gazebo on WSU Campus

Prairie Gardens for pollinators, Rain Gardens to manage run off, and Unusual/Non-native Trees for our climate are some things to consider for your yard.  Join members of the WSU Arboretum Committee and Staff at the Gazebo on July 7th or 21st to take a tour of some of the trees and gardens on campus. You may find just what you need to complete your landscape and have an opportunity to ask questions about how to grow them.

Tours will last about an hour and a half and will begin at 9 a.m. at the Gazebo in the center of campus.  Come with questions to be answered and leave with more information to help you plan your own landscape. Stretch your legs before the Front Porch Events and discover the beautiful WSU campus!

The Tour of Trees will meet in Minne 105 for a virtual tour if it is raining on tour dates.

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