The Tempest

“What’s past is prologue.”

Lightning strikes. Waves roar. A ship is lost at sea.

Or, is it?

In Shakespeare’s enchanting dark comedy, little is as it seems. Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, survive in exile on a remote and inhospitable island. A sudden, violent storm washes Prospero’s betrayers to shore and with them, a long-awaited chance for revenge. Yet when Prospero’s powerful magic encounters even greater forces at work, all are plunged into a surprising, mischievous, soulful new story and must embrace the unexpected in the end

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Beth Gardiner
Artwork created by Molly Lyn

Who you should bring

Your fantasy-obsessed friend who needs more than Fantastic Beasts to keep them going.

Come Early, Join the Conversation

Please join us outside the theater 30 minutes before each performance for a pre-show conversation with a member of the artistic team for The Taming of the Shrew. Hear about themes of the play or secrets from the rehearsal room, and learn about some plot points that will place you right in the middle of the action from the second the houselights dim.

Special Events & Offers

PWYW Previews

Catch the final stages of the rehearsal process during our PWYW (Pay-What-You-WILL) Previews! You can see the show before the opening of the season and pay whatever you are able for your ticket. These tickets are not available online – call the Box Office or stop by in person to reserve a seat to the PWYW Preview performance. Then make sure to tell your friends about what you saw and invite them back for the “real” thing!

Opening Night – Friday, July 26th at 7:30 

The Tempest opens on Friday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the Vivian Fusillo Mainstage theater in the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center. Join the company afterwards at the Winona County History Center for Midnight Revels, which will be our opening night party! Visit for tickets and information.

Winona Wednesdays

Every Wednesday during the season is Winona Wednesday! All adult tickets are only $12, and student tickets are just $10. Make sure to reserve yours in advance – they go quickly. The Tempest will have a Winona Wednesday performances on July 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Chill with Will 

Chill with Will: GRSF provides FREE tickets for students age 11 – 18 to a selected performance of each professional production. With programming tailored to students before the performance, and a Company Conversation after, GRSF is passionate about welcoming students to the theater. All students are encouraged to reserve their free Chill with Will ticket through the Box Office in advance. Guardians wishing to accompany a student may purchase a discounted “chaperone” ticket. Chill with Will tickets must be reserved over the phone or in person. Not available online.

Cast & Artistic Staff

Full casting announcements will be made in spring of 2020


Melissa Maxwell


Benjamin Boucvalt


Victoria Nassif




Kenny Ramos


Bryan Mittelstadt


Gavin R. Mueller


Brittany Proia


William Sturdivant

Other Season 17 Productions

The Taming of the Shrew

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Great Expectations

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Every Brilliant Thing

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