The Great River Collegium is a group of lifelong learners who come together to read, analyze and discuss the plays of William Shakespeare in a lively, challenging, and collegial setting. Led by retired professor Dr. H. Patrick Costello, whose knowledge and love of Shakespeare’s plays inspired hundreds of Saint Mary’s University students for years. Collegium participants will study the three plays slated for production in 2009, Season 6 at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. The plays to be studied are The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet(The apprentice play). Participants will come to the seminar class having read the Act of the the play designated for the evening discussion. They are asked to come to the class session with a prepared question or discussion point for the Act being studied each session. The course sessions are held in the Senior Center on Monday evenings from 7 t0 9:00 p.m. The study of each play will take five sessions. The GRC consists or acidemic study and will be sans of tests and treatises. The rewards of these studies are intrinsic. All lifelong learners are welcome.
The courses start January 12, 2009. Pre-registration is important as the number of course participants is kept small so all attendee will have opportunity to participate in the discussions. The fees are $30.00 per play, or $75.00 for all three. These course fees provide honorariums for the instructors and also beneﬁt the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Apprentice Acting Company Scholarship Fund.
Questions may be addressed to Great River Collegium organizer Peter Flick at: peterﬂick@charter.net. Or, contact the Great River Shakespeare Festival Office, 79 East Third Street, Winona, MN 55987. Phone: 507. 474.7900