2017 SYA student Emma Bucknam works on fight choreography with artistic director Doug Scholz-Carlson last summer during a class.
The Great River Shakespeare Festival’s (GRSF) young actors, designers, and filmmakers will present their work to the public on Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. in the WSU Performing Arts Center. The Shakespeare for Young Designers (SYD) will present their designs in the lobby at 6 p.m., and the Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers’ (SYF) film will premiere at 7 p.m. before a performance of “Twelfth Night” by Shakespeare for Young Actors (SYA).
As much as it is GRSF’s mission to present high quality, professional works of art to the Winona community, the other pillar of its mission is education. Throughout the year, GRSF presents educational programs to children and adults of all ages and abilities, with the summer classes being the most intensive. Artists from across the country teach classes throughout the summer to children ages four through 18. Middle- and high-school students participate in multi-week programs, which culminate in a final presentation to the public.
Community members are invited to join the family and friends of these young artists as well as the GRSF company for the Young Artist Showcase on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 6 p.m. The lobby will open at 6 p.m., where SYD will have costume and scenic renderings members have created for their production of “Twelfth Night” and be available for questions about the design process. Beginning at 7 p.m., SYF members will present the film they directed, shot, and edited, followed by a presentation of an abbreviated version of “Twelfth Night” by SYA.
This event is open to the public; admission is only $5 and available online at grsf.org or at the door. All proceeds benefit education programs at GRSF.
GRSF is a nonprofit, professional equity theater company in Winona dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training. Its production season has become a staple in the Winona arts scene since its inception 15 years ago. GRSF’s 15th anniversary season will feature “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “All’s Well That Ends Well,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Venus in Fur.” For more information visit grsf.org.