Winona Foundation provides free tickets for students to attend GRSF


Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) recently received a grant from the Winona Foundation in the amount of $7,500 to support the Chill with Will program, which provides free tickets to students.

Chill with Will has been a pillar of GRSF’s education program for several years. Not only does Chill with Will allow young people to see a professional production for free, it also offers educational programming both before and after the show. Students are given opportunities to get backstage, see a fight call, or even learn a bit of choreography themselves! Chill with Will programming begins at 6:30 p.m. on every Thursday during the season, one hour before the show. After the show finishes, students are invited to stay after the performance for a talk with actors from the play.

All middle- and high-school students are welcome to the theater for any Chill with Will performance. This is a free program, but students will need to reserve a ticket in advance. Chaperones accompanying Chill with Will students may purchase a discounted ticket for themselves through the box office.

Chill with Will dates

• Thursday, July 11: “No Child ...”

• Thursday, July 18: “Cymbeline”

• Thursday, July 25: “Cymbeline”

• Thursday, August 1: “Macbeth”

Visit and click on “Chill with Will” to learn more.

For festival tickets and more information, please contact the GRSF Visitor’s Center Box Office at 924 Huff Street in Winona, call 507-474-7900, or visit

The Winona Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization funded and administered by the family and heirs of the Laird Norton Company, which began operations in Winona in 1855. The family created the Winona Foundation in 1982. The purpose of the foundation is to keep the family history alive in the minds of new generations and to give back to the community from which the Laird Norton Company originated. Though the Laird Norton Company is no longer in the lumber business, it is still a family business with a strong affinity for philanthropy.

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 16 years ago. GRSF’s 16th season will feature “Macbeth,” “Cymbeline,” “The Servant of Two Masters,” “No Child…” and “White Rabbit Red Rabbit.” For more information visit


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