From: Laurie Lucas
We are so lucky to have professional directors and actors who make “Will’s” English understandable! Through voice, movement and expressions Shakespeare’s stories come alive in plays that everyone can understand and enjoy.
There are bonuses, too:
These same actors take their talents and love of their art to the students of Winona. For two weeks in January 2011 four actors from the company participated in an Artist in Residence program at Winona Senior High and the Winona Area Learning Center. The residency program ended with students performing for a live audience. I attended two of the rehearsals and was amazed at the talent our students showed and how effectively the actors drew out these talents! If you missed that performance perhaps you were lucky enough to see a few students perform at the Frozen River Film Festival.
Other students and teachers benefited as well during those two weeks when the actors visited classrooms and shared Shakespeare, acting, public speaking, and the work of the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF). And GRSF also offers a workshop, Shakespeare for Young Actors (grades 7 - 12), in the summer.
To quote Andrew Carlson, one of the actors who worked with our students in January, “Acting Shakespeare demands vulnerability, trust, and a belief in your fellow actors. I was reminded so often in Winona of how important that experience can be to teenagers, and how important it continues to be to those of us who are fortunate enough to work as their mentors.”
I am an ardent advocate for arts in education and art education for our students and I have become a supporter of the Festival corps because they share in my vision of making the arts available for our students!
Please join me and others in supporting GRSF. Their campaign to raise money, “Setting the Stage”, needs our generous support. Helping them helps our students and enriches all our lives.
For more information on all GRSF does, visit the website at grsf.org/education/”