Will’s Opening Weekend (WOW) is just seven weeks away and Winona is abuzz with talk of the upcoming performances, parties and WOW buttons. To promote the ninth season of the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) the organization is hosting a contest to get people ready for what Managing Director Eric Bunge said will be the best season yet. But in order to participate in the contest, you must get a WOW button and wear it proudly.
Great River Shakespeare Festival company member Brian White shows off his “Wear is WOW?” flair in a quaint neighborhood in Queens, New York.
Beginning today, the appropriately dubbed “Wear is WOW?” contest mimics “Where’s Waldo.”
“The whole premise of the contest is to celebrate and acknowledge Will’s Opening Weekend and proudly wear the buttons,” Laura Feller, Chair of the WOW Button Committee, said.
The rules of the contest are simple: purchase a GRSF WOW button and snap a unique photograph of yourself wearing it. The more creative, artistic and different the photo is, the better chance you have of winning the prize package.
“We hope to get some really unique photos coming back to us,” Feller said. “For example, a bride and a groom wearing their WOW buttons in their wedding photos or somebody posing with the button while on a business trip to Italy. We just want to see where the buttons are being worn to help create the excitement of the event.”
The winner will receive GRSF tickets for any date, a dinner at Signatures and a limousine ride for two.
The WOW buttons are also needed to attended the opening weekend reception and parties, Feller said.
Parties and performances
This year, the professional company productions include the comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the tragedy of King Lear, the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, and the apprentice project, All’s Well That Ends Well.
The WOW buttons allow access to three parties during the opening weekend festivities.
On Friday, June 22, a reception will follow the opening performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Winona State University (WSU) Science Atrium. Live Cajun music, dancing and food will be provided.
On Saturday, June 23, a reception will be held at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and button holders have a chance to mingle with GRSF company members while walking through world class marine art exhibits.
On Sunday, June 24, as opening weekend comes to a close, GRSF company members will celebrate with the Americana and Stompgrass stylings of Saint Anyway at an outdoor picnic at WSU.
“The buttons are needed to get into the receptions and parties during opening weekend,” Feller said. “We hope people buy the buttons so they can come celebrate with us and help create the awareness and excitement of the festival.”
For more information and full contest rules visit the website.