Who is a stakeholder?
Lee: Weíre back. Iím Lee.
Doug: And Iím Doug - and together we are the Great River Guys - the new executive team at the Great River Shakespeare Festival-
Lee: And the writers of this weekly column in the Post where we talk Shakespeare, art and the Winona scene. This week weíre talking about the Stakeholdersí Meeting.
Doug: Stakeholders. You know, I had to look that up. The dictionary said a stakeholder is ďa person with an interest or concern in something.Ē
Lee: That sounds right.
Doug: Well, isnít that a lot of people? Everyone with an interest or concern in the Great River Shakespeare Festival?
Lee: Sure, it starts with the people who love the plays each summer, but if we are doing this right, itís much more than that. We hope everyone in the region is a Stakeholder.
Doug: Great. Iíll order catering for 150,000 people. How will they all fit in the History Center?
Lee: I donít think weíll get quite that many. But if you are reading this column, you are a stakeholder.
Doug: And Great River Shakespeare is your festival. So donít worry we can cater to everyone.
Lee: I like that, a different use of cater. Sort of.
Doug: What I mean is all of Winona, all of the region can enjoy our free music concerts, affordable but world class productions, our year round special events.
Lee: Which begin this coming Monday, so donít think of us as just a summer fling.
Doug: Join us this Monday, November 4th, 5 to 7 at the Winona County History Center at 160 Johnson Street for what every year proves to be a lively Stakeholdersí Meeting.
Lee: Weíll have some food, a cash bar, and as always when fans of GRSF get together, great conversation.
Doug: Weíll talk about plans for next season and celebrate successes from last year.
Lee: Be a Stakeholder. Itís more fun than Comedy of Errors.
Doug: Donít over sell it.
Lee: Itís more fun than Titus Andronicus. Get it? Thatís the scary Shakespeare where somebody kills, cooks, and eats somebody. Thought Iíd make a Shakespearean Halloween reference.
Doug: Wonderful, Lee, thanks. Theyíll be knocking the doors down now. At our Stakeholders event no characters, only hors díoeuvres will be eaten. Weíll see you Monday - and back here in the Post next week.