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The Great River Guys (12/04/2013)
New season, new faces

Doug and Lee: Happy Holidays from Doug and Lee, the Great River Guys!

Doug: We promised to introduce you to two of our newest staff members this week. Frankly, we canít think of a better way to say thanks!

Lee: Yes, we are so grateful to have such talented people aboard, and we know Winona and the region are all the richer to have them too.

Doug: First, Will Kitchen has joined us as our Development Consultant heading our robust development team.

Will: But Iíve been with you guys from the beginning-

Lee: True, Will has been the catalyst for many arts organizations and events over the years-

Will: Yes, I and a few others heard through the grapevine that a Shakespeare Festival was searching for a home in Southern MN about ten years ago, and so I put on a full court press to make sure that they would come to Winona.

Doug: Heís very persuasive.

Will: I knew it would be a great addition to our city. Iím a businessman first. A former IBMer. I saw how attractive it would be for our cityís bottom line to bring new people to the region and to retain top talent in our industries by adding to what makes our region, and especially Winona, unique.

Lee: Which is the same reason that you and your wife Maggy helped build Theatre Du Mississippi and the Frozen River Film Festival.

Doug: And now heís helping with the Midwest Music Fest.

Will: And Live @the Levee. I see our region becoming the Midwestís Arts Destination. We have the beauty, the recreation, the industry, and a thriving arts community. We are poised for great growth in the next few years. And my work with GRSF is all about that - broadening our audiences and our base of support. My goal is to reach 2,500 people and let them know that with a sustaining gift of 10 dollars a month, we can continue to have a world class Shakespeare Festival right here in Winona forever. $10 a month or a gift of $120 a year - itís that simple.

Doug: And speaking of right here in Winona, we have stolen our new Director of Marketing from nearby Decorah, Iowa. Welcome our newest full time Winonan, Emily Kurash.

Emily: Hello everyone, I am so excited to call Winona my new home. What a great city you have!

Lee: Emily comes here after years with the Chamber of Commerce in Decorah as their communications and programming director - and she is a die hard theater person.

Emily: So I am very excited to help GRSF in every way I can- attracting new audiences and welcoming back our wonderful supporters.

Doug: And guess what readers- you have the perfect opportunity to introduce yourselves to both of these folks and purchase the most sought after Holiday gift--

Emily: Hey, thatís my job Doug. Heís talking about our GRSF Season Pass which goes on sale this year at our 12/12 Holiday Party at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum from 5-7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 12th. Our season pass is good for one ticket to each of our three professional company productions, and is a great value - over $120 of entertainment for $ 80. Thatís like seeing one show free! Or, choose to sit in our new ďsection BĒ and get an even better deal--both are a steal!

Lee: So join us on December 12th for great food, great entertainment-

Will: Two great new faces-

Emily: Our 12/12 event is shaping up to be another wonderful reason to get carried away with Great River Shakespeare-

Doug: So join us in welcoming Will and Emily to the Great River Family!



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