Shakespeare in Winona, 2014

We thank the Carlsons for this information.    Ed

Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona

As summer approaches our thoughts all turn to Shakespeare at GRSF in Winona. Our annual Shakespeare Summer is even bigger this year. Exciting events include:

June 2   12:30 Senior Center The 2014 Season Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson

July 11   Hamlet   Trip to Winona  

July 23  Merry Wives of Windsor Trip to Winona

The June 2nd presentation by the Great Rivers Shakespeare Artistic Director, Doug Scholz-Carlson has always been a favorite with our members and is available at no cost. Doug is an exciting speaker who will expand your understanding of Shakespeare and in particular indicate how GRSF will interpret these two classic works, plus a third related play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

This year we have expanded to two trips, Hamlet on Fri. July 11, 2014 and Merry Wives of Windsor on Wed. July 23, 2014. The trip to see Hamlet will be similar to the trip from past years and include a small lunch before the play and dinner with actors after the play, at a price of $90. per person. The Merry Wives of Windsor trip will include a box meal and a discussion with the actors after the play, at a price of $75 per person. The Hamlet trip will depart at 11 a. m. for the 2:00 p.m. matinee and return about 8:45. The Merry Wives of Windsor trip will depart at 11:30 for the 2:00 p.m. matinee and return about 8:15. For those wishing to participate in both trips the cost for both trips will be $155 per person, a saving of $5 per trip. You may reserve your spot for these popular trips at the Senior Center Registration desk. The number of participants will of course be limited by the size of the bus for each trip.

All three events are again co- sponsored by the Northfield Senior Center and the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium. A number of people have participated in these trips for the past many years and found the entire experience very enjoyable. Our discussion with past participants indicated a strong interest in expanding to two trips this year.   So we are extending the project with the assumption that there will be sufficient interest to cover the cost of two buses this year.

The Great River Shakespeare Festival,, will begin its 11th Season on June 25th under the leadership of Artistic Director, Doug Scholz-Carlson, known to many in Northfield, where he began his career. The company is composed of Shakespearean equity actors drawn from across the country. The core of the company returns each season and they provide the best interpretation of Shakespeare in Minnesota.  You may visit the Great River web site,, to provide additional information on the company and on the interpretation of the plays that will be presented by this outstanding professional company.

And of course if you cannot participate in the trips above you can easily order tickets by email ( and drive to Winona along the beautiful Mississippi River Valley. But the bus trip is easier and a great deal of fun!                                                                                                                              Contact   Char or Bill Carlson (507-645-9642) or for additional information.