Great River Shakespeare Festival recently received a grant from the Winona Foundation in the amount of $7,500 to support the Chill with Will program, which provides free tickets to students.

Chill with Will has been a pillar of GRSF’s education program for several years. Not only does Chill with Will allow young people to see a professional production for free, it also offers educational programming both before and after the show. Students are given opportunities to get backstage, see a fight call, or even learn a bit of choreography themselves. Chill with Will programming begins at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the season, one hour before the show. After the show finishes, students are invited to stay after the performance for a talkback with actors from the play.

All middle and high school students are welcome to the theater for any Chill with Will performance. This is a free program, but students will need to reserve a ticket in advance. Chaperones accompanying Chill with Will students can purchase a discounted ticket for themselves through the Box Office.

Chill with Will dates are as follows:

Thursday, July 11: "No Child..."

Thursday, July 18: "Cymbeline"

Thursday, July 25: "Cymbeline"

Thursday, Aug. 1: "Macbeth"

Visit grsf.org/youth-education and click on “Chill with Will” to learn more.

For festival tickets and more information, please contact the GRSF Visitor’s Center Box Office at 924 Huff St., Winona, call 507-474-7900, or visit grsf.org.

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