Great River Shakespeare Festival
Attend three performances and learn about production, acting and design from theater professionals as you immerse yourself in culture and art at the Great River Shakespeare Festival.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 12735RJ
5 days
Starts at
Getting There
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At a Glance

See two Shakespeare plays plus see a bonus non-Shakespeare play performed by professionals from the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Enhance your theater experience by discussing the production approach and exploring the directing, design and acting functions. The expertise, enthusiasm and energy of the instructors will add to your enjoyment of the program. You will attend plays as well as participate in some of the special events in conjunction with the Festival. Come for an extraordinary experience and excellent Shakespeare conveniently located in America's Heartland. Enjoy beautiful vistas, nature and art along the Father of Waters and experience the unique charm, history and hospitality of the Island City of Winona, Minn.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Climbing a few stairs and limited walking.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • An insider’s look into a professional acting company.
  • See two Shakespeare plays, plus a bonus production, all performed by professional actors from the Great River Shakespeare Festival.
  • In addition to great theater you will delight in the city of Winona and the beautiful scenery it has to offer.

General Notes

Extend your last day and attend the Great River Shakespeare Festival apprentice play, "The Merchant of Venice". This is a 16th-century play in which a merchant in Venice must default on a large loan provided by an abused Jewish moneylender. It is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. Though classified as a comedy, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and it is best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. Also notable is Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy".

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