After COVID setback, stage set for Great River Shakespeare Festival return

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — After a few setbacks, the Great River Shakespeare Festival returns to the stage the weekend of July 4.

Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases within the theatre company, organizers had to adjust the preview and opening schedules. Performances include Shakespeare’s Always Patsy Cline, Twelfth Night, and Richard III.

“The exciting part that’s come out of that is that we had to reconfigure our schedule a little bit so we are getting to do something we’ve always wanted to do which is to open three shows in succession,” said artistic director Doug Scholz-Carlson. “We are going to have three opening nights one after another this coming weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So if you want to see the entire festival and see all the opening nights, it’s a great weekend to do that. It should be a lot of fun.”

The weekend’s performances start at 7 p.m. at the Winona State University Performing Art’s Center.