The Tenth Annual Great River Shakespeare Festival kicks off on Friday with the opening performance of Twelveth Night and the opening performance of King Henry the Fifth on Saturday.
Artistic Director Paul Barnes, who was one of the original founders of the festival, will be stepping down with Doug Scholz-Carlson taking over the leadership role. Barnes told Winona Radio it seemed like the time was right to step aside now that the festival is ten years old.
Barnes said he will be staying on in an associate role with the festival and plans to be back next year and direct one of the plays. Barnes will be honored on Sunday at a picnic that will follow the Sunday performance. Scholz-Carlson officially takes over at that time.