VERMILLION — USD Coyoteopoly students secured a record high in grants to produce the 2016 South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Coyoteopoly provides charitable, educational, and cultural events that enrich the Vermillion community, including producing the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF).

The festival provides free, professional outdoor summer Shakespeare in Vermillion’s Prentis Park, and arts education programming for youth and adults, delivered in a lively accessible format. In keeping with the SDSF’s mission of accessibility, all programming is free and open to the public.

Coyoteopoly received the following grants in support of the 2016 SDSF season: The South Dakota Arts Council, $4,000; City of Vermillion, $3,000; Vermillion Chamber & Development Company, $2,500; Sanford Vermillion, $2,500; United Way of Vermillion, $2,000; Vermillion Area Community Foundation, $2,000; totaling $16,000.

South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts. Combined with a successful annual giving campaign and the upcoming fundraiser “Wine with Will”, Coyoteopoly is making healthy progress towards the $43,000 goal needed to produce this year’s Shakespeare Festival.

Coyoteopoly and the SDSF’s annual fundraising event is “Wine with Will.” This event will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 7-9 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the USD campus. The evening will be filled with Shakespeare sonnets, music, visual arts, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings hosted by RED, and a celebrated silent auction.

Current support for the auction includes gifts from USD Athletics, Hy-Vee, the Bluffs Golf Course, USD Theatre, Valiant Vineyards, the Washington Pavilion, Susan Huckabee, Dr. Evelyn Schlenker, Prairie Repertory Theatre, plus a special donation from Heikes Family Farm: a Community Supported Agriculture basic share for fresh produce good for 32 weeks. “Wine with Will” is made possible by the generous support of USD’s College of Fine Arts, Department of English, Department of Theatre, and USD Business Dean Emeritus Michael and Paula Keller.

To reserve tickets email: Emily.Morris@coyotes.usd.edu.

This year’s SDSF production is Shakespeare’s romance, “The Winter’s Tale,” with performances June 9-12, in Vermillion’s Prentis Park. For more information about the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival visit: www.sdshakespearefestival.org

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