Our Student Matinees provide young people access to high-quality theatre as a core part of their basic education. Field trips to live theatre have demonstrated enrichment in literary knowledge, tolerance, and empathy among students.

Student Matinees Highlights

  • Fully Staged Shows
  • Affordable Ticketing
  • Study Materials – that meet MN Arts Academic Standards
  • Quality Titles for All Ages



Pick-Your-Price Tickets: If the cost of tickets is preventing you from registering your class, please request pick-your-price tickets when completing the form. We have supporters who want to ensure everyone has access to the transformative power of the arts.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

PreK – 3rd Grade

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS

PERFORMANCES: Oct 4th – 9:30AM & 11:00AM | Oct 8th – 9:30AM & 11:00AM | Oct 10th – 9:30AM & 11:00AM
Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, Waite Park
RECOMMENDED GRADES: This performance will be best for those in PreK-3rd grade.
SHOW LENGTH: 30 minutes + dismissal  & bus loading time.
TICKETS: Students $8 | Adults $10 | 1 free adult ticket for every 15 paid student tickets

This is our 6th Annual Youth Artist Project, directed and designed by high school students and featuring an all youth cast! 

​​Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course…sharing snacks.

3rd Grade – 12th Grade

Wizard of Oz

PERFORMANCES: November 26th – 9:30AM & 12:00PM | December 3rd – 9:30AM & 12:00PM
Paramount Center for the Arts
RECOMMENDED GRADES: This performance will be best for those in 3rd-12th grade.
SHOW LENGTH: 90 minutes + dismissal & bus loading time.
TICKETS: Students $10 | Adults $12 | 1 free adult ticket for every 15 paid student tickets.

A magical musical adventure through the colorful world of Oz!

We’re off to see the Wizard! In search of their deepest desires – a brain for the scarecrow, a heart for the Tinman, courage for the Cowardly Lion, and the way back home to Kansas for Dorothy…and Toto, too – they meet the Wicked Witch, the Wizard, and more as they follow the yellow brick road through colorful world of Oz.

Mary Poppins

PERFORMANCES: Tuesday, April 15th – 9:30AM | April 22nd – 9:00AM & 12:00PM
Paramount Center for the Arts
RECOMMENDED GRADES: This performance will be best for those in 3rd-12th grade.
SHOW LENGTH: 2 hours + dismissal & bus loading time.
TICKETS: Students $10 | Adults $12 | 1 free adult ticket for every 15 paid student tickets.

A musical with the practically perfect nanny who turns ordinary moments into extraordinary adventures

Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century London, this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical follows the transformation of the Banks family. When their children, Jane and Michael, drive away yet another nanny, the magical Mary Poppins arrives. With her unique blend of discipline and enchantment, she takes the children on many adventures, teaching the family how to love and value each other again.


Please carefully read the information below and pass this onto your bus drivers. Make sure you are looking at the correct venue. Bus policies have been put into place at each location to ensure the safety of you and your students. Please review the policies before your field trip.


913 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301

ARRIVAL We ask that you arrive no earlier than 25 minutes prior to showtime. Tell your bus driver to unload students directly in front of the Paramount Theatre. If we have more than two busses parked in front, the bus driver will be asked to pull around the block to wait on 9th Ave N until our bus patrol volunteer motions for them to pull around front. Upon your arrival, a GREAT Theatre volunteer or staff member will board your bus and provide parking, unloading, and loading instructions to the driver. After students have unloaded, busses will be directed to continue down St. Germain Street and park at the St. Cloud Regional Library. 

SEATING We will begin seating approximately 20 minutes before the show starts. The performance will start on time! A GREAT volunteer will help usher your students into their seats. If you need to rearrange students, please do so after everyone has been seated or have them exit the bus in the order you would like them to be seated.

RESTROOMS Please find your seats prior to using the restrooms. The restrooms are limited and easily congested, so plan accordingly. The performance will start on time! If you need to use the restrooms prior to leaving, please notify a GREAT volunteer when you arrive so we can plan dismissal accordingly.

DISMISSAL About 20 minutes before the show is over, the GREAT bus patrol volunteer will let your driver know when to report back to the Paramount Theatre. In order to return students to their schools in a timely manner we will dismiss you by school during the cast Q&A. It is important to follow instructions on order of dismissal as well as which door to park in front of. The students are simultaneously being dismissed from the theatre with the same instructions. For the safety of all, we ask that you wait inside until a GREAT volunteer lets you know that your bus has pulled up. Please count your students as they wait in line to load. We cannot allow buses to remain parked in the loading area for head counts. Your cooperation will make everyone’s departure a smooth and quick process.

EMERGENCY If an emergency arises on the day of your show, please call GREAT at 320.258.2787


710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN 56387

Park to unload students directly in front of the South East doors (near the back of the building). Look for the blue GREAT Theatre flags. Drivers may park in the parking lot directly behind and adjacent to the building.



  • Please include all students, teachers, and chaperones in your ticket order.
  • When ordering seats please include any accessibility needs (wheelchair seating, difficulty with stairs, low vision, hard of hearing, etc.) and any special requests (first dismissal, last dismissal, need to use bathrooms before boarding bus, etc.). GREAT will try to accommodate all requests within reason.
  • You will receive a bus arrival time in your email within the weeks before your performance.
  • Remember to turn off all cell phones and electronic devices before the performance begins.
  • Please make sure that everyone in your group knows that there is NO recording or photography is permitted during any GREAT performance. (Photos of your students under the marquee, etc. are permitted.)
  • Inform students that there is no food, drink, or gum allowed in the theater.
  • On the performance day if you are delayed and you will be arriving after the performance begins please call 320-258-2787.


  • Groups will be seated by ushers upon arrival.
  • Seating is determined by many factors. Accessibility needs, group size, and grade level are all taken into account when seating charts are created.
  • Please allow ushers to seat your entire group before rearranging student seating and taking groups to the bathroom, etc.
  • If you have an absent student please see an usher about a student voucher.


  • Notify the nearest usher if there is a medical emergency.
  • After the performance please remain in your seats. Schools will be dismissed through the PA system. When your school is dismissed an usher will guide you to the correct door.
  • While dismissal is happening, actors will be on stage to answer questions from the audience.
  • When leaving remind students to look for all hats, coats, mittens etc.
  • When at the Paramount please count students as they board the bus so that the bus can leave the front of the building as soon as possible.


  • After the performance an email will be sent to the person who reserved the seats.
  • Let us know what you think of the show! Feedback from students and staff is always appreciated. Letters can be mailed to: GREAT Theatre, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN 56387 or email
  • If you have any additional questions, please call GREAT at 320-258-2787 or email our Education Manager –