About GREAT Theatre

Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT) brings the community together through shared theatre experiences.

We strive to ensure everyone in central Minnesota will have access to the transformative power of the arts.

We believe in:
Building life skills through quality arts education.
Eliciting joy, empathy and self-discovery through live theatre experiences.
Telling the stories of our community.
Creating social connections and civic engagement through volunteerism.
Ensuring accessibility and inclusion for all.
Providing fiscal integrity and excellent service.

GREAT World Headquarters in Waite Park, Minnesota:
A state-of-the-art production facility that includes rehearsal halls, scene shop, costume shop, administrative office, and the 150+ seat Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. All the behind the scenes magic happens under one roof with a team of professional staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers who create shows to be performed at the Paramount Center for the Arts and our very own Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre! 

710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN 56387  // (320) 258-2787 // info@greattheatre.org

Past Seasons and Titles

GREAT was founded in 1998. Our past seasons and plays include:

2018-2019 - My Fair Lady, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, A Christmas Carol, The Giver, The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story 

2017-2018 - Singin' In The Rain, Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook, It's A Wonderful Life, Nine Who Dared: Courage At Little Rock, Anne of Green Gables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Clue The Musical

2016-2017 - Sister Act, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Story The Musical, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Tony N' Tina's Wedding

2015-2016 - Ragtime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!, Mary Poppins, The Diary of Anne Frank, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Grease

2014-2015 - Children of Eden, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, Disney’s Mulan Jr., Frosty the SnowmanA Charlie Brown Christmas, Peter Pan, The Addams Family, Babe the Sheep Pig, Tarzan

2013-2014 - Les Miserables, Disney's Little Mermaid Jr., White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, To Kill A Mockingbird, Dr. Suess's the Cat in the Hat, Secret Life of Girls, Shrek the Musical

2012-2013 - Hairspray, The Hobbit, A Christmas Carol, Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Annie, Charlotte's Web, The King and I

2011-2012 - The Wiz!, A Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Broadway in the Park

2010-2011 - Footloose, Pippi Longstocking, The Sound of Music, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Oliver!, The Brothers Grimm: A Musical Adventure, No, No, A Million Times No

2009-2010 - Willy Wonka, Rent, Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., Fiddler on the Roof, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Producers, Miss Nelson is Missing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

2008-2009 - Peter Pan, Madeline’s Christmas, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s High School Musical 2, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

2007-2008 - The Wizard of Oz, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Disney's Alice in Wonderland, High School Musical, Seussical the Musical, Pollyanna!

2006-2007 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Charlotte’s Web, Miracle on 34th Street, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Honk - The Ugly Duckling Musical, Annie!

2005-2006 - The Music Man, Bunnicula, A Year with Frog and Toad, Ramona Quimby, James and the Giant Peach, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

2004-2005 - Miss Nelson is Missing, Seussical the Musical, Cinderella, The Rented Christmas, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Grease!, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Nunsense

2003-2004 - Joseph…, Charlotte’s Web, Little Shop of Horrors, Velveteen Rabbit, Inspecting Carol, Forever Plaid, Aladdin, Little House on the Prairie, Green Eggs and Ham, West Side Story, The Miraculous Disappearance of Marilyn Moo

2002-2003 - Grease!, Annie, The Hobbit, A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Amazing Grace, Pippi Longstocking, Groovy!, Robin Hood, The Wizard of Oz, Pollyanna

2001-2002 - Big—the Musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Nuncrackers, Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, Fame, Henry and Ramona, The Bard is Back, Stuart Little, 101 Dalmatians, Wizard of Oz, Nunsense II, The Music Man

2000-2001 - Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors, James and the Giant Peach, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Wiz, Into the Woods, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, once Upon a Mattress, Joseph…, Nunsense, Guys and Dolls

1999-2000 - Peter Pan, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pollyanna, Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Joseph…, Rock ‘n Roll, The Little Mermaid, Oklahoma

1998-1999 - Winnie the Pooh, Pollyanna, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, Miracle on 34th Street, Annie Jr, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Grease!


Fun Facts

  • GREAT stands for "Great River Educational Arts Theatre."
  • We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1998 and is currently the largest community theatre in central Minnesota.
  • Last year over 15,000 students from all over central Minnesota attended one of the GREAT specially-priced Field Trip performances.

Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

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