About GREAT Theatre

Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT) brings the community together through shared theater 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 theater 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:
is a first of its kind in the state, volunteer and education center that includes rehearsal halls, scene shop, costume shop, administrative office, and a learning lab.  All the behind the scenes magic happens under one roof with a team of professional staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers! 

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

The community is our stage
While all the behind the scenes magic happens at GREAT World Headquarters, GREAT is proud to collaborate with and perform at the Paramount Theatre, Stephen B Humphrey Theater on the campus of Saint John's University, 912 Regency Plaza, and a variety of other establishments throughout our community for student residencies, summer camps, and our new Script in Hand Series we are introducing in the 16-17 season!

Past Seasons and Titles

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

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

  • The Great River Educational Arts Theatre, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1998 and is currently the only theater dedicated to children and their families in central Minnesota.
  • GREAT has produced 120 shows including five World Premiere productions during our 16 year history.
  • Last year, 18,054 students from all over central Minnesota attended one of the GREAT specially-priced school matinee performances.
  • GREAT placed third, two festivals running in the Minnesota Association of Community Theatre's Play Festival and has won numerous awards for directing, acting, and musical talent.
  • GREAT is a community theatre providing 1,400+ youth and adults with the opportunity to perform through productions and theatre classes each year.
  • GREAT is a proud member of United Arts of Central Minnesota, which provides general operating support to six central Minnesota arts organizations.

Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

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