We are excited to announce our third annual Youth Artist Project! Have you ever wondered what really happens behind-the-scenes on a production? Does the idea of directing appeal but you don’t know where to start? Are you interested in design but unsure where to find opportunities? Do you like analyzing stories or critiquing movies? Would you like to see your ideas come to life on stage? If you answered yes to any of these questions then apply to be a part of our YOUTH ARTIST PROJECT, back by popular demand! 



Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus  Story

It’s not easy being the Pigeon–you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Read more here.

And check out the original award-winning book here


Youth Artist Team

This year’s youth-led musical production is the well-loved Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! based on the Mo Willems book. The show will be directed and designed by high school students filling the following roles:

  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Music Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Sound & Lighting Designer
  • Digital Designer

GREAT is excited to partner high school student artists with professional theatre artists and educators to bring this show to life. The student team will design, direct, and film Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus under the mentorship of the adult team, and each student production team member will receive a stipend of $250 at the end of the process. This year’s production will be available for both in-person and streaming audiences with public and school shows in March 2022!

If you are interested in being a part of the student artistic team please fill out the applicant interest form by November 28th.  GREAT will be in touch with all applicants by December 1st to set up Zoom interviews for December 6th & 7th. APPLY TODAY! 



Please note that interviews and mentor meetings will be held online via Zoom, in addition to in-person rehearsals and performances. Current CDC and MDH guidelines will be followed throughout the production process. Please stay up to date on GREAT’s safety guidelines here


Project Schedule
  • Mentoring Meetings (online) 4:00-6:00PM: 
    • 4:00-6:00PM – December 14th, 16th, & 20th
    • 4:00-6:00PM – January 4th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 24th, 26th, & 27th.
  • Auditions (in person): 4:00-6:30PM – January 18th & 20th, 2022.
  • Rehearsal Dates: 4:00-6:30pm – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday January 31st-March 10th, 2022.
  • Tech Rehearsals: 4:00-7:00PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday March 14th-17th, 2022.
  • Public Performances: Saturday, March 19th @ 9:00AM and 1:00PM.
  • School Matinees: Tuesday, March 22nd & Thursday, March 24th.



Contact Education Director Kendra Norton Dando via email

Hear about the experiences of our 2021 youth artists!