2018-2019 field trips

Cultural experiences have a proven, tangible benefit to student learning. And, they’re fun! Attending a live theatrical performance where stories and characters are brought to life on stage or in the classroom not only expands students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, it also helps expand their imagination and creativity.

Reserve this spring, finalize numbers and pay six weeks before your performance. 

  • Tickets: $7 students // $10 adults
  • 1 Free Adult Chaperone Ticket for every 15 students
  • Easy, safe bus loading and unloading

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GREAT is proud to feature four shows at the historic Paramount Theatre, 913 West St. Germain Street, downtown St. Cloud.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 

Recommended for first grade through fifth grade

Tuesday, October 23rd 9:30am* & Noon
Wednesday, October 24th 9:00am & 11:30am
Thursday, October 25th 9:30am & Noon
Friday, October 26th 9:00am & 11:30am

*American Sign Language Interpreted Performance

SHOW LENGTH: 90 Minutes (including bus dismissal) 

Oh, brother! Sibling mischief and hilarious antics are the problems Peter Hatcher faces in his attempts to step out from the shadow of his impossible little brother, Fudge. Based on the popular book by perennial favorite Judy Blume, you won’t stop laughing at this humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling.

“Judy Blume was my favorite author, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my favorite book.”
—Jeff Kinney, author of Wimpy Kid series


A Christmas Carol

Recommended for fourth grade through senior high

Thursday, November 29th 9:30am and 12:30pm 

SHOW LENGTH: 120 minutes (including bus dismissal)

“God bless us, everyone!” Celebrate a holiday tradition with the whole family, and revel in the joy of this timeless Christmas classic. Join Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly miser, and embark on a magical journey of discovery and redemption through Christmases past, present, and future.

“This is a holiday extravaganza with a heart. Do not miss it!” -Chicago Theatre Review


Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Recommended for all grades

Tuesday, February 5th 9:30am and Noon
Wednesday, February 6th 9:30am and Noon
Thursday, February 7th 9:00am and 11:30am 

SHOW LENGTH: 105 minutes (including bus dismissal)

A hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic Disney animated film. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

“It has so much heart, romance, laughter, and joy, just like the film.  - The Dallas Column


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Recommended for all grades

Wednesday, April 10th 9:30am and Noon

SHOW LENGTH: 100 minutes (including  bus dismissal)

Any dream will do as this irresistible story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable.  The toe-tapping score is full of unforgettable songs, including “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door,” and “Go Go Go Joseph.”  

“The best kind of feel-good show, warm hearted and irresistible” – The Sunday Times, UK


GREAT is proud to feature two shows in our new Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, an intimate and adaptable performance space inside GREAT World Headquarters, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park.


The Giver

Recommended for sixth grade through tenth grade

Tuesday, January 15th 9:30am and 12:30pm
Wednesday, January 16th 9:30am and 12:30pm
Thursday, January 17th 9:30am and 12:30pm 

SHOW LENGTH: 100 minutes (including bus dismissal)

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. When Jonas turns twelve he is chosen to train with The Giver—the keeper of the community’s collective memories. For the first time he experiences the feeling of love, as well as the pain of hunger, loneliness, and disease that the community has suppressed. Jonas must decide if eradicating pain is worth sacrificing joy. Based on the Newberry Award Winning book by Lois Lowry.

“An absorbing production that asks both children and adults compelling questions about how we want our world to be.” -The Oregonian


Goodnight Moon

Exclusively for preschool & kindergarten 

Wednesday, March 6th 9:00am and 11:30am
Thursday, March 7th 9:30am and Noon

SHOW LENGTH: 55 minutes (including bus dismissal)

This delightful adaptation of the beloved bedtime story brings the Great Green Room to life – literally! All kinds of shenanigans happen including a vaudeville act with the cow Clarabelle attempting to jump over the moon, 3 tap dancing bears, a wacky tooth fairy, and of course the adorable little Bunny who just can’t go to sleep. This will be a fun and imaginative show exclusively for preschool and kindergarten audiences (and their favorite adults.) 

“Showbiz razzle-dazzle and high-energy slapstick will charm you.”  - Seattle Times 



*American Sign Language Dates TBD

*Shows, dates, locations and times subject to change.