GREATer TOGETHER: Ready to Thrive!

We are ready to thrive! When our GREATer Together Challenge Match Campaign began this fall the survival of GREAT was at risk. Now, thanks to the collective support of our community, we know we will do more than just survive…we are ready to thrive! We’re more than half-way to our goal but still need your support.

Donate Now

Will you make a donation by December 31st to help meet the match and ensure GREAT THRIVES? Every gift will be matched DOLLAR for DOLLAR!

We share our gratitude for the tremendous support of all who have trusted us with their ticket credits, donated back their tickets or camp registration, made additional gifts of support (some even doubled!), or recently joined the GREAT donor family to help get us to where we are today. Thank you for taking this journey with us and considering a gift towards the GREATer Together Campaign before year end. 

 

IT’S A MIRACLE

We want to share our appreciation with you for joining us and for our artist teams and volunteers who worked so hard to make it possible we could bring the joy of live theatre to as many people as possible this holiday season with Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Show.

Creating theatre in 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, looks quite different than it did ten months ago, as it has to. When we began planning for Miracle three months ago we knew we were committing to something unknown – after all this is the year of the pivot. But deciding to create something in the middle of all of this, knowing that it was going to change…and change again…was committing to hope. Because to create in this time is a statement of hope, a commitment to belief, and a dedication to the magic of theatre. Which also happens to be what this story is about.

We kept hearing from the community that you wanted some joy during a challenging holiday season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, Miracle on 34th Street perfect for families looking for a way to bring the joy of live theatre into their home for the holidays. Pick the ticket price that is best for you family and watch on demand now until Jan 3rd, 2021. We hope that Miracle brings you JOY and we can’t wait to see you in person next year.

 

21/22 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

There are 4,261 reasons to be excited for 2021! We are on the ledge, getting ready to announce a season that will blast the roof off your expectations! We look forward to announcing our return to LIVE performances (safely of course) with you early in the new year and inviting you to escape the everyday and experience something extraordinary again!

 

TICKET CREDITS

Tickets for any 20/21 season GREAT show that was postponed (including Mamma Mia) have been transferred to a credit on-account that will be honored for future performances. GREAT will perform all the shows announced and updated dates will be shared through email and social media when it is determined to be safe.

 

EDUCATION UPDATES

Though it looks different, theatre education has not stopped just because we cannot meet in person, and it’s been exciting to adapt to the current needs of our community.

  • Discovery: Back when this all began last spring, we continued working with our neighborhood school, Discovery, adapting the social emotional learning curriculum for a virtual environment. We continued to meet with first and second graders online as well as record and upload lessons for Discovery’s use.
  • Live from the Lab: These Friday night broadcasts ran in April and May where we saw lots of volunteer participation through the virtual cabarets and Shakespeare play readings and we got to hear from professional designers, too.
  • United Way: Most recently we’ve continued our programming with United Way, offering virtual Drama Workshops at Kidstop and Boys & Girls Clubs locations. By the end of July we’ll have taught three sessions of Drama Workshop, working with kids in 1st through 5th grades to develop characters and create stories using everyday items around the house as the springboard.
  • We Speak: We’re in the midst of a virtual session with South Jr. High on this project that centers student voices and uses theatre as a tool to focus on the significance of telling our own stories and deepening our understanding of the world around us.
  • 2020 Camp T-Shirts: A few weeks ago our 2020 camp families were invited to stop by GREAT and pick up a Summer 2020 GREAT t-shirt. It was great to see so many folx at the drive-by t-shirt pickup and a special thanks to camp instructors who helped with distribution.
  • Virtual Summer ACTivities: Over 150 families signed up to participate!  Every other day for the next two weeks, students can check in to our Google Classroom and engage in a theatre project from the comfort of their own home in a timeframe that works with their schedule. We’re looking at costume design, monologue work, scene work, playwriting, and choreography. And we’re thrilled to engage kids from kindergarten through high school! Thanks to donors and sponsors, this is provided at no cost to the camper.
  • Commitment to Equity: We have also continued our own education as GREAT staff, these last few months. We are committed to anti-racism as an organization and, as a leadership team, have been reading and discussing Layla Saad’s Me & White Supremacy. We are continuing to learn and unlearn so that we can examine how our policies and procedures uphold structures of racism so that we can better our organization. We’re in this for the long haul and we recognize the internal work is necessary for structural change. 
  • In May we made the heart-wrenching and difficult decision to cancel our 2020 summer theatre camps. All registration requests have been processed. Thank you to the many families that donated a portion or all their 2020 camp registration back to GREAT.  We look forward to being back even stronger for your kids and our community in 2021.

 

SAFETY GUIDELINES

In our near 23 seasons of producing theatre with and for our community, safety of our volunteers, audiences and staff has been very important. We are still working on the best ways to protect the health and safety of GREAT volunteers, ushers, artists and backstage crews. A first draft of our guidelines is available to review. We are also working with the Paramount Center for the Arts to ensure safety in their facility as well as guidelines for our audiences.

GRATITUDE

We are grateful to each and every person who donated their tickets or registration back to GREAT, donors who made additional gifts, our funders like the MSAB, CMAB, CMCF, Optimists Clubs, Humanities Center and Morgan Family Foundation that have committed their support during this challenging time. We really are GREATer together.

 

STAY IN TOUCH

All GREAT staff are working remotely from our homes so reaching out via email is the best way to communicate

 

Together, we will survive this. We dream that when we are again able to bring the community together for shared theater experiences, we will be even GREATer for you. Thank you for making GREAT your community theatre.