2018-2019 GREAT Theatre Season

We are proud to announce our 2018-2019 season of seven spectacular productions that will dazzle, move, and wow you! Subscribe to save more than 30% off single tickets!

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September 7-23, 2018
Paramount Theatre

Broadway Musical for the entire family

One of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, delight in the inspiring story of a lowly cockney flower girl as she transforms into a sophisticated lady—with the help of a pompous linguistics teacher who will get a bit more than he bargained for. This unforgettable show boasts a score of hummable classics such as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “On The Street Where You Live.”

"One of the BEST musicals of the century!" - Brooks Atkinson, NY Times


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing


Oct 19-28, 2018
Paramount Theatre
Comedy based on children’s literature

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


Nov 24 - Dec 9, 2018
Paramount Theatre

Holiday classic back by popular demand

“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.  Featuring Dennis Whipple, GREAT Theatre Executive Director and founder, as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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


The Little Mermaid


Feb 1-10, 2019
Paramount Theatre

Broadway musical for the entire family

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


April 5-20, 2019
Paramount Theatre

Broadway musical for the entire family

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.” This is the show most requested by audiences to see again.

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


The Giver


January 11-20, 2019
Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, Waite Park

Drama based on young adult literature

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.

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


Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story


April 26-May 19, 2019
Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, Waite Park

Musical Adult Dinner Theatre

This is the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on The Day The Music Died.  This rocking musical features over twenty of Buddy’s greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue”, “Oh Boy”, and “Rave On”, plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”

“Buddy shakes up Broadway! The musical numbers will have you up on your feet clapping. Buddy is a blast!”- Pia Lindstrom, WNBC-TV