Script In Hand Series

GREAT is excited to announce our brand new "Script In Hand Series" to create more performance and directing opportunities for local artists and introduce audiences to new plays. What is "Script In Hand?"  It is a full "reading/performance" of a play that the actors are allowed to have their scripts in their hands (or the scripts could be on music stands) so they are not memorized.  The director of each show will create blocking, use of limited costumes, props and sound effects to create a performance experience for the audience.  The focus is on telling the story, character development, utilizing new and experienced actors and creating a mood that thrills the audience.


  • Each production will have one night of auditions and a maximum of eight rehearsals.
  • There will be one performance. 
  • All shows stage managed by Amanda Kivel

The Real Inspector Hound

PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30pm at Beaver Island Brewing 216 6th Avenue South, St. Cloud
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.  Please RSVP today to ensure you have a spot!  

Comedy by Tom Stoppard
Presented with special permission of Samuel French, Inc.

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND -  directed by Anne Groetsch- Performed for adults at Beaver Island Brewing. Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot, the first a fusty philanderer and the second a pompous and vindictive second stringer, are swept into the whodunit they are viewing. In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas that follows, the body under the sofa proves to be the missing first string critic. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, Moon and Birdfoot become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman. 


The Reluctant Dragon

May  14-25 (performs Thursday evening)

Adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller
Produced through special permission with ArtReach Children’s Theatre Plays.

Performance Venue: GREAT World Headquarters, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN 56387

THE RELUCTANT DRAGON - directed by Jeff Anderson -performed for all ages at GREAT World Headquarters Rehearsal Hall by adults with disabilities in partnership with District 742 and WACOSA. In this version Kenneth Grahame's boy hero is young underdog Widget.  He and his sidekick Hairytoes overcome their the doubters and bullies and triumph as heroes!  Mortimer is lovable and very funny as he learns to become a real dragon.  Gentle as the original story, yet fast-paced and exciting teaches to never judge a book by its cover.

Peter and the Starcatcher

June  4-15 (performs Thursday evening)

A play by Rick Elice
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Music by Wayne BarkerOriginally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Performance Venue: The LOFT events room above Pickled Loon, 715 St. Germain, St. Cloud, MN 56301

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER- directed by David Symalla- performed for all ages at the LOFT above Pickled Loon - A brand new play from Broadway that provides a backstory for the character Peter Pan, and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy.

The Transition of Doodle Pequeño

July  9-22 (performs Saturday morning)
By Gabriel Jason Dean.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois L

Performance Venue: St. Cloud Public Library, 1300 West St. Germain, St. Cloud, MN 56301

DOODLE PEQUENO-  directed by Kaarin Johnston- Performing for children and their families at the St. Cloud Public Library- A bilingual play for children that shares concepts such as “alien”, imaginary friends, single parents, children raised by grandparents, gender issues and racism are all woven through the mystical world of this play.


Look for audition information to be posted on the audition page of our website.


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.