Where does your money go?

GREAT Theatre is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and tickets sales only cover 60% of GREAT Theatre’s annual operating expenses. Over $285,000 of our budget needs to be raised each year by donors like you! 

Your contributions help us to:

  • Ensure everyone in Central Minnesota has access to the transformative arts

  • Provide outstanding youth, education, and community outreach programs to over 61,000 people each year.

  • Provides roles for over 500 volunteer actors to share their passion for theatre performing for our community with direction from professional artistic staff, while performing on broadway quality sets, wearing lavish costumes with state of the art light and sound design and a live orchestra.

  • Provide over $7600 in scholarships to more than 100 students and campers each year

  • A chance for GREAT to be brave and take bold artistic risks as we venture into the new telling the stories of our community through PLAYlabs, Script in Hand, and other community partnerships.



  • The average cost to produce a show is $62,700. This pays for professional artistic staff, live orchestras, expansive sets, amazing special effects, lavish costumes, theater rental, box office fees, and royalties. This doesn't include general operating and outreach expenses. 
  • GREAT's headquarters is in Waite Park and includes rehearsal halls, scene shop, costume shop, administrative office, and the 150+ seat Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. All the behind-the-scenes magic happens under one roof with a team of professional staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers who create shows to be performed at the Paramount Center for the Arts and our very own Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre!
  • The average cost of a GREAT ticket is just $19. "Why go to the metro when you pay a fraction of the price for Broadway quality shows right here?" - GREAT audience member
  • We believe in ensuring accessibility and inclusion for all. Each year approximately 2,500 people attend a GREAT show at no cost and $7,600 in scholarships is given to 100 over campers.

All of this wouldn't be possible without generous donors! Deepen your connection to GREAT with a donation to support Broadway quality shows in our community!