by Jason Grabinger
Since 1998 when Dennis Whipple began GREAT Theatre, the community has beneﬁtted greatly from the exceptional quality shows put on by dedicated actors, directors, and crewmembers each season. What began as a children’s theatre had blossomed into an organization performing a vast range of shows to entertain and enlighten the entire family. GREAT’s mission is to bind the community together through shared theater experiences, and they have a vision to ensure everyone in the Central Minnesota community will have access to the transformative power of the arts. GREAT Theatre has enjoyed wonderful success, and it is all due to the dedication of volunteers and the support of our community. Saint Cloud and the surrounding area is passionate about the arts, and has helped GREAT to build their World Headquarters in Waite Park. The GREAT Theatre World Headquarters is the ﬁrst of its kind in MN, featuring rehearsal halls, a scene shop, a costume shop, and an administrative oﬃce. GREAT is also working on building a learning lab to share the magic of live theatre with people of all ages. Performing over 120 shows and counting, you can ﬁnd GREAT Productions performing at phenomenal local venues including the majestic Paramount Theatre in downtown Saint Cloud, the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater on the campus of Saint John’s University, and other wonderful venues. The shows, thanks to the passion and talent of hundreds of volunteers are often compared to Broadway shows, and each season oﬀers something new for the entire family. GREAT Theatre is passionate about our community and is an active participant in the betterment of our cities and the residents of them. GREAT is a proud member of United Arts of Central Minnesota. GREAT actors often share their talent and skill for local causes, and weekly summer camps for children of varied ages introduce the wonder of live theatre early. These camps, along with GREAT shows build conﬁdence and encourage people to achieve their dreams. Whether you are interested in seeing a show, volunteering your time behind the scenes, or would love to audition for a role, more information is available on GREAT’s website at www.greattheatre.org. You can also reach them by phone at (320) 258-2728. We are fortunate to have such a quality community theatre in our area, and checking out all that GREAT Theatre has to oﬀer is certainly worthwhile.
Great River Educational Arts Theatre
710 Sundial Drive Waite Park, MN