A community theater in Cold Spring, Minnesota was formed in September of 1991 when interested people came together to dedicate the Rocori High School Auditorium to long time arts supporter and Cold Spring resident Glanville Smith. The variety show performance sold out all 500 seats and the proceeds were given to the new board of directors to form a community theatre. Work began on our first production and the Great Northern Theatre Company was officially incorporated in 1992.
The first play, performed in Sept. 1992 was The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a three-act comedy directed by Vicki Meyer. They played to a crowd of 470 people over three performances and were thrilled with the audience size and the community support for their new endeavor. Their first musical Once Upon A Mattress in September of 1993 drew an audience of 870. See our Past Productions for a complete listing of all of our performances.
In the summer of 2000, GNTC decided to take their show on the road…to the newly renovated historic Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. After performing one weekend in Cold Spring, GNTC sold out all 900 seats at the Paramount with it's production of Oklahoma!. In 2002, GNTC returned to the Paramount with its production of State Fair and again in 2006 with South Pacific.