The Great Plains Theatre (GPT) was established in 1995 as a 501-C3 non-profit year-round professional theatre. Dream big at GPT by experiencing live, professional theatre on I-70 between Denver and Kansas City. Through the years, GPT has developed a flourishing education program for regional youth members and continues to share exemplary, family-friendly main stage performances. As Abilene grows and evolves, so does Great Plains Theatre by adding diverse opportunities for entertainment and giving back to the community. Great Plains Theatre truly has something for everyone. The quality theatrical productions are bound to astound. You will be leaving the theatre with a song in your head, joy in your heart, and a smile on your face!


Safety protocols mandated by the Dickinson County Health Officials, State of Kansas, and the CDC will be followed including mask requirement, social distanced seating, and temperature checks and all of the following points listed below to ensure safety for all during this time. Please call our office for more details and information. Even with everchanging regulations, we promise to continue safety and comfortability for all while creating art, telling stories, and getting back to what we love and cherish - live theatre. 

Safety Protocols and Procedures

  •  Social Distancing – Please keep social distancing rules of 6 feet apart at all times inside the building. Until further notice or with approval, please remain distanced from others.

  • Physical Touch – It is recommended that you limit all physical touch of the skin between parties. After physical touch, be sure to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands for 20 seconds.

  • Washing hands – All hands must be washed thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water at least every hour. This is to keep germs and spread to a minimum.

  • Hand Sanitizer – We require you to have access to hand sanitizer at all times. It will be readily within range to access it throughout the facilities. Use hand sanitizer as much as needed when adhering to social distancing and physical touch regulations.

  • Face coverings – In accordance with all posted ordinances, FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. Actors, production staff, volunteers, patrons, staff, and anyone who may enter the theatre must be wearing a face mask at all times or they will be asked to leave immediately. Face coverings are not for the individual wearing them, but for others around us. Instructions for Face coverings: Wash your hands before putting on a face covering. Remove your face covering using the straps to avoid touching the part that protects your face. Wash cloth face coverings after each use, and wear other masks only according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Temperature screening – Please be aware of your current health state. GPT will be screening every person that enters the building at the front door of the lobby. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees F will be asked to leave with full refund. You will also be asked a series of approved questions to evaluate your current health and any possible exposure. 

  • Capacity - Theatre capacity and building capacity will be limited to follow all state and local ordinances. Currently, GPT is following the guidelines regulated of less than 50% capacity in the building.

  • Self-Isolation - Actors and staff are required to self isolate when not in the workplace or getting essentials to live. 

  • Vaccinations - All actors, staff, and production team members will be asked to be completely vaccinated prior to the contract start dates. If an individual is not vaccinated (or in enough time), they will be subject to frequent COVID-19 testing (with negative results). **See below.

  • Testing - All actors, staff, and production team members will be expected to test NEGATIVE for COVID-19. No exceptions. This will happen prior to contract start date, weekly throughout the contract, and as necessary demanded by the GPT Health Officials. If fully vaccinated, the Producer will address any changes to this rule.

  • Face touching – All should avoid touching your own face, nose, mouth, eyes, etc. If you must, please use hand sanitizer or wash your hands immediately before and after.

  • Cough and Sneeze Etiquette - All should cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available, followed by thorough handwashing/hand sanitizer (this includes while wearing a face covering).

  • Sanitization – Every surface in GPT's facilities is disinfected after each use. Disinfectant spray is used on all surfaces (even those not directly touched), as well as all parts the theatre that may be touched by an individual (handles, switches, handrails, chairs, doors, props, set pieces, etc.). Disinfectant and cleaning supplies are provided if anyone should need them.

  • Emergencies – In any emergency, immediately contact the health officials in Dickinson County or at GPT. In any circumstance, use your common sense and do the next right thing. Proper safety etiquette is required by all. Safety and comfortability are the LARGEST priority in our workplace. Any questions and concerns should be addressed. Make smart, positive, and healthy choices keeping yourself and all surrounding you in mind. 


The 1940' Radio Hour

A Christmas Carol


Fiddler on the Roof

Always, Patsy Cline

Dames at Sea

Children of Eden

Pump Boys and Dinettes

The Sound of Music

The Odd Couple

Steel Magnolias


Peter Pan


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat



Forever Plaid

The Miracle Worker

Winnie the Pooh


It's a Wonderful Life


Guys and Dolls

White Christmas

Damn Yankees

She Loves Me

Annie, Get Your Gun

Mamma Mia 


Empires Fall

Frozen Jr. 

The Music Man

EMMA: A Pop Musical JV

The Giver

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.

Christmas Schooner

Winter Wonderettes

The Secret Garden


Alice in Wonderland

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The Music Man

Little Shop of Horrors

To Kill a Mockingbird

Noises Off

Bye Bye Birdie

Of Mice and Men

Barefoot in the Park

Our Town

South Pacific


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Arsenic and Old Lace

Man of La Mancha

Lend Me a Tenor

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

All Shook Up

The Fantasticks

Big River


Peter and the Starcatcher


The Lion in Winter

Shrek the Musical

Pirates of Penzance



Godspell (2012)

Elf - the Musical

The Ugly Duckling

Godspell - Main Stage - 2021
Godspell - Main Stage - 2021

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It's a Wonderful Life - Main Stage - 2020
It's a Wonderful Life - Main Stage - 2020

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Quilters - Main Stage - 2008
Quilters - Main Stage - 2008

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Godspell - Main Stage - 2021
Godspell - Main Stage - 2021

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