Great Expectations

I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”

Packed with curious and fascinating characters, enchanting and dangerous places and situations that are at once exhilarating and horrifying, Great Expectations is a literary gem. Set in England’s 19th century, Pip, an orphan boy, has a life-changing encounter one day on the moors when he helps an escaped convict named Magwitch by getting him food and a file for his leg irons. From this one act of kindness, Pip starts on a journey to manhood that is full of twists and turns. Ultimately, Pip learns some important lessons about love, forgiveness and redemption.

By Gale Childs Daly
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

Directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson
Artwork created by Molly Lyn

Who you should bring

Someone who wants the magic of A Christmas Carol – but in July.

Come Early, Join the Conversation

Please join us outside the theater 30 minutes before each performance for a pre-show conversation with a member of the artistic team for The Taming of the Shrew. Hear about themes of the play or secrets from the rehearsal room, and learn about some plot points that will place you right in the middle of the action from the second the houselights dim.

Special Events & Offers

PWYW Previews

Catch the final stages of the rehearsal process during our PWYW (Pay-What-You-WILL) Previews! You can see the show before the opening of the season and pay whatever you are able for your ticket. These tickets are not available online – call the Box Office or stop by in person to reserve a seat to the PWYW Preview performance. Then make sure to tell your friends about what you saw and invite them back for the “real” thing!

Opening Night – Saturday, July 27th at 7:30 

Great Expectations opens on Saturday, June 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Vivian Fusillo Mainstage theater in the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center.

Winona Wednesdays

Every Wednesday during the season is Winona Wednesday! All adult tickets are only $12, and student tickets are just $10. Make sure to reserve yours in advance – they go quickly. Great Expectations will have a Winona Wednesday performance on July 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

July 4th – Tickets for $17.76

Join GRSF for a special July 4th performance at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets will be just $17.76 to celebrate Independence Day.

Chill with Will 

Chill with Will: GRSF provides FREE tickets for students age 11 – 18 to a selected performance of each professional production. With programming tailored to students before the performance, and a Company Conversation after, GRSF is passionate about welcoming students to the theater. All students are encouraged to reserve their free Chill with Will ticket through the Box Office in advance. Guardians wishing to accompany a student may purchase a discounted “chaperone” ticket. Chill with Will tickets must be reserved over the phone or in person. Not available online.

Cast & Artistic Staff

Full casting announcements will be made in spring of 2020


Chris Pow

Narrator One


Narrator Two


Narrator Three


Narrator Four

Lauren Winder

Narrator Five


Other Season 17 Productions

The Taming of the Shrew

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The Tempest

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Every Brilliant Thing

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