Press Release: ​​Nate the Great

Delightful Kid Detective Musical at SCR, Nate the Great, Kicks off Theatre for Young Audiences Season

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2018) —South Coast Repertory opens the 2018-19 Theatre for Young Audiences series with Nate the Great, Nov. 2-18. The musical, based on the book by Marjorie W. Sharmat, has been adapted for the stage with book and lyrics by John Maclay and music and lyrics by Brett Ryback. Kari Hayter directs the fun show on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are on sale now at

The story is about Nate the Great,the world’s greatest kid detective: he loves solving mysteries—almost as much as eating pancakes. When Annie’s special painting of her dog, Fang, goes missing, Nate’s on a new case! Did Fang bury it? Is Rosamond, who prefers cats over dogs, up to foul play? Nate searches for clues and gathers the facts in this clever musical that teaches us to see the world in new ways.

Nate the Great promises to be a lot of fun for the entire family,” said dramaturg Andy Knight. “Nate—the boy at the story’s center—is a tenacious, hyper-focused young detective. But most importantly, he’s a good friend, who’s determined to help the people he cares for. And in doing so, he learns a handful of important lessons, from keeping an open mind to the importance of art in everyday life. Audiences will no doubt fall in love with Nate and all his friends, the musical’s humor and adventure, and its bright and beautiful score.”

Sharmat is the author of the popular Nate the Great book series. She has written more than 130 books for children and teens, which have won awards including Book of the Year by the Library of Congress or have become selections by the Literary Guild.

The cast of Nate the Great includes Daniel Bellusci, Luzma Ortiz, Domonique Paton, Erika Schindele and Xavier Watson.

The design and creative team includes Brett Ryback, composer/musical director; Fred Kinney, scenic design; Aaron McGee, puppet design; Kaitlin Kaufman, costume design; Karyn D. Lawrence, lighting design; Jeff Polunas, sound design; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production managers are Holly Ahlborn and Joshua Marchesi, and the stage manager is Pat Loeb.

This production is generously supported by Corporate Honorary Producer Banc of California.

Tickets start at $23 for children ages 4-12; $28 for adults. For complete information, visit

Related Information for Nate the Great

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $23 for children ages 4-12; $28 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Nov. 2-9. Performances run Nov. 2-18.

Performance Dates and Times: 


  • Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.

Regular Performances

  • Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov.11, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


  • Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

Upcoming Family Friendly Productions: A Christmas Carol adapted by Jerry Patch, Nov. 24-Dec. 24; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience based on the book by Mo Willems, Feb. 1-17 (Theatre for Young Audiences); The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, May 24-Jun. 9 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Further information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.