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Nate the Great

50 Minutes
3F, 2M
Family Audiences


NATE THE GREAT is a funny, sweet, rollicking good time that celebrates art, friendship, creative thinking, and of course, pancakes.

Nate the Great, the world’s greatest boy detective awakes, hoping that this day will bring a new case. He gets a call from his good friend Annie alerting him that her new painting of her dog Fang is missing! He rushes over to her house to investigate. There he searches for clues and interviews her brother Harry who loves red paint and monsters. He also observes (and possibly tangoes) with Fang.

Having struck out at Annie’s house, Nate deduces that the painting must have been taken by Annie’s cat loving friend Rosamond; as she was the only other person with access to Annie’s masterpiece.

Upon arriving at Rosamond’s house, Nate learns that she has a case to solve as well. One of her four cats, Super Hex, is missing! Nate ultimately realizes that Rosamond could not have stolen the painting. For the first time in his career, he is…stumped. And worse yet, Mom is all out of pancakes.

To solve this case he is going to need to find some pancakes, learn to think new ways, and rely on the help of his friends. By the end he has opened up his mind to new possibilities, found Annie’s painting, found Rosamond’s cat, and maybe even solved the mystery of why music in a minor key makes us sad.

NATE THE GREAT is now available for licensing throughout the United States.

Casting & Production


Nate: Boy Detective, Loves mysteries and pancakes

Annie: Nate’s good friend. African American girl who loves art.

Rosamond: Annie’s friend. Loves music and cats. Has four cats named The Hexes: Big Hex, Little Hex, Plain Hex , and Super Hex.

Harry: Annie’s four year old brother. Loves monsters and the color red. Also plays THE HEXES, Rosamond’s cats.

Mom: Nate’s Mom. Also plays FANG, Annie’s dog.

Orchestral Information

Piano-Vocal Book (included in Rehearsal Set)

Performance Tracks CD (included in Rehearsal Set)



Book & Lyrics by John Maclay and Music & Lyrics by Brett Ryback

Based on the book by Marjorie Sharmat

All Rights Reserved

The name of the Composer, Lyricist and Bookwriter shall be no less than 50% of the size of the title of the lay, and shall be equal in size, type, coloring boldness and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing of the Authors, except for the Play.

Upcoming Productions

Feb 25Mar 01, 2025
Center for Theatre Arts
Salina, KS

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