Welcome!

The mission of Matchbox Children’s Theatre is to spark imaginations by presenting professional quality children’s theatre on a consistent basis.

Thank you 
 Mayo Clinic Health System &
Cooperative Response Center 
        for Sponsoring our 41st Season!
2016-2017 Our 42nd Season starts this fall!


The Matchbox office
PO Box 576
Austin, MN  55912

 (911 West Oakland Avenue, Austin, MN Please note our NEW LOCATION!)         
Office hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:30pm - 6:30pm. 
 
Beginning May 15th Summer Hours - by appointment only.  Call 437-9078 and leave message. 
 
Need a costume?  Stop by and see what we have available.  Complete costumes rent for $15.  (Deposit also required and returned when costumes are returned)

Matchbox Children's Theatre

presents

Matchbox Summer Theatre Camp

“Fairy Free For-All”  and “Pyramus & Thisbe"  

July 11-15, 2016

Ages 8-18

Cost:  $75.00

Select our link on the left for your application!

Theatre Camp 2016

 “Fairy Free For-All”  and “Pyramus & Thisbe"

“Fairy Free For-All”  and “Pyramus & Thisbe"   

Matchbox will present two light-hearted comedies based on William Shakespeare plays in honor of the 400th Anniversary of his death.  MCT is joining theatres around the world celebrating “the Bard” in 2016. We will pair two short scripts that will be an ideal match for young audiences and a delightful way for MCT Theatre Camp participants to experience Shakespeare.

We are doing our own original, adaptation of the Pyramus & Thisbe play within a play from “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”.   The second comedy will be “Faery Free-For-All” by Patrick Rainville Dorn by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service.  This wonderful fantasy features magical faery folk, both friendly and fearsome, as they gather in a moonlit meadow to learn from each other how to be naughty and nice.


July 11-15, 2016

August 19, 20 & 21, 2016

"Just in the Nick of Time" (A Detective Red Mistletoe mystery)

By Linda Daugherty

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company

Audiences of all ages will be delighted by this unique holiday play that will get everyone in to the holiday spirit. Ace detective Red Mistletoe is hired by the citizens of the North Pole to find Santa Claus, who has disappeared at the height of the busiest season of the year. If losing Santa isn‘t bad enough, the colorful citizens are losing their Christmas spirit and their holiday hues. Find out how Detective Red Mistletoe, now in shades of gray, follows clues to get answers in black and white. There is plenty of comedy plus real holiday warmth as the mystery unravels. Can Red save Santa in time to bring a colorful Christmas to the children of the world and to the North Pole?  Of course he can…Just in the Nick of Time! 

 

November 4, 5, & 6, 2016
"Cinderella" 
A New Adaptation Dramatized by William Glennon. 

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock Illinois.

This version of the classic tale gets rave reviews like this one …”only Peter Pan matches it for natural hilarity”.  The two plays are much alike in understanding what children want a play to be: to identify with an extension of their own play.”  It has comedy, warmth, charm and enchantment in just the right amounts. Look forward to the funniest and most enchanting version of the magical fairytale. Matchbox Children’s Theatre is bringing it back as an encore production because we got such enthusiastic audience response in past presentations. Join us for another happily ever after experience.  

January 27, 28, & 29, 2017
"Charlotte's Web"  
Adapted from the book by E.B. White  By Joseph Robinette

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock Illinois

  Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this classic book with all of the wonderful charm.  It will remind you of why the Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur is the irresistible young pig 

 who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family, the Arables: and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.”  It is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will touch your heart. When a play is this good, it is well worth bringing back to the MCT to share with a new audience.

April 7, 8, & 9, 2017






 

 

2016 Theatre Camp

July 11-15, 2016  Select the link on the left column

 


To receive information about upcoming auditions, contact the Matchbox office:

info@matchboxchildrenstheatre.org
(507) 437-9078

Fast Facts...
Our plays last about an hour with no intermission
MCT performs three regular productions a year plus the Halloween Warm-Up
Each production costs between $4,000 and $6,000
MCT is an Independent, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization

With your support, building imaginations of the future!


                  Thank you MCT Patrons!!!! 
You may send donations to: 
 Matchbox Children's Theatre
PO Box 576
Austin, MN  55912
  41st Season Patrons                         2015 Summer Camp 
  Belita Schindler                                        & Play Patrons
   Kathy & Peter Green                                 Noon Kiwanis
  Dan & Kelli Miller                               Gary Groh Construction  
  Mary Barinka                                       Albert Lea Seed Co.
  Charles & Maryann Craig                   Charles & Maryann Craig
   Teresa Donovan                                                 Kyra Bellrichard
    Dick & Ann Waldman                                              N. Finney
    Lora Lee Bauer                                                
   The Kleis Family
    Frank Bridges
    Larry & Cindy Bellrichard
   Alice Holst
   David & LaVonne Gilderhus
   Joanne Fox
   The Schnable Family
 
 SPECIAL THANK YOU to: T 'N G Plumbing & Heating and to Subway (West Oakland Ave) for your special support!



    Calling all Directors!!             
 
    Interested in Directing?      Contact us at info@matchboxchildrenstheatre.org  or calling us at 507-437-9078 and will send you more information!         

  Online ticket sales
Tickets may be purchased online at: 
austinareaarts.org                  

Adults $8.00 Youth 14 & under $5.00