The mission of
Matchbox Children’s Theatre is to spark imaginations by presenting professional
quality children’s theatre on a consistent basis.
Mayo Clinic Health System &
Cooperative Response Center
for Sponsoring our 41st Season!
2015-2016 Our 41st Season!
The 41st Season is dedicated in memory of
our dear friend, David Dahlquist.
The Matchbox office
PO Box 576
Austin, MN 55912
(911 West Oakland Avenue, Austin, MN Please note our NEW LOCATION!)
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
"The Far-Fetched Fable of the Frog Prince: How a Prince became a Frog and Starred in the School Play"
A comedy by Jennifer Kirkeby
Produced with special arrangemnt with Dramatic Publishing
Theatre Camp 2016
“Fairy Free For-All” and “Pyramus & Thisbe"
TEEN SCENES!Click on the link on the left for more information!
July TBA, 2016TEEN SCENES SHOWCASE
Tuesday, July 21st 5:30 pm
Riverland Community College Choir Room (AE-E102) FREE EVENT! Recommend for ages 10 and above.
|"The Far-Fetched Fable of the Frog Prince: How a Prince Became A
Frog and Starred in the School Play" A comedy by Jennifer Kirkeby. You know the original story. A princess drops her golden ball into
a well. A frog makes her a deal that he'll dive into the well and return her
ball if she will promise to be his friend for always. The princess makes the
promise. But when the frog gives her the ball back, the princess runs off
without a second thought. In The
Far-Fetched Fable of the Frog Prince, we discover why the frog
(who's really a prince, by the way) got turned into a frog in the first place.
Plus, it just so happens that a school is preparing to do the play The Frog Prince. With a little magical
mix-up between the old and the new brought on by a crafty witch, the two
stories begin to overlap, intertwine and create complete zaniness.
||November 6, 7, & 8, 2015|
|"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" Book & lyrics by Judith
Viorst. Music by Shelly Markham Alexander is having a bad
day, a terrible day, a horrible day…to be quite honest, it’s a terrible,
horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad says
sometimes. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst
sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of
America’s feistiest characters. Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily
dramas with not only entertain, but educate young audiences as they identify
with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their
feelings and to realize that bad days happen, even in Australia. Commissioned
and premiered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
||February 5, 6, & 7, 2016|
|"Story Stew: A Fairy Tale
Revue" by Stacey Lane Audiences of all ages will be
delighted by this imaginative script about how that famous Old Woman fairytale
character who ends up finding very unusual home. Of course, she needs
lots of space because she had so many children but did you know that her children
are Jack and Jill, Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and
that lamb loving Mary? There are surprising twists to familiar fables at
every turn as this wild romp winds its way through the enchanted forest while
the kids look for food, or at least a cookie! Along the way they
encounter the Big, Bad Wolf, Gingerbread Man, Little Miss Muffet, the Three
Bears, Puss In Boots and more. Find out how they solve the mystery of the
missing food and see what a clever witch with a kind heart can do with the lost
shoe of an angry giant. Be sure to gather friends and family and to enjoy this
hilarious comedy together! |
“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
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.
|April 8, 9, & 10, 2016|
August 26, 27 & 28, 2016
2015 Theatre Camp
July6-10, 2015 Select the link on the left column
To receive information about upcoming auditions, contact the Matchbox office:
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
40th Season Patrons 2015 Summer Camp
Belita Schindler & Play Patrons
Mary Barinka Noon Kiwanis
US Bank Gary Groh Construction
Charles & Maryann Craig Albert Lea Seed Co.
Kathy & Peter Green Charles & Maryann Craig
Jerry Girton Kyra Bellrichard
Lora Lee Bauer N. Finney
I B Data
Tim & Teresa Donovan
Kathy & Craig Byram
The Miller Family
The Kleis Family
Kristen & Eric Olson
SPECIAL THANK YOU to: T'N G Plumbing and to Subway (West Oakland Ave) for your special support!
Calling all Directors!!
Online ticket sales
Tickets may be purchased online at: