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

Thank you 
Cooperative Response Center, Mayo Clinic Health Systems  and Austin Area Foundation
        for Sponsoring our 44th Season!
2018-2019 Our 44th Season!

The Matchbox office
PO Box 576
Austin, MN  55912

 (911 West Oakland Avenue, Austin, MN Please note our NEW LOCATION!)         
Office hours:
Beginning Sept. 18th
Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:30pm - 6:30pm. 
May 15th - Sept. 18th Summer Hours - by appointment only.  Call 437-9078 and leave message. 
We rent Costumes! 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 Theare presents


Halloween Warm-Up

Sunday, Sept. 23rd  

6:30-8:00 pm

Suggested age: 12 thru Adult (performs Oct. 12 & 13)

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Monday, Sept. 24th  

6:30-8:00 pm

Suggested age: 12 thru Adult (performs Dec. 7-9)

Theatre Camp 2019

"Yankee Doodle, A Musical Review"

July 8-12, 2019
August 16, 17 & 18, 2019
JC Hormel Nature Center and MCT present "Halloween Warm Up".  Warm Up Tickets available exclusively at Super Fresh Produce & Bakery
October 12 & 13, 2018


2018-2019 Matchbox Children's Theatre 44th Season


A Charlie Brown Christmas”

by Charles M. Schulz

Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson

Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer

By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

Presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

“Snow White: the Queen’s Fair Daughter”

Adapted by Max Bush

Based on the Olenberg manuscript and early versions of the Brothers Grimm Tale.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY  of Woodstock, Illinois

“The House at Pooh Corner”  

By A.A. Milne Adapted by Bettye Knapp

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

“Yankee Doodle A Musical Review”

Book by Aurand Harris.  Music by Mort Stine. Introduction by Coleman Jennings

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY  of Woodstock, Illinois

December 7, 8 & 9 2018

February 15, 16 & 17, 2019

April 5, 6 & 7, 2019

August 16, 17 & 18, 2019



2019 Theatre Camp

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

(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 $5,000 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 
or go to 

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 Special Supporters
   Austin Area Foundation                 Austin Noon Kiwanis 
   Freeborn/Mower Electric Co-op    SEMAC
   Mayo Clinic Health Systems          CRC
43rd Season Patrons                         
    Sweet Reads                                In Memory of Derek McAlister
    In Memory of David Gilderhus      Mayo Health Care System
    In Memory of Derek McAlister      In Memory of Derek McAlister
    Austin Noon Kiwanis                    Jim & Milly Burroughs
    Darwin Sellers                              Lora Lee Bauer
    David & Susan Ruzek                  Belita Schindler
    Dick & Ann Waldman                   Maryann & Charles Craig
    Janet Thomas                              Tim & Teresa Donovan
    Garth Hataye O.D. & Alaina Softing-Hataye O.D.
    Scott & Erin Felten                       Penny Kinney
    Mary Kidwiler Moritz

  Building Fund
    Sarah Lynn Robertson Zavoral      Ashley Kasper
    Larry & Cindy Bellrichard               Anonymous
    Chelsea Anderson                         Susan Hanson
    T & G Plumbing                             LaVonne Gilderhus
 SPECIAL THANK YOU to Berg's Nursery, Midtown Towing, T n' G   Plumbing and Heating, Super Fresh Produce and   Bakery, and Marie Fryer!

    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:

Adults $10.00                  Youth 14 & under $6.00

Performance times:
   Fridays and Saturdays     7:00 pm
   Sundays                               2:00 pm