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 42nd Season!
2016-2017 Our 42nd Season!

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. 
May 15th - Sept. 18th 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


Halloween Warm Up  performed Oct. 14 & 15 at the J.C. Hormel Nature Center groups of 25 leave every 10 minutes                             Tickets are $6.00 and available only at Jim's Super Fresh Produce and Bakery.

"Just in the Nick       of Time"            

November 4 7:00 pm

November 5 2:00 pm

November 6 2:00 pm

Adults $10.00

Youth 14 & under $6.00

Performed at Historic Paramount Theatre

Theatre Camp 2017

 "No One will marry a Princess with a Tree Growing Out of Her Head!"  

July TBD, 2017

August 18,19 & 20, 2017

"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

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:

(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
  42nd Season Patrons                         
    Lora Lee Bauer  
    Belita Shindler
    Jeanne Poppe
    Maryann & Charles Craig
    Jim & Milly Burroughs
    The Schnable Family
    Tim & Teresa Donovan  
    Gareth Hataye
    Rod Nordeng
    Dick & Ann Waldman                                            
 SPECIAL THANK YOU to Discovery Learning Center and to T 'N G Plumbing & Heating!

    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