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!
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!)         
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


"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

Friday, Feb. 5th , 2016

7:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 6th & 7th 

2:00 pm

Historic Paramount Theatre, Downtown Austin, MN

Adults $8.00

Youth 14 & under $5.00

Theatre Camp 2016

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

TEEN SCENES!Click on the link on the left for more information!

July TBA, 2016

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.   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 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.  

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:

(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
 SPECIAL THANK YOU to: T 'N G Plumbing & Heating and to Subway (West Oakland Ave) for your special support!

Younkers Community Day February 25,26 & 27!
Get your money saving Younkers Community Book (just $5) from any Board member, the Matchbox office or at the performances of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day".  Or go to the link:  https://www.communitydayevent.com/ and find Matchbox Children's theatre.

    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!         

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