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



Friday, April 7th at 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 pm

Sunday, April 9th at 2:00 pm

Historic Paramount Theatre, Downtown, Austin, MN

Directed by: Cameron Davis

Adults $10.00

Youth 14 & under $6.00

Tickets available at Austin ArtWorks Center, Downtown Austin, MN  Online, or at the door.

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

November 4, 5, & 6, 2016

A New Adaptation Dramatized by William Glennon. 

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

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 
or go to https://www.givemn.org/organization/Matchbox-Childrens-Theatre

  42nd Season Patrons                         
    Lora Lee Bauer                                  Albert Lea Seed House
    Belita Shindler                                    Dave & Sue Ruzek
    Jeanne Poppe                                    Mary & Tim Barinka
    Maryann & Charles Craig                   Rod Nordeng
    Jim & Milly Burroughs                        Dick & Ann Waldman
    The Schnable Family                         Penny Kinney
    Tim & Teresa Donovan                      Alice Holst
    Gareth Hataye
 SPECIAL THANK YOU to Discovery Learning Center, Berg's Nursery 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: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/11298/historic-paramount-theatre

Adults $10.00                  Youth 14 & under $6.00