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Matchbox Children's Theatre Information

Information About MCT

Star Matchbox Children’s Theatre is an independent, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

Star We run on a board of directors. Current board members are: Barb Kasel, Linda Sistek, Cindy Bellrichard, Lora Lee Bauer, Janet Anderson, Angela Donovan, and Carissa Wyant.
The board of directors meet the first Tuesday of each month. We are always looking for new members and love to see new faces! You can also get involved in other ways... Do you like to sew, paint, build, act, hunt for props, sell tickets or help with publicity? We welcome volunteers with a little time or a lot... no experience is required! Join us and play a role in stimulating the imaginations of children! Call the MCT office at (507) 437-9078 or e-mail us at and find out how you can be a part of our exciting group!

Star Matchbox Children’s Theatre performs three regular productions a year and the Halloween Warm-Up every October.

Star Our plays last about an hour with no intermission.

Star During the first few Matchbox Children Theatre seasons, an MCT play only cost about $500 to produce. The average MCT production today costs about $3500-$5000 to produce. Donations help with production costs, which in turn helps us keep our ticket prices affordable for all families. If you would like to make a donation, you can send it to P.O. Box 576 Austin, MN 55912. Make checks payable to Matchbox Children's Theatre. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Your support builds imaginations of the future!

Star Matchbox Children’s Theatre presents theatre for children, and not necessarily by children except when there are appropriate roles. When we do have roles available for younger children, the ages that roles are available for are listed on our audition flyers. It is a Matchbox Children’s Theatre policy for children to be at least 8 years of age to participate in a regular MCT production, and to be in grade 6 or older to participate in the Halloween Warm-Up.

Star We are often asked if we charge admission for very young children. Yes we do, beginning at 3 years of age. Matchbox is theatre for children. We do find that toddlers are often intrigued with the action and excitement of live theatre and enjoy the play even if they don’t follow the story line.

Star We absolutely love to get letters and drawings about our plays! Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

Star Matchbox Children’s Theatre rents costumes to individuals, groups, churches and schools. A large selection is available mostly in adult sizes. Ideal for plays, concerts, Halloween, mystery parties, community events, etc. Reasonable rates, negotiable for performing groups, churches and schools. Deposits are required. The MCT office is open for costume rental Monday & Thursday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (We are open by appointment only from mid-June through mid-September) 407 1/2 North Main Street or call the MCT office at (507) 437-9078 and leave a message to arrange an appointment.

Star If you would like to receive information about upcoming auditions, call the Matchbox office at (507)437-9078 or e-mail us at and leave a message telling us your name, address, phone number, and birth month & year. We will then notify you any time there are auditions for any MCT productions! Also any information about upcoming auditions will be posted on this web site.

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Group Info:

Star Birthday Parties- The birthday child receives a birthday certificate signed by the cast and crew plus a photo taken with cast members - three working days notice required.

Star Student Performances- Advance reservations are required. Free tickets are available for children unable to pay - no questions asked - just tell us how many tickets your school needs.

Star Weekend Group Rates- One adult ticket free with eight paid tickets. Great for Scouts, 4-H, church groups or parties.

Call Cindy Bellrichard at (507) 433-1931
for student performance, birthday and weekend group reservations.

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