Montana Actors' Theatre Updates

From Artistic Director, Grant Olson
April 29, 2020

The staff of the Montana Actors’ Theatre wanted to give you, our audience and community, a brief update of MAT’s status during the Covid-19 stay at home order, and our intended plans as Governor Bullock’s phased reopening of Montana begins. First of all, we hope this message finds you all safe and healthy. We are eager to get you back into the MAT-Theatre when we are assured that we can do so as safely as possible.

MAT is committed to producing all of the shows planned for the 2019-2020 season, including Mamma Mia!, Ticked Off!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the youth production of The Wizard of OZ. However, because of the restirctions due to COVID-19, we are going to make some changes to dates and venues to make sure we get them all in! Live performance in theatres becomes feasible during PHASE 3 of Governor Bullock’s plan. This means that our production of MAMMA MIA is still waiting in the wings, but it will be several weeks until we can open to the public. We are still wokring on plans for Ticked Off! and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Unfortunately, the Spring into the Past Renaissance Festival has been canceled this summer with royal approval from the Atchison Family (event producers). The logistics of bringing together so many people from different areas has made it difficult for us to guarantee the quality that our community expects of MAT.

First Five Pages Project

Local writers submitted the first five pages of a script they developed.  Now you, the public, can read and comment on them! Let the playwrights kowwhat you’re interested in – what caught your curiosity!  We hope this will be fun for all involved.

The Montana Actors’ Theatre will once again offer KidsMAT Summer Theatre camps to area youth this year! 

There will be, however, significant changes in the nature of the camps due to Covid-19 in order to keep everyone safe.  All KidsMAT camps will take place outdoors in public parks and the final performance will as well.  In addition, all camps will be strictly limited to twenty participants.  This year, all MAT interns, who run the camps, are local students so as to eliminate the risk of exposure from outside communities.  Finally, all materials needed to maintain cleanliness and sanitation will be available and safe practices will be implemented.

MAT has been offering KidsMAT for over fifteen years and feels it’s especially important to keep the program active this coming summer.  Every effort will be made to minimize risk for all participants while still allowing them to have fun!  Now, more than ever, kids need some fun!

MAT will also be offering middle and high school aged students the opportunity to participate in our youth show The Wizard of Oz, which will “go up” in August. Like KidsMAT, this production has been modified and will also take place outside!  Auditions will be held Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 8 pm outside the MAT theatre on campus.

Havre KidsMAT camps will take place June 15-18, June 29-July 2, July 13-16 and July 27-30.  Chinook KidsMAT will take place July 6-9. Registration is $50 for the first child of a family and $35 for each additional child. 

We at MAT are absolutely committed to working in a safe environment and will follow all state guidelines in regards to Covid-19.

Shakespeare's Birthday

aPRIL 23, 2020

Actors from all over the world with ties to Montana Actors' Theatre read or perform excerpts from all 37 of Shakespeare's plays and 2 sonnets. Recorded April 23, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Originally broadcast live via Facebook.

Special thanks to all those who participated!

Lyrics by Angela Murri

Performed by cast members of MAT's production of Mamma Mia coming soon!

2019-2020 Season

Producers and Funders

reviews

  • positive review  All of the productions I have been to were excelent. The Havre area is loaded with some very talented people.

    Cliff Plum Avatar Cliff Plum
    March 11, 2019
  • positive review  If you have not planned to see One Man, Two Guvnors at the MAT in Havre, you will miss out on one of the most enjoyable and funniest evening. The show kept all of us in the audience laughing so hard. Grant Olsen was outstanding as were all the other actors. The music brought me back to the 1960s and the group, Steeds, was great. Audience participation just added so much to the fun. Great job, MAT!!!

    Virginia Braithwaite Avatar Virginia Braithwaite
    January 31, 2020
  • 5 star review  Absolutely so funny and entertaining great job best play we've seen so far!!! We seen Hansel & Gretal :)

    Misty Morehouse Avatar Misty Morehouse
    December 24, 2016
  • 5 star review  This place is such an awesome asset to the hi-line…Love it!

    Tammy Neely Edwards Avatar Tammy Neely Edwards
    November 22, 2016
  • 5 star review  The singing...was phenomal... The acting...phenomal....I so looked forward to this performance....since it was advertised....it was beyond..my expectations..!!!

    Carol Wolf Avatar Carol Wolf
    March 10, 2018
  • 5 star review  Went to Rugburns tonight for my mom's birthday. BRILLIANT!! Thank you all so much for an outstanding evening!!! ���

    Heather Peterson Morrison Avatar Heather Peterson Morrison
    April 22, 2018
  • 5 star review  Was a great show! Thank you for giving my son Brandon Matte the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful program. 😊

    Aly Brekhus Avatar Aly Brekhus
    August 7, 2017
  • 5 star review  Sister Act was GREAT! We laughed so hard. Thanks for a great evening!!

    Peggy Giblin Avatar Peggy Giblin
    March 10, 2018
  • positive review  Each and every play I am blown away by the talent of our actors. Ask me to choose between Broadway and MAT- and I’ll choose MAT every time!

    Marisa Olson-Robertson Avatar Marisa Olson-Robertson
    June 30, 2019
  • 5 star review  This show could play in any small town or major city! Absolutely phenomenal!! Great job to the directors, orchestra and all the cast members and of course my Deloris, you are Amazing! <3

    LaVonne Ellis Avatar LaVonne Ellis
    March 18, 2018

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