MACT’s biennial short play festival, Fast Fest, will be held August 17th & 18th at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet, MN, hosted by County Seat Theatre Company. Friday night there will a welcome social at the Encore Performing Arts Center. This is a chance to socialize with old friends, make new friends and to see the theatre. It is a great time to “talk shop” with fellow theatre people. MACT provided snacks and there will be a cash bar.

Saturday morning will kick off at 9:30 with the first workshop session. Following that, at 10:45, there will be a second workshop session. We are planning a choice of two workshops in each session. Topics have not been determined yet.

Saturday afternoon will start off at 1:00 with the first performance session.

Saturday evening will be another performance session.

The evening and festival will be topped off with another social event where we can talk about the shows we’ve just seen with fellow thespians. Food and a cash bar will be available for everyone’s enjoyment.

More information, including register information, will be coming after the first of the year.

RULES: Each performance will have 5 minutes to setup, 20 minutes to perform and 5 minutes to strike. We provided a table and four chairs. Performing companies can bring in one additional set piece and costumes and props as needed. There are no rehearsals on the stage before the performances. There are NO LIGHTING SPECIALS allowed, a standard plot of 4 areas of warm and cool wash will be provided.

There will be a short, moderator led colloquy after each performance.

The festival is open to community theatres, high school and college theatre programs and ad hoc groups. No professional theatres. Registration for performing companies is free to MACT members. Non-MACT-members will be charged a $25 registration fee which includes a 6 month MACT membership (July through December). A registration form will be available after the first of the year. Registration deadline for performing companies will be June 20th (received by us date – not postmarked). Performance order will be by random drawing from entries received by the deadline, filling the last performance slot first and working backward.

Watch MACT website for registration information

Hotel Information:

Book rooms early! Local hotels will fill fast during the summer.

MACT has a block of rooms at:

Super 8 Motel

121 Big Lake Road Cloquet, MN 55720
$143.99 plus tax per double, per night
$134.99 plus tax per single, per night

AmericInn Lodge & Suites

111 Big Lake Road Cloquet, MN 55720
$149.99 plus tax per double, per night
$139.99 plus tax per single, per night

AND as an added BONUS if you stay at Super 8 or the AmericInn – Stay for Fast Fest and receive 25% OFF your next visit between the months of November thru May.

Additional Area Lodging & Campgrounds

Black Bear Casino Resort

1785 Hwy 210, Carlton

AmericInn of Carlton

1716 Hwy 210, Carlton

NorthEastern Hotel & Saloon

115 St. Louis Avenue, Cloquet

Northwoods Inn and Cottages

3716 Main St, Barnum

Bent Trout Lake Campground

2928 Bent Trout Lake Rd, Mahtowa

Knife Island Campground

234 W. Hwy 61, Esko

Lounge on Big Lake Shores

979 Cary Rd, Cloquet

ROAD CONSTRUCTION! (North side of Frontage Road is closed due to the roundabout construction.)

During the summer you will need to take an alternate route to find the theater.