Guest Performances

  NEW IN 2018! Seat of your Pants Productions

The NEW Seat of Your Pants Productions will feature veteran actors and will be inserted into our guest performance slots. These shows are meant to challenge our actors and expose our audiences to different styles of theatre. They will be lower budget productions but of the same quality you have come to expect from the County Seat Theater.

One Christmas Carol

Starring Rick Breuer
December 14th-15th & 19th-23th
By Douglas H. Baker
Directed by Ruthie Breuer

Dickens’ famous story about selflessness is tripped down to its bare essence, forgoing the usual opulence of the holidays and focusing on what is of utmost importance during the season. No scenery, no costumes – just one actor and a timeless story. God bless us, every one!

Dec. 14 at 7 pm, Dec. 15 at 2 pm
Dec. 19-21 at 7 pm, Dec. 22 at 10 am, Dec. 23 at 2 pm
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  2018 Guest Performances!

James & the Giant Peach

The Carlton High School presents James and the Giant Peach
A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises.

Tonic Sol Fa

Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.

Encore Folk and Bluegrass Special

Encore Folk and Bluegrass Special (Guest Performance) – Join Bill and Kate Isles and Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys for a fun evening of Folk and Bluegrass music.

Fast Fest

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

Angry Black Woman & Well Intentioned White Girl

Angry Black Woman and Well-Intentioned White Girl is a thought-provoking, performative conversation between Amoke Kubat and Jen Johnson, as friends and professionals, and two public intentional discussions with Black women and White women. Amoke and Jen “GO THERE!” by expressing the daily “unsaids” between black and white women.

Fire Speaks Our Words

A Centennial Tribute to the 1918 Fires. The Carlton County Historical Society presents A Readers’ Theater Performance from the book Fire Speaks Our Words.

The High 48’s

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

Monroe Crossing

World-class bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at the Encore Performing Arts Center. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.

Bill and Kate Isles Band

Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy.