MACTs biennial short play festival, Fast Fest, was held August 19 & 20 at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center in Pipestone, MN, hosted by The Calumet Players and the Pipestone Performing Arts Center.
Friday night there was a welcome social at the Performing Arts Center. This was a chance to socialize with old friends, make new friends and to see the theatre. It was a great time to "talk shop" with fellow theatre people. MACT provided snacks and there was a cash bar.
Saturday morning kicked off at 9:30 with the first workshop session. You had a choice between "Scenic Painting" presented by Tammy Grubs and "MACT Events, Who, What, Why and How" presented by Bill Muchow. Following that, at 10:45, was a second workshop session on "Directing" presented by Julianna Skluzacek.
Saturday afternoon started off at 1:00 with the first performance session. We hadfive shows for this session:
Saturday evenings session kicks off at 6:30 with:
The evening, and festival, were topped off with another social event at the Pipestone Golf and Country Club where we talked about the shows weve just seen with fellow thespians. Food and a cash bar were available for everyones enjoyment.
Register for individual sessions was available or you could purchase a full package that included everything.
Event before Aug. 12 on/after Aug. 12
Friday Welcome Party Free with any other regsitration
Saturday morning workshops $10.00 $15.00
Saturday afternoon performance session $10.00 $15.00
Saturday evening performance session $10.00 $15.00
Saturday evening afterglow social $10.00 $15.00
FULL PACKAGE (best buy!) $25.00 $35.00
Registration for the festival was available on-line at:
Or you could have mailed your registration with your check to:
Fast Fest 16
c/o Larry Pint
704 Main St W
New Prague, MN 56071-2340
Please include your name, address, phone number and which option(s) you are choosing.
Hotel selection was limited.
The Calumet Inn (507-825-5871) is located across the street from the PAC. It is an old historic inn. The MACT rate is $77 per night.
The GrandStay Crossings (507-562-1100) is a newer hotel with very limited room availability. The MACT rate is $99 per night.
RULES: Each peformance 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 $20 registration fee which includes a 6 month MACT membership (July through December). Use registration form below or in the PDF link above. Registration deadline for performing companies is 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 backwards.