PIPESTONE — Community theater groups and enthusiasts from around Minnesota will gather for MACT*Fest 2021 Sept. 17-19 in Pipestone.

The Calumet Players will host the festival at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center, located at 104 East Main St., Pipestone, sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres.

Audiences will see a variety of short plays and may attend workshops on topics of interest to actors, directors, technical crews and fans of community theater.

Seven theater groups will present shows:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17: “After the Flags and Band” from the Calumet Players of Pipestone, “O Romeos, Romeos,” from Ole Olson Onstage of Stillwater; and “How to Host a Murder Mystery Dinner Party (In Fifteen Simple Steps)” from the Stage and Spotlights Community Theatre of Savage.

  • 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18: “CasaBlanche,” from the Marshall Area Stage Company, Marshall, and “If the Shoe Fits…” from the Paynesville Community Theater, Paynesville.

  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18: “The 3 Way,” from Mindless Mirth Productions, St. Paul, and “The Fallen Angel,” from The Taken for Granite Players, Richmond.

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Workshops include communication between all aspects of the production, tech issues, learning accents and dialects, and the nuts and bolts of directing.

People may attend part of the festival or purchase ticket packages to see all seven shows, attend workshops and participate in the parties.

All recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health in effect at the time of the festival will be followed. Tickets are on sale at mact.net.