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Main Street Community Theater

Main Street Community Theater is a non-profit volunteer organization composed of people who have a common interest in theater. It was established in 1977 with its first production in 1978. It obtained its own Performing Arts Center at 19th and Lake Street in 1986, which is used for all its productions and occasionally by other groups.

Main Street Community Theater
19th & Lake Street
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

EMST is noted for providing quality theater productions that rival some professional groups. The quality of talent is exceptional for a community of this size, and the theater draws its audience and participants from the entire area. The theater usually produces a musical, and a children’s theater each year. EMST operates entirely with volunteers. Over 4000 people have been involved in 80+ theater productions through the years.

The theater is operated by a Board of Directors elected to three-year terms by the membership. It is supported by membership fees and revenues from productions, and occasional grants.

There are many ways to support the theater. Many people volunteer their services, many give their support by attend performances, some participate in the productions, others donate financially. Opportunities abound for citizens to participate by acting on-stage, or for those who prefer behind-the-scenes activities, there are plenty of ways they can participate.

The annual membership drive is one of the primary means of support for the theater. Members receive newsletters with information about theater activities.

EMST runs a Costume Shoppe, which is located in the basement of the Kermore Building on the corner of Broadway and 11th Street. An extensive collection of costumes have been gathered and created for theater productions. The Costume Shoppe accepts donations for antiques, specialty, and period costumes. They regularly rent to schools, churches, and other theaters, as well as to the public. Halloween is a busy time in the costume shop. Watch the newspaper for times that the Costume Shoppe is open.

Whether it’s working on stage, back stage, or elsewhere, there is a position for everyone. If you like to act, direct, make costumes, props, help with tickets, set construction, publicity, sound, lighting, children’s theater, serve on the Board, or any other aspect of the theater, there is a place for you. Volunteers can add new energy and fresh insight to the theater as well as learn new skills, discover their talents, and grow with new experiences.



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