Adapted and Directed By Mary Zimmerman


“Charming, zany, fun and abundantly imaginative.”
Chicago Sun-Times

February 10 – March 24, 2024 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission.

The Matchbox Magic Flute

Extended a 2ND time Through March 24!

In her acclaimed signature style, Mary Zimmerman conceives a brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera.

Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and orchestra of five—following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Mozart composed Symphony No. 1 in E Flat Major at the age of eight. Feel free to bring your 8+ year-old little geniuses to the show.

Performed in English.

The QUEEN OF THE NIGHT has stolen PRINCE TAMINO’s heart—and ours.

Catch a scene from The Matchbox Magic Flute and join us for “a chance to see Mary Zimmerman’s magic up close.” (Chicago Tribune)

Hear why audiences are “wowed” by Mary Zimmerman’s The Matchbox Magic Flute.

Watch footage from The Matchbox Magic Flute and see why the Chicago Sun-Times calls it “charming, zany, fun and abundantly imaginative.”

(Standing, L-R) Tina Muñoz Pandya, Lauren Molina, Monica West and Russell Mernagh. (On ground) Billy Rude. Photo by Liz Lauren

(L-R) Tina Muñoz Pandya, Shawn Pfautsch, Reese Parish, Emily Rohm, Monica West and Lauren Molina. Photo by Liz Lauren

(L-R) Marlene Fernandez, Keanon Kyles, Lauren Molina and Reese Parish. Photo by Liz Lauren

(L-R) Russell Mernagh, Dave Belden and Emily Rohm. Photo by Liz Lauren

(Back, L-R) Russell Mernagh and Keanon Kyles. (Front, L-R) Billy Rude and Marlene Fernandez. Photo by Liz Lauren

Take a look behind-the-scenes at rehearsal with Mary Zimmerman and the talented cast and musicians in The Matchbox Magic Flute.

Adapter and Director Mary Zimmerman describes what makes The Matchbox Magic Flute a unique operatic experience.