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Our History

In 1968, and the four summers following, a company of actors began performing summer theatre on the stage at Frankfort High School. At this location, the theatre was known as On-Stage Summer Theatre. In the summer of 1973, On-Stage moved to its current location, a renovated 1908 cattle barn on the former farm owned by Joe and Erma Maish. This historic structure is what we now call The Red Barn Summer Theatre.  

Over the years, the theatre changed from a community theatre to a professional, non-equity house where all performers were paid. Company members come from all over the country, and many went on to successful careers in the theatre, including Broadway. Many additions and remodels have taken place since 1973, while still maintaining the integrity of the original structure.  

As we enter our 56th season, we hope you will join us to experience the beautifully maintained grounds, rustic interior, and unforgettable performances. 

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