Capital Improvements to Rabbit Run Theater


RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Theater patrons are in for a real treat when they visit Rabbit Run Theater this summer.  The theater grounds are getting quite a face lift just in time for the opening of the 2014 summer season.  These improvements are taking place thanks in large part to a grant provided by the Lake County Board of Commissioners (Planning & Community Development Office) with funds allocated from the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Invest Partnership Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rhea Benton of the Planning and Community Development office of Lake County is responsible for the oversight of this program.

improvementsThe grant in the amount of $44,300 has been applied to construction costs to allow for greater compliancy with the accessibility standards designated in the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Extended courtyards and sidewalks attaching the existing ADA accessible restroom and theater facilities were constructed to provide patrons, particularly those with disabilities, safer access to these spaces.

A new patio, approximately 800 square feet, was constructed on the north side of the historic barn theater allowing patrons an additional exit.  The patio connects to a newly paved walkway leading to the main entrance. In addition, a 1,100 square foot extension to the existing south courtyard was installed connecting to the restrooms and to a paved walkway leading to the parking lot.

The excavation for the entire project as well as installment of the north patio and walkways was provided by Eagle Excavating in Madison, owned and operated by Mark Mihalik.  Eagle Excavating also installed extensive storm drainage along the west and north sides of the theater to ensure the sustainability of the new patios and walkways.

Brigadoonx175Lighting for the new patron areas and walkways was installed by SFI, a Division of Zenith Systems, LLC, to enhance patron safety when leaving the theater at night.

Lasko & Ohio Group from Mentor designed and installed the paver extension to the existing courtyard on the south side of the theater.

Odd_Couplex175The project was completed with funds from the CDBG grant, a percentage of matching dollars from the RRCAA Capital Fund and through generous donations of labor and equipment by Eagle Excavating, SFI, and Lasko & Ohio Group. Project manager was Dan Nichols with support from Peter Spittler.

“This is the first in a series of major renovation and restoration projects for Rabbit Run Theater”, stated Brint Learned, executive director of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association.  “Rabbit Run Theater is a local treasure, and we consider ourselves the stewards of this historic site.”

Noises_OffRabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation, producing four to five shows each summer.  The 2014 season opens Friday, June 6 with the comedy Noises Off, followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, opening June 27.  The musical Brigadoon runs from July 18 through Aug. 2, and the summer closes with the Neil Simon hit comedy The Odd Couple, Aug. 15 through Aug. 30.

Season tickets are currently available by calling 440-428-5913.  Individual show tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 21, at the box office at 440-428-7092.  Box office hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online beginning May 28 at

Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  The theater operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association and receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

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Press Release submitted by
Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group Sales
Rabbit Run Theater




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