Thirty-five years ago something wonderful happened!
Rabbit Run Theater reopened its doors and paved the way for the organization that would become Rabbit Run Community Arts Association. Through the years, whether it be as Rabbit Run Theater, Western Reserve Fine Arts Association or now as Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, thousands have entered our doors to learn, experience, create and be entertained.
Everyone who participates at RRCAA whether as a theater patron, actor, student or volunteer has a story to tell. Merge all those stories together, and you have Our Story . . . The Rabbit Run Story.
As you read through the stories included here, know that your gift to RRCAA has made not only these stories possible but countless more. Lives are changed here, and you make that possible. Give a gift to RRCAA knowing you are helping Our Story to continue!
Clicking the donation button on the left side of this page will take you to a secure server. We are so grateful to everyone who has partnered with us through their financial gifts, enabling us to advance our story into the next chapter and beyond!
Cast Your Support in Stone
An added way to show your support for the arts is to purchase an engraved brick in the new patio at Rabbit Run Theater. Your very own personally-crafted message may be printed on a brick and permanently displayed in the south patio.
Four options are available ranging from $50 to $110/ea. with various options for text. To order an engraved brick call the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913 or download an order form here and mail to Rabbit Run with payment to 49 Park St., Madison, OH 44057.
Robert and Linda Jenkins haven’t always been patrons of the arts. Their journey began 25 years ago when their children began taking music lessons at RRCAA (formerly the Western Reserve Fine Arts Association). Their involvement expanded to sending their boys to theater camp, and consequently, bringing them to productions at the theater. Robert even got into the act by performing in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
“Rabbit Run is such a jewel for our local community. It’s been wonderful to watch the organization expand and be revitalized over the years.”
“We also support Rabbit Run financially, because if the community doesn’t invest and give back, it is hard for organization like this to survive.”
Sixteen years ago the Virag family moved to the Madison area and almost immediately became active at Rabbit Run. While Ken holds the fort, Sue and their daughters, Makenna and Shaylin, have jumped feet first into all aspects of life at Rabbit Run. From private music lessons and dance classes to youth camps, ushering and performing at the theater, and singing in the Madison Chorale—they’ve done it all.
For the past three years Sue has become a familiar face at RRCAA, working both in the office and in the theater box office. “Rabbit Run is a gem in our community. I just couldn’t imagine not being involved here.”
14-year-old Shaylin sums up the family’s sentiments nicely in saying, “I love Rabbit Run—it’s like a second home!”
Actress Patty Page has performed in four productions at Rabbit Run: Mornings at Seven, The Cemetery Club, The Whales of August and most recently, On Golden Pond. Patty won a Bunny Award for Best Actress on two occasions for her roles in The Cemetery Club and On Golden Pond. Her husband, Fritz, has been right at Patty’s side waiting through rehearsals, ushering for performances, and cheering her on.
“We used to vacation in the area and started coming to Rabbit Run Theater in 1993. Upon moving to the Madison in 1996, we became season ticket holders and have been since that time.”
“To spend a summer evening here in this beautiful setting with everyone knowing everyone else . . . it just doesn’t get any better!”
One of the most recognizable faces at Rabbit Run Theater has never graced the stage. Box Office Manager Suzzane Ryan has been greating patrons with her signature smile for the past fourteen seasons. "When I first started, I didn't think I'd ever remember anyone's name. Now I can tell you exactly where they prefer to sit!"
"It's amazing how close you get to people, even though the Box Office is only open seasonally," she explains. "It's such a kind and generous environment and creativity is the aura of the place." Suzzane feels that the best is yet to come. "The more you love something, the better it gets."
When Clay Fellows began to explore options for his Eagle Scout project, he felt very strongly that it should support Rabbit Run. "I had been to theater camps, worked backstage and my sister had been in several shows. Somehow I was always tied back to it." Throughout the 2013 theater season, he raised funds and worked with local businesses to create a permanent picnic pavilion on the grounds of Rabbit Run Theater.
Clay's hard work inspired support and collaboration throughout the community. He's pleased to see how his project has enhanced something he loves. "There are many places to go for entertainment. There's only one Rabbit Run."