The Fine Arts Building
Address: 49 Park St., Madison, OH 44057
Located in the historic Madison Village Town Hall (c. 1867), the Fine Arts Building houses all RRCAA educational programming as well as the administrative office for RRCAA and Rabbit Run Theater.
The building was originally built as a church and over the ages has served also as a bank, the town hall and a post office. The bank vault remains in the building as well as two jail cells, from the building’s days as the town hall.
Hours (April 8 - June 1)
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Rabbit Run Theater
Address: 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH 44057
With its quaint and rustic surroundings, Rabbit Run Theater has been a live theater mainstay in Northeast Ohio for generations. Its charm and pastoral setting irresistibly draw patrons each summer to see the theatrics that will unfold.
The barn was built in the late 1800’s by Frederick Foster on the Stevens farm. The farm was purchased in 1918 by the Klump family. After WWII in the spring of 1946, the Klump family and several friends converted the old horse barn within three short weeks into a theater seating 190 people.
To convert the barn into a theater the horse stalls had to be removed and one of the hay lofts was lowered to form a stage. Using horses, two icehouses from the lakeshore were pulled to the site and installed as the box office and the green room, both of which remain in use to the present day. In 1955 a stage house was added to the west side of the barn increasing the seating capacity from 190 to 300. The theater currently has a seating capacity of 275 and is handicap accessible.
Rabbit Run is a true barn theater experience that embraces its sylvan setting. Upon arrival, guests find themselves not in a formal foyer, but in a brick-paved courtyard lined with magnolia trees ablaze with twinkle lights adding to the magic of the evening. The courtyard leads to a large custom-designed patio that beckons patrons to bring an alfresco dinner to enjoy before a performance. All this coupled with outstanding live theater and you have the makings of an evening well-spent in Northeast Ohio!