Theater lovers may find that getting to Playhouse Square in Cleveland at times can prove to be expensive. Luckily in Northeast Ohio we have many community theater programs at our fingertips that are a little nicer to our pockets. Rabbit Run Theater proves to be a popular option for those in and around the area. Whether it is the rustic barn setting or the history of the program, Rabbit Run produces productions that will keep people coming back all summer.
The 19th century barn was a working farm that’s main crop was broccoli so it attracted numerous rabbits hence the name “Rabbit Run.” The farm was purchased in 1918 by the Klump family where it was a working farm where horses were kept. Will Klump, Jr. and his sister possessed a love for the theater and they formed a small group called “The Penny Players.” Since then the theater has been through many ups and downs including closing its doors for 12 years, reopening and then in 2000 merging with Western Reserve Fine Arts Association to create Rabbit Run Community Arts Association.
Rabbit Run Theater has had several young actors come through its doors that went on to find success on stage and in film. Among them were Sandy Dennis, Charles Grodin and Dustin Hoffman.
Each year, the association produces four main stage productions and a youth production, as well as the Summer Theater Arts Camp. Attracting about 8,000 patrons for the summer season, Rabbit Run holds a special place in the hearts of many. The play ‘Harvey’ and the musical ‘Evita’ are just two of the shows planned for the 2018 season. More information on the shows and ticket details are available on their website.
Kailee Leonard’s favorite musical is the classic Les Miserables. Follow her on Instagram @kaileeinmae