The picturesque hundred-year-old cattle barn bordered by bean and corn fields just off E. County Road 150 South in Clinton County will once again be filled with light, music and laughter this summer after being required to “go dark” for the 2020 season by the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, the Board of Directors of On-Stage Foundation, Inc. enthusiastically announced that Frankfort’s own Red Barn Summer Theatre will open its doors to the public this summer.
“This theatre has been in existence for over fifty years and in that time has become a recognized landmark in the history of Frankfort. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we’re thrilled that we are once again going to be able to entertain the citizens of Clinton County and neighboring communities,” said Foundation President Stacey Martin.
The Board also announced that a socially distanced seating plan will be implemented for the season. Artistic Director Michael Taylor said “We felt the only way to make a decision this far in advance was to proceed with caution and try to make all of our patrons as comfortable as possible when attending. Considering the time constraints, we are choosing to err on the side of safety rather than risk the health of our patrons, cast and friends.”
Community Outreach Manager, Bethany Sheets says, “Our ticket brochure will be mailed in April. Patrons, like always, will be able to look at the seating chart and choose the area where they wish to sit. We will still offer handicapped areas. In addition to ordering tickets by mail and over the phone, we will also have on-line ticketing available on the website. We will only be seating just over 80 people each show instead of a possible 200, so I’d encourage our patrons to reserve their seats as soon as possible after our season brochure mailing.”
Taylor says preparations are underway and that he is very excited to be able to announce the upcoming season in the next few weeks. “Obviously, it’s been a tragic year for some and a stressful year for everyone else, but we are preparing to do our part to put some smiles on people’s faces.”