The Red Barn Theatre in Rice Lake is reopening after a year of renovations. Volunteers, friends and board members donated their time and talents guided by the leadership of Terry Wiesner, Boyd Stearns and Chris Olsen.

The old stage and floor—including old log beams under the stage—were removed and replaced, and a new base floor under the stage was installed with new risers to support the new stage. To allow flexibility and multi-level stage design, a new modular platform stage was constructed. Improvements were made to stage wings, the proscenium and new sound-deadening fiberboard was applied to the stage surface.

In the gallery below, a new ceiling was rebuilt. The audience will now walk on a newly painted, sloped incline as the steps have been removed.

Removal of the old stage materials and old, unusable costumes, props and scenery pieces created more storage space.

Workshop spaces for props, lighting and rehearsal areas have additional storage. An overall cleanup of the outside grounds around the buildings and the new entrances was completed.

The Red Barn board of directors is excited to welcome audiences back for the 2021 season which begins Wednesday, June 16, with “Ripcord,” a comedy, taking place in a Senior Living Facility. Reservations for this show began Tuesday, June 1. Call 715-234-8301 or 1-888-686-3770.

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