"Prairie Fire Theatre Presents"


"Learning to be me"

May 7th and 8th at 7:30 pm

We hope you enjoyed the show! 

To continue to bring you these wonderful events we welcome donations.





JUNE 29TH & 30TH

*weather permitting


Children's Opera

The Emperor's New Threads

Coming in August

Virtual Show

We invite you to support our mission of making difference in our community through the transformative power of music, by making a donation today.

Thank You To Our 2020 Donors

Prairie Fire Theatre is very grateful for the support of our donors during this unusual and unpredictable time.  This year’s donations will help us produce two unique shows: A VERY SPECIAL 2020 GALA AND FUNDRAISER, which will be live-streamed free-of-charge this September and available thereafter on video (details forthcoming), as well as a video of our 2020 children’s opera SAVE THE DRAGONS!, which will be shared with schools, libraries, organizations, etc.

Please visit our donor page here.

PFT is proud to present, in video format, "Save The Dragons!," our 2020 children's opera with original libretto by Nancy Steele Brokaw.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we could not perform live at schools and other venues this year. However, thanks to our grantors and donors, we are able to provide this video production FREE OF CHARGE to the public via the Prairie Fire Theatre Youtube channel.

Note: We are already working on our 2021 opera school tour, entitled "The Emperor's New Threads" with an original libretto by Nancy Steele Brokaw. Look for more details about this production and other PFT offerings when our new season is announced early next year.

Click here to enjoy "Save the Dragons!"

Click here to make a donation to Prairie Fire Theatre.



Champagne Gala and Fundraiser

September 26, 2020

For one magical night each year Central Illinois’ finest singers and pianists come together to donate their time and immense talent in support of Prairie Fire Theatre’s mission.

Children's Opera
Due to the coronavirus, we were forced to cancel our tour of central Illinois elementary schools and other venues. However, we are hoping to present the children's opera in another format later this summer or fall. Stay tuned for more info!


Our Purpose

Drawing from an exceptional pool of local talent, Prairie Fire Theatre makes high quality, professional music theatre and light opera accessible to children, adults and seniors in our community, thus enhancing the quality of life of the residents of Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding area.

Our History

Prairie Fire Theatre was founded in 1998 by local artist Robert Mangialardi.   Our initial focus was solely on bringing high quality, professional music theater and light opera to adult audiences.  In 2003, we expanded our mission to include elementary school aged children by producing and taking our children's opera to local elementary schools.

PFT Last Book on Earth


Save the Dragons! This year’s operatic romp covers the themes of taking care of our environment, how to be a good leader, the interconnectedness of all kingdoms, and why saving the dragons matters!


April 25: Music of the Night Champagne gala June 12-14: Mad About Broadway Aug 21-23 & 28-30: Man of La Mancha


Tickets for all shows go on sale March 20. Call 309-824-3047 for info or assistance.


BECOME A DONOR… As a patron of the arts, you understand how much music adds to the richness of our community. Since 1998, Prairie Fire Theatre has played a vital role in bringing high quality opera and musical theater to Bloomington-Normal. If you would like to donate to Prairie Fire Theatre, you have several ways…



Each year, Prairie Fire provides children with an opportunity to experience classical music through our annual children's opera tour.  This production tours over 40 schools, libraries, and community centers each May.  Thanks to grants, performances are free for most schools.  Additionally, Prairie Fire offers a summer music camp for middle/high school students and sponsors a talent award for a local high school student who plans to study music in college.

We exist because the arts and music, in particular, enhance our community and the residents who live here. Our organization fills a niche in that, without Prairie Fire Theatre, there would be no professional music theater and light opera companies in our community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring professional, first-rate music theatre and light opera to people of diverse ages and backgrounds in Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding community.

Contact Us

Phone: (309) 824-3047

E-Mail: info@prairiefiretheatre.org