Prairie Fire Theatre was founded in 1998 by local artist Robert Mangialardi. Robert holds a Bachelor's degree in music education and a Master's degree in vocal performance from the School of Music at Illinois State University.
As both an educator and performer, Robert invited other educators and performers to form a board that would provide guidance and direction to Prairie Fire Theatre (PFT). PFT initial focus was solely on bringing high quality, professional music theater and light opera to adult audiences. For the first five years we produced such shows as "Baby", "The Mikado", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Amahl and the Night Visitors", "La Boheme" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change", among others.