Our History

In the spring of 1959, ten members of an adult education speech class taught by Maxine Adkins proposed to organize a community theatre in Anderson since none existed at the time. Each person paid $10.00 for a lifetime membership, officers were elected, and a season of three plays were presented that summer in the Anderson High School auditorium.

The following summer, with the growth of interest in membership, Madison County Players moved to the Geeting property at the end of East 10th Street and presented a season of plays in a rented tent. Through the generosity of the late Robert Geeting, a new circus tent was purchased, and the players began to be known as the Geeting Summer Theatre. The theatre brought to the area some well-known local television personalities, Frances Farmer Kay Field, and Jack Kelly of the Maverick series.

A pole barn was eventually erected on the site to provide more security as the theatre began to accumulate lighting, properties, and costumes. Theatre membership grew and reached out into the entire county. Realizing that the theatre building rested on leased ground, the board of directors began an intensive campaign to save money in order to purchase a more permanent home.

In 1983, the group bought a warehouse at 124 West 9th Street paying $40,000 in cash. A mortgage was also placed on the property in order to secure additional funds for remodeling the structure into a theatre with a proscenium stage, green room, orchestra pit, concession stand, and raised seating. The Mainstage Theatre opened as the permanent home for the Madison County Dramatic Players in 1984.

One of the oldest self-supporting summer theatres in the state, Mainstage presents five plays from May to October and frequently presents special shows for childrens’ or holiday shows. The players also perform dinner theatres and special productions for charitable groups and festivals.

Board of Directors

Judge Morton

Steven Erlandson

Steve Fleck
Vice President

Sara Fields

Daniel Erwin, Kirby Gilliam, Michele Mullins, Andrew Persinger, Karen Sipes, Rhonda Tinch-Mize, Roland VanHorn, David Whicker, Kathleen Wile, Sharon Zimmer

Mainstage Volunteers


Thanks to so many of you who have supported Mainstage Theatre by serving as volunteer ushers! Anyone can usher! Ushers take tickets, seat patrons, distribute show programs and provide excellent customer service to patrons at Mainstage performances. In exchange for your service, you are able to see the show for free! This is a great way to get involved in the arts and have fun while supporting your community.


We need people to come into our theatre during set weekend and help the director/cast build the set for the show. It is a nice stepping stone for someone just joining the theatre. No experience is needed. Come and join the fun!


We are also looking for person(s) to assist the director/cast to help bring on or take off props, pull the curtain, and be the eyes and ears for the director. If you are interested please email the listed show director for more information.


We need a few people to help in the box office during business hours, as well as during the week of the show, to take messages and sell tickets. It would require some computer and communication skills.

If any of these openings are of interest to you, or if you have other talents or services to offer, please call the theatre box office at 765.644.5111 or email us at contact@mainstagetheatre.org.