Prairie Fire Theatre is a unique musical experience. The brainchild of local artist Robert Mangialardi, Prairie Fire is a theatrical group dedicated to bringing professional, first-rate musical theatre and light opera to the local community. Prairie Fire has staged three to four musical theatre events each year since incorporating in 1998, and has produced the works of such composers and librettists as Gilbert and Sullivan, George and Ira Gershwin, and Irving Berlin.
All Prairie Fire events are performed and directed by local talent, drawing from a largely untapped but highly skilled pool of professional artists many of whom are affiliated with Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University. The majority of Prairie Fire Theatre's performances are held on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University, but the company takes pride in taking musical theatre to non-traditional community settings.