In 1975, a group of friends and like-minded Rush Countians got together following a Music Study Club program, and formed the Rush County Players. These founders included: Wilmer Cameron, Al Hodge, Mike Woods, David Malson, Marcia Blair, Janet Malson, Connie Barada, Sue Taylor, Muriel Moore, Rex Lanning, Jeff Hufford and Teri Lanning.
Meetings, auditions and rehearsals usually took place at member’s homes. Since RCP did not yet have a home of their own, shows were presented at various sites around the county. This show debuted at Rushville Elementary School. Other venues used in the early years include the Wilkinson Building (particularly for musicales), Milroy School, the Graham
Annex (most commonly known as the junior high), and the Durbin Hotel and Restaurant.
By RCP’s five year mark, membership was up to 250. This was also the year that the Whitewater Valley Presbytery sold the old Milroy Presbyterian Church to the Players for the cost of $1, to be used as their meeting place and playhouse. This was to be RCP’s home for nearly the next two decades. It required a great deal of upkeep, and due to flooding issues, RCP was forced to move out of this home in the late 90s.
In 1999, Rush County Players purchased the former “Boys and Girls Club” to be used as an audition and rehearsal hall. This building served as RCP’s home-base until the cost of upkeep and repair became overwhelming. Currently, RCP is utilizing a storefront at 306 N. Main, and continues to look for a permanent home that will allow us to continue our mission to be an organization to perform drama for the enjoyment of the community, provide fellowship for all people of theatrical interests, and provide for the education of the membership and the community to further develop their dramatic skills and appreciation.