Jan McGill

 

1. How did you first get interested in theatre, what was the first play you remember seeing and what was the first play you participated in?
I’ve always had a love for all things entertainment, and some of the first shows I saw were at Starlight Musicals. One of the early ones for me was Music Man. But the first show I was ever in was Mrs. McThing, my senior class play.

 

2. When did you work at the Red Barn? What is your most distinct memory from that time?
I was with the original company in 1968, when we were performing at Frankfort High School. Then in 1973, when we moved to the current location, I remember one of my first duties was helping scrape manure off the walls! I have worked 41 seasons total with Onstage/Red Barn.


3. What shows do you most remember from your Red Barn days? What moments (on-stage or off) made a specific show memorable?
Most remembered shows include Steel Magnolias; Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will; and Chicago. Barn Squad, friendships which have remained beyond strong, and full houses are great memories.


4. What theater, film or backstage experience have you had since you worked at the Red Barn?
I still work at the Red Barn, but I have also worked 24 seasons at Clinton County Civic Theatre, but I have also worked at Main Street Productions of Westfield, and the Red Brick Theatre at the Delphi Opera House. I was also with the Apple Core touring company. I am currently in rehearsal at Center Stage Community Theatre in Lebanon for Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, which opens in September. I currently am the production judge trainer for the Encore Association, a non-profit organization of 11 theatres in the Indianapolis area, which recognizes and encourages excellence in community theatre.


5. Where do you live now and what are you doing career-wise?

I still live in Frankfort, and I still work theatre. I’m retired from teaching, and State of Indiana/FSSA/Division of Family and Children, where I was a training supervisor. I also worked for Dr. Gregory Wysong.


6. Would you like to let us know a bit about your family?

Doug Davis and I co-parent 2 dachshunds, Somsel and Ruegamer. Doug and I have done numerous productions of I’m Herbert in the area.


8. Anything else you’d like to share about your life or life at the Red Barn?

I still have my original tee shirt with artwork by Terry Jackson, and the cast/crew bathroom is named after me!! What an honor!! The Barn and the people there reinforce that theatre is most assuredly a way of life, not just a hobby. I am most grateful to have been and continue to be a part of it.


9. If someone wanted to follow you or get in touch with you, where could they find you? 

I’m pretty far removed from all things electronic, and I still use a flip phone! But I do have email - jmcgill90011@gmail.com.