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Jul 10, 20

A New Perspective…

I hope you all had a wonderful, and safe, holiday weekend and are gearing up for this weekend. Felicia and I spent the 4th with a few friends, which was relaxing and fun. (Those are two words I have not used in a while;) You’ve heard me write about the sadness and longing we all have been going through due to what’s happening in our world. Well, last weekend reminded me it’s also important to focus on some positive perspectives. While TLP will not be able to program this season, that does not mean we cannot make an effort to give our campus a little TLC. For years the schedule has been as soon as the warmer weather comes, we begin working on shows, concerts, events, etc. and we barely have the time to get the campus ready for our artists and patrons. Now the campus in empty, so I’ve been using this time to clean and organize the shops, theater and creating new work spaces for next season. Doing this work has given me a new perspective on my life, my family and TLP. The effect TLP has on people is truly magical, and I am so blessed to call TLP home! It’s ‘magic’ is alive and well, inspiring me to work harder in creating spaces that will allow our artists to flourish.  Rolling up our sleeves, putting in some good ole’ fashioned elbow grease as we get into the cracks and crevices doing the work that’s needed. I say we’re doing good work. It’s work I love doing because it’s for a theatre I love being a part of.  So I’ll keep at it on my end and I hope you  find something you love doing during this ‘intermission’. Because this too shall pass my friends, and we WILL once again be gathering, enjoying each other’s company, watching shows and sharing experiences. That’s what TLP has always been, and will ALWAYS be!

Jun 28, 20

From Your Executive Director

Hello everyone.  I hope this finds you and your family safe and in good health. It’s with much sadness that I announce Timber Lake Playhouse will be closing for the remainder of 2020.  Like many of you, I believed that we’d be in rehearsal for our summer shows, attending concerts, and busily planning for all the events of the summer and fall.  Instead, none of that will happen.

Last Monday, the guidelines for Phase 4 of Reopen Illinois were published.  With much study of the guidelines, we found that there was just no way for us to open.  One of the guidelines limited us to only 50 audience members per performance.  With 12 performances scheduled for each production, that would allow only 600 people to view each production.  Since we’ve already sold 1200 tickets per show, that would have been a difficult hurdle to overcome.  Additionally, although our area is staying level with COVID-19 cases, many of our surrounding cities are experiencing COVID case numbers that are much higher than ours in Carroll and surrounding counties.  We have been in contact with theatres in Illinois and around the country and they are experiencing the same issues as TLP.

So what are we going to do over the next months?  We will focus the remainder of the season on our education offerings and online, virtual events.  The education offerings include a wide array of virtual classes held online and on-campus camps and workshops.  We have contracted with some of the top names in theatre and education throughout the country.  Please look through our virtual offerings on our website.  We will also present virtual performances.  We are presently working on a concert featuring past TLP artists and a TLP Through the Years virtual production featuring clips from past seasons and interviews with artists.  We are also working on opening an on-line store featuring items from the TLP Gift Shop.

Cancelling our season will have a profound financial impact on our theatre.  Ticket sales account for 70% of our income, and now with no productions in ticket sales this summer, our income to sustain through these closures is greatly reduced. Of course, we have greatly reduced all of our expenses, put large projects on hold, and are working on additional revenue making projects.

The internet will never replace the feeling of being in the theatre, or meeting with our friends for a night out at TLP, but it’s all we have right now.  I look forward to next spring when we can, again, open our doors enjoy our Theatre in the Woods.

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Jun 28, 20

From Your Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On Thursday, June 25th, the TLP Board of Directors met virtually to discuss four possible scenarios to open for our 2020 season. The biggest talking point was the new information the Illinois governor gave the state on Monday June 22nd. It said that theaters were now allowed to open in Phase 4 (previously he stated no theaters would be allowed to open until Phase 5), but with a limited amount of only 50 tickets can be sold per performance. We knew that if we could only sell 50 tickets per show in our 375 seat theatre, we would not be able to accomodate the more than 1000 tickets already pre-sold. Couple that with the economic factors and it seemed like a an unscalable wall. With that, the board made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season. This news saddens ALL of us as we look forward to sharing our summers together at the place we call ‘Your Theater in the Woods’. I want to say how extremely proud I am to be a part of an organization that cares so deeply for our patrons, staff and artists we bring here every year from around the country. I know how difficult this decision was, but one I feel is also the right decision at this time.

But the show WILL go on!!

Right now, the team is working on ways we can keep the show going virtually. Although we will not be gathering on our stage this summer, we will still bring you concerts, shows, classes and updates right to your home. We will be rolling out those plans in the coming days so please continue to check back for more info including our Virtual Concert of the TLP Stars!

I miss seeing all of your faces before and after shows, but know that our plan is to forge ahead as we get the campus ready for 2021 and stay connected with you for the remainder of the summer!

Keep watching TLP Live on Sunday’s at 6:30pm and bring your comments and questions as Dan and I love seeing them!!

Thank you for your continued support of this amazing place we call Timber Lake Playhouse!

Stay strong my friends. TLP Strong!


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Jun 03, 20

From Your Artistic Director

Hi everyone! I hope you are well and staying safe. You know, I love being at Timber Lake Playhouse so much, and every season I look forward to the opportunity to return to our Theater in the Woods and see all of your faces as we gather to share stories that make us laugh, cry and celebrate life!

Right now, rehearsals should be going on in the rehearsal pavilion, sets should be being built, costumes being crafted and concerts being planned. But the reality is, the campus is empty. That saddens me greater than I ever thought possible.

We have been busy these last couple weeks and our wonderful board of directors has voted to open TLP’s doors in August! Of course, this will depend on if our governor will move our region into Phase 5, allowing us to gather. If that happens, we will be opening a truncated summer season of two shows. The first will be our World Premier Musical, What A Wonderful World opening August 6th followed by Jesus Christ Superstar, opening August 20th. September we will bring you Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opening September 10th.

Even though we are hoping in earnest open in August, the reality is we are facing a large financial deficit with the loss of four of our mainstage shows and a number of concerts and events.  We need your help in making this transition to a condensed summer possible. If you can, I hope you will consider making a gift to TLP, to help us offset the costs COVID19 has burdened us with. You can do so by clicking on the donate link on the homepage.

We are still in the planning phase for the fall, including concerts, shows, our haunted trails and escape room that we will announce at a later date.

For now, we must have faith that we WILL get through this together. We must be unified to keep TLP the mainstay it has become in its 59-year history! The arts are what brings us together. It bonds us to each other. And although we cannot be together now, we will be soon. Until that time, please continue to stay healthy, stay safe and take comfort in knowing that we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

In Solidarity,


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Jun 01, 20

From The Executive Director

Hello everyone.  It’s Dan Danielowski from Timber Lake Playhouse.  I hope this finds you and your family safe and in good health.  Like many of you, I am missing our Theatre in the Woods.  At this time of the year, the theatre grounds would be bustling with activity.  We’d be in rehearsal for our opening show, and busily planning for VIP night.  Instead, the campus is quiet.  Sets aren’t being built, music isn’t being rehearsed – none of the activities that we love to see and hear are happening around the theatre.  But, we are all working hard to have everything ready when we can safely return to the playhouse.

I come to you today with a sad, but hopeful announcement.  Due to the virus that is affecting us all so acutely, we will have to further postpone our opening and move some of our shows planned for this summer to another time.  If all goes well, we will be opening later in the summer.

Reducing our (shortening our season) has a profound financial impact on our theatre.  Ticket sales account for 70% of our income, and now with no productions in May, June and July, our income to sustain through these closures is greatly reduced. Of course, we have greatly reduced all of our expenses, put large projects on hold, and are working on additional revenue making projects.

This week, we have announced our online Education Program including workshops, lessons, panel discussions and webinars.  We are also putting together a concert performance that will be streamed live to our patrons.  Registration for the educational offerings and tickets to the concert will be available soon on our website.  Of course, contributions to the theatre are always welcomed and would be extremely helpful at this time.

In the meantime, we will continue to provide TLP content on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.  In addition to videos of our new company and snippets from seasons past, keep watching our TLP Live show on Sunday nights and other special offerings in the near future.

The internet will never replace the feeling of being in the theatre, or meeting with our friends for a night out at TLP, but it’s all we have right now.  I look forward to the day that we can meet again at the playhouse and enjoy our Theatre in the Woods.

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Apr 24, 20

From the Artistic Director

Dear Friends,

We know that this time has been unsteady and it seems there are more questions than answers. YOU are the most important part of why Timber Lake Playhouse has become so important to so many! During this unsettling time, as we all navigate the COVID19 virus, every decision we make carries your health and safety at the top of our priority list. With that, we have decided to postpone all programming at TLP through June of 2020!

If you have already purchased a ticket to ANY show or event, that ticket will be good for the rescheduling of future shows and events.  You can be assured we will continue to communicate with you on how we will move forward with the rest of the summer and beyond!

Some good news, our Resident Company and Guest Artists are very much looking forward to coming together to create the magic TLP shows are known for. They are all in good spirits, staying safe, healthy and doing their part to overcome this difficult time. We are in constant communication with them and we will be sharing some videos of them on our social media pages. So keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram for those videos so you can meet them all virtually.

On behalf of our Executive Director, our staff, our Board and the nearly 60 years of artists, community members and patrons of Your theatre in the Woods, thank you for standing with us!

We are dedicated to you!



Paul Stancato – Artistic Director

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Apr 11, 20

TLP Responds to COVID-19


COVID-19 UPDATE (April 11, 2020)

Information surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is changing daily.  Your TLP Management Team is working to assure that all things are being taken care of during the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about several other theatres that have suspended their Summer Season are closing their doors for this summer.  We want you to know that we will continue to monitor the crisis, develop procedures in light of the crisis, follow the direction of our leaders and open the theatre as soon as safely possible. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees as well as our many patrons who typically interact with us during the season.

Presently, the TLP campus is closed and our staff is working from home. Our Box Office is not open as originally planned, but staff is answering Box Office and other phone messages and all tickets are still being sold online.

On March 31, Governor Pritzker extended our Stay at Home order through April 30.  This will necessitate additional cancelations and postponements at Timber Lake Playhouse.  The following events have been affected by this order:

Staff is meeting daily and continuing to make contingency plans looking and many options for start dates. Whether we start with the Summer Kick-Off party and the Beach Boy’s Concert on May 23 or push back to a mid-summer start, we remain committed to all meeting at Our Theatre in the Woods as soon we can.  If we all continue to follow the CDC’s “Slow the Spread” guidelines and the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order, we’ll soon be able to Come for the Show, and Stay for the Experience!

Dan Danielowski – Executive Director

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Mar 24, 20


We understand that there is a lot of concern on the impact of COVID-19 on our community.  We are analyzing how it will affect TLP’s summer season and other event at the Playhouse.  Let me take a couple of minutes to share the actions we are taking during this difficult time. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees as well as our many patrons who typically interact with us during the season.

Over the past week, information surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been coming in nearly non-stop.  We have been reacting to the changing recommendations that have been coming from the CDC and directives from the President and the Governor of Illinois.

On March 13, following the recommendations of the CDC and President Trump, we moved all operations off site with all staff working from home. We postponed the Oh Boys! (Buddy Holly Tribute) concert and have also postponed our professional auditions in Chicago and our Local Auditions planned for March 29.

Last Friday, Governor Pritzker joined California and New York in a statewide “shelter in place” and a closure of all “non-essential businesses” through April 7.   TLP was basically “closed” with last week’s decision, but now, officially, we will be closed through at least April 7 which means our Box Office will not be staffed beginning March 30 as previously announced.  We will also have to quickly decide the fate of our April 18 Rosie and the Rivets concert and other April events.

So, how are we moving forward?  TLP’s first priority is the safety of our employees and patrons, and we will take every measure necessary to ensure our grounds are properly sanitized and ready to go. We will also continue to follow the lead of the CDC and our state and federal government as we hope for a speedy recovery to our ‘normal’ lives.  The state is looking at their decisions in two-week intervals at this point, so we’ll do the same.  We are doing daily monitoring of the situation, continuing with all essential planning for the season.  We sincerely hope that we will see all of you for our May events and for our June 3 opening of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Hang in there, everyone.  I do believe that if we all do our part and stay in during the “shelter in place” period that we can slow the spread of the virus and get this under control.  I look forward to when we can again Come for the Show, and Stay for the Experience in Our Theatre in the Woods.

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Mar 15, 20

From the Executive Director

Over the past few days, information surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been coming in nearly non-stop.  With our first event of the 2020 season only a week away, we had to make a decision on how to proceed.  On Saturday, we decided to postpone the Oh Boys! concert planned for next Friday, March 20, to a later date. Since we have been looking forward to opening the theatre earlier this season, it was difficult for many reasons and I understand the disappointment that this decision caused our patrons.  I also understand how we all must do our part in mitigating the spread of this disease and know that sacrifices have to be made.  My hope is, that as we all “self quarantine”, we can curb the spread of the virus and get past this crisis as soon as possible.  We all look forward to opening the theatre later this spring.

Over the next few weeks, our office staff will be working from home.  They will be taking phone calls and answering emails, but you may not find anyone at the office if you stop in and you may have to leave a phone message to be returned. We will do our best to stay in contact with you and continue to continue to provide great service even in this time of uncertainty.

If you have tickets purchased for the March 20 concert, those tickets and seat assignments will automatically transfer to the new date once we’ve determined what will work with The Oh Boys! and TLP.  If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you have two options.  You can use your ticket price for any other TLP production or you can have the ticket price refunded.  Once we’ve firmed up the date, we’ll let you know.  Right now, you don’t have to do anything.  We’ll follow this same procedure for any of our events that get cancelled, so don’t worry about your tickets.

We will monitor the situation and our decisions will be made day to day.  Watch for news regarding our April concert, Rosie and the Rivets and other events at Timber Lake Playhouse, Your Theatre in the Woods.  We are continuing to make plans for the spring, summer and into the fall and winter.  I trust that this will pass and we will soon return to “normal” with a renewed sense of joy for the important things in life.  Take care and stay safe.

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Feb 04, 20

From the Executive Director

This has been a very busy winter and the spring doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down much either.  Even with closing the office and postponing the Oh Boys! concert, we are busy grant writing, off-season marketing, event planning, auditioning — all of us on the TLP staff are busy planning for that Opening Night!!  But I’m not just talking about the June 4 opening of Jesus Christ Superstar!

We hope things will be settled down enough to open the theatre with the April 18 concert with Rosie and the Rivets — The Premiere Retro Rock and Roll Show.  We’re bringing back The Blooze Brothers, Heartache Tonight — an Eagles Tribute, and The Neverly Brothers.  We’ll celebrate the summer on May 23 with a TLP Summer Kick Off featuring The Sounds of Summer — A Beach Boys Tribute in concert that evening.  We are presently finishing our concert scheduling by working to schedule several big name bands from Chicago and around the Midwest — Brit Beat (a Beatles Tribute), The Chicago Experience (a Chicago Tribute), 52nd Street — the Music of Billy Joel, and Boys Night Out featuring the boys bands of the 80’s and 90’s.

Great events are being planned for the season starting with Worldly Delights — Cinco de Mayo, The Andy Bro Memorial Golf Outing, the TLP Fall Festival featuring BrewFest, and our Annual GALA.  Last year, we brought the GALA to the TLP campus.  It was an incredible evening of food, fun, fellowship and fundraising.  This year, we will build on what we began last summer and make this summer’s party an even bigger celebration.

During the month of February, I attended auditions in Memphis, Chicago, St. Louis where Paul joined me and we both went to Louisville.  Paul also auditioned many students at various colleges around the country.  We were going to finish up auditions at StrawHat Auditions in New York City, but that’s been cancelled so we’ll finish up with video submissions.  All in all, it’s been a busy winter.  I really look forward to opening the theatre and getting back to what we at TLP do best — providing some of the best in entertainment the Midwest has to offer.

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