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Aug 06, 19

From the Artistic Director…

Well, I am happy to report that we had sold-out houses for the last week of Mamma Mia!! People came from all over the region, as well as different states like Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and even California!! Audiences reported back that this show was one of their favorites at TLP and the crowd responses supported those statements.


Next up is Man of LaMancha!! This TONY award-winning musical stars Broadway veteran, William Michals, as Don Quixote and Chicago actors, Christina Pecce (Aldonza) and Aaron Choi (Sancho). This is a beautiful tale of one man’s journey to dream a better life for himself than the one he currently lives in and encourages us all to ‘dream the impossible dream!’ Man of LaMancha open Thursday August 8th at 7:30pm and runs through August 18th.

Speaking of Man of LaMancha– I want to encourage everyone to come out to the Playhouse on Saturday August 17th at 4pm to watch our star of Man of LaMancha, William Michals, perform his one man concert. William will be singing from the American Songbook and classic songs from such shows as Les Miz, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Carousel and much more!  For those who were at our Gala last Saturday heard him sing Impossible Dream and we ALL were blown away by his superb voice. Tickets are on sale now and you can grab him by going to our ‘Events’ tab and clicking on his concert.

I look forward to seeing you all at the playhouse!!

Aug 06, 19

Man of LaMancha’s William Michals in Concert!!!

Broadway veteran and star of TLP’s production of Man of LaManchaWilliam Michals, will be in concert on the Timber Lake Main Stage for a concert event on Saturday August 17th at 4pm.

The concert will consist of Michals singing from the American Songbook, as well as classic songs from some of the most recognizable musicals of the last 50 years! He will be accompanied by TLP’s Music Director, Michael McBride and a three piece band.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for TLP Subscribers and $20 for the general public.  Tickets can be purchased at the TLP box office in person or by calling 815-244-2035 or by clicking here.

The concert runs approx 90 minutes.

When: Saturday August 17th at 4pm

Where: Timber Lake Playhouse Mainstage

‘Come for the Show, Stay for the Experience!!’

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Jul 19, 19

From the Artistic Director…


We opened Mamma Mia last night and it was such a treat to hear from our patrons how much fun they had! I really can’t brag enough on our Resident Company and their ability to bring a show to life in just 12 days!! These artists, both on stage and back stage, bring such a passion to their work and their craft. They work tirelessly to bring our patrons the finest in quality and showmanship. Their dedication shows when I see a show like I did last night. Kudos to our director/ choreographer, Shane Hall and all of the design team!! Our Guest Artists, some making their TLP debuts, put the icing on the proverbial cake as Donna and Dynamos and the ‘Dads’. Making their TLP debut are Guest Artists, Andrew Varella (Sam), Kaitlin Lawrence (Donna), Lara Hayhurst (Tanya) and Mia Gimenez (Rosie). Returning Guest Artist and TLP alum, Darren Mangler (Bill), showed, yet again, why is a a fan favorite with our audiences. I would like to invite you to come see this production. It’s so much fun and feel free to bring the kids as this show has something for everyone!!

And remember on weekends and Wednesday matinees we have our Deck Series! People have been telling me they sometimes com e just for this event after they’ve seen the show. Our Deck Series takes place on our outdoor stage and starts 1 hour before the show. There is a bar for sandwiches and drinks, so make it part of your visit to TLP!

Tonight and tonight only, Friday July 19th, we will be hosting our Page-to-Stage-Talk-Back immediately following the show! This is your opportunity to meet some of the cast, designers and crew members and ask questions about how Mamma Mia was brought to life at TLP! This event usually lasts about 20 minutes and I have been receiving positive feedback from the people who attend. If you can’t make it, stream it live on our Facebook or Instagram page.

See you at your Theatre in Woods!

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Jun 14, 19











As we enter into the final weekend of our first production of the 2019 season, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, I want to extend my gratitude to all the patrons who have come out to see the show. People have expressed how much they are enjoying the show, the performances and the spectacle of it all. Both kids and adults are having fun with our interactive section of the show too! It’s not too late to get tickets for the final three performances. They will be Friday the 14th at 7:30, Saturday the 15th at 7:30 and Sunday the 16th at 2pm. Come out and enjoy the Deck Series before the show on our outdoor stage (Deck Series starts 1 hour before the show) and relax with a cocktail and some food from our Deck Bar. We also are starting our Saturday Night Bonfire after the show on Saturday night. We will be keeping the beer garden bar open and the fire blazing immediately following the performance for a chance to meet the cast and crew. There will be entertainment and  a lot of fun!

I also want to tell you about our next production, Noises Off! This farce has been hailed as the ‘funniest show ever written for the stage!’ and I tend to agree. Full of slamming doors, falling downstairs and a whole mess of sardines, Noises Off is a genuinely fun and hilarious evening of entertainment. Noises Off! opens Thursday June 20th and plays through the 30th.

Lastly, I want to brag on our Educational Director, Robert McFletcher Jones! Robert is deep in rehearsals for our All Area Teen Musical, The Addams Family, and the kids are looking and sounding terrific. Robert is also spear-heading our summer workshops for kids of all ages. So if you or your child is looking for an opportunity to play games, sing, dance and have fun, go to our ‘Educational Program’ tab on our website and explore all the possibilities we are offering this summer! The Addams Family will run from July 8th-13th

and tickets are selling fast, so get yours online or by calling the box office 815-244-2035.

I’ll see you at your Theatre In the Woods!



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Jun 04, 19


2019 is in FULL EFFECT at TLP, as we just opened The Little Mermaid last Thursday! I am so thrilled to be back at TLP for my 2nd season and even more thrilled to be working alongside the 2019 Resident Company. I really wanted  to bring the Disney Magic to this show and this team worked tirelessly to achieve this goal. With vivid aerial effects, a moving stage and gorgeous costumes, this production certainly brings the spectacle to the forefront. The Little Mermaid runs through June 16th and I’m hearing great feedback from our patrons. It’s a family musical that has something for the kids, as well as adults, so come out and see the ‘most popular Disney princess’ on the TLP stage.

Rehearsals have begun for the ‘best farce written for the stage’, Noises Off! Bringing back Chicago director, Kevin Theis, to helm this comedy masterpiece was essential to make TLP’s production top notch. Kevin directed last season’s Baskerville, and we are excited for him to lead the cast for our 2nd show of the season. The show plays June 20th-June 30th. If you’re a fan of comedies, I highly recommend Noises Off! 

I am thrilled to report that our Educational Director from last season, Robert McFletcher- Jones, is back again this season!! He will be directing the All-Area Teen Musical, The Addams Family which plays July 8th-13th. The cast is already hard at work in rehearsals and they are looking and sounding fantastic!! Tickets are selling fast, so you may want to think about getting yours early as last season, we sold out!

Dan and I have been doing major planning during the off season to bring you more opportunities and experiences at your Theatre in the Woods! One of these events is our new, Saturday Night Bonfire! In addition to our nightly intermission bonfires, on Saturday nights after the show, you can grab a drink and relax by the fire as our Acting Company comes out to join in on the fun. It’s another way of creating opportunities for you to mingle and get to know our Residents this summer.

Lastly, if you’re not already a season ticket holder, it’s not too late. Get your season subscription for $119.  That’s six shows for the price of four.  That’s like getting The Little Mermaid for FREE! We would love to welcome you as a new subscriber and who doesn’t love FREE tickets!  You can add Newsies to your subscription for just $20.

I hope to see you all this summer at the playhouse!!!


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May 27, 19


Timber Lake Playhouse Opens the 2019 Season with Disney’s The Little Mermaid

MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, opens its 58th Season with the Disney spectacle, The Little Mermaid.

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

TLP’s Artistic Director, Paul Stancato, gives this production a ‘new look’ as Timber Lake Playhouse kicks off its 2019 season.  “I want bring the ‘Disney Magic’ to this production while also making a social comment on our oceans,” Stancato says. “We’re pulling out all the stops to give our audiences the spectacle Disney shows call for, with all the singing, dancing and ‘swimming’ that goes with it.”

The Little Mermaid stars Anna Catherine Smith as the iconic Disney princess, Ariel, Conor Logan as Prince Eric, Jean Christian Barry as Sebastian, Rachel Davenport as the evil Ursula and Gabriel Mudd as the King of the Sea, King Triton.  The production is directed and choreographed by Paul Stancato.  The Little Mermaid opens Thursday May 30th and runs through June 16th.

Have “Lunch With Ariel” on June 1 before the matinee performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  Enjoy lunch and talk with Ariel while you get your picture taken with your favorite Princess.   The menu includes Mac and Cheese, chicken fingers, chips, fruit and pastries.  Tickets for the lunch are $15.  Purchase your ticket for the show separately.

Don’t miss all the exciting events at Timber Lake this summer.  For more information, visit the TLP website at or call the Box Office at (815) 244–2035.  Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 – 3:00 and until intermission on show days.

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May 21, 19



MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announces many events throughout the summer.

Come tour the TLP grounds on Saturday, May 25.  Tours begin at 10:00 in front of the theatre.  Hot dogs and chips will be served in the dining hall beginning at 11:30.

Families will love to have Lunch with Ariel, the Little Mermaid, on Saturday, June 1 from noon to 1:30.  Have lunch, enjoy activities, and get your picture taken with Ariel.  Tickets for lunch are $15.  Purchase your ticket to the matinee performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid separately.

Always a favorite at TLP are the Company Cabarets.  Theatre goers come to The Deck after the performance to see the TLP company members perform under the stars. Get your reservations in for this free event before they are all gone.  This year’s Cabarets are scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, July 27 after the show.

Again this year, TLP will host a Mystery Dinner Theatre in The Barn on Saturday, June 29.  Dinner begins at 6:30.  This year’s mystery revolves around the murder of long-time sheriff, Jack Daniels.  Join TLP as we try to solve the crime.  Tickets for Dinner and the game are $35.

TLP will welcome former company members to the theatre on August 24 through 26 for the Second Annual Alumni Weekend.  TLP patrons are invited to attend the Alumni Cabaret Performance on Monday, August 26 at 7:00 on The Deck.  Contact the Box Office for reservations for this event.

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May 21, 19


Dueling Pianos Returns to Timber Lake Playhouse This Friday  

MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, hosts Felix and Fingers, Dueling Pianos this Friday night.

This weekend, TLP continues their Concert Series on Friday, May 24 at 7:00 with Dueling Pianos.  Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with the All-Request Show that will have you singing and dancing along with Felix and Fingers.  Tickets for the concert are $25 for the general public and $20 for TLP Subscribers.

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May 09, 19

Dancing Queen – ABBA Tribute at TLP May 11

From Chicago, DANCING QUEEN (ABBA Salute) is quite literally the most accurate tribute band on the planet. With painstaking attention to detail, they’ve recreated an ABBA experience that is second to none.  Fronted by two dynamic ladies with angelic voices, and backed by a group of world class musicians, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a Las Vegas type show that captivates audiences, both young and old.  Come and enjoy an evening of great music of one of the most popular bands of our time and one of the most successful shows on Broadway and across America.

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May 09, 19

From Your Executive Director

We’ve had a successful first weekend at TLP.  Our Worldly Delights Celebrity Chef event on May 3 was a huge success.  A big THANK YOU to all the chefs and to the TLP Board and Event Chair Dana McCoy for organizing the event.  You’ll see the board’s work again this summer as we host the largest fundraiser that TLP has, The Annual GALA on August 4 on the TLP campus.  This is an event you won’t want to miss.  Event Chair Robin Saar and her team are pulling out all the stop for a great event.

Last Saturday, The Crossroads Blues Society took over the theatre for an incredible Blues Festival to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  Although Crossroads is mainly based in Rockford, the society originated twenty-five years ago in Lanark.  Mississippi Journey kicked off the event with some traditional blues and Ivy Ford burned the place up with her sultry performance.  Then, Jimmy Nicks and Don’t Tell Mama blew the roof off the theatre with his high octane performance.  It was a great weekend to open 2019 at TLP

We’re looking forward to the TLP Concert Series.  To kick off our Mamma Mia! summer, we will host the ABBA tribute band, Dancing Queen on May 11.  With painstaking attention to detail, Dancing Queen has recreated an ABBA experience you won’t soon forget.   Also returning to TLP after a successful Reba and Friends is Brooke Byam and friends with this year’s Dolly and Friends.   Brooke will take the stage May 17 – 19 with another great TLP concert. We’re glad to have Dueling Pianos back at TLP this spring.  They will be here on Friday, May 24 to kick off Memorial Weekend.  And for those of you who missed last fall’s Eagles Tribute – Heartache Tonight – they will be back on September 28.  You won’t want to miss them.  On September 7, The Four C Notes will visit TLP with their Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute.  They are fronted by John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in Chicago’s long running production of the Broadway smash hit Jersey Boys.

And then, we kick off our 2019 Summer Series with Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  It’s going to be a great 2019 and we’re only getting started.  We will have some big announcements later this month about the future of TLP.  Timber Lake Playhouse is truly the place to Come For the Show, Stay For the Experience!

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