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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.

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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Jan 30, 20

Audition Schedule Revised

We’ve just revised our February audition schedule.  Chicago and other actors from the Midwest should plan on attending the TLP Chicago auditions scheduled for Monday, February 17 at the Porchlight Music Theatre’s rehearsal facility at 4200 W Diversey in Chicago.  We’ll begin at 11:00 am and continue until 6:00 pm.  We will take actors on a first come-first scheduled basis.  Please prepare a comedic monologue and 32 bars of a song showing off your voice. There will also be a dance call. All actors wishing to be considered for a position in our Resident Company must attend the dance call.  Please bring your headshot and resume.  You can email a link to your reel to

Our local auditions will still be held at Timber Lake Playhouse on Sunday, March 29 beginning at 11:00 am and continuing until 7:00 pm primarily for our local actors auditioning for ensemble roles, guest roles, children’s roles in ANNIE, and roles in our Magic Owl Summer Show.  Please prepare a comedic monologue and 32 bars of a song showing off your voice. There will also be a dance call.  Please see our Audition Page for more information about scheduling a time at our local audition.  Local actors should call the administrative office at (815) 244–2048 to schedule an audition time.

If you are interested in auditioning for one of the orphans in ANNIE or for Annie herself, you must be between the ages of 7 — 13.  Please prepare 32 bars of a song either from the show or in the style of the show.  You must be available for ALL REHEARSALS AND SHOWS.  Auditions will be from 4 — 7 pm and there will be a dance audition.

If you have been participating in the Annie Audition Workshop, you will use the song, the lines and the dance you have learned in the workshop.  We will be casting Annie, the six speaking orphans, and several other dancing and singing orphans.  Call (815) 244–2048 after February 1 to schedule an audition time.

We are also hiring designers, technicians, stage managers and other staff.  Please send a cover letter, resume, references and a link to your digital portfolio (designers) to and specify in the subject line what position you are interested in.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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Oct 10, 19

We’ve Added Friday Nights in the Escape Room

Due to sold out Saturdays, we’ve added more chances for you to escape the Escape Room.  Follow Farmer Tim Timberlake and see what his secret ingredient is in his famous Meat Products.  Click Here for tickets.  Only $90 for a team of six (more or less).

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Sep 23, 19

From the Executive Director

We are very pleased to be producing two great concerts this November.  On November 16, we will have the Blooze Brothers Revue.  This fabulous group with their 10-piece band will WOW our TLP audiences.  Don’t miss this one!  On November 23, The Neverly Brothers will be on campus featuring rock ‘n roll from Elvis to The Beatles.  Click here to get your tickets.

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Aug 30, 19

From the Artistic Director…

This has been an incredible summer and it just keeps going! There’s still time to catch Steel Magnolias, now on stage through September 1st!! Audiences have been loving this production with just the right amount of humor and heart.

Next up, get ready because Newsies is coming your way! This Disney hit musical is a true to life story of how turn-of-the-century NYC’s newsies took on newspaper mogel, Joseph Pulitzer for better wages. With hit songs like ‘Carry the Banner’ and ‘Santa Fe’, this family friendly musical will have you cheering for the boys (and girls) and humming the songs on the the way home! Newsies opens September 12th and runs through the 22nd.

As much as I’ve LOVED the 2019 season, I am already getting anxious for the 2020 season. Here are the shows for the 2020 summer season:

Jesus Christ Superstar 

Lend Me A Tenor

What a Wonderful World (World Premier Musical)

Legally Blonde


Jersey Boys or Buddy Holly

Jekyll and Hyde

Season subscriptions are now available and be purchased here.

Also, for the time in TLP’s history, we are going to produce our VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS SHOW!! Thanks to the grant from the Illinois State Council, we now are able to heat the theatre in addition to our BRAND NEW ENCLOSED LOBBY, you will always stay warm when coming to see a TLP show! More information on that will be coming shortly!

I just cannot thank you enough for your continued support of TLP!! Thanks to YOU, we are growing into the next chapter of our playhouse and we ONLY want to do it WITH you every step of the way!!


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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!!

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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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