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May 27, 19

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

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 www.timberlakeplayhouse.org 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.

May 21, 19

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

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

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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Mar 28, 19

From Your Executive Director

THE SNOW IS MELTING AT TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE AND THAT MEANS IT IS ALMOST TIME TO RETURN TO THE THEATRE FOR ANOTHER SEASON.  And what a season we have in store for you.

We announced the TLP concerts this week.  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.  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.   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.  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.

We kick off May with our Worldly Delights Celebrity Chef event on May 3 held at the theatre.  Then on the 4th, the Crossroads Blues Society will take over the theatre with their 25th Anniversary Blues Festival featuring three blues bands throughout the day.  Although Crossroads is mainly based in Rockford, the society originated twenty-five years ago in Lanark.

Our Americorps NCCC Team is busily working to clean up our woods, especially the area between the theatre and the barn.  We’ll have a special on them later this month.

Only a few weeks!!!

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Jan 27, 19

From your Executive Director

As we prepare all of our end of year reports and letters to our patrons, we look back fondly on a great 2018 season.  It was the first season for our new Artistic Director, Paul Stancato.  Paul treated us to his directorial style with Beauty and the Beast and The Full Monty and we were not disappointed.  We set several attendance records with Beauty and the Beast total run, Fiddler on the Roof single day sales and total tickets for all shows and events that topped 28,000.  Add that to a great first year for our Deck Series and activities in The Barn and 2018 was, in a word – FANTASTIC!!

We especially enjoyed being mentioned in the River Cities’ Reader’s “Faves in Fives 2018” Highlights from the Year in Area Theatre.  Fiddler on the Roof received mention in the Production category.  “…this unforgettable story was executed beautifully; from start to finish, the audience was delightfully entertained.”  Trevor Vanderzee was mentioned in the Lead Actor category for his role in The Full Monty.  “This rowdy production was enhanced by Vanderzee’s machismo vocals and reliable comedic timing, making Jerry a priceless low-rent Chippendale.”  Ben Senneff received mention in the Featured Actor category in Forever Plaid as a “multi-talented young actor who can do impersonations, play the piano, and belt a song like nobody’s business.”  In the Music and Sound category, Sound Designer Jacob Almanzar and Music Director Lena Gabrielle received honors for their work in The Full Monty.  “…their partnership really put the ‘full’ in the Monty.”  And finally, in the Memorable Moment category, The Hound in Baskerville received mention.  To read the full article, follow this link to The River Cities’ Reader:  https://www.rcreader.com/theatre/faves-in-fives-2018.

Many of our guests took advantage of the opportunity to stroll around the grounds on our newly made trails and stop by The Deck Bar for a meal before the show. 

TLP has a lot of great ideas for patrons next season.  Watch our blogs for all the great activities next season.

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Sep 18, 18

Summer Season Wrap Up!

We had a wonderful Fall production with Beehive and I was abuzz with all the excitement I heard from our patrons on how much they loved not only that show, but the entire season! As I complete my first season here at TLP, I am reminded that it takes so many people to bring each production to life. Kindred spirits who love making theater and telling stories. I am grateful for all of our Residents and Guests who came out to play with us this summer! This summer will live long in my memory! Thank you to all our wonderful patrons, who continue to support our Theater in the Woods. We are already seeing a growth in season subscriptions, as we are now on sale for out 2019 season, as well as all the wonderful feedback we are receiving with our new programming like the Deck Series. I encourage everyone to come check our Haunted Trails, Escape Room and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Details on each are all here on the website.  I am humbled to call TLP my artistic home and I look forward to seeing everyone very soon! -Paul

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Jul 04, 18

From the Artistic Director

First, let me say that it is my honor to be here at Timber Lake Playhouse! One of the first things that drew me to TLP was the powerful sense of community. For 48 years, this community has been the driving force that has made TLP the oldest, continuously operating summer theater in Illinois, and it is that community that is the reason why we are still growing. Bringing quality theater to our audiences is my number one goal, and I want to honor the traditions of the past as we evolve as a theater. During my tenure here, I hope to continue to build on the strong foundation of my predecessors and expand our community of supporters as we move forward.

As an organization, we have so many talented and passionate people that are ready to see TLP become one of the most highly respected and recognized summer theaters in the country, from our board of directors to our staff that work the day-to-day operations. Just this year alone, TLP has raised the bar by becoming an Equity theater. This means we are now a member of the professional actor’s union and in doing so, we plan to focus on increasing the quality of each production we bring to the main stage.

We have also inaugurated two new programs I am very excited about. The first is our Deck Series; before each show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, patrons can come to our outdoor stage by the lake and listen to our Resident Acting Company sing a variety of musical styles. Each Deck Series aligns with the current main stage show. For example, during our production of Beauty and the Beast, our Deck Series was Disney-themed. The second of these new programs is our Broadway Concert with the Stars! This year, we had Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s original Annie, singing her iconic songs from her career and telling stories about each one. We hope to continue to bring different Broadway stars to our theater in the woods, and we hope you will join us for each one.

Your voice is an important one as we evolve, and I want to hear from you. Let us know how we are doing and what types of shows you want to see. I always say it takes a small army to mount a show, and the final piece of the circle is our audiences. You are the reason we have such a rich history, and it will be because of you that we will carry our mission into the future. Thank you, Timber Lake Playhouse, for bringing us to today, and here is to the journey we will take together!

-Paul

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Jun 01, 14

Timber Lake Playhouse’s 53rd Season Begins

Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional summer theatre in Mount Carroll, opened its box office for ticket sales on Monday, May 19. The playhouse entertains over 20,000 ticket buyers each year with a full line-up of shows and events through August. The 53rd Resident Company includes performers and designers from around the country, chosen from auditions in six cities.

 

TLP’s 53rd Season opens with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (June 5-15). Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical for the whole family has become a massive international hit everywhere it plays. Executive Director James Beaudry put his personal choreographic stamp on this new production, featuring Melissa Weyn as The Narrator and Gabe Brown as Joseph, chosen from over 1000 hopefuls around the country.

 

TLP Hall of Fame Director Chuck Smith returns for a record 13th consecutive year as a guest director for J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, June 19-28. In 1912 England, an Inspector interrupts an engagement party, implicating each person in the apparent suicide of a young woman. But is this inspector really who he claims to be? And is this a whodunnit? or a who didn’t do it? John Chase of Mount Morris returns to TLP as the patriarch, Arthur Birling, and three time Jeff Award winning Chicago actress Danielle Brothers comes to TLP for the first time in the role of Sybil Birling.

Brad Lyons, longtime TLP Artistic Director and revered master of the ridiculous, returns to direct at TLP for the first time since 2009’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Lyons will translate Mel Brooks film masterpiece Young Frankenstein(July 3-13) to the stage in this musical adaptation starring some of TLP’s best-loved comedians. Cody Jolly and Matt Webb, who were adored as they faced off in The Music Man, Unnecessary Farce and Spamalot last year, team up as Dr. “Frokensteen” and “I-gor.” Analisha Santini, who stole the show in Boeing Boeing, returns as Frau Blucher.

American comedy writer Neil Simon takes on the New York society types of the late 1980s in Rumors (July 17-26). Derek Bertelsen returns to direct the comedic mayhem, featuring a slew of our favorites as well as brilliant newcomers Grant Brown and Allison Hunt. Part farce and part side-splitting sitcom, Rumors remains one Simon’s funniest scripts.

Les Miserables, the most popular musical of all time comes to TLP for the first time July 31-August 10, and it’s packed with guest stars. Matthew Teague Miller (The Spitfire Grill at TLP) spent several years as a performer in the first National Tour of Les Miserables. He returns to TLP to direct the show for our audiences. Special guest star Jason Kraack plays the role of Jean Valjean, one of the most challenging in musical theatre. He has done the role on the first National Tour, and was chosen after an extensive national search.  Jeff Award winning Chicago actor John Leen makes his TLP debut as Inspector Javert. Lexie Plath and Erica Stephan return to TLP as Fantine and Eponine, respectively. Newcomers Caroline Murrah and Nathan Goodrich play the young lovers, Cosette and Marius.

Associate Artistic Director Courtney Crouse directs SHOUT! The Mod Musical (August 14-24) with choreography by James Beaudry. This musical review features of the best songs of the 1960s, including the title song, as well as: Downtown Those Were the Days, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,  To Sir With Love, Wishin’ & Hopin’, I Only Want To Be With You, and even Goldfinger! Five woman sing out the stories of the 60s to the soundtrack of a generation. Daryn Harrell (Children of Eden, Sweet Charity) returns to TLP as a guest star.

Tickets to TLP’s mainstage shows are $23 (Seniors $21 and Students $17). To see each show for only $18.33, you may still because a season subscriber until June 15. Subscriptions are $110.  Beaudry said of the ticket prices, “The generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsors, private foundations, the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, keep Timber Lake Playhouse an essential cultural and economic driver for the Northwest Illinois region. Without their support, every ticket to TLP would cost $35. We thank them for their continued belief in our work.”

 

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 815-244-2035 or visit them at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in Mount Carroll. Tickets may also be purchased online at 815-244-2035

 

 

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