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Jun 01, 14
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
Sep 11, 13
Season Subscriptions for the 2014 season are now on sale.
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JOSEPH and the AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT June 5-15 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable in a new production directed and choreographed by Executive Director James Beaudry. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to 60s pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
AN INSPECTOR CALLS June 19-28 “That was the police. A girl has just died–on her way to the infirmary.” J. B. Priestley’s legendary ghost story occurs in an English industrial city, where a respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with a young girl’s death. Interrupting a party in 1912, when everyone still believed the Titanic was unsinkable, an inspector calls to interrogate the family. During the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing. The inspector’s startling revelations turn the play from a “who done it” into a “who did what?” and a “who didn’t stop it?” “Spectacular, dazzling and clever–a potent play for today,” AN INSPECTOR CALLS had been described as, “compulsory for anybody who loves the theatre… It should also be high on the list for those who visit theatres occasionally and want to be sure of a safe, enjoyable night out with some real surprises.”
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN The New Mel Brooks Musical July 3-13 IT’S ALIVE! Based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster — but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications. With memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” The New MEL BROOKS Musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.
Neil Simon’s RUMORS July 17-26 From the writer of The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and the Pulitzer Prize winning Lost In Yonkers comes this Tony Winning comedy set firmly in the late 1980s. At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
LES MISÉRABLES July 31-August 10 This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption. Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The show overflows with melodies that are already standards, but, it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
SHOUT! The Mod Musical August 14-24 SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as “Those Were The Days,” “Wishin’ & Hopin’,” “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Goldfinger” and the title song. SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling five women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Cilla Black, were independent women with major careers, English and American women were redefining themselves in the face of changing times. SHOUT! reflects that through the unforgettable music of the time. With a shimmy and shake, the songs in this delightful musical resonate with a timeless quality that appeals to every generation.
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Apr 16, 13
Executive Director James Beaudry and Timber Lake Playhouse, will present the first regional production of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT as part of TLP’s upcoming summer season. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, their quest for the Holy Grail and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? The show that “raises silliness to an art form” (The Sunday Times), will open August 1, 2013 and run throu
gh August 11th.
The show has been a huge hit in a long run on Broadway and on three national tours, but it had it’s pre-Broadway premiere in Chicago, where its entire run was sold out before it began in late 2004. Beaudry confirmed that TLP was offered the rights to produce the show a full year ago, but had to keep mum about it until now. “Sean Cercone, director of professional licensing for Theatrical Rights Worldwide, contacted us and several other theatre companies in April 2012. We had a four-day window to make a decision and secure the rights, or the show would be unavailable because another national tour was going back out,” Beaudry said.
“So we made it happen. But the only catch was that we couldn’t advertise the show until March 2013. When we announced the rest of season last July, we were as creative as possible about selling the show without saying anything specific about it.” According to Beaudry, “It was quickly brought to our attention by some eager, Google-savvy subscribers, however, that the licensing company had our production listed on their website. We weren’t allowed to advertise, but we were allowed to encourage people to go on their own quest to find the information we weren’t allowed to tell. It quickly became the worst kept secret in the history of our company!”
The show that the New York Times calls a “no-holds-barred smash hit,” will star John Chase of Mount Morris as King Arthur. He has previously been seen at TLP in Working, Sunset Boulevard and Oklahoma!. Sharriese Hamilton (Working, …Spelling Bee) takes on the Tony Award winning role of The Lady of the Lake, Brandon Jess Ford (All Shook Up, Sunset Boulevard, Boeing Boeing) returns to play Sir Lancelot, and James Beaudry returns to the TLP stage in the role of Brave Sir Robin. Rounding out the cast are newcomers Brandyn Day (Baldwin Wallace University) as Sir Galahad, Cody Jolly (Webster University) as The Historian, Elliot Marach (Millikin University) as Sir Bedevere and Matthew Webb (Savannah College of Art and Design) as Patsy. The new resident company of TLP fills out the ensemble.
The 52nd Season at Timber Lake Playhouse opens June 6, 2013 and includes A Chorus Line, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Music Man, Unnecessary Farce, Spamalot and ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical. Subscriptions for all six shows are only $110. The Magic Owl Children’s theatre will also present The Hobbit and Seussical. More information is available at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.
Monty Python’s Spamalot performs August 1-11. Performances are at 7:30pm, Tuesday through Saturdays and there are 2pm matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. There is also a Saturday matinee performance on opening weekends at 3pm. Season subscribers and groups may reserve tickets immediately during regular business hours, 11am – 4pm Monday through Friday at 815-244-2035. Timber Lake Playhouse is located at 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll. Single tickets will go on sale May 20th.
Do Something Spectacular.
Jul 19, 12
OPENING THIS WEEK! ONE OF THE FUNNIEST SHOWS OF ALL TIME!
JULY 19-28. By Marc Camoletti, Adapted by Beverley Cross. The Guinness World Record holder for most-performed French farce, in an a new adaptation that won the Tony Award for Best Revival of A Play in 2008, Boeing Boeing is delicious and delirious fun. Bernard, a successful architect, juggles three flight attendant fiancées. He tracks their airlines’ timetables, and his long-suffering housekeeper, Bertha, reluctantly resets the menus and bedroom decor depending on the arrivals and departures. Unfortunately for Bernard, a new, faster Boeing jet has been introduced, changing the timetable. When weather delays occur, it becomes more and more difficult for Bernard to keep the women separate, and the show soars into the stratosphere of classic physical comedy. RATED PG13.
Guest Director who brought you Love, Sex and the IRS and Red Herring
And featuring TLP Alum
Brandon Jess Ford
Performances are at 7:30pm, Tuesday through Saturdays and there are 2pm matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. New this season, there is also a Saturday matinee performance on opening weekends at 2pm.
or call 815-244-2035 from 11am-6pm daily.
Jul 03, 12
Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), northwestern Illinois’ non-profit professional summer theatre, is pleased to announce some exciting events that are coming up in July.
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the stage with exhilarating results. When Ren (played by Henry McGinniss) and his mother (Mount Carroll’s Susie Rogers) move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher (played by TLP alumni Karl Hamilton), determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and several new songs written for the stage version, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Footloose runs July 5th through 15th. Performances are at 7:30pm, Tuesday through Saturdays and there are 2pm matinees on Sundays and Wednesdays. New this season, there is also a Saturday matinee performance on opening weekends at 2pm. Tickets are selling fast and available through the box office during regular business hours, 11am – 6pm daily at 815-244-2035 or online by CLICKING HERE. Timber Lake Playhouse is located at 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll.
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
“An average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the memorable stories of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from his wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends including Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and, of course, Snoopy. This beloved musical has been bringing the joyful spirit Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip to families for over 40 years. Performances are approximately one hour long and are on July 10, 12, 13 & 14 at 2 pm and August 7, 9, 10 & 11 at 11 am. Tickets are $6 per person and available through the box office or online by CLICKING HERE.
Children and Teen Workshops
Saturday, July 14 from 10am-2pm TLP will hold the Children Day Camp. Child must have completed first grade and limit is age 12. Camp includes ticket to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Cost is $25 per student.
Children will take classes from theatre professionals that include Acting, Props, Costumes and Scenic Design. They will be able to see the backstage process of a production, then watch a performance of the show they learned about throughout the day.
TLP will be holding its annual weeklong teen workshop July 16-20 for teens Ages 13-18. Classes include acting, dance, voice, writing and improvisation taught TLP Resident Actors. Classes will be held 10 am to 4pm daily. Lunches are provided. Cost is $125 per teen.
To register for a workshop or for more information, contact the box office at 815-244-2035 or visit timberlakeplayhouse.org to download registration forms.
5th Annual Gala Event
Saturday, July 21st, First State Bank of Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll will be sponsoring TLP’s Annual Gala Fundraiser, Some Enchanted Evening, at the Lake Carroll Clubhouse. There will be a silent and live auction, an array of elegant hors d’oeuvres, special performances by company members and the announcement of the exciting 2013 season. Tickets are $50 each for regular tickets or $100 for a Special Starlight Table ticket that includes table seating beside a TLP actor. Tickets must be purchased by July 9 and are available at the Timber Lake Playhouse box office, at any First State Bank locations or online by CLICKING HERE, where you can also view the list of live auction items.
This program is partially supported by a grant for the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Production Sponsors are Kunes Country Auto Group and Compliance Signs.
May 30, 12
Timberlake Road is now open!
May 17, 12
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS:
|WGN Radio Package with John Williams
||This package is a real treat! Enjoy a ½ hour sit in and sit down with John Williams during his WGN Radio Show. After the show you’ll also get a full tour of the WGN Radio Studios. This kind of opportunity only comes around once in a while (offered at the TLP Gala in 2008 & 2011) so take advantage of this wonderful package! Donated by Judy Fitzpatrick.
Dinner with the TLP Stars
All-inclusive dinner for 4 -6 with the TLP Stars and Company, date and time tbd
|3 – Hot Air Balloon Rides
for 4, 2 and 1
|Take a ride on a Hot Air Balloon – Close to Home or on Vacation – Choose from 200 Locations Nationwide! Fully Transferrable – makes a fantastic Gift! – Tickets can be used anytime in the next 12 months.
|Lake Carroll Adventure!
||ATV Ride around Lake Carroll Trails and Boat Ride with cocktails and appetizers for 6. (Could be expanded to 10 people if pricing is high enough) Dan Herman and the Lake Carroll Trail Club are sponsoring the ATV Ride. Boating, Cocktails, and Appetizers sponsored by Robin and Jeff Saar.
|An Evening with Omar & Jan Wilhelms
||4-6 Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails with appetizers and a gourmet dinner at the lovely Shannon home of Omar & Jan Wilhelms
|Tri County Gun Club Target Shooting for 2
||An experience for 2 – shooting 9mm and .22 pistols at Tri County Gun Club in Hazlehurst, IL (located between Milledgeville & Polo). John Andy and Angela Shaw for 2 hours of target pistol shooting with various guns, including a Match Target Colt Woodsman .22 and a 1940’s Austrian 9mm Walther P38 amount several others. All ammunition included, and always lots of fun!
|Canoe Adventure on the Waukarusa River for 2
||Experience the “wild” side of Mt. Carroll, on the remowned Carroll Creek (locally known as the Waukarusa River). This prize is an intimate canoe journey for 2 with Andy & Angela Shaw leading. Great fin and amazing scenery on this local treasure, launch with us from our private landing and see Mt. Carroll’s adventurous side, on a trip you will never forget. 3+ hour duration, optional canyon hike available. Refreshments included.
Role in The Music Man
Be an Actor for a night..A Role in The Music Man at TLP 2013
|Fireside Dinner/Theatre –
Fort Atkinson, WI
|2 Tickets for any show 2012/2013 Season – Dinner & Show
|Swim Party at Lake Carroll Aquatic Center
||Your kids, grandkids or you will enjoy a 2 hour private pool time swimming at the Lake Carroll Aquatic Center. Use as an extension of a Birthday Celebration (children or adult), Team Reward or whatever reason. Time restrictions apply: M thru F from 9am-11am or any night from 8pm to 10pm.
Frank Jewelers, Freeport, IL
Debbie Brooks Autographed Wristlet Purse
Jan 27, 12
MAGIC OWL THEATRE 2012
2012 Summer Production:
Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Original Direction for this version of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Michael Mayer
Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson
“An average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the memorable stories of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from his wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends including Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and, of course, Snoopy. This beloved musical has been bringing the joyful spirit Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip to families for over 40 years. Run Time 1 hr.
July 10, 12, 13 & 14 at 2 pm
August 7, 9, 10 & 11 at 11 am
Tickets $6 per person. To order tickets online, click HERE.
Nov 23, 11
Everyone dancing merrily . . .
Since 1962, TLP has brought unforgettable memories to over 1 million audience members. There has to be something a little magical about a place that’s seen over 50 years of first dates, nights out with friends, marriage proposals, anniversaries and even a wedding in 2011! Not to mention over 350 plays, musicals and revues. In 2012, we’reputting together a season full of giant laughs, music that has become a part of our lives, thrilling dance that TLP has become knownfor and the heartwarming stories of the exceptional and everyday people who keep this world spinning. And as always, there’s a little magic in store, too. Share your TLP story by giving the gift of theatre magic this holiday season. Whether it’s for a full subscription or a single ticket, TLP gift certificates are a unique, quality way to share a truly memorable experience with all those faithful friends who are dear to us! From everyone at TLP, have a joyous 2012 and until next summer … may your days be merry and bright!
Give the gift of live theatre this holiday season to your friends and family (and maybe even yourself!). Below are the customizable Gift Certificate options, just for you!
Click HERE to purchase gift certificates online.
Season Subscription $110- One admission to all 6 mainstage productions at a discounted rate. *New this year, subscribers may make their reservations after the purchase of a subscription.
Gift Pack $92-Four Adult Tickets to be used anytime, for any mainstage show.
Adult Tickets $23-One admission to any mainstage show.
Senior Tickets $20-One senior admission (age 60+) to any show.
Student Tickets $15-One student admission (ID required) to any mainstage show.
Magic Owl Theatre Ticket $6-One admission to our Magic Owl production in the summer.
Preseason Magic Owl Production $5-One admission to our preseason production in May.
Gift Certificates for Timber Lake Playhouse can be purchased in any amount and make great gifts for everyone! Simply add up the items that your recipient would like and create your own custom gift certificate online! The gift certificate will be emailed to you so you can print at home!
To place your order:
Click HERE to purchase gift certificates or retail items online.
Call 815-244-2035 to order by phone.
Nov 22, 11
Join us in experiencing the magic of live theater this spring!
Timber Lake Playhouse presents
Adapted from the novel by T. H. White.
TLP gives you the unique page-to-stage experience with this story that makes up the first part of White’s tales of King Arthur he collected in his series of books, The Once And Future King. The source material has inspired countless other books, films, plays, television production and two Broadway musicals over the last 75 years.
With enough magic and fantasy to easily introduce kindergarten and early elementary students to a classic tale and enough serious themes to keep middle school students engaged, The Sword in the Stone is an ideal choice for a broad age range. It is also a great way to integrate the creative arts into a standard curriculum, by expanding a classic novel into the visual and performing arts.
There will be twelve performances of The Sword in the Stone starting
Tuesday, May 8 and running through Friday, May 11, 2012.
Show times are 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Performances will be 45 minutes to one hour long.
Admission is $5.00 per person with one free adult ticket for every ten paid students.
DOWNLOAD the Ticket Order Form and follow the instructions provided to make your group reservations.
Send in the form to make your reservation by Email: email@example.com, Fax: 815-244-2047 or Mail to Timber Lake Playhouse, PO Box 29, Mount Carroll, IL 61053.
Download the THE SWORD IN THE STONE PREVIEW GUIDE for fun facts and activities to participate in prior to the show.
Want to make the most of your trip? Just down the street from the Playhouse is the Oakville Complex that operates through the Carroll County Historical Society. Your organization could have a fun-filled day with a trip to the play, followed by a flashback into life in the late 1800’s that includes a tour of an old schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, 2 log cabins and a beautiful greenery.
Guided educational tours cost $2.50 per student, $3 for adults and include a fun activity like making butter or rope. Call 815-493-2337 to make your reservation.