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Jun 17, 20

A Message from TLP Board and Staff

We at Timber Lake Playhouse believe that Black Lives Matter! We share the outrage and grief over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who have been recent victims of racial violence.  We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to combat injustice. We believe theatre has an important role in cultivating a civil and equitable society. When we build an inclusive and diverse culture that encourages, supports and celebrates diverse voices, we are empowering all people to bring the best version of themselves to life. Theatre creates opportunities to bring together multiple communities to share in a common experience, listen with empathy, and learn about ourselves as we deepen our bonds to each other.

TLP will continue to listen, learn and build a culture where we ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our staff and artists. We will continue to create opportunities of exploration and community-building for our artists, students, patrons, employees and volunteers.

TLP was founded on bringing change and diversity to our community. We stand by that and always will.

In Solidarity,
Timber Lake Playhouse

May 18, 20

TLP LIVE – Timber Lake Playhouse’s New Sunday Night Interview Show

Join Dan and Paul on Sunday nights for TLP Live.  Guests have included Ken Singleton, Danielle Bessler, Marcus Martin, Elya Bottiger, Trevor Vanderzee, and Anna Catherine Smith who were members of the Resident Companies from 2016 — 2019 and Nissi Shalome and Roy Brown who have been past company members are are planning a return to TLP this summer.  This past Sunday, we had Laurie Empen and Matt Fahey from our 1994 Resident Company and Kate Balwin who was a Guest Artist in 1994 and went on to star on Broadway receiving two Tony nominations for her work.

In the next few weeks, we’ll have the writing team from TLP’s World Premiere production of What a Wonderful World, TLP Education Director Robert McFletcher-Jones with a discussion of our new virtual Education Program, and TLP Show Reunions featuring cast members of past TLP shows.

As TLP remains “dark”, we’ll continue to post creative content on our social media.  Play the Throw Back Thursday picture caption game, watch for Q&A sessions with Dan and Paul, and videos of past and present TLP Company Members doing what they do best.

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Dec 18, 19

Get Your Gift Certificates, Subscriptions and Tickets to all TLP Shows and Concerts Now!

TLP Gift Certificates, subscriptions and single tickets for all shows and concerts are on sale now.  You can go online to purchase your TLP items as the Box Office is closed for the winter.  CLICK HERE to purchase online.

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Sep 23, 19

Haunted October Comes to TLP

For the fourth year, TLP will transform the campus into Timber Lake Terror — The Haunted Experience at Timber Lake.  This “all new” attraction combines a Haunted Trail, the Fun House, a Haunted House, an Escape Room and the Rocky Horror Picture Show into a month long attraction that performs every Saturday night.  Click here for more information.

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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

Mamma Mia is OPEN!!!

I am so proud to announce that our 2019 production of Mamma Mia opened to a packed house! Good seats are still available for

this ‘feel good show of the summer’!! The cast is superb and show is fun!! Get your bell bottoms out and come dance the night away!!



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Jun 11, 19










JUNE 15 — 2:00 



Children’s Theatre Performance Workshops
June 10 – 15
10:00 – 12:30 Kid Detectives
$50 per student
1:00 – 3:30 PopStar Party
$50 per student
Performance – June 15 at 2:00


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May 27, 19


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.

Saturday, June 1 12:00 – 1:30

Tickets are $15 each (Purchase your tickets for the show separately)


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May 21, 19

Open House May 25

Timber Lake Playhouse will host an Open House on Saturday morning from 10:00 am until noon.  Tours of the theatre, backstage, the shops and living areas will be given by TLP Board Members.  You’ll get to see the newly purchased barn and the Guest House, and take a stroll on the trails surrounding the campus.  Hot dogs and chips will be served in the cafeteria at 11:30.

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May 09, 19

Magic Owl Children’s Theatre Runs This Week

MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, opens its Magic Owl Children’s Theatre with Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In a Play!” on May 7 and continuing through May 11.  Mo Willems, the author of the best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, brings you a rollicking celebration of friendship and fun in a colorful musical for children and their families.

With their backup trio the Squirelles, Gerald and Piggie sing, dance and laugh their way through a day where anything can happen.  Join the “bestus friends” as, together, they tackle friendship’s big questions: What happens when two friends want to play with ONE toy? What DO you wear to a fancy party? And will ANYONE say “Banana?”

This musical experience, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all day long! In Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”  an elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, “bestus” (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means “very best”) friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She’s even happier and more excited than usual. That’s because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.

Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre.  This play was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2013–2014 season.  The TLP production runs May 7, 8, 9, & 10 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and May 11 at 11:00 am.  All tickets are $6.00

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