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Jun 29, 18

TLP’s Cabaret Series

Company Cabaret

June 23 & August 4

After the show

Join us on The Deck after the Saturday night performances on June 23 and August 4 for the Company Cabaret.  Members of the Resident Company will entertain in a cabaret-style setting.  There is no charge for the Company Cabaret, but seating is limited.  Reservations strongly encouraged – Contact the Box Office at (815) 244-2035 to reserve your table.  Cash bar available.

Jun 29, 18

Meet the Resident Company of 2018

TLP has long held our Resident Company as the pride and joy of our summers. Each year, we do a national search to select our company that consists of all departments that go into putting on a great show for our patrons. From our actors to designers to stage management and front of house staff, we are delighted to present our talented Resident Company:


The Acting Company:

Olivia Belfie (Resident Performer)

Olivia is a musical theatre major at Western Michigan University.  At WMU she played Kim in Showboat, Alice in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the Little Girl in the United States premier of Witches of Eastwick. Olivia had her Chicago debut this past summer in the new work Box Step at the Chicago Dramatists Theatre. She can currently be seen in a number of commercials and feature films. Check out her IMDb to see her latest projects, one of which will be submitted to Netflix in the Fall of 2019.


Danielle Bessler (Resident Performer)

Danielle is making her debut at TLP in Beauty and the Beast (Babette),  Born Yesterday (Helen), The Full Monty (Susan), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), and Madagascar.  REGIONAL: Seussical (Mayzie), D2D Productions; Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Kincaid Regional Theater; Blackbird (Girl), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Christmas in Columbus (Maggie Holiday), Short North Stage.  TELEVISION & FILM: (SAG-AFTRA) Big Time Rush (Shanya), Nickelodeon; Barbie In A Perfect Christmas (Stacie-Singing Voice), Mattel VOCALIST: North Pole Musical, Hal Leonard; “Hanukkah Duet,” Disney Home Entertainment. Danielle is a recent summa cum laude graduate of Wright State University in musical


Max Bahneman (Resident Performer)

Max is making his TLP debut this summer.  Originally from Milwaukee, Max spent the last four years at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis where he just graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre.  Favorite credits include Henry in Next to Normal, and Britt Craig/Young Soldier in Parade. In the fall Max will be moving to New York to pursue an acting career.


Corinne Gahan (Resident Performer/ Front of House)

Corinne recently graduated with her BFA in acting from Northern Illinois University. She has also previously attended MXAT in Moscow, Russia, for training in acting, as well as two years studying Vocal Performance at Western Michigan University before she decided to transfer to NIU. She has worked at both Primary Stages in NYC, and Oak Park Festival Theatre in Chicago. Previous credits include: Mrs. Mi Tzu in Good Person of Szechwan; Edith Wharton in Daughters of Waterloo; and Christine de Pizan/Susana de Trimarco in Women In To Light. To learn more about Corinne visit her website at


Dylan Goike (Resident Performer)

This fall Dylan will start his senior year at Central Michigan University, where he expects to receive a BFA in musical theatre. His performance opportunities at CMU include Mike (A Chorus Line), Hanschen (Spring Awakening), and Tuc (Mother Hicks) to name a few. His regional work includes Curly (Oklahoma!), Riff (West Side Story), Sir Robin (Spamalot), and a traveling company member of the Team Hyena Dance Puppet company (For Larry Craig). He works at a theatrical costume shop back at home, and spends his free time writing plays.


Richard Gomez (Resident Performer)

Richard is an actor, director, and aspiring playwright currently pursuing his B.F.A. in musical theatre performance and directing at Abilene Christian University.  He has performed in various productions in the Houston and Abilene area. Credits include: The Wizard of Oz, CATS, Man of La Mancha, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Annie, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Tour, Hairspray, Peter and the Starcatcher, Shrek, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Little Mermaid and many more.  Richard’s one act play, Special Needs, was chosen as an award recipient and read at the TETA Festival in Galveston.


Ben Greiner (Resident Performer/ Front of House)

Ben is originally from Iowa, but is now based in the Chicago area. He is a sophomore acting/directing and stage management double major, with a minor in dance at Rockford University. Some of his favorite credits include: the Duke of Clarence in Richard III, Tommy Boy in Newsies, Ray in Blackbird, and Rugby in A Flea in Her Ear. A skilled barista, Ben is as big into coffee as he isinto theatre!


Rebecca Marowitz (Resident Performer)

Rebecca hails from Seattle, currently lives in Chicago, where she became a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, receiving a B.F.A in musical theatre. Recent credits include Maggie (Lend Me a Tenor), Christine Colgate (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Fraulein Kost (Cabaret) and Denise (The Baker’s Wife). You can catch her singing jazz standards in her free time. 


Lily Autumn Page (Resident Performer)

Lily is currently studying musical theatre at Marymount Manhattan College and will be a senior in the fall. Some previous credits include Gypsy (Sharon Playhouse), Big River (Sharon Playhouse), and The Secret Garden (Mac-Haydn Theatre).


Alex Rudd (Resident Performer)

Alex’s list of favorite roles includes Daniel in Once on This Island, Rex in Working, the Musical, Benny in Rent with Theatre Under the Stars, Houston (TUTS), Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, and Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Alex grew up in England and Singapore but calls Texas his home. He plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and writes his own songs that you can hear on iTunes and SoundCloud. Alex is currently a BFA musical theatre major at Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.


Ben Senneff (Resident Performer)

Ben is a rising sophomore music theatre major at Baldwin Wallace University. Some of his favorite credits include Farquaad in Shrek, the Musical, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and Bobby Strong in Urinetown. You’ll probably find him at the piano playing standards and impersonating the voice of Frank Sinatra. His music editing business, “Edits by Ben,” just opened recently and now edits music for dancers nationwide. 


Anna Catherine Smith (Resident Performer)

Anna is currently a sophomore BFA musical theatre major at Pace University, NYC. Her favorite roles include Hope in Urinetown, Wednesday in Addams Family, Ariel in Footloose, and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other credits include Mary Jane in Big River and Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat. Most recently, Anna had the honor of performing as a soloist for the James M. Nederlander Memorial concert at the Minskoff Theatre (Broadway).


Erin Stapleton (Resident Performer)

Erin is a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, St. Louis. Some favorite roles include: Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, the Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Phoebe in As You Like It. Originally from Milwaukee, she has also been seen at First Stage, Skylight Music Theatre, and Milwaukee Rep.


James Tweedale (Resident Performer)

James is a British-American actor and improviser. He received his BA in theatre from Western Washington University (‘11) and is currently pursuing his MFA at Western Illinois University (‘20). This season marks James’ debut at TLP.


Olivia Ursu (Resident Performer)

Olivia Ursu is a recent graduate of Oakland University’s B.F.A. musical theatre program and an Actors Equity membership candidate since 2017.   Some of Olivia’s previous credits include Val in A Chorus Line (Oakland University), Ellen in Bullets  Over Broadway (Oakland University), and her ensemble work in Memphis: The Musical (Mason Street Warehouse). A Michigan native, Olivia is looking forward to moving to New York City in the fall to continue her acting career.


Trevor Vanderzee (Resident Performer)

A graduate of DePaul University, Chicago, Trevor is making his TLP debut.   Most recently he was seen in Theo Ubique’s production of Sweeney Todd.  Favorite roles include Sid (Pajama Game, Highland Park Players), Belcore (L’elisir d’Amore, Opera for the Young),  Papageno (The Magic Flute, DePaul Opera Theatre), and Tony (The Most Happy Fella – Theo Ubique). In 2017, he won 1st place in the Hal Leonard Competition and the NATS Chicago Musical Theatre Competition, and received an Emerging Artist Award through the Lotte Lenya Competition. 


Ryan Wagner (Resident Performer)

Ryan is a proud student of Western Michigan University where he has been seen in Blood Brothers (Sammy), Witches of Eastwick (Ensemble U/S Michael), Lucky Stiff (Man 1 U/S Harry), and more. In his free time, he enjoys hammocking, watching Game of Thrones, and writing songs.  Check him out on Soundcloud at Ryan.Wagner


The Technical Company:

LAURA KROUCH (Production Stage Manager)

Over the years, Laura’s gypsy boots have taken her to all but three states in the U.S. and across an ocean.  Some adventures include: In the Heights (John w. Engeman Theatre) Ajijaak on Turtle Island (Ibex Puppetry), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bristol Riverside Theatre), and third national tour of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean (Gables Grove Productions).  She would like to thank her family for being there for her and encouraging her gypsy antics, and to Kirk, Weston and Emily, her Apartment 4 Family.  Enjoy the show!

Will Hughes (Tech Director)

Will’s a BFA Musical Theater major at Rockford University, originally from Pittsburgh PA. He’s worked the past two summers as a professional carpenter, most recently at Weathervane Playhouse in Newark Ohio. Though this is his first summer here, he already loves this theater and is extremely excited for this rewarding experience.

Spencer Gjerde (Scenic Designer)

Spencer is a Loyola University Chicago graduate with degrees in both theatre and English. He spent much of his time at Loyola designing sets and props for a wide variety of shows. He built dragons For She Kills Monsters he built dragons, then designed playgrounds for Eurydice, and turned Loyola’s black box theatre into a cabaret diner for the musical Tin Types. He is happiest when he is building worlds, whether they be on the stage or on the page.


Sarah Lake-Rayburn (Costume Designer/ Head of Wardrobe)

Sarah Lake-Rayburn graduated from Goshen College in 2015 with a major in theatre performance.  Sarah has been designing costumes since her junior year.  Credits at Goshen College include The Marriage of Figaro and The Boys Next Door.  Sarah has spent the last year-and-a-half as the resident costume designer at Thunder Bay Theatre in Alpena, MI.  Favorite credits at Thunder Bay include The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Grand Night for Singing, and Robin Hood.  After this season at TLP Sarah will begin pursuing her MFA in costume design and technology at Lousiana State University.


Jacob Almanzar (Sound Designer)

Jacob is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose music industry degree program. As an audio engineer, he has recorded, mixed and mastered multiple albums, including working as the sound engineer for Roundtable Records in Brooklyn. As a sound designer, he recently designed the play Life Line for the Strawberry One Act Festival in New York City. He also works audio and production at the Off-Broadway venue, New World Stages in New York City. In addition, Jacob is a songwriter, guitarist and producer for his own musical projects.


Cameron Strandin (Lighting Designer/ Master Electrician)

Cameron is currently pursuing a BFA in theatre design and technical production at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a Rockford native, and has several local lighting design credits including Snow White and Turning Pointe for the Rockford Dance Company, House of Blue Leaves, Assassins, and Hair for [Usual] Suspects, and other productions at Guilford, Belvidere, and Winnebago high schools. For three years, Cameron was a part of the light crew for the Illinois HS Theatre Festival’s All-State Productions. When he’s not doing theatre, Cameron enjoys sailing on Lake Geneva and listening to music.


Hai Alverez-Millard (Stage Manager)

Hai is a recent graduate of Purchase College, where she received her BFA in theatre design/technology with a concentration in stage management. Her past credits include: Great Lakes (PSM), The Bacchae of Euripides (PSM), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (PSM), Seven Guitars (SM), Ben, Virginia, and Me (ASM), and Icon the Musical (ASM). During her free time, she loves to draw, dance, and hang on aerial apparatuses, including silks and trapeze.


Elisha Beston (Stage Manager/Costume Shop)

Elisha is originally from Singapore, but she spent the last four years at Rockford University, where she graduated with a BFA in musical theatre, with minors in dance and political science. A stage manager and costume constructer, Elisha looks forward to combining both interests this summer.


Stephen Higginbotham (Carpenter)

Stephen is a rising sophomore at Oklahoma State University where he studies mechanical engineering and technical theater with a focus in technology. He has been building sets and props for four years now. Two of his proudest achievements are designing and building Joseph’s chariot for his high school’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and being props master for OSU’s student production of Barefoot in the Park.  Stephen has a number of hobbies, such as sculpting, writing, gaming, and internet content creation.


Brett Nelson (Assistant Tech Director)

Brett is originally from DeWitt, Iowa, but he has spent the last five years at college earning his degree at Illinois State University with a major in design/production and a focus in scene design.  Brett is at home waist deep in scenic dope, covered in paint, with a fine layer of saw dust. He loves the act of creating beautiful worlds for the stage, and it is what he has committed his life pursuit to be.


Nick Peoples (Carpenter)

Nicholas graduated from Goshen College in August of 2017 with a BA in theatre

(acting/performance concentration). His prior build credits include The Marriage of Figaro, RedHerring, Robin Hood, The Boys Next Door, Songs for a New World, Kindertransport, The Odd Couple, and Godspell.  His past acting credits include Father in Eurydice, James/Harry/Woody/Bartender in Red Herring, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When not working in theater, he enjoys martial arts training, drumming, and video gaming.


Zandra Siple (Assistant Costumer/ Designer)

Zandra is a design and technical theatre major from Western Michigan University, focusing in costume design and construction. She loves to sew and design her own clothes. Her previous college credits include: costume designer for Fish in the Dark, costume coordinator for Waiting to be Invited, and costume designer for Blood Brothers.


Alexa Wiljanen (Scenic Artist)

Alexa, a veteran scenic painter will soon be a Junior at Western Michigan University studying theatre: design & technical production with focus in scenic/lighting design. Previous credits: Charge Artist,  Angels in America.


Jasmine Elam (Directing Intern)

Jasmine is a junior theatre major at Eureka College from Tolono, Illinois. She is currently the Production Assistant for Pritchard Theatre at Eureka College. Some of her favorite roles include: Dragons in Talking With… (Eureka College), God in On the Corner of Bodhisattva and Shangri-La (Parkland College), and Robert Ann in Nunsense (Metamora Thespian Society).  She has directed 12 Angry Jurors, Blithe Spirit, and This Isn’t a Musical. She plans to direct She Kills Monsters at Eureka College in the spring of 2019.


Kaitlyn Meriam (Stage Management Intern)

This is Kaitlyn’s first summer with the TLP.  Kaitlyn comes to Illinois from Long Island, New York and is now a rising junior at Long Island University. Her most recent stage management credits include Assistant Stage Manager of In the Wake with Post Theatre Company at Long Island University, and Production Assistant of The Rover with Ithaca College’s Department of Theatre Arts.

Eliza Kang (Choreography Intern)


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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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Sep 11, 13

2014 Subscriptions on sale NOW!

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

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT to Premiere at TLP

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

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.

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Jul 30, 12


Life is a ‘CABARET’ at TLP

Timber Lake Playhouse, Illinois’ longest running professional summer theatre, presents a new staging of the legendary musical Cabaret August 2-12.

Guest Artist Lili-Anne Brown, the director behind Sweet Charity, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at TLP returns to stage this Tony and Academy Award winning song and dance show featuring a score full of standards that include “Cabaret,” “Maybe This Time,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and more. TLP favorite Alexandra E. Palkovic returns to star as Sally Bowles, the character that made Liza Minnelli a star in Bob Fosse’s film adaptation.

Alexandra E. Palkovic

Both Brown and Palkovic are rising stars in the Chicago theatre world. Brown, a Chicago native, was recently named Artistic Director of Bailiwick Chicago, the company where her award-winning production of Passing Strange was produced. Additionally, she will make her Off-Broadway debut this fall, reprising her acclaimed performance in a new play called A Twist of Water, which transfers from Chicago to New York City in November.

Palkovic, who hails from Peoria and starred in Sweet Charity last summer at TLP, was recently seen in Legally Blonde and Pirates of Penzance at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. She will co-star with another TLP alum, Jenny Guse, in Singin’ In The Rain this fall at the Drury Lane Theatre at Oakbrook.


Alexandra E. Palkovic in Sweet Charity, 2011

Set in pre-war Weimer Berlin, Cabaret follows the fortunes of Londoner Sally Bowles who performs at the infamously decadent Kit Kat Klub. The musical, the second collaboration between John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics), whose other work includes Chicago; Curtains; The Scottsboro Boys; Steel Pier; and Kiss of the Spider Woman, premiered on Broadway 1966. Joe Masteroff’s book for Cabaret has been revised over the course of several Broadway revivals, and was based on John van Druten’s play I Am a Camera, itself inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s collected “Berlin Stories.”

Isherwood inspired the character Clifford Bradshaw in the musical, played by Dryden Meints at TLP. The role of the Master of Ceremonies, for which Joel Grey won a Tony and an Oscar, is reinterpreted by Joe Capstick. Guest Artist Judy Knudtson (Working, Steel Magnolias) returns to play Fraulein Schneider and Chicago actor Rus Rainear makes his TLP debut as Herr Schultz, a role which he previously performed at The Ubique Cabaret Theatre, garnering a Jeff Award nomination for best supporting actor. New York based choreographer and TLP veteran, Andrew Parker Greenwood (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, Ragtime) returns to choreograph.

Cabaret performs August 2-12. 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 2pm. Tickets are available through the box office during regular business hours, 11am – 6pm daily 815-244-2035 or




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Jul 19, 12

Boeing Boeing


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

Derek Bertleson


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.


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Jul 03, 12

Upcoming July Events

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 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.


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May 30, 12




Timberlake Road is now open!

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May 17, 12

Gala 2012



Item Name Item Description
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




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