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Timber Lake Playhouse offers educational workshops for children and teens using the theatrical arts as a tool to motivate and extend learning in other content areas.



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

TLP’s Performance Workshops focus on developing strong performance skills, while emphasizing self-confidence, self-expression, creativity, concentration, self-esteem, individual style, public speaking, and group cooperation skills leading up to a public performance.  Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their acting, vocal performance, and/or dancing skills.  These workshops are open to children ages 7 – 12.

  • Kid Detectives (focus on acting): Calling all inspectors, detectives, and mystery-solvers! Something’s afoot at Timber Lake Playhouse and we need YOU to help us solve the mystery. Follow in the footsteps of Jada Jones, Nate the Great, Goldie Blox, Encyclopedia Brown, and the Boxcar Children to collect clues, follow suspicions, and draw conclusions. At the end of the week, we will bring our showcase audience along on a mystery and help them figure out—WHODUNIT?
  • PopStar Party (focus on singing and dancing): Dancing with Timberlake, getting creative like Taylor, or belting out Bruno, we are taking it a step further and adding a story to our favorite tunes. Inspired by Kidz Bop, RadioDisney, and other avenues of kid-appropriate pop music, TLP teaching artists will work with students to adapt music from popular musicians to create unique and original musical stories for the stage. The week concludes with a performance of the music for families and friends.


Teen Theatre Project (week long workshop)
June 17 – 21
10 – 4 daily
$150 per student

This five day immersive experience for ages 12 – 19 will feature workshops in acting, dance and music, improvisation, playwriting, theatre design, and how to audition for schools and professional shows. The cost of the five-day workshop is $150 and includes daily lunch and a ticket to a TLP show in production at that time.  The week concludes with a demonstration of what the teens learned for families and friends.


Children’s Theatre Workshop
August 3
10:00AM – 1:30PM
$30 per student

This three-hour workshop includes structured storytelling games, creating characters, team-building ensemble activities, and a chance to learn about all of the creative departments involved in putting on a show. The cost is $30 and includes a ticket to the Magic Owl Children’s Theatre performance in production on that day.  Participation in the Children’s Theatre Workshop is open to children ages 7 – 12.


Small Group Workshops
Scheduled Throughout the Summer
Tuition varies

Throughout the summer, the TLP’s Education Program will schedule workshops and classes in a variety of theatrical skills – vocal production, acting, writing a script, improve, auditioning, etc.


The “Next Stage” Junior Production
School House Rock, Jr.
Workshop – July 15 – 27 from 1:00 – 4:00
Performance of School House Rock, Jr. on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 and 2:00
Workshop Fee $50 (includes script & show T-shirt)

If your child is ready for more than a week-long workshop, but not quite ready to audition for roles like Annie or Baby Rose in a mainstage production.  The “Next Stage” Junior Production may be right for them.  Our “Next Stage” actors will have the opportunity to do a full theatre “Junior” production on the stage at TLP.  All actors will audition on day one, be cast in a specific role, learn songs and choreography, build sets and props, perfect their parts over two weeks of rehearsal, and have a public performance on stage at TLP.  Participants will receive instruction in vocal technique, acting, stage movement, and auditioning.  This workshop and production are open to children ages 7 – 12.



All-Area Teen Production
The Addams Family
Performances – July 8 at 7:30 and July 9, 11, 12, & 13 at 2:00
Audition Required
Auditions –

May 17 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm 

May 18th from 10:00 Am to 4:00 pm

May 19th Callbacks

Teens can sing a song from the show or pop/rock song of the same style. If auditioning for a specific role they can prepare the song for that character?

To setup an audition time:

Call the box office at 815-244-2035



  • Teen name
  • age
  • parent contact info
  • and any relevant theater experience

Don’t miss this incredible experience to work with a professional production staff to produce a full-length musical on the TLP stage!  The Addams Family will be this summer’s production.  Participation in the All-Area Teen Production is open to all area teens.  REHEARSALS begin in late May.