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!