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From Your Executive Director

Posted on Jun 28, 20 in Blogroll

Hello everyone.  I hope this finds you and your family safe and in good health. It’s with much sadness that I announce Timber Lake Playhouse will be closing for the remainder of 2020.  Like many of you, I believed that we’d be in rehearsal for our summer shows, attending concerts, and busily planning for all the events of the summer and fall.  Instead, none of that will happen.

Last Monday, the guidelines for Phase 4 of Reopen Illinois were published.  With much study of the guidelines, we found that there was just no way for us to open.  One of the guidelines limited us to only 50 audience members per performance.  With 12 performances scheduled for each production, that would allow only 600 people to view each production.  Since we’ve already sold 1200 tickets per show, that would have been a difficult hurdle to overcome.  Additionally, although our area is staying level with COVID-19 cases, many of our surrounding cities are experiencing COVID case numbers that are much higher than ours in Carroll and surrounding counties.  We have been in contact with theatres in Illinois and around the country and they are experiencing the same issues as TLP.

So what are we going to do over the next months?  We will focus the remainder of the season on our education offerings and online, virtual events.  The education offerings include a wide array of virtual classes held online and on-campus camps and workshops.  We have contracted with some of the top names in theatre and education throughout the country.  Please look through our virtual offerings on our website.  We will also present virtual performances.  We are presently working on a concert featuring past TLP artists and a TLP Through the Years virtual production featuring clips from past seasons and interviews with artists.  We are also working on opening an on-line store featuring items from the TLP Gift Shop.

Cancelling our season will have a profound financial impact on our theatre.  Ticket sales account for 70% of our income, and now with no productions in ticket sales this summer, our income to sustain through these closures is greatly reduced. Of course, we have greatly reduced all of our expenses, put large projects on hold, and are working on additional revenue making projects.

The internet will never replace the feeling of being in the theatre, or meeting with our friends for a night out at TLP, but it’s all we have right now.  I look forward to next spring when we can, again, open our doors enjoy our Theatre in the Woods.