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TLP Gives A Mouse A Cookie

Posted on May 02, 11 in Featured News, TLP News

Artistic Director James Beaudry and Managing Director Melissa Mattingly Parsons are pleased to announce Timber Lake Playhouse’s preseason Magic Owl production If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. The production will be a first taste of the 50th anniversary season at Timber Lake Playhouse, northwestern Illinois’ professional summer theatre, May 10-13 at 9:45am, 11:15am and 1pm.

Brandon Ford will appear as the title character in this hilarious page-to-stage adaption of the best selling children’s book of the last 25 years.  Ford takes on the role of the Mouse, who quickly creates a whole world of trouble for a young boy. The Boy will be played by Brenton Abens, a Chicago actor.

Ford was a full time resident at TLP in 2008 and returns this year for TLP’s 50th anniversary season. Audiences may remember him as the leading role, Chad, in All Shook Up, Diesel in West Side Story and Franz in The Producers. Ford currently resides in Chicago and has performed in productions with Writer’s Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Recently, he starred in the world premiere play, Feet of Clay.

Timber Lake Playhouse offers a preseason production every May. This season there will be over 40 local schools and organizations in attendance. “Children who attend these productions are often experiencing live theatre for the first time. These productions are a very important part of TLP’s mission,” states James Beaudry, TLP’s Artistic Director.

TLP is extending the invitation to community members who would like to attend the performance. Individuals are invited to attend by reservation only. Please call 815-244-2035 between the hours of 12pm and 4pm, Monday through Thursday, to make reservations. Tickets are only $5 per person. Visit the website at under “Education” for a downloadable Preview Guide for Parents and Teachers.