Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), northwestern Illinois’ professional summer theatre, opens the 50th Anniversary season with Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award winning adaptation of Billy Wilder’s legendary film. TLP is one of the first theatres in the nation to secure the rights to the show, staged by TLP’s Artistic Director James Beaudry. Sunset Boulevard will be performed June 2 through June 12.
Based on the legendary 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, now living in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. The role of Norma Desmond will be played by guest artist, Katherine L. Condit. Condit’s professional credits include: the original Broadway cast in Chess; Grizabella in the Vienna and Zurich companies of CATS; Val in the National Tour of A Chorus Line and The Narrator in the Canadian and US tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond. In Chicago, she has performed as Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra at The Shakespeare Project of Chicago; in Riverview at the Goodman Theatre; as Aurora/Spider Woman in Kiss of the Spider Woman (2006 Jeff Citation winner for Best Musical at Bailiwick) and most recently Arlene in Baby at Stage 773. Katherine also co-founded cobalt ensemble theatre (c.e.t.), a company that enjoyed a Jeff Citation Award winning 5-year lifespan in Chicago.
TLP founder Andrew Bro and TLP favorites Brandon Ford, Colleen Johnson and John Chase will be featured in principle roles of Sunset Boulevard. Johnson and Ford appeared in TLP productions in 2008 of West Side Story, All Shook Up and The Producers. John Chase appeared in last season’s Oklahoma! and in 2009’s The Buddy Holly Story. Andrew Bro appears in Sunset Boulevard as renowned film director, Cecil B. DeMille.
Designers Amanda Sweger, who’s past scenic designs include last season’s Chicago and Curtains, and new lighting designer, Michael Stanfill take on the challenge of presenting Paramount Studios and a grand Hollywood mansion on stage. Their designs will bring surprise scenic elements never before seen at TLP. Last season’s resident costume designer, Tate Ellis returns with New York co-designer Katy Freeman and costume assistant Franc Acosta. Their designs will bring Hollywood glamour to the stage with chic 1930’s and fun 1950’s influences.
The special 50th Anniversary season will open June 2. Subscriptions are still available for a limited time. Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 815-244-2035, open 12pm-4pm daily.
This program is partially supported by a grant for the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Production Sponsors are Timber Lake Resort, Kunes Country Auto Group and Compliance Signs.
Media Sponsor for Sunset Boulevard is WNIJ.