MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) in Mount Carroll, Ill., kicks off its 51st season with Guys and Dolls June 6-17. The show will bring three newcomers to the TLP stage.
Miami native Hanah Rose Nardone will be playing the leading female role, Sarah Brown. Attending the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Nardone had heard of TLP through other performers.
“I had heard great things about the company,” Nardone said. “People I knew that had worked at TLP raved about the experience. In the auditions, everyone was nice and welcoming. I am excited to work at TLP because this is the first time I will be working in theater professionally.”
Nardone saw a play when she was 8 years old and has been hooked on theater ever since.
“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” Nardone said.
She said she is excited to work on Guys and Dolls because it is classic, musical theater. Her character is very innocent and the classic damsel in distress.
Joe Capstick from St. Louis, who attends Southeast Missouri State, takes on the role of Nathan Detroit for the opening production. He stated: “I had heard great things about TLP. I auditioned and was offered the awesome job. I am excited to jump into the summer and work on all of these shows.”
Capstick got started in theater when he took dancing lessons and fell in love with tap. He said he would watch movies as a child and would say, “I want to do that!” He will be able to fulfill his childhood dream in the first production.
“I love acting with new people,” Capstick said. “Guys and Dolls has interesting, colorful characters. The show and the company have a great energy, and that’s what I am looking forward to the most.”
Capstick will be opposite Hayley Gribble, who plays the fun character Adelaide. Gribble said the role she will be playing is the role that made her fall in love with theater. She played the character in high school in Wichita, Kan., where she grew up performing in community theaters and in a local Wichita dance company.
Gribble is also excited about the costumes in the production. She had heard resident co-costume designers Tate Marie Ellis and Katy Freeman are extremely talented. Gribble has taken a peek at some of the beginnings of the costumes for the show, and she feels the audience is going to be amazed.
All three performers believe the audiences for the show will love this classic, musical theater piece. Capstick said, “Guys and Dolls is fun and entertaining … everyone, old and young, will love it!”
Guys and Dolls performances are June 6-17 at TLP, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll, Ill. Tickets are
available through the box office during regular business hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., daily, at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or (815) 244-2035.
From the June 6-12, 2012, issue