Timber Lake Playhouse preps for busy July

Staff Report

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), northwestern Illinois’ non-profit professional summer theater, will offer the following events this July.


One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the stage with exhilarating results.

When Ren (played by Henry McGinniss) and his mother (Mount Carroll’s Susie Rogers) move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher (played by TLP alumni Karl Hamilton), determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home.

To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar- and Tony-nominated top 40 score and several new songs written for the stage version, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Footloose runs July 5-15. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturdays, and there are 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays and Wednesdays. New this season, there is also a Saturday matinee performance on opening weekends at 2 p.m.

Tickets are selling fast and 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. Timber Lake Playhouse is at 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll, Ill.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

An average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that, a day made up of little moments picked from all the memorable stories of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from his wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends including Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and, of course, Snoopy.

This beloved musical has been bringing the joyful spirit of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip to families for more than 40 years. Performances are approximately one hour long and are July 10 and 12-14 at 2 p.m. and Aug., 7 and 9-11 at 11 a.m.Tickets are $6 per person and available through the box office or online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, as well as a downloadable preview guide.

Children and teen workshops

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14, TLP will hold the Children Day Camp. Child must have completed first grade and limit is age 12. Camp includes ticket to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Cost is $25 per student.

Children will take classes from theater professionals that include Acting, Props, Costumes and Scenic Design. They will be able to see the backstage process of a production, then watch a performance of the show they learned about throughout the day.

TLP will be holding its annual weeklong teen workshop July 16-20 for teens ages 13-18. Classes include acting, dance, voice, writing and improvisation taught by TLP resident actors. Classes will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily. Lunches are provided. Cost is $125 per teen.

To register for a workshop or for more information, contact the box office at (815) 244-2035 or visit timberlakeplayhouse.org to download registration forms.

Fifth Annual Gala Event

Saturday, July 21, First State Bank of Shannon-Polo-Lake Carroll will be sponsoring TLP’s Annual Gala Fund-raiser, Some Enchanted Evening, at the Lake Carroll Clubhouse. A silent and live auction, an array of elegant hors d’oeuvres, special performances by company members and the announcement of the exciting 2013 season will all be featured.

Tickets are $50 each for regular tickets or $100 for a Special Starlight Table ticket that includes table seating beside a TLP actor. Tickets must be purchased by July 9 and are available at the Timber Lake Playhouse box office, at any First State Bank locations or online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, where you can also view the list of live auction items.

From the July 4-10, 2012, issue

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