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MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Although the mainstage season for Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) is coming to a close, the theater has announced an upcoming off-season event, “An Evening of Art & Music.”
An Evening of Art & Music will take place at Brick Street Coffee, 320 N. Main St., downtown Mount Carroll, in conjuction with Brick Street Days from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1. The evening will include local TLP performers from 3 to 6 p.m.
Following is the schedule of performers:
2:30 p.m — Joe Morrow, Mount Carroll, will be kicking off the event outside of the coffee shop on his acoustic guitar. Morrow was a participant in the TLP Arts & Music Festival last season. He has performed locally in several events.
3 p.m. — Susie Rogers, Mount Carroll, played Ren’s mom in Footloose this season at TLP. She appeared onstage at TLP in West Side Story starring Sandra Santiago in 1980. She is a member of the New Spirit Band and owner of Red Rudy Inn in Mount Carroll. Juliene McCormick will be accompanying by piano, Bill Foley on guitar and Ron Deyo on harmonica for An Evening of Art & Music.
3:30 p.m. — Levi Skoog, Chadwick, has appeared in TLP productions of Footloose, Oklahoma!, The Wizard of Oz, All Shook Up and many others, including a featured role in Children of Eden in 2011. He is a freshman at Milledgeville High School and performs at the Woodland Arts Academy (WAA). He is a member of the Triple Threat Team at WAA and was selected to perform at the Waterfront Stage in Downtown Disney, Orlando, Fla. He will be performing with Natailie Old, who teaches dance at WAA and was Elle Woods in Legally Blonde this summer at Centennial Auditorium Summer Theater Academy.
4 p.m. — Carissa Heath, Mount Carroll, is a concession stand worker and usher at TLP. She played Maria in The Sound of Music at West Carroll High School (WCHS) in the spring. She will be attending Knox College in the fall, majoring in psychology and minoring in art. She went to IMEA her junior year for choir.
4:15 p.m. — Liesl Meador, Mount Carroll, one of the ensemble of Footloose, played Elsa in The Sound of Music at WCHS in the spring. She plays the clarinet in band and was named the Most Outstanding Choir Member as a freshman. Meador won the First-Timer in a Play Award in 2011.
4:30 p.m. — Ben Rogers, Savanna, was in the ensemble in Footloose at TLP this past summer. He played Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at WCHS last spring. He plays at least 15 different musical instruments and was a National Anthem finalist for the IMEA Honors Choir. He sang the National Anthem at a semi-finals softball game in June.
4:45 p.m. — Katie Woods, Savanna, was in the ensemble of Footloose this season at TLP. She played Luisa in The Sound of Music at WCHS this past spring. She plays the clarinet in band and was named the Best Concert Choir Student of the Year her sophomore year. She made it to Junior IMEA once and Upstate Illini Festival twice.
5 p.m. — Brad Field, Mount Carroll, appeared in Guys and Dolls and Footloose this season at TLP. He performs with Northwest Illinois Theatre Coalition and last appeared in the Mike Craver musical Oklahoma Hale and Damnation. He is technical director of the West Carroll School District.
5:30 p.m. — John Chase, Mount Morris, appeared in TLP productions of Oklahoma!, Sunset Boulevard and Working. This spring, Chase returned from a short tour to California and Wisconsin with his wife, Beth, performing their two-person version of The Cotton Patch Gospel that will be sampled at An Evening of Art & Music. Upcoming dates for their 2013 Spring Tour are at www.chaseact.com. John premiers a new musical in October, One More For the Road — A Johnny Mercer Tribute. His other local theater credits include Performing Arts Guild of Mt. Morris, Byron Theatre, Pec Playhouse and Rockford’s Starlight Theatre and Artists’ Ensemble.
The evening will end with an open mic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a guest appearance from TLP’s Magic Owl to close out the event. TLP Board member Andy Shaw will be emceeing the event. Admittance is free and donations for the 2013 season will be accepted.
Posted Aug. 29, 2012