Great River Outreach teams up with TLP’s ‘Joseph’ to help kids

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MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) and Great River Outreach are teaming up during the playhouse’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat June 5-15 to host a drive for coats, hats, gloves and galoshes to benefit kids and parents in the region who have a little less. The partnership is the first in a summer-long effort to celebrate volunteer and nonprofit organizations in the region whose missions “live the story” of each theater production at the playhouse.

Great River Outreach provides a range of services to individuals and families in need, including emergency housing, clothing, warm meals, emergency food, counseling services and career opportunities. They have served more than 46,000 free meals in Savanna and Mount Carroll. Through a partnership with Head Start, Great River Outreach will distribute all coats and accessories donated at TLP to kids and parents in need around the region. Remaining coats will be donated to Neat Repeats, a Savanna resale shop that funds outreach services, and provides free clothing and furniture to famiies in crisis.

TLP’s 53rd season opens with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (June 5-15). Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical for the whole family has become a massive international hit everywhere it plays. It tells the biblical story of Joseph’s coat of many colors with song and dance that’s fun for all ages. Executive Director James Beaudry directs and choreographs the production.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes a simple story and tells it in a huge, spectacular way,” Beaudry said. “Really great storytelling has the power to make us think, feel and live better. Great River Outreach is an organization that lives a great story. We are proud to help support their mission, and at the same time, give our audiences an opportunity to make our corner of the world a little brighter.

The idea came to us last year, after our Do Something Spectacular campaign — which provided creative opportunities for our audiences — was such a success,” Beaudry added. “We decided to raise the bar and turn those activities into a greater good. We have additional projects coming up throughout the summer with other organizations, including Happy Tails from Rock Falls and the Mount Carroll Rotary.”

Posted June 4, 2014

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