TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release July 25, 2013
Monty Python’s 'SPAMALOT' Finds Its Grail at TLP
Mount Carroll--Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents the area premier of Monty Python’s "SPAMALOT," a Tony Award winning musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show that “raises silliness to an artform” (The Sunday Times), will open Aug.-1-11.
A huge hit with a long run on Broadway and three national tours, "SPAMALOT" retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, their quest for the Holy Grail and features a ridiculous bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? "SPAMALOT’s" pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago sold out it’s entire run before it began in late 2004.
The show stars John Chase of Mount Morris, IL as King Arthur. He has previously been seen at TLP in "Working," "Sunset Boulevard" and "Oklahoma!". Sharriese Hamilton ("Working," "...Spelling Bee") takes on the Tony Award winning role of "The Lady of the Lake," Brandon Jess Ford ("All Shook Up," "Sunset Boulevard," "Boeing Boeing") returns to play Sir Lancelot, and Executive Director James Beaudry returns to the TLP stage in the role of Brave Sir Robin. Featured in the cast are Brandyn Day (Baldwin Wallace University) as Sir Galahad, Cody Jolly (Webster University) as The Historian, Elliot Marach (Millikin University) as Sir Bedevere and Matthew Webb (Savannah College of Art and Design) as Patsy. The resident company fills out the ensemble.
Monty Python’s "SPAMALOT" performs evenings at 7:30 p.m., and there are 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday and Wednesday. There is also a Saturday matinee performance on the opening weekend at 3 p.m. Order tickets through the box office 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily at 815-244-2035 or any time at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. SPAM® is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods Corporation.
Gold Series Subscriptions for TLP’s 53rd Season also go on sale Aug. 1 online and through the box office. Summer 2014 brings a thrilling line-up that includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," The new Mel Brooks musical "Young Frankenstein," and the local premiere of the most popular musical of all time, "Les Miserables." The rest of the season includes the plays An Inspector Calls, a ghost story by J. B. Priestley, and Neil Simon’s Rumors. The summer will close with a revue of 60s hits called "SHOUT! The Mod Musical."
The only way to reserve seats immediately for next summer is by purchasing a season subscription, which allows you to see all six shows for only $100, an unbelievable 28% discount! Subscription prices increase to $110 on September 1. Single tickets for TLP’s 2014 mainstage season will go on sale in May 2014. Groups of 15 or more may reserve blocks of tickets immediately. All Magic Owl Children’s Theatre tickets are available August 1st. Tickets are non-refundable.
Waiting in the wings for the Magic Owl Children’s Theatre are a new adaptation of "Robin Hood" in May and "Pinkalicious the Musical" in July and August, based on the ever-popular children’s books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. More information will be available Aug. 1 at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.
"UNNECESSARY FARCE" - DIRECTED BY CHICAGO'S LILI-ANNE BROWN OF THE BAILIWICK ....Fresh off the dynamic performance of "The Music Man," Timberlake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll (TLP) smacks the audience over the head with a comic farce. This comedy is fast-paced and fun and shows the ability of the cast to switch from a classic musical to a comedy. It is "Unnecessary Farce" and it is a delightful change of pace. There are no weaknesses in the cast which includes Alex Johnson as Eric Sheridan, Hannah-Jo Weisberg as Billie Dwyer, Sarah Larson as Karen Brown, Matthew C. Webb as Mayor Meekly, Brandon Day as Agent Frank, Cody Jolly as Todd and Erica Stephan as Mary Meekly. More later here and on Examiner.com (Chicago Celebrity)...for me this was a necessary comedy....
‘Unnecessary Farce’ Cracks Up at TLP
Mount Carroll, IL-- Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) will present the area premiere of the acclaimed new comedy, "Unnecessary Farce" by Paul Slade Smith, July 18-27. Lili-Anne Brown, Artistic Director of Bailiwick Chicago, returns to direct the shenanigans after past TLP hits "Cabaret," "Sweet Charity" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
A hit around the country since its Midwestern premiere in 2006, the play has been called, “A smash hit! Two hours of non-stop laughter. The plot weaves you through mix-ups and mayhem you won’t believe. This is one funny show that you don’t want to miss.”
Set in two adjoining hotel rooms in an economy motel, "Unnecessary Farce" follows two inexperienced police officers on a sting operation during which they must secretly videotape the mayor and his accountant with the hopes of uncovering an embezzlement scheme. Thrown into the mix are the mayor’s kindly wife and his nervous security guard, who warns the accountant not to mention the money or suffer dire consequences.
Celebrated TLP resident performers make up the cast. Hannah-Jo Weisberg (Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn in "The Music Man") plays Officer Billie Dwyer with Alex Johnson (Don in "A Chorus Line") as Officer Eric Sheridan. Karen, the unwitting accountant, is played by Sarah Larson (Marian in "The Music Man") and Matthew C. Webb (Mayor Shinn in "The Music Man") earns a second term playing Mayor Meekly. Mrs. Meekly is played by Erica Stephan (Ariel in last summer’s "Footloose"), Agent Frank is Brandyn Day (who will also play Sir Galahad in TLP’s upcoming "Spamalot"), and Cody Jolly (Harold Hill in "The Music Man") is Todd.
Director Brown said, “When I saw one of the first productions of the show at Peninsula Players in Door County, I knew I wanted to do the play at Timber Lake someday. There aren’t a lot of American farces, and this one has such relatable characters (and eight doors!), you feel like you know these people--and you hope you’re NEVER in the situations they’re in!”
"Unnecessary Farce" runs July 18-27 for 11 performances only. Showtimes are evenings at 7:30 with matinees Saturday, July 20 at 3:00 pm, Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm and Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00 pm. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $15-23 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.
Following "Unnecessary Farce," TLP will present the regional premiere of Monty Python’s "Spamalot" (lovingly ripped off of the film "Monty Python and The Holy Grail") August 1-11. "Seussical," based on the books of Dr. Seuss, will be presented for children August 6, 8, 9 and 10. All tickets to "Seussical" are only $6. The 52nd Season at Timber Lake closes with "‘SWonderful: The New Gershwin Musical Revue" August 15-25.
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MT. CARROLL - "The Music Man" is magnificent.
I could leave it at that but I won't. On this opening night (July 5), an enthusiastic holiday audience fell in love with the play all over again. Or, for some, perhaps the first time. The songs, the costumes, the choreography, the set, the music and the energy, all came together to forge a fantastic blend of showmanship and sheer talent.
"The Music Man" hits home with the theme and the plot of the show as well. This show is about a Midwestern small town. It follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band, despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.
Cody Jolly and Sarah Larson as Professor Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, respectively, were the glue to this fine ensemble, in which every player brought their A game. The timing of the cast showed that this was a well-rehearsed effort, which was certainly appreciated. This play is not easy to perform.
“Classic musical comedy is one of the most American arts forms, and it’s also one of the hardest to get right,” Executive Director James Beaudry said. He also directs and choreographs the play.
Every song was met with honest applause. The audience loved it from the start, with the fast-paced and rapid-fire delivery of "Rock Island." A thought, however, quickly comes to mind when this number is being performed. This kind of musical theater takes a special kind of talent and timing. Further proof would soon follow as Jolly declared "Ya Got Trouble." Hill and Company took the stage by storm and never let up. Perhaps that is the joy of this play. Even though there is a con game going on and potential heartbreak, it is too darn fun not to root for the salesman - - to succeed in the sale and love.
The only "Trouble" would be leaving out someone who deserves a mention here, but that is inevitable. The familiar songs, the jokes, the quick quips made this a very enjoyable evening at the theatre. The anticipation of the reprise for "Ya Got Trouble" into "Seventy-Six Trombones," was a highlight, and Jolly delivered. "Goodnight, My Someone" was beautifully performed by Larson, as were the ladies' performance of "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little." Again, impeccable timing.
The play featured Judy Knudtson as Mrs. Paroo and Brad Field as Charlie Cowell, another fast-talking salesman, but with ethics. Also featured were Matthew C. Webb as Mayor Shinn and Hannah-Jo Weisberg as Eulalie MacKenzie Shin, who brought humor along with the talent. So, even when a word like "poop" is uttered instead of "peep," it played as if it should be there. The show also included fifteen performers from the area. Among them were Will Boze and Vivian Lobdell, both of Sterling, IL, in the roles of Winthrop and Amaryllis. Hats off to them as well.
The school board, who found out they loved to sing, quartet style, didn't miss a beat. The company had plenty of stage time with "Iowa Stubborn," "Marian the Librarian" and "The Wells Fargo Wagon," to name a few.
One song that needs to be mentioned is "Shipoopi." Tim Wessel as Marcellus Washburn leads the charge on this one. The song did not disappoint and the company came together and knocked it out. It was truly remarkable to watch the company perform throughout the play in the space allowed. They used the entire theater so the audience felt as if they were a part of River City as well.
Cindy Blanc of Monroe, WI vocal directs and Emily Bressler of Mount Carroll directs the musicians. Assistant director and choreographer is Cameron Turner.
“The commitment of the cast to creating a fun and spectacular show that celebrates a kind of mythical small town Americana, is turning 'The Music Man' into a show that I think our audiences will just love,” Beaudry added.
He was right as there was no real "Trouble" in River City as "The Music Man" marched right in and delivered a show that hit the right notes.
Area cast members included: Brad Field (Mount Carroll); Will Boze (Sterling); Vivian Lobdell (Sterling); Terrie Miller (Savanna); Kathleen Brinkmeier (Pearl City); Kevin Strunk (Morrison); Kallie Zuidema (Sterling); Caden Foster (Sterling); Elise Foster (Sterling); Angie Lobdell (Sterling), Levi Skoog (Chadwick), Kallie Timmons (Lyndon), Katie Woods (Savanna) and Morgan Zuidema (Sterling).
Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" runs through July 14. Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) is located at 8215 Black Oak Road in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $15-23 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.
QUICK HIT: July 5, 11:57 p.m. - MT. CARROLL - "The Music Man" is magnificent. I could leave it at that but I won't. It has been 25 years since Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll has staged "The Music Man." I'm just glad they didn't wait any longer. On this opening night, an enthusiastic holiday audience fell in love with the play all over again. Or, for some, perhaps for the first time. The songs, the choreography, the set and the energy came together to forge a fantastic blend of showmanship and sheer talent. More coming and will be at Examiner.com (Chicago Celebrity)..and here, of course...Cody Jolly and Sarah Larson as Professor Hill and Miss Marian were the glue to this fine ensemble, in which every player brought their A game. Even when a word like "poop" came out instead of "peep," it played as if it should be there...call 815-244-2035 and get your tickets NOW...
..."The Music Man" opened on Friday, July 5, because TLP does not perform on July 4. There will be a special Sunday evening performance on July 7...SHOW TIMES: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesdays matinees are at 2 p.m.. The first weekend of each show will have a Saturday matinee at 3 pm.
TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE PRESS RELEASE
‘THE MUSIC MAN’ Cast His Spell at TLP
Mount Carroll, IL-- Executive Director James Beaudry directs and choreographs The Music Man, one of the most beloved musical comedies of all time, at Timber Lake Playhouse. The show, a valentine to the American small town in a more innocent time,and was last seen at TLP 24 years ago, opens Friday, July 5 for only 12 performances.
Meredith Willson’s classic story of a fast-talking salesman who knows nothing about music but sells bands to unsuspecting small towns until he meets his match in a piano playing librarian became an instant hit in 1957 and has since been turned into two films and seen countless productions all over the world. Songs like “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till Theatre Was You,” “Goodnight My Someone,” “Lida Rose” and “Marian The Librarian” are now American standards. The score, the dances and the timeless and hilarious writing still delight audiences of all ages.
Cody Jolly of Atlanta and Sarah Larson of Milwaukee star as Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. TLP favorites Time Wessel and Judy Knudtson return to play Marcellus and Mrs. Paroo, respectively. Featured in the show are Matthew C. Webb and Hannah-Jo Weisberg, as well as fifteen performers from the region including Will Boze and Vivian Lobdell, both of Sterling, IL, in the roles of Winthrop and Amaryllis. Cindy Blanc of Monroe, WI vocal directs and Emily Bressler of Mount Carroll directs the musicians.
“Classic musical comedy is one of the most american arts forms, and it’s also one of the hardest to get right,” Beaudry said. “But the commitment of the cast to creating a fun and spectacular show that celebrates a kind of mythical small town Americana, is turning The Music Man into a show that I think our audiences will just love.”
The Music Man runs July 5-14 for 12 performances only. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $15-23 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. The show is appropriate for all ages, and a few performances are already sold out. Opening July 9, TLP will also present Seussical, an hour-long musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss for children and families. All tickets for Seussical are $6.
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