Changes to Board of Directors at Timber Lake Playhouse
Also congrats to Brad Lyons for his induction into their Hall of Fame...
Mount Carroll, IL--In anticipation of its 53rd season and its 2014 fiscal year, the Timber Lake Playhouse Board of Directors held its re-organizational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17th. Robin Wilhelms Saar of Shannon was elected as the new President of the Board. Completing the executive board are John Rylander, Sterling, First Vice President; Bernie Leopold, Freeport, Second Vice President; Joseph Titus, Savanna, Treasurer and Kathy Skoog, Chadwick, Secretary.
During TLP’s October 5th Annual Meeting of directors, members and sponsors, six new directors were elected to the board: Brad Field, Mt. Carroll; Keith Golden, Lake Carroll; Gail Mulay, Lake Carroll; Gloria Nusbaum, Dixon; Mike Shore, Freeport and Phyllis Wilhelm, Lake Carroll. Three directors were re-elected to the board for another three year term: Larry Libberton, Mt. Carroll, Betsy Shaulis, Lanark and Treasurer, Joseph Titus.
“Tonight we celebrate our 52nd season which was quite simply fantastic,” outgoing president Libberton said during the annual meeting. “I’ve been coming to TLP since the 1970s and the summer of 2013 had to be one of my favorites. I am constantly amazed at how our company continually attracts such mega-talented people from all over the country every summer. They love TLP, and we love them.”
As part of the annual meeting, four former TLP company members and one outstanding supporter were inducted into the Timber Lake Playhouse Hall of Fame, created five years ago to recognize the contributions of these individuals and organizations to TLP and the greater American theatre. New inductees included Brad Lyons, former artistic director; Ron Swanson, owner of Timber Lake Resort; Vicki Stauffer, former business manager; David Simkins, actor and screenwriter, and John Auten, actor.
The Friends of TLP, a volunteer group celebrating its 18th anniversary, also presented a donation of $2,500.00 to the playhouse during the annual meeting.
TLP’s 2014 summer season includes “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “An Inspector Calls,” “The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein,” “Rumors,” “Les Miserables” and “Shout: The Mod Musical.” Season passes for all six shows are only $110 and are available now at 815-244-2035 or at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. Gift certificates for holiday are also available in any amount. Groups may book in advance at a discount by calling the box office.
The last play of the 2013 season at Timber LakePlayhouse (TLP) in Mt. Carroll is the perfect ending to a wonderful season. In fact, a "'S Wonderful" season.
The last play is titled "'S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical." The subtle gestures, the songs and the sensational dancing sets the audience up for a wonderful (there's that word again) trip down memorylane. It takes you on a journey by using the song and dance as its storytelling.
Travel along to five different destinations, including 1940s Hollywood, 1920s New York, 1930s Paris, 1950s New Orleans and the present day. To get there, it takes a cast. And these five get the job done. They are Genna-Paige Kanago (as Jane), Sarah Larson (as Leslie), Zak McMahon (as Gene), Lexie Plath (as Nina) and Tim Wessel (as Harold).
They weave in and out of these stories with poise and perfection. Two guys, three women makes this shine. The women are sexy, sultry, and very talented, plus upbeat and energetic, too. And they have been all season.
Directed by Courtney Crouse, "S Wonderful" is a playback of some of the most popular songs ever recorded, including "I've Got a Crush On You," "Summertime," "Strike Up the Band," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Funny Face" and "Someone To Watch Over Me."
"The storytelling we do with dance adds to the universal nature of these themes. It moves us, and we identify. It’s impossible not to," said Crouse. All season long the choreography has been a sight to see. Here, it is done by Wessel and Cameron Turner. It is set in five scenes, but all the characters mix throughout and perform their way as the plot unfolds.
After the opening, it's 1924 (Harold's story), then 1957 (Nina's story) and back to 1939 for Leslie's story. After intermission, it is 1948 and Jane's stroy and then Gene's story brings it all home. It takes the performers to weave it all together - and they do.
The music is major factor as well. this time around, the musicians are on stage and that adds to the appeal. They are Cindy Blanc (piano/conductor, Emily Bressler (Reeds), Peter Minucci (Drums) and Joseph Steil (Bass).
All summer long the cast at Timber Lake Playhouse has provided a superb collection of song, dance, energy and storytelling. With "S Wonderful," it felt like an appreciation of what was witnessed on stage this season. Call it a victory lap, a fan appreciation or a thank you, as that would sum it up nicely.
"'S Wonderful is a a potent mix of beauty and talent. Call 815-244-2035. It runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Go here for next season's lineup.
When asked after the opening night performance about the season, Executive Director James Beaudry said, "We tried to set the bar higher this year. " I think we made that happen." He was right. That was able to happen because the cast had the special mix of talent. They could do it all.
QUICK HIT: The last play of the 2013 season at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll is the perfect ending to a wonderful season. In fact a "'S Wonderful" season. Sorry, had to do that. The last play is titled "'S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical." The subtle gestures, the songs and the sensational dancing sets the audience up for a wonderful (there's that word again) trip down memory lane. It takes you on a journey by using the song and dance as its storytelling. Travel along to five different destinations, including 1940s Hollywood, 1920s New York, 1930s Paris, 1950s New Orleans and the present day. To get there, it takes a cast. And these five get the job done. They are Genna-Paige Kanago, Sarah Larson, Zak McMahon, Lexie Plath and Tim Wessel. They weave in and out of these stories with poise and perfection. Two guys, three woman. The women are sexy, sultry, and very talented, plus upbeat and energetic, too. And they have been all season. A potent mix of beauty and talent. Call 815-244-2035. It runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.
MT. CARROLL - "And now for something completely different" - "Spamalot" at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP). This play aptly falls into that description - - in a good way. No, make that a great way.
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Even if you do not know anything about "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," their Flying Circus of a TV show, or any of the characters and other movies, this play works.
But, if you do, it works on a much higher level. This cast brings that higher level to life and helps bring back those wonderful memories To fans of the TV show, that includes the phrase "And now for something completely different," right?
Location: Timber Lake Playhouse 42.052791 ; -89.938435 Rousing applause goes to John Chase (King Arthur), Sharisse Hamilton (The Lady of The Lake), James Beaudry (Sir Robin), Jess Ford (Sir Lancelot), Matthew C. Webb (Patsy), Elliot March (Sir Belvedere) and Cody Jolly (Historian and more). Beaudry, who is also the executive director of TLP, gets back in the game with this one.
After the performance, he noted that without the work of Courtney Crouse, who is company manager this summer, that would not have happened. He quipped that he was getting too old for this but, "without Courtney being able to step in for two weeks, I would not have been able to perform."
It was nice to see him back on stage as Sir Robin and lend his talent that helped push him into the role he has at the theater. The fun of watching the characters use the word play and expressions along the way is a delight. Listen carefully for those wacky lyrics, dual roles and odd items. That includes a cow, rabbit, Trojan rabbit and the Knights Who Say Ni, just to name a few. And let's not forget those showgirls. They cheer, sing, dance and demand attention.
There is no way you will go away without remembering them. The Scene Change, just remember the Scene Change, as in Lexie Plath. She is talent that oozes sex appeal. She backs it up with stage presence and talent, as does Sarah Larson. When the knights head to Camalot (a casino), look for all of this on display. More of the eye-catching showgirls are Danille Davilla, Genna-Paige Kanago, Abby Taylor, Tayloir Pace and Hannah-Jo Weisberg.
Webb as Patsy continues to be a comic master at TLP this summer. Ford as Lancelot no doubt watched Eric Idle and Michael Palin from Monty Python for his spot on performance. Add in John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones from that famous troupe to make it complete. March as Belvedere is solid and shows a charisma that needs to be noticed. Jolly, in a few roles, proves he can do it all.
But, the glue needs to be there and that is Chase as King Arthur. Watching his facial expressions when these encounters take place is priceless. He expressions and reactions are a hoot. Hamilton as The Lady of the Lake is a showstopper - - on purpose. That is her role and wow, what a role. The diva belts out of tune, pulls it back, and commands respect. In many shows, there is that song that packs an emotional punch. She gets it and more. The fact that she can make it emotional with those lyrics, is comedy gold.
All of this needs to come together to pull out the silliness and the company must be able to sing and dance, to boot. Note the spectacular choreography in this one. Beaudry, along with Cameron, mae their mark on this one. Rounding out the company here are Joe Capstick, Alex Johnson, Zak McMahon, Dylan Pessman,Tim Wessel and choreographer Turner.
Ultimately, there is a message here. It is all about searching for your own personal grail. How ones gets there is up to the individual. While searching for the grail, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
But, it is, once again, the company coming together, that is a joy to watch. From the opening salvo of the "Fisch Schlapping Song" to the reprise to "The Song That Goes Like This," this one will makes the search for the Holy Grail of whole lot of fun.
"Spamalot" is such a solid, splendid musical comedy, it deserves a second look. Make those plans now. It runs through Aug. 11. Timber Lake Playhouse is located at 8215 Black Oak Road in Mt. Carroll. Call 815-244-2035.
MT. CARROLL - And now for something completely different - "Spamalot" at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP). This play aptly falls into that description - - in a good way. No, make that a great way. The company that has performed at the playhouse this summer has been first rate all season long. With "Spamalot," they utilize all their talents and explode with a hilarious romp in search of The Holy Grail. Monty Python's madness and genius is on display here and the audience roared with laughter and applause throughout tonight's opening performance. Even if you do not know anything about "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," their TV show or any of the characters, this play works. But, if you do, it works on a much higher level. This cast brings that higher level to life and helps bring back those wonderful memories. And being a Tony Award winning play certainly helps.
Initial kudos John Chase (King Arthur), Sharisse Hamilton (The Lady of The Lake), James Beaudry (Sir Robin), Jess Ford (Sir Lancelot), Matthew C. Webb (Patsy), Elliot March (Sir Belvedere) and Cody Jolly (Historian and more). Beaudry, who is also the executive director of TLP, gets back in the game with this one. After the performance, he noted that without the work of Courtney Crouse, who is company manager this summer, that would not have happened. He quipped that he was getting old for this but, "without Courtney being able to step in for two weeks, I would not have been able to perform."
"Spamalot" is such a solid, splendid musical comedy, it deserves a second look. Make those plans now. Call 815-244-2035. Complete review coming here and for my Examiner (Chicago) beat
"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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‘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.
"Tuesdays With Morrie" at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt Carroll is a tour de force for actors Robert Maher and Courtney Crouse. Tonight's performance was riveting and enlightening. It was enlightening in that it should be seen by anyone who has been through the death of a loved one (which is all of us) so we can learn the same life lessons. Or, to realize, without death, there is no life (it should be embraced and not ignored or pushed aside). More to my review is coming to Examiner (Chicago)...Chuck Smith, a Chicago theater legend, directs this play. He has a remarkable ability to bring out the best from performers in his productions. He has done it again....full review...Riveting performances drive 'Tuesdays With Morrie' at TLP
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For immediate release June 14, 2013
‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ Comes Alive at TLP
Mount Carroll, IL-- Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) follows up its hit season opener, A Chorus Line, with the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie opening Thursday, June 20. Acclaimed Chicago director Chuck Smith returns to direct the show that stars longtime TLP favorites Robert Maher and Courtney Crouse in the story of an accomplished journalist who visits an old college professor and gets one final lesson on the meaning of life.
Mitch Albom’s book has sold over 15 million copies worldwide since its release in 1997 and became a cultural touchstone. A TV movie starring Jack Lemmon was filmed in 1999. The stage adaptation was praised as “Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more humorous, more shattering.”
To celebrate the life-affirming themes of the play, Timber Lake Playhouse is looking for people to share their own stories of their mentors. Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, but most people have heroes in their lives they never thank. TLP will give away two tickets to each performance of Tuesdays With Morrie to people who have served as mentors to others. To nominate your mentor, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your mentor’s name and contact information and a short explanation of how this person inspired you. TLP will pick 11 mentors to receive free tickets to the production.
Tuesdays With Morrie runs June 20-29 for 11 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. Following Tuesdays With Morrie, TLP will present The Music Man July 5-14, Unnecessary Farce July 18-27, Monty Python’s Spamalot August 1-11. Seussical, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, will be presented for children and families July 9, 11, 12 and 13 and August 6, 8, 9 and 10. All tickets to Seussical are only $6.
Full Production Credits:
TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE presents
Tuesdays With Morrie
by JEFFREY HATCHER AND MITCH ALBOM
BASED ON THE BOOK BY MITCH ALBOM
Original New York production produced by
David S. Singer, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Joey Parnes,
Amy & Scott Nederlander, Harold Thau,
Moira Wilson, Shadowcatcher Entertainment
Originally presented by New York Stage and Film Company and the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College, 2002.
Tuesdays With Morrie was supported by a playwright’s residency and public staged readings at the 2001 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT.
Tuesdays With Morrie is presented through special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
TLP Production Partner Sponsors:
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Suit Supply Chicago Timber Lake Resort Anonymous
This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the
Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Chuck Smith (Director) has served twelve consecutive seasons at TLP. A twenty-one year Goodman Theatre artistic staff member and an associate producer of Legacy Productions, a Chicago-based touring company, he recently received the 2012 Goodman Theatre August Wilson Award and the 2011 Lloyd Richards Directing Award with his production of Knock Me a Kiss at the National Black Theater Festival (winner of 11 New York Audelco awards, including Director of a Dramatic production and Dramatic Production of the Year). Smith’s Goodman credits include the Chicago premieres of By the way Meet Vera Stark, Race, The Good Negro, Proof and The Story; the world premieres of By the Music of the Spheres andThe Gift Horse; James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, which transferred to Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company where it won the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Direction; Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun; Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’; the 1993 to 1995 productions of A Christmas Carol; Crumbs From the Table of Joy; Vivisections from a Blown Mind; and The Meeting. He served as dramaturg for the world-premiere production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Goodman. At Columbia College Chicago he was facilitator of the Theodore Ward Prize playwriting contest for 20 years and editor of the contest anthologies Seven Black Plays and Best Black Plays. He won a Chicago Emmy Award as associate producer/theatrical director for the NBC teleplay Crime of Innocence, and was theatrical director for the Emmy Award-winning Fast Break to Glory and the Emmy Award-nominated The Martin Luther King Suite. Mr. Smith is a 2003 inductee into the Chicago State University Gwendolyn Brooks Center’s Literary Hall of Fame and a 2001 Chicago Tribune Chicagoan of the Year. He is the proud recipient of the 1982 Paul Robeson Award and the 1997 Award of Merit presented by the Black Theater Alliance of Chicago. He is currently a board member of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago.
Production Stage Manager …................................................................... Rena Waits
Stage Manager.............................................................. Mary-Catherine Mikalayunas
Scenic Designer........................................................................................... Loren Borja
Lighting Designer............................................................................ Tony Luetkenhaus
Costume Designer ….......................................................................... Kelcey Matheny
Costume Shop Manager ...................................................................... Emma Crafton
Technical Director............................................................................... Roger Chapman
Properties Master …............................................................................ Tasha Sandage
Sound Designer/ Engineer........................................................................ Patrick Bley
Master Electrician…………….................……........................…...…… James Kolditz
Assistant Technical Director …...........................................................… Carrie Peiffer
Scenic Artist ….............................................................................. Catie DelleMonache
Carpenter …................................................................................... Matthew Birchmeier
Costuming Assistant ……………….............................................……. Hollyann Lillie
James Beaudry, Executive Director
Timber Lake Playhouse
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Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Our 2013 Season
A Chorus Line
Tuesdays With Morrie
The Music Man
Monty Python's Spamalot
'SWonderful: The New Gershwin Musical
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