Monthly Archives: April 2015

Timber Lake Playhouse Schedule 2015


map-buttonTimber Lake Playhouse
8215 Black Oak Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053


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Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

The 1950’s are over and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!


THE BIG MEAL June 18-27, 2015

a play by Dan LeFranc

A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, THE BIG MEAL tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. Though it premiered in 2011, THE BIG MEAL already feels like a classic; Pulitzer Prize Winner Annie Baker called it “The greatest play ever written.”In the spirit of Thornton Wilder’s plays (Our Town, The Long Christmas Dinner), THE BIG MEAL is humorous, human and ambitious.


PETER PAN July 2-12, 2015

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh; Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap; Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Additional Music by Jule Styne; Original Direction & Choreogrpahy by Jerome Robbins Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie

For the first time ever at Timber Lake Playhouse, Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. This Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years since Mary Martin first taught us to fly.


GREATER TUNA July 16-25, 2015

a play by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard & Joe Sears

GREATER TUNA is the hilarious comedy about the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this send-up of life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals. The action takes place in the early Eighties, though nothing in Tuna has changed since then, anyway.


BIG FISH July 30-August 9, 2015

Book by John August; Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa; Based on the novel BIG FISH by Daniel Wallace
and the Columbia Motion Picture
 written by John August

Based on the celebrated novel and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH is the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his adoring wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales, hoping to reveal the real man behind the rollicking fantasy life. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stage magic BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. “A heartfelt, powerful and movingly scored new American Musical …” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune.


BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn August 13-23, 2015

Music by Roger Miller; Lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this journey down the mighty Mississippi provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Twain’s timeless classic is played out by actor-musicians to the sound of country and bluegrass as irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life our favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; and the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes.


THE COMMEDIA PINOCCHIO adapted by Lane Riosley

May 6, 7, 8 & 9 at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm.

Tickets are ONLY $6.00
Available Now through the Box Office
Stop by or call 815-244-2035 10:30 am-3:00 pm.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl

August 4, 6, 7 & 8 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are ONLY $7.00
Available Now through the Box Office
Stop by or call 815-244-2035 10:30 am-3:00 pm.

Music & Magic in Savanna

The Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Artsmap-button
800 Chicago Avenue
Savanna, Illinois 61074

May 1 - 3, 2015
 Doors Open 7:00 PM Friday & Saturday (2:00 PM Sunday)
    Curtain 7:30 PM Friday & Saturday (2:30 PM Sunday)


Magician Joel Ward has been called “Savanna’s Favorite Magician” by former patrons of Music and Magic in Savanna shows. He thinks highly of Savanna and was willing to arrange his schedule so he can perform May 1, 2, and 3rd at the Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Arts at 800 Chicago Avenue. His tasteful, fun-filled, high energy show has always delighted audiences. Alan St. George, who is hosting the event, has asked Joel to perform his famous live doves act as part of his presentation. With his gregarious personality, Joel is sure to once again please audiences.

Joel’s original magic has astonished people throughout the world. As he makes things appear and disappear, he presents award-winning magic by combining classical magic with a contemporary touch. Joel’s mind-boggling magical talent ranges from comical audience participation, to interactive close-up magic and flashy Las Vegas styled illusions. As a magician, comedian, actor and TV personality, he has toured extensively in the USA, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Joel became interested in magic when he was 6 years old. A magician at a school assembly had chosen Joel from the audience to assist on stage. Since then, Joel has taken his magic very seriously. A California native and raised in Cardiff by the Sea, California, Joel started his own business at age 10 and started to perform at children’s birthday parties. By age 15, Joel became a World Champion Teen Magician after placing 1st at the International Brotherhood of Magicians annual competition, the World’s Largest Magic Organization. That same year Joel was picked out of hundreds of magicians to appear on television with Master Magician, Lance Burton. The show, “Lance Burton-Young Magicians Showcase,” was filmed at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

Also joining the cast of Music and Magic in Savanna, will be ‘mind reader’ Mark Toland from Chicago, Illinois. How can he know what you are thinking!!!! Favorites Michael S. Dunavant and Talia Aull, who also have their own followings, will again grace the stage as they showcase their amazing vocal talents. Perhaps “The Magic Tsar” will travel from the ‘hinterlands’ to reprise his famous sword illusion for the audiences.

Proceeds from the charitable event will go to The Savanna Historical Society for the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center.

Doors for the family friendly shows are: Friday and Saturday night shows open at 7:00 with the performances beginning at 7:30. Sunday, doors will open at 2:00 with the show starting at 2:30.

Tickets are $22 for Reserved Seating or $17 for General Seating. With the purchase of a ticket, one free child’s ticket is available. Located at 800 Chicago Avenue, the Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Arts is not handicapped accessible. Free popcorn and beverages will be served at intermission. Adults must accompany children.

Tickets may be purchased on line at, from Facemakers at (815)273-3900 8am-3pm Monday-Thursday, or from Jean Ferris at (815)273-7262.

Dueling Pianos at Timber Lake Playhouse


map-buttonTimber Lake Playhouse
8215 Black Oak Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053


In collaboration with Timber Lake Resort, TLP will present a one night only performance of the nationally renowned Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos Show at the playhouse on Saturday, May 9th. The performance will begin at 7:00 pm, with cash bar opening at 6:30.

Tickets are $20 and are available at and through the TLP box office.

Felix and Fingers began in 2010 when Dave Radford and Mike Potts came together to create their own unique take on dueling pianos. Dave has recently been a top ten male finalist on American Idol, and Mike had spent several years touring the world as a musician on cruise ships. Since 2010, they have grown from playing the Chicagoland area to playing venues throughout the entire country.

Henry’s Double K in Mount Carroll will be taking separate reservations for a pre-show all you can eat buffet at the restaurant that evening. The $15 buffet will include roast pork, chicken breasts, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, salad bar, rolls and coffee. Contact Henry’s Double K at 815-244-0810 for more information. Sievert’s Steaks & Stuff in Mount Carroll will offer 10% off pizzas between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.