Entertainment. Inspiration. Providing the best expression of theater arts. These are the mission of the Timber Lake Playhouse. Established in 1961, TLP is Illinois’ oldest professional summer stock theatre. professional, non-profit summer theatre company.

2020 Season

  • Jesus Christ Superstar -
  • Lend Me A Tenor -
  • What a Wonderful World -
  • Legally Blonde:The Musical -
  • Annie -
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ -
  • The Buddy Holly Story -

The Campus

The current theatre building houses a 45′ wide semi-thrust revolving stage and 371 seats. The campus is also home to 14 other buildings used for costumes, scenic and paint shops, food service and housing for the theater company personnel. This unique layout of facilities allows the Playhouse to present work on a much larger scale than many summer theatre companies.

The Performances

Since it’s first opening night on June 28, 1962, the Playhouse has presented more than 350 plays and musicals and nearly 4,000 performances. TLP presents a challenging combination of material each year: a mix of large-scale musicals, new plays, and contemporary classics. The theatre hosts annual educational workshops for children and teens in conjunction with the Magic Owl Children’s Theatre’s productions of plays and musicals for young people and their families. Every August, Timber Lake also hosts week-long developmental workshops of new plays and musicals as part of its commitment to the future of American theatre.

The Resident Company

The Resident Company consists of 35- 40 performers, technicians and musicians selected by interviews and auditions in cities across the country. Numerous guest performers, directors and choreographers supplement the resident company each season.

Reputation for Excellence

Timber Lake is proud of its national reputation for excellence as a professional summer stock theatre. The theatre has served as launch pad for theatre artists of all kinds who have gone on to excellence in film, television, on Broadway and stages all over the world.

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