Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Timber Lake Playhouse and Illinois Theatre Assoc. Sponsor Getogether

Around thirty theatre folks from around northwestern Illinois met last week at the Timberlake Playhouse outside of Mt. Carroll, IL for a lunch, an afternoon of networking, and a delightful production of the "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."  The event was co-sponsored by the Timberlake Playhouse and the Illinois Theatre Association. Brad Lyons, Artistic Director of TLP for 12 years, was the idea person behind it in his capacity as an ITA board member for the Professional Theatre division.  

Participants were welcomed by current Timberlake General Manager Melissa Mattingly Parsons and Artistic Director James Beaudry. 

 Aimee-Lynn Newland, the ITA Executive Director gave a short talk on networking.

 and then the  group was given a full tour of the Timberlake grounds. 

 Below is the outdoor rehearsal pad and the company dining hall.

This is the kind of gathering that the Illinois Theatre Association would like to see in all parts of the state. As Ms. Parsons noted, visiting other companies and seeing their shows is still the very best way to start good interchanges among the theatre community.  
So it's time to get on with the show during the 49th season of the Timberlake Playhouse.  If you attend don't forget to stop at their gift shop. You'll always be welcome.

Get more information on the Timberlake Playhouse by going to http://www.timberlakeplayhouse.org/


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