Timber Lake to host children's programs

Submitted photoThis photo shows Timber Lake Playhouse’s Magic Owl Children’s Theatre production of “Pinkalicious! The Musical.”

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse will host several programs this summer for area youth, including the opportunity to perform with the resident professional company in their productions of “The Big Meal,” “Peter Pan,” “Big Fish” and “James and the Giant Peach.” 

The company also will conduct its annual theater education workshops for children and teens.

Auditions will be held for children and teens for various roles at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the theater in Mount Carroll. Full information about available roles, dates and audition requirements is available at the playhouse’s website at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org

Anyone interested in auditioning should contact the theater office for an appointment by calling (815) 244-2035 or emailing info@timberlakeplayhouse.org.

The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre will host two productions “The Commedia Pinocchio” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

“The Commedia Pinocchio” is a 50-minute adaptation of “Pinocchio,” portrayed by five actors in the madcap style of commedia dell’arte. The production will be seen by area school children and performances also are open to the public. 

Performances are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 6 through 9, and tickets are $6.

A stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” will run for four performances Aug. 4, 6, 7 and 8. Tickets are $7 and will be available in May. 

Timber Lake’s annual one-day children’s theater workshop will take place Aug. 8 and will conclude with a 2 p.m. performance of “James and the Giant Peach.” 

Participation in the children’s theater workshop is open to children ages 7 to 11. The three-hour workshop includes structured storytelling games, creating characters, team-building ensemble activities and a chance to learn about all of the creative departments involved in putting on a show. The cost is $30 and includes a ticket to “James and The Giant Peach.”

A weeklong theater workshop for teens (ages 12 and older) will take place July 13 through 17. This five-day experience will feature workshops in acting, dance and music, improvisation, playwriting, theater design, and how to audition for schools and professional shows. The cost is $135 and includes daily lunch and a ticket to Timber Lake’s production of the new musical “Big Fish.”

In addition to the annual events for children and teenagers at Timber Lake, the company also has added afternoon and morning performances of its main stage production of “Peter Pan.”

For more information or to register or purchase tickets to any Timber Lake events, visit www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or call (815) 244-2035.

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