TLP opens the 2018 concert series on May 25 with 'Reba... And Friends'

Chris Blisset, Nathan Yates Douglas and David Perry look on as Rachel Mulcahy sings in Timber Lake Playhouse's production of "Ring of Fire, the Music of Johnny Cash." The show continues this weekend for four performances. Visit TLP's website at www.timberlakeplayouse.org for more information. Submitted photo

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse will open the 2018 Concert Series on May 25 with "Reba...And Friends." From “Fancy” to “Is There Life Out There,” Reba McEntire is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. Reba will be joined by some of Nashville’s greatest talents all portrayed by Nashville recording artist and local performer, Brooke Byam.

Byam was born and raised in Clinton. She grew up in a log cabin and loved listening to country music. At an early age you could find her singing along with Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline records. At 3 years old, she had her first stage appearance at a supper club called Woody’s Rendevous. She sang “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” From that moment on, she knew what she wanted to be. Byam discovered a passion not only for singing, but for song writing as well. At the age of 16, one of her songs made it into a 20th Century Fox movie, in which she had the opportunity to perform her song on the silver screen.

Through her music career she has performed for a U.S. vice president, was Miss Clinton County 2000, a Miss Iowa 2001 semi-finalist, performed one of her originals in a movie, was selected for American Idol, and opened for numerous national recording artists. Her journey eventually led her to Nashville. It was in Nashville that her talents really began to shine. She has had the opportunity to perform with Nashville’s finest musicians.

Performing with Brooke for the concert will be JaCi Leigh, Eli Traum and Marques Morel. The band includes Hale Guyer, Karl Ropp, David Coffey and Steve Dietz.

"Tickets for Reba ... and Friends" are $20. "Reba ... and Friends" is a TLP Production.

TLP continues its Concert Series by welcoming Broadway’s Andrea McArdle on June 2 to kick off TLP’s first annual Broadway Concert with the Stars. Best known for originating the title role in the Broadway musical "Annie," McArdle continues to thrill audiences on stages the world over. McArdle brings her award-winning vocal talents to Timber Lake Playhouse for a one-night only concert experience not to be missed. Tickets for the concert are $50. Join TLP June 1 for an intimate dinner with “Annie” and the staff and board of Timber Lake Playhouse. Dinner tickets are $75.

Also, "Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash" continues this weekend with four performances. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or call the Box Office at (815) 244-2035. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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