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    July 20, 2020

    Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announced its 13th Annual GALA will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020

    This year, for the first time in the GALA’s 13 year history, due to COVID gathering restrictions, the GALA will be held virtually.  “I’ll admit, after last year’s highly successful GALA, I was skeptical about holding this year’s (GALA) online,” said TLP Board President and GALA Committee Chairperson, Robin Saar.  “However, the way that this virtual event is shaping up, it’s going to be a great experience.” 

    One of the main attractions of every GALA are the auction events.  This year’s virtual GALA will be no different.  “Guests will have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items,” said TLP Executive Director, Dan Danielowski.  “Our staff is working to provide the technology that will allow GALA guests to bid online, via phone and email and also early bidding options.”  Items will feature unique experiences, dinners, special theatre events, and fabulous-themed baskets.  This year’s Fund the Need auction will include funding for remodeling the actor cabins as well as other projects around the theatre.

    The entertainment is also a big draw to the GALA.  “Our Virtual Gala will bring top quality entertainment to our audiences in a way that is catered to the virtual platform.” said Paul Stancato, TLP Artistic Director.  “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”  Entertainment will feature music and company members from throughout TLP’s 59 year history.  Also on that night, TLP’s 2021 60th Anniversary Season will also be announced.

    “The decorations in the tent last year made the GALA a festive event.”  said Saar.  “Since we are unable to bring you to a decorated tent in the woods, this year we’re doing a little something to help ‘bring the woods to your home’ for the party.”  Each ticket holder will receive a TLP GALA PARTY IN A BOX in the mail prior to the event.  The party box will be filled with items to make your GALA party festive. 

    The GALA can be viewed as simply as an individual watching from a phone or laptop, to a small house party watching on the big screen television set.  “We don’t advocate having a big GALA party at your home, but if you have a small group of friends or family that you socialize with during COVID, having that small group of six or eight to your home for dinner and then a GALA Viewing Party would make a great evening,” said Danielowski.  TLP will include instructions and technical support to those who need it to be able to view the GALA on your large format television. 

    We would also like to “Zoom” in to various GALA parties around the area.  If you would invite us into your home on that evening, let us know.  We’ll work with you on how we can make that happen.

    In 1961, Timber Lake Playhouse was established as a professional, non-profit summer theatre company. Over the past five years, TLP has expanded the season into the winter, added year-round onsite and virtual education offerings, and become a top entertainment destination in northwestern Illinois.  Since its first opening night on June 28, 1962, the Playhouse has presented nearly 400 plays and musicals and over 5,000 performances.

    This is the largest fundraiser for Timber Lake Playhouse.  Tickets for the event are $75 and may be purchased at timberlakeplayhouse.org.  The TLP Box Office is now closed, but you can call 815-244-2035 and leave a message.  Messages are answered weekly.

    Dan Danielowski, Executive Director
    dan@timberlakeplayhouse.org, (815) 244-2048