• Timber Lake Playhouse Announces Workshops and Other Opportunities for Area Youth

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    May 20, 2022

    Timber Lake Playhouse, the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, will bring back their on-campus workshops and performance opportunities for area youth of all ages including the High School Internship Program which provides paid internships for four area high school students.


    Timber Lake Playhouse will, again, provide paid apprenticeships for area teens interested in pursuing careers in the theatre arts. Four teens will be chosen to work alongside TLP’s artistic and administrative teams performing a variety of tasks in all aspects of running a theatre. Interested teens should send a letter (or email) of application stating that they would like to apply for the internship and outlining any special skills they may possess.


    A series of performance workshops for youth ages 7 – 12 begins with our Children’s Theatre Performance Workshop featuring Kid Detectives with a focus on acting and PopStar Party with a focus on singing and dancing. This workshop runs June 20 through June 25 with a public performance on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 and 2:00.


    Frozen, Jr. will be produced as a part of a two-week workshop for youth ages 7 – 12. The workshop will begin on July 11 and run Monday through Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 for two weeks. Public performance of Frozen, Jr. will be on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 and 4:00.


    TLP’s Script Writer’s Workshop runs June 13 through June 17 and is open to youth ages 7 to 18. During this workshop, writers will work with TLP’s education staff to develop a script that will be used in performance of the Kid Detectives workshop.  Additionally, TLP will host a Children’s Theatre Workshop for youth ages 4 through 12. This workshop is on July 2 and is a three-hour introduction to theatre skills.  It includes attendance at the July 2 matinee performance of TLP’s Annie.


    The High School Showcase is open to all high school students. This is a five-day immersive experience which will feature training in acting, dance and music, improvisation, playwriting, and how to audition for schools and professional shows. Students will leave the workshop with a monologue, vocal cut, a dance piece and other audition material that can be used for auditions and college applications. Audition material will be recorded and students will receive a video link to their performance for their professional reel. The workshop includes daily lunch and a ticket to TLP's production of We Will Rock You


    TLP is again offering high school students an opportunity to perform at the playhouse. TLP invites all area high school students to audition for their summer musicals including Annie (June 30 – July 10), Legally Blonde (July 14 – 24), and We Will Rock You (August 11 – 21). Actors may audition for one or more of the shows. This opportunity is also open to student technicians.


    “We are very excited to open up the opportunity for our local high school students to come and work with our professional Resident Company this season!” says Paul Stancato, TLP Artistic Director. Each show has a two-week rehearsal period and includes 12 performances. If cast, you must be available to commit to the whole rehearsal and performance period. “Our hope is to create a more inclusive environment,” said Stancato, “where our local teens can work with and learn from professional actors working in the industry today.”


    If you are interested in performing at TLP or working on a technical aspect of the production, visit www.timberlakeplayhouse.org to find out all the dates and info about each production.. Students who wish to audition should prepare a 32 measure karaoke version of a song they love to sing. There will also be a dance combination taught. Technicians should submit a resume and a letter of application stating which shows they would like to work. Contact the Box Office at (815) 244-2035 to schedule an audition


    Students interested in the TLP Internship Program should submit a letter of application stating their interest and any special skills. All TLP applications may be submitted by mail to Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll, IL or via email to admin@timberlakeplayhouse.org. Applications for the apprenticeship program are being accepted until all positions are filled.


    Information for all Timber Lake Playhouse workshops, shows, and events or for workshop registration are available online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or by calling the Box Office at (815) 244-2035. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 until 5:00.


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