MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse’s 2018 summer season will feature plays from Disney and Sherlock Holmes, the return of “The Full Monty,” and the classic “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Executive director Dan Danielowski and current artistic director James Beaudry announced the plays for TLP’s 57th season on July 14, at the company’s annual gala in Freeport.
The 2018 season starts June 7 with “Beauty and the Beast,” based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature. The stage version features songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.
Next will be “Born Yesterday,” a comedy about an egotistical junkman and his naive girlfriend, Billie Dawn. Originally played by Judy Holliday, who won a Tony Award and an Oscar, Billie begins to understand her boyfriend Harry’s schemes as he tries to make deals with government officials at a hotel in Washington, D.C., and takes matters into her own hands.
Following will be the return of “The Full Monty,” last seen in 2005 at TLP. A group of unemployed steel workers try to win back their wives’ hearts and make some money by becoming strippers. In the process, they face their own fears, self-consciousness, and prejudices.
Next will be “Baskerville,” by Ken Ludwig, a reimagining of the classic Sherlock Holmes story, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” by original Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes and his trusty assistant, Watson, must attempt to save the male heirs of the Baskerville line from a family curse.
Following will be the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” which first debuted in 1964. The play features classics such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”
Concluding the summer season will be the musical “Forever Plaid,” featuring barbershop quartet songs.
Subscription tickets are available now for $105, increasing to $119 in September. Student subscriptions are $68. Subscribers can purchase additional tickets beginning Thursday, with individual ticket sales to non-subscribers in 2018. Gift certificates are available.
Subscriptions can be purchased online at timberlakeplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, or by phone at 815-244-2034.
Youth productions, extended season shows, and special events will be announced this fall, with casting and additional directors announced in 2018.