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is made possible and partially funded through grants from the New Salem Lincoln League, Illinois Arts Council, and the Springfield Area Arts Council.
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GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
$100 for ten tickets to be used in any combination for any or all 2013 productions. Call 217-241- 3241 to order.
Proposed shows for 2013. Shows and dates are still subject to change. Audition date is Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Western Oaks Baptist Church. Details will be published on the website in January.
June 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 2013
Closes on a Saturday evening.
Directed By: Linda Schneider
It is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The musical premiered in 1949 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. Several of its songs, including "Bali Ha'i", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair", "Some Enchanted Evening", "Happy Talk", "Younger Than Springtime" and "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy", have become popular songs. The show is, of course SOUTH PACIFIC directed by Linda Schneider. South Pacific centers on an American nurse stationed at a U.S. Naval base during World War II who falls in love with an expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A second romance concerns a U.S. lieutenant who falls in love with a young Asian woman. The issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored throughout the musical, most pointedly in the song.
June 28, 29, 30, July 4, 5, 6, 2013
Closes on a Saturday evening, if July 4 has Lake Petersburg fireworks, we will have the second weekend as July 5, 6, 7.
Directed By: Carly Shank
This is a 1952 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. When theatre is at its finest, it sheds light on the human condition, showing audiences both the very best and the very worst of what it means to be human. Arthur Miller's The Crucible gives us the broadest spectrum of this; the play is practically a naked bulb in a darkened room, baring ugliness and deprivation alongside the rare beauty of true faith and forgiveness. It speaks to two deplorable events at two different time periods in our American history: the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692, which is the setting of the play; and the communist McCarthy trials of the early 1950s, during which the play was written and of which the play serves as an allegory. But fundamentally, the characters and the emotional content of the play speak to any time period and any circumstance in which motivations are difficult to understand and in which it is wrongly perceived that *any* answer is better than *no* answer.
TIP Fundraiser Concert - A Night of Stars
July 13, 2013
A Night of Stars is our chance to give you yet another evening of fun and music at our beautiful outdoor stage located at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. This is the perfect show for audiences of all ages and is sure to dazzle and delight and makes the perfect addition to any vacation, family-fun-night, or night out with friends! This Night of Stars features some of the most talented performers that have graced the Theatre In the Park stage. Sit back and enjoy watching our stars shine as they perform musical selections from some of your favorite Broadway musicals. You will hear songs from the best musical theatre composers ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Alan Menken to Jason Robert Brown and everyone in-between. There is truly something for everyone! So come and join us for some “star gazing” and enjoy as we present to you A Night of Stars!
July 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 2013
Leaving Iowa written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious sentimental comedy about family and family vacations. More specifically, it is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma's house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don's memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don's existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. This play reflects the, perhaps, bygone family values that we have all grown up and respected.
TIP Concert - Ken Bradbury's Hootenanny
August 3, 2013
Join Ken Bradbury, musician, composer, playwright, as he and Barry Cloyd hit the TIP stage with their entertaining musical songs personalities!
Little Women, the Musical
August 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 2013
Closes on a Saturday evening.
Directed by : Will Barnhart
This is a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland and based on the critically acclaimed Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women. The musical focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio.
August 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, 2013
Closes on a Saturday evening.
Directed By: Kelly Bassett
OUR TOWN, written by American playwright Thornton Wilder, is a Pulitzer Prize winning play. It is a character story about an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Using metatheatrical devices, Wilder sets the play in a 1930s theater. He uses the actions of the Stage Manager to create the town of Grover's Corners for the audience. Scenes from its history between the years of 1901 and 1913 play out.
The winner of the Fox Theatre tickets was LuAnn Gab. Congrats!