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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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Our deep appreciation to all the patrons, ushers, concessioners, performers, designers, crews, and directors that made our 2015 possible. We have all ready started to plan the 2016 season!!
Stay tuned for updates on the shows, auditions, and much more!
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
$120 for ten tickets to be used in any combination for any or all 2016 productions.
Call 217-632-5440 to order tickets, gift certificates or season coupons!
$15 for Adults / $13 for Seniors (55+), $10 for Children (12 and Under)
All performances are 8:00 p.m.
April 15, 16, 17, staged reading of Mrs. Lincoln Fights Back, by Richard Caufield Goodman, directed by Ed Smith. (Indoor show). In 1875, ten years after President Lincoln’s assassination, his widow Mary Lincoln was living alone in a hotel in Chicago. Without warning, a lawyer took her to the county courthouse to stand trial to determine whether or not she was insane. Convicted of insanity she was committed to a sanitarium. With the help of a woman lawyer, she fought for her release which she ultimately gained. Drama.
April 29, 30, May 6, 7, The Last Five Years, directed by Sean Rose (Indoor show)
The Last Five Years is a musical written byJason Robert Brown. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. Musical.
May 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, Treasure Island, original adaptation from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate tale and directed by Mark Hardiman, in collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College. Treasure Island is an adventurous tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is a tale noted for its atmosphere, characters and action, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, tje Black Spot, tropical islands and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.
June 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11. The Dixie Swim Club, Road Kill Productions - Intermediate Show and is cast. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten. Directed by Deb Whitson. The Dixie Swim Club is about five unforgettable women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Comedy.
June 24, 25, 26, 30, July 1 & 2, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Book by John R. Powers, Musica nd Lyrics by James Quinn and Alric Jans, directed by Kari Catton.
Focusing on eight children (played by young adults) during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s, it captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and the trying moments of adolescence. Every number tickles the funny bone of anyone who ever went to school, public or private. It is a delightful musical for all ages. Musical.
July 15, 16, 17,21, 22, 23, Hello Dolly!, directed by Bill Bauser, Jr. Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce, The Merchant of Yonkers, and retitled as The Matchmatcher. The story of a meddlesome widow who strives to bring romance to several couples and herself in a big city restaurant. Musical.
July 30, 2016 - TIP 5k Fun Run/Walk
August 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 Cats, directed by Mark Wheeler. Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Cats introduced the song, "Memory". Musical.
August 25, 26, 27, 28 My Heart’s Home, Edgar Lee Masters Celebrates the Sangamon Country, directed by Phil Funkenbusch. This original presentation features the works of Edgar Lee Master's poetry with original music by Mark Mathewson. The poems center on the rural life and people that lived in Menard County highlighting the masters of the fiddle and much more.
Tickets will be available February 1, 2016.
On Line Ticket Policy: ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. $1.50 per order surcharge
All performances start at the Kelso Hollow at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site's , outdoor amphitheatre, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, IL at 8:00 p.m.
Come and join us at 7:00 p.m. in the indoor theatre before each performance for a FREE pre-show.
TIP 5K Walk Fun / Run
County Market, Petersburg
New Salem Lincoln League, Security Bank
CASCOM Communications, John Kerley & Associates
Hurley Funeral Home, Estep & Associates Mercantile
Past Charms Antiques, Petersburg Spine & Sport
Sangamon Valley Signs and Graphics, State Farm / Ty Turek
West of Wise Winery, www.sherrileopold.le-vel.com
Athens State Bank, Branson House Bed & Breakfast
The Crazy Daisy Gift Shop, dD, Inc. myonlymessage productions
The Farm and The Loft and Bed and Breakfast, The Furniture Den
Keri’s Kitchen, Leo’s Pizza
Menard Electric Cooperative, Potter Drug
Riverbank Lodge, Sanert Auction Service