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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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A HUGE THANK YOU to all patrons who attended the shows in 2016!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all performers who presented their talents on stage!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteer ushers, concessioners and crew!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the sponsors who so generously gave to support the shows!
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On Line Ticket Policy: ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. $1.00 per ticket surcharge.
On Line Tickets will be open once again on November 16, 2016 for A Child's Christmas in Wales.
All performances are 8:00 p.m.
December 10, 2016,
A Child's Christmas in Wales
Shows at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Dylan Thomas’ famous short story narrated by Kevin Purcell, a former Petersburg resident, shares the story of a boy’s memories of what the holidays were like in the early 1950’s. This is accompanied by an 8-piece orchestra with original music composed by Tim Schirmer, who wrote music for the Great American People Show, at the site in the late 1970’s through the 1980’s.
APRIL (indoors) - TBA
The Three Musketeers – in collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College, and directed by Mark Hardiman –May 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 2017
This Swashbuckling adaptation by noted playwright, Ludwig, highlights both humor and heroism
as the young D'Artagnan and his sister Sabine as they face challenges that help them become
the noble mature hero/heroines that their parentage and destiny compel them to be.
Play Adapted by Ken Ludwig
From the novel by Alexandre Dumas
June 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 2017
directed by Bill Bauser, Jr.
June 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, July 1, 2017
The Frakes - father Abel Frake, mother Melissa Frake, and young adult children Wayne Frake and Margy Frake - are an Iowa farm family getting ready to go to the multi-day Iowa State Fair. Songs include "It Might As Well Be Spring", "It's A Grand Night For Singing". "That's For Me".
High School Musical
directed by Karla Wilhelm an Ginny Racette
July 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 2017
In this contemporary musical comedy, a popular high school basketball star and a shy, academically gifted newcomer discover they share a secret passion for singing. When they sign up together to audition for the lead roles in the school musical, it threatens East High's rigid social order and sends their peers into an uproar.
directed by Adam Power, August 4, 5, 6, 2016
Filled with the songs from the Disney movie, Aladdin is a children’s show that takes place inside the Royal Palace gates in the faraway city of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine prepares to choose a husband Wandering among the crowd, a poor street urchin, Aladdin, suddenly finds himself holding the stolen bread and pursued by royal guards. Aladdin escapes to the caves and finds an old lamp and rubs it, releasing the Genie, who grants three wishes. Aladdin then uses his last wish to free Genie and promises to give all his love to Princess Jasmine, if she will have him. The initially reluctant Sultan now grants his consent, and everyone lives happily, and freely, ever after.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
directed by John Woodruff
August 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 2017
Set in Wisconsin's Sturgeon Bay shipyard during World War II, the musical follows a group of young men who enlist in the armed forces following the attack on Pearl Harbor and their friends, sisters and fiancees. Two of the main characters, Roxie and Ann, give up their normal lives to help the war efforts by working in the shipyard. At first, the women are reluctant to leave their homes, but by the end when the men return home from the war, the women do not want to give up their jobs. Loose Lips Sinks Ships is a story about the sacrifices that women made during the war and how much those sacrifices changed them.
LLSS is a musical with book and lyrics by Jacinda Duffin and Laurie Flanigan and music by James Kaplan.
April 15, 16, 17, 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. 595 people attended!
April 29, 30, May 6, 7, The Last Five Years, directed by Sean Rose (Indoor show)
The Last Five Years is a musical written by Jason 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 song in the middle as their timelines intersect. Musical. 227 people attended!
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. 928 people attended!
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. 1023 people attended!
June 24, 25, 26, 30, July 1 & 2, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Book by John R. Powers, Music and 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. 1258 people attended!
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 (played by Mary E. Myers) who strives to bring romance to several couples and herself in a big city restaurant. Musical. 2,314 people attended!
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. 1951 people attended.
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.
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.
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5K SPONSORS 2016
LEVEL 1 PLUS Sponsors
County Market, Petersburg
Sangamon Valley Signs and Graphics
LEVEL 1 Sponsors
Estep & Associates Mercantile
Hand of Fate Brewing Company
Hurley Funeral Home
Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurante
National Bank of Petersburg
Petersburg Spine & Joint
Petefish, Skiles & Company Bank
Shambolee Golf Course
Level 2 Sponsors
Athens State Bank
Blane Real Estate
Branson House Bed & Breakfast
The Crazy Daisy Gift Shop
Menard Electric Cooperative
New Salem Fast Stop
New Salem Lincoln League
Past Charms Antiques
Sanert Auction Service
West of Wise Winery