Welcome to Theatre in the Park

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All outdoor summer performances start at 8:00 pm.
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site's amphitheatre at Kelso Hollow:
15588 History Lane, Petersburg, IL 62675


Theatre in the Park is proud to announce our 2020 Season 

Please stay tuned to the website for updated information on shows and directors.




March 28, 2020 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church


A Nonsensical Affair

March 21, 2020   

with Pam Brown as Mrs. Lincoln

Fundraiser Dinner at New Salem Roots

It is December 3, 1880, Mary Todd Lincoln’s 62nd birthday.  She is in her bedroom at the home of Elizabeth and Ninian Edwards. 



Big Fish (Musical)

May 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 2020
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by John August.
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace
Directed by Ed Smith

The story shifts between two timelines. In the present-day real world, sixty-year-old Edward Bloom faces his mortality while Will prepares to become a father himself. In the storybook past, Edward ages from a teenager, encountering a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra. The stories meet as Will discovers the secret his father never revealed.


Company (Musical)

June 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 2020
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Preston Dodd
A 1970 musical comedy revolving around Robert (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Robert's 35th birthday.


Songwriters Circle

June 28, 2020

Featuring area musical artists


The Bow of Promise (Drama)

July 9, 10, 11, 12, 2020

Written by Petersburg's own

Diana Schoenherr

Directed by Jessica Polhemus

The Bow of Promise, an original play, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment. When Darah Walsh finds that social equality is out of grasp, an outspoken suffragette reminds her that transformation can only be reached through faith and hard work. Darah's narrative offers poignant, thought-provoking insights into the myriad of challenges American women faced during their pursuit of political voice.



Babes in Arms (Musical)

July 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, August 1, 2020

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Book by George Oppenheimer

Directed by Judy Smith


This quintessential 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show!' musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written. Set at a summer stock theatre, the plot concerns a group of young apprentices and their conviction to mount the original revue they've created while dodging the underhanded attempts of the surly theatre owner to squash their efforts at every turn.


Inherit the Wind (Drama)

August 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 2020
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Directed by Laurie McCoy
The play is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes' conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law. "… it is one of the truly great American dramas of this century." —Scripps-Howard


Sharon Molineaux 5K Fun Run/Walk – October 2020










On Line Policy:   ALL SALES FINAL.  NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.  $1.00 per ticket surcharge

Season tickets can be purchased for ten (10 tickets for $120) at any time.
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TIP Sharon Molineaux Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk, August 17, 2019