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   In Kelso Hollow at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, IL



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Ms. Katharine Baumann of Carrollton has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the $1,000 John and Judy Woodruff annual scholarship in the Fine and Performing Arts.  She was selected by a committee representing Theatre in the Park, Springfield Theater Center, and The Muni from a pool of outstanding candidates planning to further their education in the Arts.  The award was presented to Ms. Baumann on the Theatre in the Park stage on Sunday, August 16.  She will be attending Millikin University this Fall, majoring in Theater and Biology.  This is the first year for this scholarship intended to help students pursue their long-term educational and professional goals in the Arts. 


Members of the John and Juday Woodruff Scholarship Committee present Ms. Baumann with her award. View the presentation video here.








2020 Season Postponed to 2021


Theatre in the Park wants to assure everyone that we take the health and well-being of our community, patrons, actors, crews, ushers, and volunteers very seriously.  Theatre in the Park’s board and staff has been closely monitoring the developing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Theatre in the Park will be postponing the entire 2020 season to next year.


“This decision did not come lightly,” said Adam Reisch, President.  “The board of directors took time to weigh the factors, such as social distancing guidelines, the financial feasibility and the risk of infection to produce summer live theatrical performances.  The board made a unanimous and heartfelt decision.”


The good news is that all shows and directors slated for the 2020 season will be re-scheduled for the 2021 season.  There is more good news:  The actors, who auditioned for the productions, will retain their roles until next year.


It is the hope of the board and staff of Theatre in the Park that our community stays healthy and safe.  Theatre in the Park will return in 2021 with bigger, brighter, and better productions for our patrons.


We will miss you this summer!



Message video from the TIP President,

Adam Reisch


We appreciate it very much! 


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Theatre in the Park will be postponing the fundraiser dinner and a show at New Salem Roots, A Nonsensical Affair, featuring Pam Brown as Mrs. Lincoln

Fundraiser Dinner at New Salem Roots

14305 State Hwy 97, Petersburg, IL  62675

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

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Big Fish (Musical)


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.



Songwriters CirclePOSTPONED TO TIP SEASON 2021

Featuring area musical artists

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Company (Musical)

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth

Directed by Preston Dodd

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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.



The Bow of Promise


Written by Petersburg’s own Diana Schoenherr

Directed by Jessica Polhemus

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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.


BabesBabes in Arms - POSTPONED TO TIP SEASON 2021

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Book by George Oppenheimer

Based on the original by Rodgers & Hart

Directed by Judy Smith

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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 WindPOSTPONED TO TIP SEASON 2021

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Directed by Laurie McCoy

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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





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Thank YOU for Your Support in 2020!

Mary Blumle
Mary Disseler
Alan & Carolyn Grosboll
Pat & Julie Hauser
Ed & Judy Smith
Caroyln Stone
John Lowder
William & Karen Heintzelman
John & Debbie Rowley
John & Judy Woodruff
Dr. Elvin & Sharon Zook
Scottie & Diane Bevill
Don & Erin Biggerstaff
Eric & Lorie Bleyer
CASSCOMM Casey French
Kari Catton
Jean Harlow-Truesdell
In Memory of Ken Bradbury by Ivan & Marian Levin
Mrs. Kathryn Ransom
Carol Robinson
In Memory of Harold & Rosella Rogers by Dale Rogers
Kim Villanueva & Sarah Iaienaro
Joanne Willard
In Memory of Steve Carson by Fred & Helen Carson
Laura Drennan
Lee Gaeding
Connie Fegan
Mike & Teresa Atterberry
Bob & Lori Bastas
Dorothy Coil
Dennis & Patti Daniels
In Memory of Mary Alaina Madden by Dennis Darling
Paul & Jane Davis
In Memory of Steve Carson by Phil Funkenbusch
Peggy Hamilton
Ron Howell
Sandra & Harold Jurgens
In Memory of Steve Carson by Neil & Janet Howey
In Memory of Steve Carson by Patricia Hughes and Karen Frick
In Memory of Steve Carson by Alan & Rhonda Kon
Franklin & Mary Lewis
Patricia Mees
Shirley McConnaughay
Barbara McKean
Vaughn Morrison & Sherry Knight
Janice Rathgeb
Ruth Rauch
Dr. Larry E. Sherwin
Jake & Mary Kate Smith
Beth Sohn
Rick & Amy Stewart
Stephanie Van Ulft
Dolores Young
In Memory of Steve Carson by Elizabeth Carson
In Memory of Steve Carson by Sandra Kessinger
In Memory of Steve Carson by Brenda Lane
James & Peggy O'Brien
Bryan Rives
Cheryl Steinhour
Kathleen Sauter Stevens