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Timber Lake Playhouse, Mount Carroll

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The Timber Lake Playhouse, founded in 1961, is the oldest continuously operating professional and resident summer stock theatre company in Illinois.
The playhouse stands in rural Mount Carroll Township, Carroll County, Illinois, a short distance southeast of the town of Mount Carroll. It is located on the Timber Lake reservoir, on the east branch of Johnson Creek, near the Timber Lake resort. The playhouse is adjacent to the Timber Lake Campground and Resort.

The current theatre structure was built and opened in June 1975, following a fire that destroyed the initial facility the previous year. The theatre is now outfitted with 371 fixed seats overlooking a 45-foot semi-thrust revolving stage. An additional 18 buildings on the ground serve various residence and preparation functions, including scene and costume shops and a large rehearsal pavilion.
Beginning in 2018, Timber Lake Playhouse operates under a Category X agreement with Actors Equity Association (AEA).
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  • Wife and I visit the playhouse this summer to see their production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Theater was reopened after being closed last year, and the building and surrounding areas were clean and.....  more
    Wife and I visit the playhouse this summer to see their production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Theater was reopened after being closed last year, and the building and surrounding areas were clean and.....  more »
  • I love this place!!!!! It is spectacular! The performances are always very good. We love live theatre and see shows wherever/whenever we travel. The atmosphere in this theatre is electric... 
    I love this place!!!!! It is spectacular! The performances are always very good. We love live theatre and see shows wherever/whenever we travel. The atmosphere in this theatre is electric...  more »
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  • The show did go on, even through a wintery mess. A musical of disenchanted princesses. Haley played Snow White, how appropriate for an opening performance on a blustering day!
  • Wonderful show tonight. Always fun

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