September 1, 2, 3, 4, 2022


The Bow of Promise

Written by Petersburg’s own Diana Schoenherr

Directed by Jessica Polhemus



"The Bow of Promise," an origianl play by Petersburg native, Diana Schoenherr, commemorates the 101st 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 social 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.



Diana Schoenherr has enjoyed a life-long interest in music and the stage, appearing in high school, college and community theatre productions -- her most notable in the title role of George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara."  She earned her B.A. in sociology at Blackburn College and worked in social services before obtaining her M.A. in English at UIS.  She then taught high school and adult education courses for approximately twenty years.   Upon her retirement from teaching, she decided to ease back into the theatre realm by writing a historical fiction drama entitled "The Bow of Promise," her first play.  Diana resides in Petersburg, Illinois with her husband Jim.  They are the parents of three adult children and recently welcomed their first grandchild.  



Jessica Polhemus is no strager to the stage.  She has appeared in numerous productions at Theatre in the Park, Springfield Theatre Center and more. Jess has turned her attention to directing. We welcome her to TIP for her directorial debut.



Penelope - Skyler Dodson

Gran - Mary Disseler

Dr. Fahler - Bob Morgan

Julia - Rebecca Nika

Adele - Sydney Weber

Blade - David Ludwig

Lydia - Annaliese Hofner

Fernee - Anastasia McFarland

Darah - Magoline Middleton

Carin - Hannah Lee

Ryan - Mike Hofner

Martin - Davyd Daly

Fritz - Danny Lee



Maggie Mathenia

Violet Perkins

Tonia Faloon-Sullivan

Meghan Anderson