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   In Kelso Hollow at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, IL 62675


Our 2021 Season has been Postponed to 2022

It is with a grieving heart that Theatre in the Park announces the postponement of our entire 2021 performance season due to the continuing mitigations surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. 

Theatre in the Park worked with hopeful hearts to produce, perhaps, a half season. However, circumstances have prevented TIP from moving forward. The health and safety of our actors and patrons, the financial risk to produce live productions with a low seating capacity, and the restrictive guidelines to rehearse and perform are the foremost reasons for our postponement.

There is good news. Theatre in the Park will be hosting a few events throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring to fill our depleting coffers in order to come back with the enthusiasm and vigor to produce the BEST QUALITY SHOWS for the pure and simple ENJOYMENT OF OUR PATRONS without the concerns in today’s social settings.

Our TIP directors will be returning for the 2022 season and retain as many actors cast in their roles as possible. We will be hosting auditions in the Spring of 2022 for the other productions in need of the area’s finest actors!

We believe in our community, we believe in the power and joy that the performing arts brings to us, and we will continue our work at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see YOU in 2022!!!

• Adam Reisch, President, Theatre in the Park

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.


Image result for A Little Princess Images LogosA Little Princess The Musical

Author Michael Hjort

Composer Camille N. Curtis

Directed by Cari Wilmert

A Little Princess is an original musical adaptation of the Francis Hodgson Burnett novel. It is the story of a little rich girl, Sara Crewe, and her struggle to survive in a London boarding school during World War II.


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.



Songwriters Circle

Featuring area musical artists

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BabesBabes in Arms

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.


Sharon Molineaux Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk

August 7, 2021


Inherit the Wind

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



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.



We exist because of our community!



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.











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Thank YOU for Your Support in 2020, 2021 and into 2022!!!!

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
Penny Wollan-Kriel