Theatre in the Park and the New Salem Lincoln League present the musical, Distant Thunder by Robert Crowe and Ken Bradbury, July 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 2018 at 8:00 p.m. and directed by Bill Bauser, Jr.
Distant Thunder shares the story of the people of New Salem, Denton Offut, Jack Armstrong, James Rutledge and George Wartburton, to name a few, and how these individuals shaped Abraham Lincoln's life.
Robert Crowe is the published author of four books of Children's Literature. He and Ken Bradbury have co-authored numerous plays, including five musicals. Dr. Crowe is a former school administrator and teacher at the public school, college and university levels. He is a resident of Jacksonville, Illinois. Since 1995, Ken Bradbury has been named the most-produced author of dramatic material for competition in the United States. Ken is the author of The Coonridge Digest, a newspaper column appearing in 14 Midwest newspapers, and has won the Associated Press Award for "Best Humor Column." He's also the author of five books and has authored more than 500 published plays.
Bill Bauser, Jr. has directed, vocal directed for TIP's State Fair, Hello Dolly!, Children of Eden and The Music Man. Through his career with theatre, Bill has directed, vocal directed and /or choreographed numerous productions for Muni, STC, TIP, PORTA High School, and SHG. Bill teaches music and drama at Rochester High School and is music director at the United Methodist Church in Petersburg, and serves as treasurer and PAVE administrator of STC.
On Friday, July 13, 2018, prior to the performance, Theatre in the Park will host a Community Partners night featuring area businesses showcasing their goods and services. Also, a grant presentation from the Menard County Electric Cooperative to Theatre in the Park will feature General Manager Alisha Anker presenting a check Theatre in the Park's President, Kristin Wheeler.
The Menard County Tourism Council and the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a dinner on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Indian Creek Farms and then attending the show. Contact Dan Williams for reservations at email@example.com.
Preshows begin at 7:00 p.m. prior to every performance.
July 13, 7:00 p.m. Robert Crowe and Ken Bradbury; 7:20 p.m. Bill Bauser, Jr., director
July 14, 7:00 p.m. Robert Crowe and Ken Bradbury; 7:20 p.m. Bill Bauser, Jr., director
July 15; 7:00 p.m. Britney Long; 7:20 p.m. Bill Bauser, Jr., director
July 19, 7:00 p.m. Robert Crowe; 7:20 p.m. Bill Bauser, Jr., director
July 20, 7:00 p.m. Kris Olson; 7:20 p.m. Bill Bauser, Jr., director
July 21, 7:00 p.m. Allan Eve ; 7:20 p.m. Bill Bauser, Jr., director
Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 children under 12. Season tickets for Theatre in the Park are $120 for 10 tickets and can be used in any combination for any of the shows. For tickets call 217.632.5440 or order online at theatreinthepark.net.
For more information, please contact TIP's Executive Director, Kari Catton, at 217-899-9732 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre in the Park 2018 Season is an endorsed Illinois Bicentennial Commission event.