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'Unnecessary Farce' Cracks Up at TLP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Monday, 15 July 2013 13:59

Mount Carroll, IL-- Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) will present the area premiere of the acclaimed new comedy, Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith, July 18-27. Lili-Anne Brown, Artistic Director of Bailiwick Chicago, returns to direct the shenanigans after past TLP hits Cabaret, Sweet Charity and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

A hit around the country since its midwestern premiere in 2006, the play has been called, “A smash hit! Two hours of non-stop laughter. The plot weaves you through mix-ups and mayhem you won’t believe. This is one funny show that you don’t want to miss.”

Set in two adjoining hotel rooms in an economy motel, Unnecessary Farce follows two inexperienced police officers on a sting operation during which they must secretly videotape the mayor and his accountant with the hopes of uncovering an embezzlement scheme. Thrown into the mix are the mayor’s kindly wife and his nervous security guard, who warns the accountant not to mention the money or suffer dire consequences.

Celebrated TLP resident performers make up the cast. Hannah-Jo Weisberg (Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn in The Music Man) plays Officer Billie Dwyer with Alex Johnson (Don in A Chorus Line) as Officer Eric Sheridan. Karen, the unwitting accountant, is played by Sarah Larson (Marian in The Music Man) and Matthew C. Webb (Mayor Shinn in The Music Man) earns a second term playing Mayor Meekly. Mrs. Meekly is played by Erica Stephan (Ariel in last summer’s Footloose), Agent Frank is Brandyn Day (who will also play Sir Galahad in TLP’s upcoming Spamalot), and Cody Jolly (Harold Hill in The Music Man) is Todd.

Director Brown said, “When I saw one of the first productions of the show at Peninsula Players in Door County, I knew I wanted to do the play at Timber Lake someday. There aren’t a lot of American farces, and this one has such relatable characters (and eight doors!), you feel like you know these people--and you hope you’re NEVER in the situations they’re in!”

Unnecessary Farce runs July 18-27 for 11 performances only. Showtimes are evenings at 7:30 with matinees Saturday, July 20 at 3:00 pm, Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm and Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00 pm. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $15-23 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting

Following Unnecessary Farce, TLP will present the regional premiere of Monty Python’s Spamalot (lovingly ripped off of the film Monty Python and The Holy Grail) August 1-11. Seussical, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, will be presented for children August 6, 8, 9 and 10. All tickets to Seussical are only $6. The 52nd Season at Timber Lake closes with ‘SWonderful: The New Gershwin Musical Revue August 15-25.


Dean's List announced for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville PDF Print E-mail
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Written by UW Platteville Public Relations   
Monday, 15 July 2013 13:39

PLATTEVILLE, WI (07/12/2013)(readMedia)-- University of Wisconsin-Platteville announced its 2013 spring semester Dean's List. Students receive this academic honor in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture and the College of Liberal Arts and Education must achieve a 3.75 grade point average and students in the College of Engineering, Math and Science must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

Among those who made the Dean's List were,

Dustin Belt from Morrison, IL,

Mitchel Christensen from Calamus, IA,

John Christman from Davenport, IA,

Christine Darland from De Witt, IA,

Mary DePauw from Port Byron, IL,

Paige Ehrecke from Long Grove, IA,

Joseph Fisher from Port Byron, IL,

Emily Herrick from Moline, IL,

Cassandra Heusinkveld from Morrison, IL,

Michael Hoffmann from Davenport, IA,

Kaela Hoggard from Taylor Ridge, IL,

Micah Klahn from Wheatland, IA,

Joseph Kluever from Bettendorf, IA,

Sara Marzorati from Port Byron, IL,

Arrington Muhl from Wheatland, IA,

Brittany Quick from Moline, IL,

Dugan Repass from Sterling, IL,

Joshua Riley from Prophetstown, IL,

Jonathan Schweiss from Sterling, IL,

Alexander Scroggins from Sterling, IL,

Lori Witte from Moline, IL,

Andrew Wright from Hampton, IL,

UW-Platteville, founded in 1846, is located in the southwestern corner of Wisconsin, near the Iowa and Illinois borders. The University, the fastest-growing four-year school in the 13-college University of Wisconsin System, enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate students.

Area residents named to University of Kansas spring 2013 honor roll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christy Little   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:40

LAWRENCE (07/09/2013)(readMedia)-- Approximately 4,450 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2013 semester.

The students, from KU's Lawrence campus and the schools of allied health and nursing in Kansas City, Kan., represent 96 of 105 Kansas counties, 41 other states and the District of Columbia, and 43 other countries.

Area honorees are as follows:

Emily Prais, of Bettendorf. Prais is a junior studying pre-nursing. She was named to the honor roll for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Rachel Rauch, of Leclaire. Rauch is a senior studying applied behavioral science. She was named to the honor roll for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Rebecca Townsend, of Muscatine. Townsend is a senior studying music therapy. She was named to the honor roll for the School of Music.

The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of allied health; architecture, design and planning; business; education; engineering; journalism; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare.

Honor roll criteria vary among the university's academic units. Some schools honor the top 10 percent of students enrolled, some establish a minimum grade-point average and others raise the minimum GPA for each year students are in school. Students must complete a minimum number of credit hours to be considered for the honor roll.

Discount prescription drug program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 13:04
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is looking into how hospitals are using a discount prescription drug program, known as 340B.  Certain hospitals appear to be making sizeable profits from the program at the expense of Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance.  Grassley has asked the federal agency in the charge of the program, the Health Resources and Services Administration, about its oversight of the program and corresponded with several individual hospitals.  He made the following comment on a new report responding to criticism of program uses.

“A report by an association representing the affected hospitals is not objective.  Through my inquiries, I’ve been able to document that several hospitals are profiting from the 340B program rather than simply providing discounted drugs to the uninsured.  Instead of using the deeply discounted drugs these hospitals receive for the most vulnerable in need, the hospitals are up-selling those drugs to patients with Medicare and private insurance because those patients can pay more. The hospitals are keeping the difference.  Even if the 340B program allows this kind of upselling, that doesn’t make it right.  It also isn’t right that we don’t know how hospitals are reinvesting 340B revenue. Nothing that I know of requires 340B hospitals to report how they use program savings and revenue.  They could use the money for uninsured patients or they could use the money toward building a new wing. Without verification and oversight by HRSA, it’s impossible to know how each hospital uses the program.  Each hospital should provide public documentation of how it uses program proceeds.  Then the public would be able to evaluate claims of how hospitals use the money.”

'SEUSSICAL' Brings Beloved Books To Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Beaudry   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:31

Mount Carroll, IL-- The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre at Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) presents an hour-long version of Seussical, a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss July 9, 11, 12 and 13 at 2:00 pm. All tickets for Magic Owl shows are only $6.00 and partially sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Each year, these subsidized Magic Owl shows introduce thousands of young people to the joy and magic of live theatre.

Seussical tells the stories of Horton, the elephant, who finds an entire planet of Whos on a small speck of dust, Gertrude McFuzz who longs for Horton and a bigger tail, Mayzie La Bird who convinces Horton to sit on her egg and The Cat in The Hat, who plays tricks as these stories intertwine into one adventure for the characters and the audience. The show also includes references to such Dr. Seuss classics as How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Butter Battle Book, McElligot’s Pool, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, The Sneetches and The Lorax.

In April, with the help of the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District, TLP gave away 1000 small trees at the Sauk Valley Children’s Fair as part of the company Do Something Spectacular campaign. Kids who planted the trees, like the main character in The Lorax, and sent in pictures received free tickets to the show. The Do Something Spectacular Campaign is designed to use the stories happening on stage at TLP to inspire creativity and community involvement in the region.

The cast of Seussical includes members of TLP’s professional resident company from all over the country. Will Boze of Sterling, Illinois also stars as Jojo, the young thinker who thinks up the entire adventure.

Seussical has additional performances August 6, 8, 9 and 10 at 11:00 a.m. TLP is located at 8215 Black Oak Rd. in rural Mount Carroll, IL. Tickets are $6.00 and are available at the box office, by calling 815-244-2035 or visiting The show is appropriate for all ages. Early reservations are suggested, as many Magic Owl shows sell out.

Production Credits:

The Magic Owl Children’s Theatre

at Timber Lake Playhouse


Book by  Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Music by  Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens

Co-Conceived by  Eric Idle

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Direction and Choreography by James Beaudry

SEUSSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI.


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