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Interview with Working Director, Chuck Smith PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Parsons   
Monday, 18 June 2012 13:56

Chuck Smith, Director of Working, the musical

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Eleventh Consecutive Season at Timber Lake Playhouse

From: Chicago, IL

College: Governor State University, Chicago

Currently: Twentieth Year as Resident Director at Goodman Theatre in Chicago

Why did you choose to return to TLP each year?

“Mainly it is one of the few places I can relax and enjoy myself and do the type of shows I wouldn’t ordinarily do in Chicago. It is a completely relaxed atmosphere for me.”

How did you get started in theatre?

“I had just got discharged from the Marine Corp and some guys I met talked me into being in a play. It was Mack Adam and Eve, a comedy, at a small community theatre group in Chicago.”

Out of all of the shows you have directed in your life, which ones stick out to you as your favorites?

“The most recent successes normally stick out in your mind so I would have to say Race by David Mamet that I directed at the Goodman this past year. Over my career, another show that always sticks out in my mind is August Wilson’s Ma Raney’s Black Bottom. It set a box office record in the 70’s at the Goodman Theatre and was my first main stage production.”

What was your favorite show that you have directed at TLP?

The Crucible is probably my favorite. It was my second season here. Artistic Director, Brad Lyons, was in the show and it featured performers from the Mount Carroll community. It was the show that really put me in touch with the people in the community here. I got to know them which is why I come back here…it is like a second home to me.”

You are currently directing Working. What can you tell us about that show?

“Doing this show, I am saying, ‘I would like to introduce you to some people I know, ordinary people in their jobs.’ It was originally a book. I saw it on stage when it was presented in Chicago and thought what a big show from a big book. I saw it remounted again recently with only six characters. Immediately after the show I called James Beaudry, TLP’s Artistic Director, and said that this show would work at TLP. I had never asked to do a show before but I knew this show would be great here.”

You mentioned that you usually don’t pick the show that you direct here at TLP. What is that like for you, directing a show you didn’t select?

“It is delightful! It really takes the pressure off of me. I don’t pick the show or the cast. I like coming in and directing in the second slot of the season. The company members are still fresh and energetic. This is not easy work for anyone and the company still has a lot of energy. I am a new person coming in to direct and they are always excited about that.”

Why should people come and see Working?

“It is a good play and everyone will be able to relate to it. Everyone works. Even if you don’t work, there is a housewife represented, so no one is left out. You know these people. They are ordinary people that you run into everyday. The musical numbers are quite wonderful, especially with the six talented people that are on stage. It is my eleventh year and I have never had a show go up so fast. It is because the cast is so good and so talented. It has made my job easy. This group is more effective than the show in Chicago…I would put this production against any show with a big priced ticket.”

Working, the musical, runs June 21st through 30th. Performances are at 7:30pm, weekdays and there are 2pm matinees on Sundays and Wednesdays. New this season, there is also a Saturday matinee performance on opening weekends at 2pm. Tickets are available through the box office during regular business hours, 11am - 6pm daily, at or 815-244-2035. Timber Lake Playhouse is located at 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll.


Timber Lake Playhouse, What’s Your Story?

This program is partially supported by a grant for the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Production Sponsors are Kunes Country Auto Group and Compliance Signs.


Iowa Supreme Court Opinions June 15, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 June 2012 10:24
June 15, 2012

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No. 09–1010

VANIA MINOR, Individually and as Mother, Natural Guardian and Next Best Friend of D.A. vs. STATE OF IOWA, BECKY GRABE, Individually and CLEO HESTER, Individually

No. 10–1172


No. 11–1868


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Written by Hollly Larson   
Friday, 15 June 2012 10:22
PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation, in partnership with Nelson Chiropractic, is excited to announce the “Nick Teddy 5K.”
Hundreds of registrants are expected to hit the pavement in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, 29, who fought a courageous battle against Ewing’s Sarcoma for more than five years. Only 250 cases of Ewing’s Sarcoma are diagnosed every year in the U.S. The foundation’s goal is to carry on the fight against Ewing's Sarcoma in honor of Nick Strub.
The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to launch its website and officially open race day registration:
About Nick
Nick Strub

Nick was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2006. He was well-known for his smile, laugh and carefree spirit. Nick touched the lives of many people, including his wife Krissy Strub of Omaha, Neb., as well as countless others, especially in his hometown of Port Byron, Ill.

Marquette University announces Spring 2012 Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Gottheardt   
Friday, 15 June 2012 10:16

MILWAUKEE, WI (06/14/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local students have been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis:

Thomas Grabow of Davenport, IA. Grabow is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Bradley Whan of Coal Valley, IL. Whan is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Shannon Gambon of Coal Valley, IL. Gambon is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.

Matthew Noe of Rock Island, IL. Noe is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Alexa Hackfort of Bettendorf, IA. Hackfort is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university that draws its more than 11,500 students from all 50 states and more than 75 different countries. In addition to its nationally recognized academic programs, Marquette is known for its service learning programs and internships as students are challenged to use what they learn to make a difference in the world. Find out more about Marquette at

Army 237th Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony in Time Square Live PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carlos Cruz   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:55

Ceremonial cake cutting with the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Raymond T. Odierno at Duffy Square Live from Times Square - Manhattan, New York

Scheduled for June 14 2012, 10:30 AM EDT to 12:00 PM ED

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