MOUNT CARROLL -- Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, announces a community send off for James Beaudry on Sunday, July 30 as he completes his tenure with TLP.  “James has decided to move on to a new phase in his career,” said Dan Danielowski, Executive Director of TLP.  “We appreciate the time that he has given Timber Lake and wish him well in the future.”

James Beaudry first joined the resident company of TLP in 2001 as a performer and choreographer. In 2003, he began directing for the company, as well. By the end of this year, he'll have been a part of 118 individual productions over 16 different seasons, including eight years as Artistic Director. Some of his most memorable directing experiences include Cats, West Side Story, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Footloose, The Music Man, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Big Fish, Titanic and the recent Evita.

“TLP has been my artistic home since 2001, and it’s been my privilege to serve the community as artistic director since Brad Lyons, my mentor and friend, left the company in 2009,” Beaudry said. "Bringing hundreds of the most talented young performers, designers and directors to Mount Carroll from around the country has been a joy."

“I've been fortunate to see the company grow, more than doubling its size, but I've also been fortunate enough to get to know so many wonderful people from the communities we serve over 16 summers."

Beyond his work at TLP, Beaudry has directed Off-Broadway in New York City, on the west coast in San Francisco, and been twice nominated for Chicago's Jeff Award for outstanding direction of a musical.

“The theatre has grown under Jim’s leadership,” said Danielowski.  “He will be missed.”   Timber Lake Playhouse is presently conducting a search for Beaudry’s replacement. 

The event will be held at Henry’s Double K in Mount Carroll.  A Buffet Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 with the program beginning at 7:00.  The menu includes roast pork loin or chicken breast, vegetable, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, rolls, and beverage.  The cost for the buffet is $16.00.  Reservations are strongly suggested as we expect this event to be sold out and can be made by calling Henry’s at (815) 244-0180.  Henry’s Double K is located at 834 South Jackson Street in Mount Carroll, Illinois.