Many events are planned at Timber Lake Playhouse throughout the summer.

The public is invited to tour the TLP grounds southeast of Mount Carroll on Saturday, May 25. Tours begin at 10 a.m. in front of the theater. Hot dogs and chips will be served in the dining hall beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Families will have the opportunity to enjoy Lunch with Ariel, the Little Mermaid, from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Have lunch, enjoy activities, and get your picture taken with Ariel. Tickets for lunch are $15. Purchase your ticket to the matinee performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid separately.

Always a favorite at TLP are the Company Cabarets. Theater-goers are invited to The Deck after the performance to see the TLP company members perform under the stars.

“Get your reservations in for this free event before they are all gone,” said TLP Executive Director Dan Danielowski. “This year's Cabarets are scheduled for Saturday, June 22, and Saturday, July 27, after the show.”

Again this year, TLP will host a Mystery Dinner Theatre in The Barn on Saturday, June 29. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. This year's mystery revolves around the murder of long-time sheriff Jack Daniels.

“Join TLP as we try to solve the crime,” said Danielowski. “Tickets for dinner and the game are $35.”

TLP will welcome former company members to the theater Aug. 24-26 for the Second Annual Alumni Weekend. TLP patrons are invited to attend the Alumni Cabaret Performance on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. on The Deck. Contact the box office for reservations for this event.

This weekend, May 17-19, TLP continues its Concert Series with Dolly... and Friends featuring Nashville recording artist, Brooke Byam.

“Join Brooke and friends for an evening of music and fun onstage at TLP,” said Danielowski. “Hear your favorites by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and of course, Dolly!”

Dolly ... and Friends will be at Timber Lake Playhouse on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

Then, kick off your Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. with Felix and Fingers, Dueling Pianos. Tickets for TLP concerts are $25 for the general public and $20 for TLP Subscribers.

For more information, visit or call the box office at 815-244-2035. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.