Theatre in the Park 2018 Historic Season


Friday, May 18, 2018 - Friday, September 28, 2018


Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Park - Kelso Hollow Theater, 15588 History Ln, Petersburg, Illinois


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


In 2018, Theatre in the Park (TIP) is celebrating its 100th year of live performances in the Kelso Hollow Theatre. For a century people have flocked to New Salem for live entertainment, which makes TIP the longest continuous running outdoor venue in Central Illinois. In addition, this is the bi-centennial year for Illinois’ statehood and TIP has chosen a variety of historical period shows to be part of the celebration.

We kick off the season with “1776” which celebrates the founding of our country, followed by “The Last Days of Mrs. Lincoln”; “Oliver!”; Spoon River Anthology”; “Distant Thunder” and “The Little Mermaid”. The season was carefully chosen to celebrate both TIP’s centennial and Illinois’ bicentennial. To cap off the season, our annual fundraising dinner performance is “100 Years of Broadway” followed by classic skits from the Carol Burnett television show, which recently celebrated it’s 50th year from its initial air date on CBS.

TIP attracts more than 10,000 patrons and artists each summer to Kelso Hollow in Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site. TIP has a tradition of presenting historical productions – comedies, dramas and musical performances – to delight family oriented audiences.

TIP continues its efforts to bring the performing arts to Menard and Sangamon Counties. In 2017, 146 performers, 31 crew members, and 19 musicians participating in 41 performances. In addition, more than 150 volunteer ushers and concessionaires supported their efforts. Statistics showed that 51% of TIP’s patrons were over age 61, with 47% of all attendees coming from Springfield and Sangamon County, and 48% from Menard and other surrounding counties.

Cost of Admission: $15/adults; 10/kids 12 and under and 12/seniors

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