The state of Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018. But at Lincoln’s New Salem, an important 100th anniversary is being celebrated as well. That’s because 2018 will mark the 100 years since the first organized live performance was staged at the site! Local folks, trying to raise awareness of how important New Salem was in Lincoln’s life organized an impressive “pageant” which included scenes from Lincoln’s life at New Salem as its centerpiece. As a result of their efforts, the state made New Salem a state park the following year.
A “re-creation” of that pageant is being planned for the upcoming season. While the organizers promise that it will not run the same four-hours that the original performance did, they assure everyone that it will be true to the spirit of that event and therefore will definitely be worth seeing.
Although Theatre in the Park is not involved with the Bicentennial Pageant, they will be offering other live performances for the 2018 season. It’s not too early to start planning your summer! For more info and to purchase tickets for Theatre in the Park’s performances, please visit their website. http://theatreinthepark.net/
The New Salem Lincoln League is a proud sponsor of Theatre in the Park!
March 23, 2018
Trivia Night at New Salem Roots
May 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 2018
America’s Prize Winning Musical
Music and Lyrics by SHERMAN EDWARDS; Book by PETER STONE
directed by Jason Gross
June 7, 8, 9, 10, 2018
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
by James Prideaux
directed by Kristin Wheeler
June 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 2018
Disney The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater; Book by Doug Wright
directed by Adam Power
July 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 2018
Distant Thunder by Robert Crowe and Ken Bradbury
directed by Bill Bauser, Jr.
July 28, Sharon Molineaux Memorial 5k Fun Run-Walk
August 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 2018
Lionel Bart’s Oliver!
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
directed by Mark Wheeler
Aug 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Sep 1, 2018
Spoon River Anthology
by Charles Aidman, Edgar Lee Masters, Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn
directed by Phil Funkenbusch
September 28, 2018 = “100 Years of Broadway” Concert/Dinner at New Salem Roots