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  • Tibbits Announces 2018 Summer Theatre Season (12/14/2017) - COLDWATER – Now in its 54th  year, summer theatre at Tibbits Opera House once again offers something for everyone with a program full of music, dancing, comedy, romance and drama. Tibbits 2018 Summer Theatre Season begins in June with the poignant comedy Mixed Emotions, followed by the ultimate rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, the murderous musical romp A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

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  • Tibbits Young Audiences – Auditions for Tied to the Tracks (12/11/2017) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for the musical Tied to the Tracks at 5 pm January 4 and 5 at Tibbits Opera House for the show to be presented March 23-25, 2018. Tied to the Tracks will leave you tied up in knots…of laughter!  This action-packed old time musical western melodrama follows the story of stalwart Sheriff Billy Bold and the

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  • Tibbits Replaces Boilers (12/8/2017) - COLDWATER – With the arrival of cold weather, Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. announced the replacement of the 50-year-old boilers in the historic Tibbits Opera House. While the heat is on and working well, the effort to raise the funds to cover the improvement continues. According to Christine Delaney, Tibbits Executive Director, “We are extremely thankful for the support we’ve received so

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  • Classic Film Series – Sherlock Holmes Double Feature (11/29/2017) - DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN DECEMBER WITH TIBBITS’ SHERLOCK HOLMES DOUBLE FEATURE! COLDWATER – Experience mystery and suspense on Saturday, December 30 at 7pm as the Tibbits Classic Film Series brings two of Sherlock Holmes’ best, House of Fear and Dressed to Kill, to the big screen. The first film of the evening, House of Fear, is a 1945 classic in which seven rich men

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  • Tibbits Nominated for 11 Regional BroadwayWorld Awards (11/22/2017) - COLDWATER – BroadwayWorld has just announced the nominees for the 2017 Regional Awards, and Tibbits Summer Theatre has been nominated for eleven awards in eight categories. The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Tibbits productions that have been nominated for awards include all four of their summer stock productions of The Cemetery Club, Footloose, Damn Yankees,

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  • Tibbits Classic Film Series – Noel Night (11/15/2017) - 11-15-2017 HOLIDAY CHEER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER WITH THE TIBBITS CLASSIC FILM SERIES!   COLDWATER – On Saturday, November 25 at 7pm, the Tibbits Classic Film Series will offer up some early Christmas cheer with the 1947 Christmas staple, Miracle on 34th Street and the Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire song and dance gem, Holiday Inn. Miracle on 34th Street is the story

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  • 38th Annual Auction Raises Over $63K (11/7/2017) - Volunteers and staff for the 38 Annual Tibbits Auction posed in the lobby before heading to “Tibbits Olde West” Saturday, November 4, 2017.      COLDWATER – The Tibbits Opera House received a huge financial boost Saturday night, as the Tibbits’ 38th Annual Auction grossed over $63,000 for the historic theatre’s annual operating budget. Dinners and special experiences highlighted the items up for bid

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  • Get into the holiday spirit with “The Art of Holiday Food, Drinks, and Décor” Event (10/18/2017) - COLDWATER – Get into the holiday spirit with Arts Alive’s “The Art of Holiday Food, Drinks, and Décor” event at Tibbits on Tuesday, Nov 14 from 6-9pm. The local art group, under the umbrella of the Tibbits Opera Foundation, is known for its ArtWalk in Coldwater every spring and fall as well as its themed gallery shows at Tibbits. Arts Alive is currently reorganizing

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  • Auction Update: “Tibbits Olde West” (10/18/2017) - COLDWATER – Imagine a time of rambling cowboys on horseback in the open terrain of the wild frontier- saloons, gold, and covered wagons. Join volunteers and staff of Tibbits Opera House November 4, 2017 and take a journey back to the olde west for Tibbits 38th Annual Auction “Tibbits Olde West.” The silent auction will start at 6 pm and the live auction at

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  • Jeff Daniels Makes Return Trip to Tibbits (10/17/2017) - October 16, 2017 COLDWATER – Michigan native Jeff Daniels returns to Tibbits for a single performance Saturday, November 11, featuring his own brand of entertainment, songs and stories presented in his down-to-earth style, accompanied by The Ben Daniels Band. The show features Jeff Daniels on guitar singing many of his own songs, some poignant, some funny. The songs themselves tell stories of Daniels’ life

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  • MONSTERS RETURN TO STALK THE STAGE OF TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE! (10/10/2017) - COLDWATER – On Saturday, October 28 at 8:30pm, Tibbits will once again pay tribute to classic and B-movie monsters with its creature double feature…MONSTER FEST 2! The evening will begin with the tale of atomic age horror from 1954, THEM! When an F.B.I. agent and his family go missing in the deserts of New Mexico, police Sgt. Ben Peterson teams up with F.B.I. agent

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  • Tibbits receives MCACA grant awards (10/7/2017) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. received two grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the 2017-2018 funding cycle. The awards include an Operational Support Grant as well as a Capital Improvement Grant. Tibbits has received an Operation Support grant each year since the MCACA implemented the program in 2012. The award this year is $21,000

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  • ROBOTS AND THE PYTHON GANG: CINDERELLA HAS BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN FITTING INTO A GLASS SLIPPER (9/29/2017) - Date: 09-29-2017 ROBOTS AND THE PYTHON GANG: CINDERELLA HAS BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN FITTING INTO A GLASS SLIPPER  COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences continues to offer classic fairy tales told with a modern and comedic twist as they begin production on their fall play If the Shoe Fits, opening October 20 at 7:00pm at the Tibbits Opera House. Prince Owen is depressed.  He’s ready to

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  • Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore First of Entertainment Series (8/30/2017) - COLDWATER –  Love, Loss & What I Wore evokes life’s humor as well as its poignancy when it opens at Tibbits Opera House September 22. Known for screenplays such as Michael, You’ve Got Mail, and Mixed Nuts, sisters Nora and Delia Ephron capture the essence of life with a collection of vignettes and monologues in their play, Love, Loss, & What I Wore, based

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  • 17th Annual Smith Memorial Concert on Sept 16 (8/30/2017) - COLDWATER – Classical music fills the stage as the 17th Annual Smith Memorial Concert brings pianst Rebecca Mayer, violinist Rachael Klaus and cellist David Peshlakai on September 16, 2017 at 7pm at the Tibbits Opera House. The Ruth, Robert, Douglas, and Dean Smith Memorial Concert was originally organized by Diane Smith Pridgeon and her sister Susanne Smith Wise to celebrate the lives of Pridgeon’s

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  • Tibbits Announces 2017-2018 Entertainment Series (8/14/2017) - Date: 8-14-2017 COLDWATER – A variety of entertainment for all ages and tastes will be featured in the Entertainment Series at the historic Tibbits Opera House. Tibbits Entertainment Series will include the touching play Love, Loss, & What I Wore; Jeff Daniels in concert with the Ben Daniels Band; an exciting Eagles tribute band with Best of the Eagles; and hilarious stand-up comedy at

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  • Tibbits Young Audiences – Auditions for “If the Shoe Fits” (8/7/2017) - Date: August 7, 2017  Tibbits Young Audiences – Auditions for “If the Shoe Fits”  COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for “If the Shoe Fits” starting at 5 pm August 24 and 25 at Tibbits Opera House for the show to be presented October 20-22, 2017. “If the Shoe Fits” is a modern twist of the story of Cinderella, written by Karen

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  • Tibbits in Search of Volunteer Support (8/3/2017) - Date: August 3, 2017 Tibbits In Search of Volunteer Support Coldwater, MI –  In addition to the performances and entertainment, Tibbits offers an array of volunteer opportunities for those in the community interested in getting involved in the historic theatre. Tibbits offers a variety of areas of interest for those who would like to volunteer, including ushering, working the concessions and gift shop during

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  • Puss in Boots Opens August 4 (7/28/2017) - Date: 07/28/2017 COLDWATER – The crafty cat in boots will come to Tibbits when Puss in Boots opens at Tibbits Opera House on August 4. Originally written by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in 1550, Puss in Boots has continued to entertain generations of children and adults. Over the years, there have been many interpretations of this clever feline, such as the Dreamworks Animation version from

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  • GRAB YOUR CLUBS AND HIT THE LINKS WITH THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY (7/24/2017) - Date:  07-24-2017 GRAB YOUR CLUBS AND HIT THE LINKS WITH THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY COLDWATER – Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway tees off at Tibbits Opera House on August 10 and plays through August 19. The comedy begins with Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, in a difficult position. He has made a wager with his cocky and arrogant

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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Nominated for Three Wilde Awards (7/18/2017) - The 2016 Tibbits Summer Theatre performance of The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy has been nominated for three of Encore Michigan’s Wilde Awards.   COLDWATER-Encore MI has just named Tibbits Summer Theatre as a nominee for the 2017 Wilde Awards, Michigan’s professional theatre equivalent of the Tony Awards. Each August, Encore MI recognizes the best performances and productions of the previous season.

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  • SWORDS WILL CLASH WHEN RING OF STEEL COMES TO TIBBITS! (7/18/2017) - COLDWATER – The Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe demonstrates the art of theatrical combat staging at Tibbits as part of Popcorn Theatre July 28 & 29 at 10am. One of the largest theatrical fencing salles in the nation, The Ring of Steel teaches classes in swordplay and stunt work along with 15 other combat skills and techniques. The group provides in-house

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  • Get Ready to Cut Footloose! (7/18/2017) - COLDWATER- The rock-n-roll musical Footloose bursts onto the stage Thursday, July 27 and runs through August 5 at Tibbits in Coldwater, MI. Based on the mega-hit film from 1984 of the same name, Footloose is about high school student Ren and his mother who have recently moved from Chicago to a small farming town. Even though he is prepared for the inevitable adjustments that

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  • Comedian Heywood Banks to Perform at Tibbits (7/5/2017) - COLDWATER – A regular on the “Bob and Tom Show” for years, Heywood Banks returns to the Tibbits stage with his unique brand of humor on July 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Tibbits Entertainment Series. Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe, with a style his very own. Billed as “Equal parts genius and buffoon,” this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a

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  • WHIZ, BANG, POOF; DOUG SCHEER UNLEASHES HIS WACKY SCIENCE ON TIBBITS! (6/30/2017) - Date: 06/30/2017 WHIZ, BANG, POOF; DOUG SCHEER UNLEASHES HIS WACKY SCIENCE ON TIBBITS! COLDWATER – Doug Scheer mixes humor and off-the-wall antics with scientific experiments in his educational show Wacky Science coming to Tibbits Popcorn Theatre July 7 & 8. For the past 30 years, Doug Scheer has been performing his show Wacky Science for elementary school students around the country. Wanting to develop

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  • Get to Know the People Behind the Scenes at a Tibbits Talkback (6/30/2017) - COLDWATER – Talkbacks, held the first Saturday of each Tibbits main-stage show, are a popular way for theatre-goers to get backstage knowledge from the professional summer theatre company. These sessions are scheduled for July 8, July 29, and August 12. After the curtain falls at the end of the performance, audience members who want to stay and talk with the cast and crew are

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  • The Troll & the Elephant Prince (6/13/2017) - Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Troll and the Elephant Prince, the first production in the 2017 Tibbits Popcorn Theatre Season showing June 11 & 12 at 10am. The citizens of Trolltown are forced to pay gold to an intimidating Troll so that he will protect them from the terrifying creatures that live in the mountains, the One-Eyed Slithering Zanies. One morning

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  • Cemetery Club – Summer Theatre 2017 (6/7/2017) - Cemetery Club Opens Tibbits Summer Season Coldwater—A funny,  touching play “The Cemetery Club” opens Tibbits Summer Theatre’s 53rd season with an inspirational message of starting life a-new,  June 15 and running through June 24 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Both humorous and poignant it’s the story of three widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s

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  • Kids Art Rocks! (6/7/2017) - Tibbits Boosters’ Kids Art Rocks! Ready for 9th Year  Eighteen pieces of artwork by first-grade through high school age artists from schools throughout Branch County will have their work on display at the ninth annual Kids Art Rocks! Open House on June 9, from 5:30 to 7:30, in the Tibbits lower level.  The art will remain on display until mid-July when it will be

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  • PERK UP YOUR EARS ROCK N ROLL FANS, GEORGE BEDARD AND THE KINGPINS ARE COMIN’ TO TOWN! (4/11/2017) - Tibbits Opera House will swing with the rockabilly/blues sound of George Bedard and the Kingpins on Friday, May 12, 2017 Sponsored by the Coldwater Swap Meet and Car Show, this event kicks off the area premier car event weekend. For more than 20 years George Bedard has been a key figure of the Michigan roots rock scene. While other kids of the 60s idolized

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  • A Month of Cross-Cultural Programming at Tibbits (4/3/2017) - A number of special programs celebrating our community’s diverse cultures fill Tibbits this month coinciding with an exhibit in the theatre’s galleries. On Saturday, April 8, Tibbits will host three Islamic scholars for a 2pm presentation, “Conversations about Islam.” The event is free and open to the public and gives non-Muslims a chance to ask candid questions about Islam and the Quran. Aira of

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  • No Foolin’…Its Mel Brooks! (3/27/2017) - HOORAY!! ITS A MEL BROOKS DOUBLE FEATURE Come experience the lighter side of re-animating the dead and being wrongfully accused of murder with the Mel Brooks classics, Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety showing April 1 at 7pm as an April Fools Day double feature. Considered by many fans to be Brooks’ masterpiece, Young Frankenstein is the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, the American grandson

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  • WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A MONSTER WANTED TO PLAY YOUR VIDEO GAME? (3/13/2017) - Closet Monsters, The Dream King, The Sandman, and a group of children trying to capture them all in the act, create musical mayhem in Tibbits Young Audiences’ 2017 Spring Musical, There’s a Monster in My Closet running March 24 – 26. In this fanciful musical, Emily is sent to bed only to find a monster in her closet!  While teased by her brother and

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  • TWO CLASSIC COMEDIES, ONE ICONIC ACTOR (3/13/2017) - On Saturday, March 11 Tibbits’ Classic Film Series continues with its fourth installment, An Evening with Cary Grant. Starting in December of last year Tibbits Opera House began a six month long showcase of classic movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. So far this event has screened such classics as Miracle on 34th Street, D.O.A., and How to Marry a Millionaire. Now in

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  • STAND-UP COMEDY RETURNS TO COLDWATER MICHIGAN WITH THE 4TH ANNUAL COMEDY FEST (3/1/2017) - The howl of the winter winds are replaced with the roar of laughter as stand-up comedy returns to Tibbits Opera House on March 11 at 7pm with Coldwater’s 4th Annual Comedy Fest. For the past four years Tibbits has been helping people shake the winter blues with its Comedy Fest. Beginning in 2013 the Comedy Fest was added to Tibbits’ list of annual events

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  • Ed Anser Brings His One Man Show To Tibbits. (2/27/2017) - Friday April 28, 7 time Emmy award winner Ed Asner comes to Tibbits with his informative yet comedic one man show about a common medical issue faced by older men. A Man and His Prostate is the brain child of writer and long time collaborator of Asner’s, Ed Weinberger. The idea for the show came to Weinberger after he himself recovered from a prostate

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  • FOREIGNERS JOURNEY – The Ultimate Tribute Band (12/27/2016) - With sonic guitars, booming vocals and crushing drums, the tribute band Foreigners Journey duplicates the sound and style of two of the ‘80s biggest arena rock bands, Foreigner and Journey, January 28, 2017 in a concert at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater Michigan. This tribute show features keyboardist Paul Kochanski, bassist Jimi Lyons and lead singer Keith Carmichael (all formerly of the Journey tribute show

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  • Tibbits Project Part of Prize for Outstanding Public Humanities Programming (11/16/2016) - The Federation of State Humanities Councils has presented the 2016 Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in the humanities to the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) for its program, “Heritage Grants: Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People.” The MHC created the program which is funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to support projects that “explore local histories at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and cultural

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  • War in Yemen is Subject of Award-Winning Films at Tibbits Event (11/8/2016) - COLDWATER – When peaceful protest leads to political turmoil and war, it impacts lives but still hope prevails. A documentary film event held at Tibbits Opera House Saturday, November 19 features three films that examine the effects of the 2011 Yemen revolution. The three films, Karama Has No Walls, Rise, and The Mulberry House give audiences rare insight into the private lives of ordinary individuals

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  • Tibbits 37th Annual Auction (11/7/2016) - COLDWATER – The Tibbits Opera House received a huge financial boost Saturday night, as the Tibbits’ 37th Annual Auction grossed over $65,500 for the historic theatre’s  annual operating budget. Dinners and special experiences highlighted the items up for bid and garnered some very generous donations. High bids for the evening came from a complete orthodontic treatment from Dr. Baron Whateley and Coldwater Orthodontics, and

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About Tibbits

Tibbits features year-round arts and entertainment in the historic setting of the historic Tibbits Opera House, built in 1882. Rich in history and ambiance, the theatre offers theatre-goers an exquisitely restored facade, nearly perfect acoustics, an intimate 499-seat setting, and a fine array of performances throughout the year including professional as well as community theatre, music, art, entertainment, family productions, and dance recitals. For more information about Tibbits, visit tibbits.org or contact Christine Delaney at 517-278-6029.