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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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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Begin Production on “Seusspeare: Hamlet Hears A Who” (9/20/2016) - Tibbits Opera House PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    For Immediate Release  Date: 09-20-2016 Contact:  517-278-6029 COLDWATER –  In the grand tradition of Mel Brooks and the Zucker Brothers, Tibbits Young Audiences bring to the stage, “Seusspeare: Hamlet Hears A Who” on October 14, 15 and 16. “Hamlet Hears A Who” brings both Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss into the topsy-turvy world of the parody. The

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  • ARTS ALIVE SEEKS ARTISTS FOR FALL ART WALK (9/20/2016) - PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Christine Delaney -517-278-6029; Deb Thenen (269) 580-1857 Date: September 20, 2016   Photo Caption:  Artwork featured in 2015 Tibbits gallery exhibition, “Shades of Gray.” ARTS ALIVE SEEKS ARTISTS FOR FALL ART WALK COLDWATER – As Arts Alive plans for the fall Art Walk to be held Friday, October 14, 2016, the group invites artists to get involve not

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  • Tibbits Opera Foundation Awarded Second Heritage Grant (9/2/2016) - For a second year, Tibbits Opera Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) through its Heritage Grants program. The program supports projects that help the people of Michigan understand cultural differences by sharing local stories of race, cultural history and personal identity. Tibbits will expand on activities completed through its first Heritage Grant project in order to bridge barriers

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  • Measure for Measure at Tibbits (9/1/2016) - The all male chorus Measure for Measure will be taking the Tibbits stage, Saturday, September 17, as this year’s musical guest for the 16th Annual Smith Memorial Benefit Concert. Conducted by the President of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Steven Lorenz, with piano accompaniment by the pianist for the Ann Arbor Korean Assembly of God, Seohyun You, this year’s guest will be the

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  • Auditions for “Hamlet Hears a Who” (8/25/2016) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions August 25 and 26 for “Seusspeare: Hamlet Hears a Who,” a “Seussified” spoof of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to be presented October 14-16. Auditions are open to any student in fourth through eighth grades. They start at 5 pm and will be held at Fulmer’s State Farm across the street from Tibbits Opera House. Rehearsals will begin September

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  • Old House Maintenance Workshop (8/23/2016) - Homeowners and Small Commercial Property Owners Invited to Wood Window Repair and Old House Maintenance Workshop in Coldwater Michigan Historic Preservation Network, in partnership with the Tibbits Opera House and with support from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the State Historic Preservation Office, will facilitate a Wood Window Repair and Old House Maintenance Workshop for homeowners and small commercial property owners on

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  • Opus Mime at Tibbits (7/29/2016) - Tibbits Popcorn Theatre steps into a wonderful innovative world filled with characters, stories and laughter, but very few words as Opus Mime takes to the stage August 5 and 6 at the Tibbits Opera House. This show will make audiences laugh out loud, while all ages will enjoy seeing characters overcoming struggles, achieving goals, and even making pizza. Michael Lee, a master student of

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  • Library & Tibbits Team for Free Event (7/12/2016) - Tibbits Popcorn Theatre in conjunction with Kid’s Place at the Branch District Library will be presenting a free program designed for children to learn about the next Popcorn Theatre show “The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks.”  The program at the library is Saturday July 16 at 1pm in Kid’s Place at the Coldwater Main Branch. The Tibbits performance, based on a book by Nancy

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  • “Oklahoma!” (7/12/2016) - “Oklahoma!”. A classic tale of two unlikely people falling in love within a spirited community of cowboys and farmers is opening at the Tibbits Opera House, in Coldwater, Michigan, on July 7th, with following performances on July 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Tibbits Adds Newest Technology for Hearing Assistance (6/15/2016) - Tibbits Opera House now offers the newest technology in hearing assistance thanks to the generous support of the F. Harold & Lillian Creal Endowment Fund of the Branch County Community Foundation. American Loop Services of Shelby, Michigan has installed an induction loop throughout the theatre auditorium to enhance the sound for patrons with an activated telecoil or T-coil in their hearing aids or cochlear

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  • Tibbits Receives AIA Michigan Honor (6/13/2016) - The restoration of the Tibbits Opera House façade received additional recognition Friday, June 10 from the American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIAMI). The AIAMI, headquartered in Midtown Detroit, established its awards program to raise public awareness to the value and importance of architectural excellence and to recognize those whose notable achievements encourage all to make excellence in architecture the standard. This year’s Honor Awards

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  • Boosters Celebrate 10 Years (6/13/2016) - In 2006 Tibbits Board of Directors and staff sought a way to recognize its many volunteers and better elevate them to the importance they play in everything that happens at the theatre. They created the Tibbits Boosters organization which celebrates 10 years this summer. In August of 2006, the very first membership luncheon meeting was held at the former Martell’s Tavern, known now as

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  • Emperor’s New Clothes Opens Popcorn Theatre (6/11/2016) - COLDWATER –   An emperor in his underwear, a basket of gold, and a sly tailor weave together a morning of fun in the upcoming Tibbits Popcorn Theatre show, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” opening Friday, June 24, 2016. Peter, the mischievous tailor, comes up with his sure-fire, get-rich-quick scheme. Peter wants to embarrass a vain emperor and make off with a basket of gold.  He

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  • 10 Day Film Contest Captures Coldwater Area (5/24/2016) - Coldwater’s first 10-Day Film Contest offers a special opportunity for youth this June. Students age 11-19 will compete for prizes and fame in the program sponsored by Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-Tab). The contest begins with a kick-off event at 5pm, June 16 (alternatively, teams can also register 9-11am, June 17) in the Art Gallery in the lower level of Tibbits where prospective teams

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  • Shakespeare Comes to Tibbits (5/5/2016) - High school students from the surrounding region will see the tale of two star-crossed lovers, “Romeo and Juliet” brought to life by the Michigan Shakespeare Festival Tour on May 24 at Tibbits Opera House. Tibbits presents the professional touring troupe as it recreates the beloved Shakespearean tragedy. This high-energy adaption is part of the troupe’s educational outreach to high schools in southern Michigan, northern

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  • Harriet Tubman Performance Coming to Tibbits (4/29/2016) - Children in Branch County will have an opportunity to see first-hand why Harriet Tubman deserves to be the new face of the twenty-dollar bill when acclaimed storyteller, Rosie Chapman performs a first-person interpretation of the famous heroine at Tibbits on May 17. Through audience participation, Chapman combines education and entertainment to help share the story of Harriet Tubman who was born into slavery in

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  • Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys (4/22/2016) - Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys bring high-octane, rockabilly fun to Tibbits Opera House on Friday, May 6, 2016. Tibbits organizers considered the show a perfect way to kick off a weekend in Coldwater that includes the 29th Annual Car Show-Swap Meet. Combining the best of American roots music—honky-tonk country, searing gutbucket blues and lonesome hillbilly twang— Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys mix

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  • Yemen Culture Explored through Jewelry (4/21/2016) - Renowned Yemeni jewelry expert and author Marjorie Ransom will present a free lecture on Yemeni culture at Tibbits Opera House on May 14 at 1:00 p.m. The presentation will include examples from her collection of Yemeni jewelry and will be followed by a reception with traditional Middle Eastern-style refreshments.  Ransom will also be signing copies of her book, Silver Treasures from the Land of

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  • Popcorn Theatre Announced (4/18/2016) - Tibbits aims to stimulate children’s imaginations and stir-up nostalgia in parents and grandparents with adaptations of popular stories, mimes and marionettes as it presents its 2016 Popcorn Theatre season. The summer begins with two Hans Christian Andersen classics. The tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes!” adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller runs June 24, 25 and July 1, 2. It tells of a tricky tailor

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  • Wild Swan Theatre Brings Fairy Tales to Life (4/7/2016) - Area elementary students will experience live theatre through several delightful stories shared in “Once Upon a Time,” a Wild Swan Theater production coming to Tibbits on Wednesday, April 13. Young visitors to the theatre will enjoy an engaging collection of favorite children’s classics including “Three Billy Goat’s Gruff,” “Reynard the Fox” and “The Three Little Pigs.” In true Wild Swan style, three performers and

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  • Talented Teens Compete for Cash Prizes (4/5/2016) - Twenty-five talented teenagers will entertain community members during the “Spotlight on Teens” talent show at the Tibbits Opera House on Saturday, May 7 at 7PM. The students, age 11 to 18, will sing, dance, sign and play musical instruments in their quest for prizes during the annual competition which is produced by the Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB). Several students will incorporate sign language

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  • Twinderella the Musical (3/14/2016) - A cast of 50 area students will take the stage March 18, 19 and 20 in a unique musical twist of the Cinderella story, this one featuring her long lost twin brother, Bob. “Twinderella, The Musical” features Cinderella and Bob played by Megan Barnes and Alex Pickell who have been separated since they were young. Just as Cinderella has an evil stepmother, played by

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  • Hispanic Culture Celebrated at Tibbits (3/14/2016) - COLDWATER –Students and families will experience the thrill of live theatre as Magical Rain Theatreworks presents, “Palabras Luminosas” on March 30 as part of Tibbits’ series of educational programming for area schools.  The program takes place at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the public are available at the door for $2. “Palabras Luminosas” is a collection of stories from throughout the Americas

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  • Auditions for Teen Talent Show (3/14/2016) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-Tab) will hold auditions for its annual “Spotlight on Teens” talent competition. Auditions are open to students age 11-18 and take place Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tibbits Opera House.  Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, orators, magicians and any other creatively inspired entertainers are encouraged to audition for this impressive

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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Offers Exciting Mix (2/25/2016) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Summer Theatre’s 2016 season includes a mix of old and new, music and comedy, exceptional dancing, and the professional theatre Tibbits has been presenting for 52 years plus new music events and new times. The main four-show season features the classic American musical, “Oklahoma!”, the recent Broadway hit “The Addams Family the Musical,” the funny, yet poignant play “Driving Miss Daisy,”

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  • Coldwater Comedy Fest Offers Big Laughs (2/12/2016) - Laughter is considered great medicine and Tibbits offers the perfect cure for the winter blues as it presents its third annual Coldwater Comedy Fest March 12 at Tibbits Opera House. Part of the Tibbits Entertainment Series, the show begins at 7:30. The evening of comedy features three outstanding comedians with broad audience appeal and a beer and wine cash bar. Headliner for the evening

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  • Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, RUMOURS, to Perform (1/14/2016) - COLDWATER – The Fleetwood Mac tribute band, “Rumours,” creates fun and nostalgia through its detailed recreation of one of the best-selling bands of all time when it performs at Tibbits Opera House Saturday, January 30, 2016. Rumours is a premier Fleetwood Mac tribute act based in Los Angeles, CA. The group formed in 2012 and recreates the legendary band in its youthful heyday from

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  • Tibbits Documentary to Air on PBS (12/23/2015) - COLDWATER –Both Tibbits and Coldwater will garner some new attention as public broadcasting service (PBS) stations throughout Michigan air the documentary “Old Buildings: The Restoration and Preservation of the Tibbits Opera House.” The only local airing will be December 28 on WKAR Lansing at 11 pm. It will also air in Marquette, Grand Rapids and Mt. Pleasant. The film by Mike Mort of Equity

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  • Auditions for Tibbits Young Audiences show Jan. 4 & 5 (12/22/2015) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for “Twinderella the Musical” starting at 5 pm January 4 and 5 at Tibbits Opera House for the show to be presented March 18-20, 2016. “Twinderella the Musical” is a fun, musical twist and the classic story of Cinderella featuring her long lost twin brother, Bob. This version features an evil stepfather, two dorky stepbrothers and

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  • UNCONVENTIONAL Christmas Double Feature (12/15/2015) - Tibbits presents its “Unconventional” Christmas movie double-feature Saturday, December 19 with “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” and “Die Hard” both on the big screen at the historic theatre in Coldwater. The “Unconventional” Christmas event includes a beer and wine cash bar, refreshments, holiday cheer, and two movies viewers will find more fun on the big screen and in the company of others. Tickets for

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  • Tibbits Auction Breaks Record (11/15/2015) - COLDWATER – Tibbits’ 36th Annual Auction set a new record for the historic theatre, grossing nearly $77,000 toward the annual operating budget. With the opera house transformed into the Emerald City of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked” fame, more than 350 guests were greeted by volunteers dressed as characters of the famous literary works. Posters and iconic symbols of the Oz stories throughout

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  • Week-Long Arab American Cultural Programming Hosted by Tibbits (11/3/2015) - Students and community members will have a unique opportunity to learn about Arab history, traditions and culture in November as Tibbits partners with the Arab American National Museum (AANM) to present special programs to school groups and the public. AANM located in Dearborn, Michigan is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture and this year

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  • Tibbits Offers Arab American Heritage Bus Trip (10/26/2015) - COLDWATER –As part of a week filled with cultural activities, Tibbits is taking reservations for a day-long bus trip to the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) scheduled for Saturday, November 21. A deluxe motor coach will leave from Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater at 8:45am for a two-hour trip to Detroit and return at approximately 5:30 pm.

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  • Mary Smith to Donate her Cadillac Deville to Tibbits Auction (10/26/2015) - Mary Smith, long time Tibbits patron and friend has donated her other “Jewel,” a 1999 Cadillac Deville to the Tibbits Auction, “In the Emerald City” taking place on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

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  • TYA presents Rikki-Tikki Tavi (10/13/2015) - COLDWATER, MI – This weekend students in Tibbits Young Audiences production of “The Adventures of Rikki-Tikki Tavi” bring to life the Jungle Book characters of Rudyard Kipling in a memorable play for the entire family. This adaptation by Tim Kelly features all of the beloved characters that have charmed readers for over a century. In the play, storytellers from India portrayed by Carson Perz

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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.