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  • Mixed Emotions Opens Tibbits Summer Season (6/6/2018) - Coldwater, MI — “Mixed Emotions,” a funny, touching play opens Tibbits Summer Theatre’s 55th season on June 14 with an inspirational message of starting life a-new; the show runs through June 23 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. A gentle, yet funny and romantic comedy the plays tells the story of two widowed friends in their 60s. Before the deaths of their spouses,

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  • CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR TIBBITS STUDENT FILM CONTEST (6/4/2018) - COLDWATER-Students ages 11-19 can test their creativity and explore the world of film production through a 10-day film competition presented by Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB) starting June 8 at Tibbits Opera House with the premiere of the films on June 19. The contest begins with the kick-off event June 8 at the box office in Tibbits Opera House where prospective teams can stop

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  • Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council Welcomes New Board Members (5/7/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. recently elected its executive committee while also welcoming several new members to its board of directors. Richard Merrill assumed the position of president, Chris Donbrock vice president, Wayne Weaver treasurer, Laura Lutterbeck secretary and Polly Locke member at large. J. Richard Colbeck takes the role of past president. Newly elected to the board are Wayne

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  • Mariachi Music, Flamenco Dancers & Battle Sounds Part of Cinco de Mayo Celebration (5/7/2018) - COLDWATER – Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration filled Tibbits Opera House with mariachi music, stomping feet of flamenco dancers, battle sounds from the film dramatization of the Battle of Pueblo, as well as flags and beautiful instrumental sounds from across the Latin nations. With support of the Michigan Humanities Council, Altrusa International of Branch County and the Branch County Community Foundation, the events were

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  • Tibbits Announces Spotlight on Teen Talent Winners (5/2/2018) - COLDWATER – Coldwater High School’s Amelia Gerth won the first-place title and prize money for Tibbits Theatre and Beyond’s 15th annual Spotlight on Teen Talent Show. Students ages 11-18, performing in a variety of twenty-two acts, took to the Tibbits Opera House stage to compete on April 28, with winners taking home cash prizes. Gerth, who also won the High Tech Audience Choice Award,

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  • Foreigners Journey Returns to Tibbits in July (5/1/2018) - COLDWATER – 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, July 14, 2018 in a concert at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. This tribute show features keyboardist Paul Kochanski, bassist Joe Pettengill, lead singer Keith Carmichael, guitarist Amos Sanfilippo and drummer

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  • THE DUKE ONCE AGAIN SWAGGERS ONTO THE SILVER SCREEN (4/25/2018) - COLDWATER – The Tibbits Classic Film Series closes its 2017-2018 with The Duke himself, John Wayne, in North to Alaska and 3 Godfathers on May 26, 2018 at 7pm. The evening begins with the light-hearted North to Alaska, the story of two partners, Sam McCord (Wayne) and George Pratt (Stewart Granger) who strike gold during the Alaskan Gold Rush. Once they are living comfortably

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  • Romeo & Juliet Closes Tibbits’ 2018 School Programming Series (4/20/2018) - COLDWATER – High school students from the surrounding region will see the tale of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, as brought to life by the Michigan Shakespeare Festival Tour on May 15 at Tibbits Opera House. Tibbits presents the professional touring troupe as it recreates the beloved Shakespearean tragedy between two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This high-energy adaption is part

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  • Talented Teens Prepare to Entertain (4/11/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits held auditions for its Spotlight on Teen Talent show a few weeks ago, attracting a variety of performers to the stage. Those selected to participate in the show will perform for the public on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. The students, ages 11 to 18, will sing, dance, and perform as they showcase their skills and compete for prizes during

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  • Free Cinco de Mayo Celebration Coming to Tibbits (4/4/2018) - COLDWATER – To promote and celebrate the Hispanic culture in Branch County, Tibbits will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 12-5pm May 5 complete with music, dance, an exhibit of flags and a film about the fight for Democracy which the day honors. After a procession of 20 Latin flags, which will be put on display with informational cards about each country

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  • Call to Artists, Downtown Businesses, and Marketplace Vendors for the 2018 Spring ArtWalk (3/29/2018) - COLDWATER – Arts Alive and the Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce are currently looking for artists, downtown businesses, and marketplace vendors for the 2018 Spring ArtWalk on Friday, June 8. Fine artists are paired up with businesses and their work will be on display from 5-8pm the night of ArtWalk. From makeup artists, sculptors, painters, photographers and more, all mediums of art are welcome

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  • Volunteers Wanted at Tibbits Opera House (3/29/2018) - Coldwater, MI – Tibbits offers a variety of exciting volunteering opportunities for those in the community interested in giving their time to the historic theatre. In addition to live performances and entertainment, Tibbits offers volunteer opportunities to anyone who would like to get involved:  usher shows, bartend events, work the concessions and gift shop, give theatre tours, help work and organize the annual fundraising

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  • Wild Swan brings “A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories” and “Shipwrecked” to Tibbits (3/28/2018) - School Programming Series Continues with Wild Swan Shows COLDWATER – Wild Swan Theater will delight young audiences when they travel to Tibbits Opera House with their show A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories on April 12 and Shipwrecked on April 18 for Tibbits’ school programming series. Students from preschool to second grade will enjoy A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories, featuring childrens’ all- time

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  • MURDER, MYSTERY, & TREACHERY COME TO TIBBITS WITH A HITCHCOCK DOUBLE FEATURE (3/26/2018) - COLDWATER – Come see the master of the thriller genre when the Tibbits Classic Film Series screens Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry and Saboteur on April 14, 2018 at 7pm. Alfred Hitchcock, a man ahead of his time, is credited as the creator of the thriller genre. His repertoire includes a host of films including Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds.

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  • Artists Wanted for “Pops of Color” Art Gallery Show (3/26/2018) - COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show, “Pops of Color,” which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery in May and will be on display during the evening of ArtWalk on June 8 and through the first two shows of Tibbits Summer Theatre. Artists of any age are free to submit up to three pieces

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  • Student Artists Wanted for Kids’ Art Rocks Art Gallery Show (3/22/2018) - COLDWATER –  Student artists are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual Kids’ Art Rocks gallery show which will be displayed at the Tibbits Opera House Art Gallery during ArtWalk. Kids’ Art Rocks has recognized 133 pieces of student art since the program’s inception, and this year the program is looking to expand by moving to an open submission of artwork. All students

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  • ROYAL CHEVROLET BUICK GMC TITLE SPONSOR FOR TIBBITS GOLF (3/22/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation proudly announces Royal as the Title Sponsor for its annual Tibbits Golf Outing Friday, June 22 at the Coldwater Golf Course. Royal Chevrolet Sales Manager Mike Evon said, “Royal Chevrolet is very honored and excited to be a part of an event that has been around for many years.  Tibbits offers a variety of shows, programs, and entertainment to

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  • AUDITIONS FOR SPOTLIGHT ON TEEN TALENT SHOW (3/20/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB) will hold auditions for its annual “Spotlight on Teen Talent” competition. Auditions are open to students age 11 through 18 and will take place Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 at 5pm at Tibbits Opera House. Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, orators, magicians, and any other creatively inspired entertainers are encouraged to audition for this impressive showcase.

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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Presents Tied to the Tracks (3/14/2018) - COLDWATER – Cast members of Tibbits Young Audiences musical Tied to the Tracks are ready to show off months of hard work when they take to the stage March 23 and 24 at 7pm and March 25 at 2pm at Tibbits Opera House. Tied to the Tracks will leave you tied up in knots…of laughter!  This action-packed old time musical western melodrama follows the

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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Cast Members Perform for Local Groups (3/9/2018) - COLDWATER – Cast members of Tibbits Young Audiences musical Tied to the Tracks recently delighted several local groups with a preview of their show, which will take the Tibbits stage later this month. Since 2012, TYA cast members have gone on the road with a selection of songs and choreography for their upcoming performance.  Affectionately knicknamed “The Wagon Train Adventure” this year, Tibbits Young

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  • Tibbits Secures Liquor License (3/7/2018) - COLDWATER – As attendees of recent events at Tibbits Opera House have already discovered, Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. acquired a full liquor license in February and “The Ghost Light Bar” is open at the historic theatre. Tibbits Board of Directors opted to pursue a developmental liquor license after members had attended a conference and learned of the immense value of such

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  • Artists Wanted for Spring-Themed Art Gallery Show (3/2/2018) - COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show, “ACHOO: The Sounds and Sights of Spring,” which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery right before their Comedy Fest, featuring three professional comedians, on March 17. Artists are free to submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings should be ready to

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  • Season Tickets & Group Reservations Now Available for 2018 Tibbits Summer Theatre Season (3/2/2018) - COLDWATER –Season ticket subscriptions and group reservations are now available for the 54th summer theatre season at Tibbits Opera House, which 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

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  • Abbott & Costello Comedy Mayhem (2/20/2018) - HEEEEY ABBOOOOOTT!   COLDWATER – Bud Abbott & Lou Costello bring their patented brand of slapstick comedy to the Tibbits big screen on March 10 at 7pm when the Tibbits Classic Film Series screens Who Done It? and Hold That Ghost. Up first is the murder mystery, Who Done It?. Abbott & Costello play soda jerks who dream of writing mysteries for a big-time

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Bash Features Professional Comedians (2/16/2018) - COLDWATER –Roars of laughter will fill the Tibbits as three professional stand-up comedians help the audience shake off their winter blues on March 17 at 7pm for Coldwater’s 5th Annual Comedy Fest, which also features a St. Patrick’s Day twist this year. Headlining this year is Last Comic Standing finalist Michael Palascak, who grew up in the small town of Wabash, Indiana and began

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  • Pirate School Coming to Tibbits (2/15/2018) - COLDWATER – Area elementary students will experience “piratical fun” while learning about simple machines, navigation, air pressure and more in the one-man educational pirate show Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates for Tibbits’ school programming series on Tuesday, March 6. The SCIENCE of Pirates is the swashbuckling one-man show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. It is

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  • Tibbits Offers School Performances (2/1/2018) - COLDWATER – Area elementary students will experience live theatre and celebrate the country’s rich folklore as Wild Swan Theater presents American Short & Tall Tales for Tibbits’ school programming series on Tuesday, February 13. Humor, stories, and music will delight audiences as the performers crisscross the nation, bringing to life the tall tales that helped create our unique “melting pot” heritage.  The performance follows

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  • Classic Film Series – Science Fiction Double Feature (1/21/2018) - INVADERS FROM ANOTHER PLANET DESCEND ON TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE! COLDWATER – Experience two science-fiction classics of the 1950s when Tibbits Classic Film Series screens the original versions of The Day the Earth Stood Still and Invaders from Mars on February 17 at 7pm. In The Day the Earth Stood Still, a flying saucer lands in Washington DC and is surrounded by a full company

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  • Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council Annual Meeting (1/19/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. will hold its annual meeting Thursday, January 25 at 5:30 pm at the opera house. The meeting for Branch County’s center for arts and culture includes a review of the 2016-17 fiscal year, a financial report of the theatre and highlights for the year ahead. The community and members of the Tibbits Foundation are invited

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  • Best of the Eagles, The Eagles Tribute Band (1/11/2018) - WARM YOURSELF WITH THE CALIFORNIA SOUNDS OF BEST OF THE EAGLES, THE EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND COLDWATER – Best of the Eagles tribute band will bring that seventies California sound to Tibbits on January 27, 2018 at 7pm. With signature tunes like “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” and “Desperado,” Best of the Eagles keeps the legacy of one of America’s greatest rock super groups alive.

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  • Tibbits Wins Three Regional BroadwayWorld Awards (1/9/2018) - COLDWATER – BroadwayWorld has just announced the winners for the 2017 Regional Awards, and Tibbits Summer Theatre won three of the eleven awards for which they were nominated. The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Isaac Jankowski was awarded Best Actor in a Play for the Tibbits Summer Theatre show The Fox on the Fairway, while

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  • ART CONTEST FOR TIBBITS’ 2018 SUMMER THEATRE SEASON (1/8/2018) - ART CONTEST FOR TIBBITS’ 2018 SUMMER THEATRE SEASON   COLDWATER –  In June of 2018, Tibbits will begin its 54th season of professional summer theatre and will be looking for four artists to create original poster art for their four productions, Mixed Emotions, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Resident Alien. Each year Tibbits draws thousands of audience members

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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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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.