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  • NOVEMBER BRINGS THE DARK SHADOW OF FILM NOIR TO TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE (10/17/2018) - COLDWATER – On Saturday, November 10 at 7pm, the Tibbits Classic Film Series descends into the dark and gritty world of film noir with the Orson Welles thriller The Lady from Shanghai and the twist-ladened Detour. First up is Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai. Against his better judgment, seaman Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles) agrees to work on a yacht, sailing from New York

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  • MONSTER FEST RETURNS AND ITS BIGGER THAN EVER! (10/17/2018) - COLDWATER – On Saturday, October 27 at 5:30pm, Tibbits Opera House will present an evening long Halloween event by combining the monster movie marathon MONSTER FEST with the Coldwater Halloween parade. In the world of movie trilogies, there is usually an attempt to make the third chapter bigger in scope and sometimes a little ridiculous. That is the mindset that was suggested when Tibbits

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  • Designs Wanted for Rotary Splash Pad Mural (10/15/2018) - COLDWATER – Artists interested in impacting the community can create a design for a mural to be installed near the Rotary Splash Pad at Heritage Park. Those interested in submitting a colorful, original design to be painted on the cinderblock wall next to the Rotary Splash Pad can submit one entry at no cost. Designs should complement the park and splash pad in color

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  • Artists Wanted for “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Art Gallery Show (9/25/2018) - COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with artwork which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery on November 8. Artists of any age are free to submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings should be fitted with a hanging wire. Sculpture or other mediums

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  • Nearly 40 Students Take the Stage for The Snow White Variety Show (9/25/2018) - COLDWATER – A cast of nearly 40 local students will present the play The Snow White Variety Show at Tibbits Opera House Oct. 19-20 at 7pm and Oct. 21 at 2pm. The Snow White Variety Show has all the fun of just about every TV-show genre imaginable jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy!  The audience becomes the live studio audience on a talk

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  • ArtRAGEous Brings Interactive Music and Art to Tibbits (9/19/2018) -   Coldwater— With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction, ArtRAGEous will take the audience on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity, and fun on October 10 at 7pm at Tibbits Opera House! As people who live and breathe the arts, creativity, community, and inspiration, the ArtRAGEous troupe created the show to pay tribute to

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  • TIBBITS CLASSIC FILM SERIES RETURNS! (9/18/2018) - COLDWATER— Tibbits Classic Film Series returns for a third year September 29 at 7pm with a double feature showcasing the humorous and dramatic abilities of silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe. The evening will begin with one of Marilyn Monroe’s best dramatic roles, the dark thriller Niagara. While on vacation at Niagara Falls Polly Cutler (Jean Peters) begins to suspect the woman in the cabin

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  • Volunteers Needed for Arts Alive Holiday Event (8/30/2018) - COLDWATER – Arts Alive has opportunities available for volunteers as the group plans its unique holiday event “The Art of Holiday Food, Drinks & Décor” happening at the Tibbits Opera House on November 27. According to Stephanie Burdick, one of the organizers of the event, “We’re looking for all skills. Whether you have ideas and like to create things yourself, or even if you

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  • Memorial Concert to Feature Celtic Music with THE FOUNDING (8/24/2018) - COLDWATER – With their modern take on the traditional Irish/Scottish Celtic sound, The Founding will be the featured band at this year’s Smith Memorial Concert at the Tibbits Opera House September 15 at 7pm. Diane Smith Pridgeon, organizer of the concert, explains, “The Ruth, Robert, Douglas, and Dean Smith Memorial Benefit Concert celebrates families. The concert began in 2001 to remember the lives of

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  • Kick Off National Hispanic Heritage Month with Los Bandits (8/23/2018) - COLDWATER – As National Hispanic Heritage Month gets ready to kick off, Los Bandits de MIchigan will bring their Tex-Mex style of music to the Tibbits Opera House stage for a special concert on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7pm. The band Los Bandits de MIchigan has been performing since 1991, but each individual member has over thirty years musical experience. Two members of the

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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Auditions for The Snow White Variety Show Announced (8/13/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for The Snow White Variety Show at 5 pm August 22 and 23 at Tibbits Opera House for the play to be presented October 19-21, 2018. The Snow White Variety Show has all the fun of just about every TV-show genre imaginable jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy!  The audience becomes the live studio audience

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  • Profound Impact presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. (8/10/2018) - COLDWATER – Area youth present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR August 17-19, 2018 at Tibbits Opera House as Pines Behavioral Health and Tibbits Young Audiences join forces for a free Profound Impact performance. The beloved musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  It tells the story of Belle played by Ashlyn Britton,

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  • PNC Sponsors Resident Alien (8/7/2018) - As the comedy Resident Alien closes the final week of Tibbits Summer Theatre, the historic opera house recognizes PNC as sponsor again this year. PNC also supports Tibbits through corporate membership and the theatre’s annual fundraising auction. Shortly after joining the Branch County community, PNC began its support of Tibbits, initially supporting the winter concerts including Jeff Daniels in 2006 and 2007 and the

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  • Tibbits Receives Funds toward Boilers (7/31/2018) -     COLDWATER –Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. received $5000 from the Coldwater Rotary Club to offset the costs of replacing the 50-year-old boilers in the historic Tibbits Opera House. The Club last year gave a gift of $3000 to the project. While the new boilers were installed in time for last winter, the final piece of the project, painting the building

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  • ‘Resident Alien’ Closes TST Mainstage Season (7/27/2018) - COLDWATER – An “out-of-this-world” situational comedy, Resident Alien closes Tibbits’ mainstage season when it plays from August 2-11 at the historic Tibbits Opera House. Written by Stuart Spencer, Resident Alien plays out with Michael’s son being taken up into an alien space ship, and his testy ex-wife, her slow-witted husband, and the “anything but by the book” sheriff won’t believe him. The AWOL alien,

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  • Popcorn Theatre Continues with ‘Shiver & Shake’ (7/24/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits’ Popcorn Theatre continues with the spook-tacular story of Shiver and Shake showing July 27-28 & August 3-4 at 10am. A young man who has never felt fear wonders what it’s like to shiver and shake.  He spends the night in a haunted castle, and comedy abounds as ghost after ghost try to frighten him. This exciting story was written for the

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  • Artists Wanted for “A is for Animal” Art Gallery Show (7/24/2018) - COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show, “A is for Animal,” which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery in September and will be on display until late October. Artists of any age are free to submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings should be fitted with a hanging

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  • 2014 Best Musical Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Plays July 19-21, 25-28 (7/13/2018) - COLDWATER- The 2014 Tony Award Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder comes to the Tibbits stage in madcap fashion Thursday, July 19 through Saturday July 28 in Coldwater, MI. A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm and a dash of murder. The 2014 Best Musical

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  • THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN WITH CIRQUE AMONGUS! (7/13/2018) -   COLDWATER – A surprising combination of comedy, circus skills and audience participation will delight young and old when Cirque Amongus comes to Tibbits as part of Popcorn Theatre July 20 & 21 at 10am. This circus-style performance incorporates fundamental circus arts: juggling, movement, and balance creating an exciting and unforgettable experience. This high-energy show appeals to kids and adults alike, and patrons will

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  • A CLASSIC TALE OF FRIENDSHIP COMES TO LIFE ON THE TIBBITS STAGE! (7/2/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits’ Popcorn Theatre continues with the timeless tale of Charlotte’s Web showing  July 6-7 & 13-14 at 10am. Wilbur the pig lived happily on a farm in the country until one day it is revealed that his life may be in danger. Fearing the worst, Wilbur’s friend Charlotte the spider attempts to save him by making everyone think Wilbur can weave words

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  • Tibbits Presents Cabarets at Local Restaurants (6/28/2018) - COLDWATER – Tibbits Summer Theatre will team with three area restaurants to present special dinner theatre productions in July offering a full meal and a cabaret-style performance that features members of its professional summer company. The cabaret performances will be presented Monday, July 9 at Olivia’s Chop House in Jonesville, Tuesday July 10 at Schuler’s in Marshall, and Wednesday, July 11 at 6 Autumns

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  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR OPENS JUNE 28 (6/21/2018) -   COLDWATER – One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the ultimate rock opera experience Jesus Christ Superstar, opening June 28 at the historic Tibbits Opera House. This global blockbuster retells the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith

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  • TIBBITS POPCORN THEATRE OPENS WITH THE LAST OF THE DRAGONS! (6/19/2018) - COLDWATER – Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Last of the Dragons, the first production in the 2018 Tibbits Popcorn Theatre Season showing June 22-23 & 29-30 at 10am at the historic Tibbits Opera House. This imaginative and original tale written by Kristin Walter is based upon the original story of Edith Nesbit. Tradition dictates that on her 16th birthday, a princess

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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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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.