COLDWATER – One of Branch County’s architectural gems received additional recognition as the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, has listed the Tibbits Opera House in the National Register of Historic Places. With the completion in 2013 of the restoration of the original 1882 French Second Empire façade, Tibbits began the process to get the building listed. Historically, it has been
Marin Heinritz, Encore Michigan “Cain’t Say No” to Tibbits’ Oklahoma The ensemble of cowboys led by the dynamic Drew Porrett as Will Parker give knockout performances from “Kansas City” all the way through to the end. Their leaps, high kicks, tapping in cowboy boots and crisp fouette turns (without losing their hats!) are delightful to watch. Much of their choreography is mirrored by the
Nicole L.V. Mullis, For the Enquirer ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ is well worth the drive to Coldwater “Driving Miss Daisy” is a play that stays with you, even if poorly done. And this production, directed by Suzanne Marie Ogden, is gorgeously done. It starts with actors Diana Wilde and Joel Diggs, who play Daisy and Hoke as if made for the roles. Diggs is just
Nicole L.V. Mullis, For the Enquirer Fancy footwork makes Tibbits’ ‘Oklahoma!’ better than OK “Oklahoma!” was the first musical written by dynamic duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was also the first musical to use choreography as a means to forward the storyline, earning original choreographer Agnes de Mille credit with Rogers and Hammerstein. Tibbits Summer Professional Theatre enlisted choreographer Kevin Halpin
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
Theater: ‘Alone’ proves good comedy is not ‘obsolete’
Lauri Rowe, For the Enquirer
Debbie Culver and Alan Elliott seamlessly bring the 30-plus year marriage of George and Helene to life, a sort of coming-of-an-age story. It is easy to believe these two have been through the thick and thin of raising three boys over the decades.
Donna Adams Schulte, a familiar face on the Tibbits stage, fills the scenes with her precise comedic timing and bubbly presence.
“Alone Together Again” is a comedy that proves once again live theater done in the beautiful historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater is far from being “obsolete.”
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Tibbits’ “Alone Together Again” is funny and endearing
by Bridgette Redman | Encore Michigan
‘Alone Together Again’ is a show with a lot of laughs in it. It fulfills the role of family comedy and is brimming with funny lines and situations. It’s a lovely and fitting comedy with which to end Tibbits’ summer season.
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by Bridgette Redman | Encore Michigan
Tibbits Summer Theater actors once again show that they are excellent dancers, interesting actors and strong ensemble singers. “Pippin” is filled with large dance numbers that are in turn funny, thrilling, erotic and charming. It also has its share of solos and singular stand-out performances. The summer company does justice to this complex musical and makes it a thoughtful but fun evening of theater.
Theater review: ‘Pippin’ is extraordinary at Tibbits
Nicole L.V. Mullis, For the Enquirer
Everything about this story is over-the-top — the music, the lyrics, the costumes, the choreography, the concept. The soul of it, however, couldn’t be more down-to-earth. That’s what makes you want to see it again.
‘Pippin’ plays large on Tibbits stage | Battle Creek Enquirer
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“Pippin” is a play about life, death and the stage, and its interpretations can be as varied as any piece of art.
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