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“Gentleman’s Guide” Getting Rave Reviews!

Ben Shimkus & Jaclyn Collins

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” has been getting rave reviews from critics and patrons alike.  We’ve heard from a few people that they loved it so much that they’re coming back to see it a second time!  Hurry–it closes this weekend!


Meet the Leads

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Brian P. Sage: Plays 9 (YES, NINE!) different roles in this show…

Tibbits 2018: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 16th season.  Favorites Roles at Tibbits: Max Bialystock in The Producers, Stanley in Run for Your Wife, William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bela Zangler in Crazy For You, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Luther Billis in South PacificTraining: MFA-Wayne State University, BA-Western Michigan University. “Huge thanks to Charles Burr and the Colbeck’s for their friendship and for always welcoming me back no matter how long I’ve been gone, and to Meriah and Gavin for their love and support while Daddy is away getting his acting fix.”


Ben Shimkus: Montague “Monty” Navarro

Tibbits 2018: The Last of the Dragons, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 4th season. At Tibbits: The Addams Family (Lucas), Pippin (Player), Footloose (Lyle). Favorite Roles: Catboy in the Original Cast and First National Tour of PJ Masks Live!, a Tenor in The Dublin’s Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies, and Ladahlord in The Roxy Regional’s James and the Giant Peach. Training: B.A. in Musical Theatre at Cortland State. “Huge thanks to my family and friends for all of their constant support and love. Thanks as always to Mark Reynolds for kindling my love for the art of performing.”


Jackie Collins: Sibella Hallward

Tibbits 2018: Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, Resident Alien, 3rd season.  At Tibbits: Oklahoma!, The Addams Family: The Musical, Boeing Boeing, The Odd Couple, Peter Pan, PippinFavorite Roles: Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Cortland State University), Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (Tibbits Summer Theatre), Catherine in Pippin (Tibbits Summer Theatre) Rock Around The Clock (Niagara Falls Casino Resort) Dublin’s Irish Tenor And Celtic Ladies (Spirit Touring USA). Training: Cortland State University.  “‘Today is going to be a good day, and here’s why: because today you’re you and that’s enough.’-DEH  Thank you always to my friends and family for their support and Tibbits for this amazing opportunity with this wonderful cast!  This one is for you, Gram.”


Hope Pauly: Phoebe D’Ysquith

Tibbits 2018: Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Last of the Dragons, 1st season.  Favorite Roles: Janet Van De Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone, Incline Theatre; Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5, WKU Theatre.  Training: Recent graduate of Western Kentucky University, BFA Performing Arts: Musical Theatre.   “I am very excited to be making her debut at Tibbits this summer!  Thanks to Mom, Dad, Max, Nina, and Riley for always believing in me!”




Meet our Director

You’ve all seen him on stage giving the curtain speech, but Charles is responsible for so much–he attends auditions and hires in the summer company, he directs the popcorn shows, and he directs mainstage shows.

Charles BurrCharles Burr: Artistic Director, Director

Tibbits 2018:  The Last of the Dragons, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Resident Alien, 36th Season.  At Tibbits: The Look of Love, Run For Your Wife and 92 other productions. Favorite Roles: Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Arvide in Guys and Dolls, Elwood in Harvey and Moonface in Anything Goes. Favorite Productions: “Whatever I’m working on.” Training: Eastern Michigan University. “I still get a thrill stepping on this stage. Thanks, Bobb, for making me audition here all those years ago.




Meet our Conductor

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our fabulous musical director and pianist Lisa Lawrence–she is ridiculously talented, ever-so-sweet, and a huge promoter and supporter of everyone involved in the production.

Lisa Lawrence: Musical Director
Tibbits 2018: A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dinner Theatre Cabarets, 3rd season.
At TibbitsDamn Yankees, The Addams FamilyFavorite Productions:  Sweeney Todd  at Mt. Washington Valley Theatre; Pirates of Penzance at Amarillo Opera; West Side Story, Into the Woods, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood at NWMSU; Little Women at Metro Theatre Orlando; The Addams Family at Tibbits; Lili Marlene Off-Broadway Write Act Repertory NYC.
Training:  Northwest Missouri State University.  “Love and gracious thanks to Lucille and William Lawrence (mom and dad) for constant encouragement, Drs. Patricia and Charles Schultz for knowledge and opportunities, and Kennon Balster for my first gig! Thank you Charles Burr; the talented GGLM cast, crew, and orchestra; and Jennifer and JR Colbeck for this magical theatrical experience!!”


Meet the Designers

All of our designers have professional portfolios and work magic with a limited budget.  As you enjoy the spectacle of the show, keep in mind the vision supplied by these designers.

Johnmichael Bohach: Scenic Designer
Tibbits 2018: Mixed Emotions, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Resident Alien, 1st season.  Favorite Productions: 42nd Street, Sweet Charity at Pittsburgh Playhouse, A Lion in Winter, Blithe Spirit at PICT Classic Theatre, The Mousetrap at Prime Stage.  Training: University of Pittsburgh, BAs in Theatre Arts and Architectural Studies. www.johnmichaelbohach.com

Catie Blencowe: Lighting Designer
Tibbits 2018: Mixed Emotions, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Resident Alien, 2nd season. Favorite Productions:  The Rocky Horror Show at Sam Houston State University, Macbeth at The Young Actors Guild, The Glass Menagerie at The University of Arkansas. Training:  University of Arkansas, MFA Candidate and Sam Houston State University, BFA in Theatre. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” -Albert Einstein

Marc W. Vital II: Costume Shop Manager & Costume Designer
Tibbits 2018: Mixed Emotions and Gentleman’s Guide, 4th season.  At Tibbits: Footloose, The Cemetery Club, Boeing Boeing, Oklahoma, Alone Together Again, Peter Pan (Wilde Award nomination). Favorite Productions: Footloose at Tibbits, Godspell at Hollins University, Father Comes Home from the Wars at University of Missouri.  Training: The University of Alabama; The University of Missouri, Kansas-City.  “Take a look through another’s eyes-even if you think they’re wrong. You might discover a new truth.”

Joel Pape: Sound Designer



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