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"Miss Nelson is Missing" 2015 Popcorn Theatre

“Miss Nelson is Missing” 2015 Popcorn Theatre

Touching youth with quality arts experiences, Tibbits Young Audiences offers programs both for and by area youth to develop their interest in the arts. Scroll down to read more about Popcorn Theatre, TYA shows, and T-TAB.

Tibbits Young Audiences Events

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Popcorn Theatre, Professional Touring Events

Performances for Youth include professional touring events as well as the wildly popular Popcorn Theatre featured Friday and Saturday mornings through the summer. Additionally, performances for area schools often meet specific curriculum needs and tours of the building can provide other customizable educational opportunities.

2016 Popcorn Theatre


Tickets to Popcorn Theatre are General Admission (first-come first-serve, NON-assigned seating). Tickets for Popcorn Theatre are $8 (includes $1 fee) and can be purchased online and by phone. Patrons are strongly encouraged to buy tickets in advance as there is no additional fee to do so. If purchasing tickets at the door, please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early to avoid lines at the Box Office and ensure great seats.

Family and group rates available. Please contact Tammy Barnes at boxoffice@tibbts.org or 517-278-6029.

Tickets are required for all individuals taking a seat.

TYA | Tibbits Young Audiences

Tibbits produces two shows yearly shows with a full cast of about 50 students. A non-musical in the fall and a musical in the spring provide students an enjoyable introduction to the world of theatre. By “putting on a show” they learn teamwork, discipline, theatre skills, self confidence and an appreciation for the arts. Shows are open to youth in fourth through eighth grade.

The Spring Musical will be held March 24, 25, 26, 2017. Auditions are Jan. 5, 6 at 5:00- Read more about auditions.


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 and any other creatively inspired entertainers are encouraged to audition for this impressive showcase. Approximately twenty acts will be selected to compete in the talent show to take place Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first through fifth place along with a People’s Choice winner.

Tibbits Theatre And Beyond provides middle and high school students a chance to learn more about theatre through workshops, hands on experience, performance and producing their annual talent show.

Funding & Membership

TYA programming is primarily paid for through membership in the Tibbits Opera Foundation. Become a member and your child or grandchild will receive an asterisk next to their name in all TYA programs.

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