DATE FOR RELEASE: July 30, 2015 Contact: Christine Delaney, 517-278-6029 Written by: Natalie Nohr, 517-227-1363 COLDWATER – Mustard’s Retreat brings its enthusiastic, interactive kid’s concert to Tibbits Popcorn Theatre August 7 and 8 at 10 am. This musical duo of David Tamulevich and Michael Hough is “pure magic…energy, genuine warmth, funny songs, beautiful voices, and good spirits still reverberate,” according to New York City’s Lincoln Center. Mustard’s Retreat presents performances that leave their audiences with “music to cure what ails you,” according to The Michigan Times. “They stand up there and just radiate friendliness; the audience is included in the whole process, encouraged to sing along and talk back. I’ve learned a lot from them in that sense,” Canadian songwriter Garnet Rogers said. Audiences can expect to be fully immersed in the show with plenty of opportunities to participate. Folk musician of 40 years Tom Paxton said, “There are no barriers at all, and you just love to watch that and be part of it… Michael is such a wonderful, simple bass player; his time is just flawless. And that’s why two guys can move you musically the way they do – they have a gorgeous sense of time and tempo, a real musicality to what they do.” Tamulevich and Hough have traveled over one million miles for more than 4,000 shows since their debut in Ann Arbor at the Ark Coffeehouse’s open-mike night, and have nine well-commended recordings. “In order to last, there has to be more than just talent – you have to enjoy playing, enjoy audiences and enjoy being in front of them. Audiences go to [their] shows because they know they will be entertained,” David Siglin of the Ark said of Mustard’s Retreat. The duo expects to continue to perform for as long as they can. “We still really enjoy all of this: the writing and the performing. Audiences let us know that they enjoy it as well. They have taken our music and made it a part of their lives: that is the ultimate compliment, and as long as they want to see us, we plan to keep performing,” Tamulevich said. Mustard’s Retreat is Tibbits Opera House’s final 2015 Popcorn Theatre production, and is sponsored by Greg Bruder and Tracy L. Kelley of Edward Jones. Tickets are $8 and include popcorn courtesy of Dr. Ed Lake and Dr. Young Yoon, and juice donated by McDonalds of Branch and Hillsdale counties. Popcorn Theatre is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Jon and Seibra Herbener, and through the support of grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Each performance will be held at Tibbits Opera House, 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, Michigan. Tickets and more information are available at www.Tibbits.org, or at 517-278-6029.
Adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher and based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” centers on an unruly classroom of students who do not realize how good their teacher is until she disappears.
The cast from the professional company includes Diane Long, Dougie Robbins, Vince Orabona, Ben Shimkus, Rachel Doane, William Rivera, Nikki Ferrara, Jacob Covert, Holly Fuller, Stuart Kofron. In the story Miss Nelson can’t control her classroom; she’s just too nice. When she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! When the kids realize how much they miss Miss Nelson they’ll do anything—including hiring a private eye—to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back.
The show is sponsored by Great Lakes Chiropractic who have been supporting Popcorn Theatre since
2005. Popcorn Theatre’s live, professional performances have been entertaining audiences and introducing live theatre to the youngest of theatre-goers for generations. Popcorn Theatre is also made possible through the generosity of Dr. Jon and Seibra Herbener as well as grant support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Since 1988 Tibbits has produced Popcorn Theatre offering families live professional theatre and music experiences for their children. Popcorn Theatre is the perfect introduction to theatre with quality shows geared to the attention and interests of the youngest of fans. Generations of families have built Popcorn Theatre into their own family traditions.
Offered Friday or Saturday mornings at 10 am, the $8 ticket price includes popcorn and juice at intermission and an opportunity to meet the performers after the show. The 2015 schedule also features Scheer Genius’ “Laugh Factory” on July 3, 10. Filled with wacky jokes, off-the-wall games, insane contests and even a few surprises, Laugh Factory, creates the most outrageously fun family show you’ll ever see! It is sponsored by Matthew C. Christopher, DDS.
Tibbits cast will present the classic tale of “Rumplestiltskin” on July 17, 24, 25. In this oft-told tale adapted by Bobb James and Charles Burr, a boastful miller brags his daughter can spin straw into gold. Only a mischievous little man can do the task for her. The show is sponsored by Coldwater Exchange Club.
The season closes with a pair of highly acclaimed musical groups with their favorite shows for children and families. Gemini will perform July 31 and August 1. Sponsored by Honor Credit Union the show features sparkling original songs, traditional music and storytelling from around the world. Mustard’s Retreat will perform on August 7 and 8. Sponsored by Edward Jones investment consultants Greg Bruder and Tracy Kelley, this entertaining musical duo brings to the stage songs and stories, sing-alongs, interactive songwriting and a whole lot of fun!
Though not a Popcorn Theatre show, Tibbits Summer Theatre’s main stage will also feature a show for the entire family as the musical “Peter Pan” is presented July 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8pm and July 9, 11, 15, 18 at 2pm. Sponsored by PNC Bank, this high-flying Tony-award-winning fantasy has Peter and his gang of lost boys battling Captain Hook and his pirates and vowing to never grow up. Tickets for this full scale Broadway classic are $33 for adults and $15 for students. All prices include fees.
All performances are held in the historic Tibbits Opera House at 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater Michigan. More information and tickets are available at www.Tibbits.org or by calling 517-278-6029.
Cutline: Cast members of Tibbits Popcorn Theatre rehearse “Miss Nelson is Missing” based on the popular children’s book of the same name.