COLDWATER – Celebrate America with beautiful, patriotic music — from America’s favorite anthems to poignant and uplifting original compositions with Tibbits Young Audiences’ spring musical “We the People” March 18-20 at Tibbits Opera House.
This patriotic tableau by Pat Cook with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur begins as a committee discusses putting on a patriotic show for their town. Through a series of small-cast sketches and songs organized phrase by phrase from the Preamble, they show not only how the Constitution applies to the past, but also to the present and future. Everyday life is showcased in both funny and touching vignettes that explore the deeper meanings of the language of the Constitution.
The cast is made up of 24 students and includes cast members from Bronson, Coldwater, Quincy, Union City and even Angola, IN. Cast members include Ashlyn Abrey as Betsy, Isabel Christopher as Tommie, Molly Foster as Samantha, Saylor Fraley as Georganna, Ivy Witmer as Abby and Lily Witmer as Martha. London Elkins portrays a mom and an immigrant and also serves as dance captain. The rest of the cast portrays multiple characters and forms the chorus: Maggie Bustos, Molly DeGraff, Cady Fillmore, Emmy Findley-Kyser, Maddy Findley-Kyser, Annabelle Foster, Alana Houtz, Gemma Johnson, Keeley Love, Kenna Niedwiecki, Lela Poe, Madeline Reeves, Milo Reeves, Micailan Reynolds, Pierce Smith, Bethany Uetrecht, Andrew Yelavich.
“We the People” is generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater. Jayne Lillis serves as director and musical director, with Tirsha Odisher as producer and Christine Delaney as choreographer. Jeff Harvey, an alum of TYA, serves as assistant stage manager. Laura Odom has designed costumes, with set design by Leon Kriser, props by Stacy Guertler, and makeup design by Abby Austin. This productionis.
Tibbits Young Audiences offers programs both for and by area youth to develop their interest in the arts. Two shows yearly, 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.
“We the People” will run March 18 and 19 at 7pm with a 2pm matinee on March 20. Reserved seating tickets are $7 each. Tickets are available online at Tibbits.org, at the Tibbits Administration Office located at 93 W. Chicago Street, and at the door. All shows will be held at Tibbits Opera House, 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, Mich. Concessions will be available. For a complete listing of shows at the theatre, to purchase tickets, or for more information, go online to Tibbits.org or call 517.278.6029.