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You can be a part of the continued restoration of this gem of a theater or make a general gift for an area of your choosing.  In 2013 we completed the award-winning restoration of Tibbits Opera House’s exquisite exterior. Plans continue for further restoration and preservation of this outstanding historic treasure. Donations help keep the dream moving forward. Please donate today. Donations of any amount may also be made when purchasing tickets online. For more information on restoration please call the Tibbits office (517) 278-6029.

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SUGGESTED LEVELS OF DONATIONS:

Up to $1000 – Restoration Donor
$1000 up to $2500 – Restoration Friend
For larger gifts please contact us so we can direct your gift where you would like to see it.

The elements of Tibbits’ restoration from the preservation of brick and the recreation of the metal ornamentation, to the fundraising and community efforts are documented in a special DVD which is available at our gift shop. The $25 cost includes fees and shipping.  

Membership is the foundation of all that Tibbits does. Ticket sales generally cover the cost of events, but rarely cover the costs of maintaining the opera house. Please follow the membership link that’s right for you.

Types of Memberships

Individual Membership

Helps maintain a vital piece of history. Memories have been a part of Tibbits since it was built in 1882 by Barton S. Tibbits. It is one of only a handful of theatres from that era still operating in the United States, and thousands visit this beautiful Victorian treasure every year.

Sustains the daily operations of the theatre. Tibbits depends on the generosity of its members to meet daily operational expenses. Donations supplement ticket sales and make it possible to keep ticket prices low.

Enhances children’s programming and encourages each child to experience and appreciate arts and culture. Tibbits’ goal is to offer programs that excite, educate and stimulate our youth.

Nourishes the hopes and dreams of aspiring actors, musicians, dancers and artists who appear on the Tibbits stage or display their talents in the gallery. It is home to school productions, Arts Alive, community theatre, community band, area dance studios and other local organizations.

Corporate Membership

Lift your business well above the competition by becoming a Tibbits member. Featuring year-round entertainment and stunningly restored facade, you’ll be linking to the region’s most visible arts organization—Tibbits—heightening your image as a good corporate citizen.

We can tailor a membership package that matches your goal of community recognition with our need for financial support.

 

Every effort is made to maximize promotion of the event and recognition for the sponsor. Sponsorship makes a very real difference to Tibbits’ programming by allowing Tibbits to provide professional entertainment to the region at affordable prices. Items listed are subject to change. If you are interested in sponsoring a program at Tibbits, please contact Executive Director Christine Delaney at 517-278-6029.

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Explanation of benefits

Qualifications

  • Sponsor’s name is listed with all materials and advertising related to that show. 
  • Media Releases: Sent to media in a 60 to 100-mile radius of Coldwater.

Paid Advertising: Concentrated in Branch and surrounding counties

  • Radio
  • Newspaper
  • Digital, Tourism, and Seasonal publications

Program Ad:

  • Distributed to show patrons, includes sponsor’s ad design up to a full page (5” x 7½”)

Online Recognition:

  • Facebook (4000+ followers), Twitter, Instagram
  • Email list – 4000+ Tibbits patrons
  • www.Tibbits.org –mobile friendly design will include a sponsor link
  • Event listings – state, theatre, tourism and regional listings

Professionally Designed Printed Promotion:

  • Rack Cards – 3000 printed for season and used through June
  • Large posters (36” x 50”) displayed at Tibbits offices on Chicago Street & elsewhere
  • Other posters (11 x 17 & smaller) customizable for sponsors and regional distribution

Performance recognition:

  • Lobby signage
  • Acknowledgement from stage

Tickets

  • Sponsor receives complimentary tickets
  • Additional tickets discounted
  • Community tickets distributed in the sponsor’s name

Art Gallery

  • Hospitality Area for promotional display or for sponsor to host a reception (Subject to availability)

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New ideas for using the Tibbits production to help you promote your business are welcome. Let us know and we will see what we can accomplish together.

No matter how large or small your request may be, it truly makes a difference. If you would like to discuss planned gifts or estate planning ideas which will benefit you and your family as much as Tibbits, please call the office and ask for Christine Delaney at 517-278-6029.
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EXAMPLES OF BEQUEST TYPES:

GENERAL OR SPECIFIC BEQUEST
“I give, devise , and bequeath to the Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council the sum of $_________ (Or _____%) from my estate to be used for _______.”

CONTINGENT BEQUEST
“I give the residue of my estate to ___ family member. If that person does not survive me, I give the residue of my estate to the Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council to be used for ______.”

REMAINDER OF ESTATE
“After all specified bequests have been made I give, devise and bequeath to the Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council all (or ___%) of the remainder of my estate to be used for ______.”

PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEERS

Fun & exciting opportunity awaits those interested in donating their time and talent to the Tibbits. Our volunteers range from 8 to 98. They include students, retired persons, stay-at-home parents, and people employed in occupations as diverse as the volunteers themselves. There are many fields of interest that require a small army of volunteers to help keep the Tibbits running efficiently.

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Learn About The Volunteers

Have you ever thought about volunteering your time or talents at Tibbits? Volunteers are our most valuable asset. Volunteers are needed in numerous areas – ushers, office, auction, special events, art, behind the scenes, and youth programs – to name a few. You can volunteer as often as you like and in as many areas as you like. The choice is yours.

The mission is  to provide and coordinate volunteer support for Tibbits. The volunteer program focuses on recruiting, retaining and recognizing. We now operate under a streamlined committee structure instead of a governing board. The committees directly reflect the primary needs of the Tibbits Opera Foundation.

Interested in Volunteering? Learn about the committees and volunteer opportunities and fill out the interest form HERE or contact Tirsha today at 517-278-6029!

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Current Volunteers & Boosters

If membership is the foundation of the theatre, then the volunteers are its heart. Over 250 people donated their time and talents to the theatre last year, and we cannot thank you enough!  The committees directly reflect the primary needs of the Tibbits Opera Foundation.

Volunteers, submit your hours HERE!

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Volunteer of the Year

Each year in March, volunteers are nominated as volunteer of the year. It is a surprise announced at the Volunteer Reception held each spring.

If you would like to nominate a volunteer of the year, please send us your nomination! Please include who you are nominating and why you feel they deserve the award.

Nominating Criteria for Volunteer of the Year

  • The person volunteers at TIBBITS.
  • Previous winners are ineligible.
  • The number of hours worked is not as important as a willingness to
    “do-what-it-takes-to-get-the-job-done attitude” with a smile on their face!

Previous Winners of Volunteer of the Year

 
  • Diane Riegel (2019)
  • Angie Washburn (2018)
  • Tirsha Odisher (2017)
  • Linda Lintner (2016)
  • Linda Ives (2015)
  • Vera Renshaw (2014)
  • Waive Wardwell (2013)
  • Marisue Taylor (2012)
  • Jean Swart (2011)
  • Sabrina Aughenbaugh (2010)
  • Connie and Paul Winbigler (2009)
  • Mary Smith (2008)
  • Ruth Scheidler (2007)
  • Steve and Julia Littley (2006)
  • Karen Hargreave and Haley Smith (2005)
  • Lois Voss (2004)
  • Joan Spaulding (2003)

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Volunteer Newsletter

A Volunteer Newsletter is provided to volunteers via email. Volunteers are thanked, new opportunities to volunteer are explained, and Tibbits information is shared. Let us know if you’re not receiving yours!

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Volunteer Reception

A Volunteer Reception is held each spring. All volunteers are invited, pins are awarded at this time, and the Volunteer of the Year is honored. Refreshments and entertainment are provided.

 

YOUTH PROGRAMMING

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Tibbits Young Audiences (TYA), which produces two shows yearly with a full cast of about 50 students, the youth group Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB), and a collaborative effort with area schools provide students an enjoyable introduction to the world of theatre.

LEARN DETAILS about ALL of our YOUTH PROGRAMMING HERE!

Professional Acting Auditions

**We are still accepting video submissions for Ain’t Misbehavin’. All other video submissions are now closed.**

Children interested in auditioning for the TST production of ANNIE should attend auditions at the opera house on May 28 and 29. More information can be found HERE.

Tibbits Summer Theatre attends the United Professional Theatre Auditions in Memphis, TN. If you have not attended this unified call, you may arrange an audition at the Opera House. Ideally prepare a comic monologue from the modern repertory.  Two contrasting vocal selections (in the style of what is being presented that summer) are also required. Please have accompaniment on tape or disc as no pianist is on staff until the summer. The hiring process for Tibbits Professional Summer Theatre begins in February for the June through August summer season.

To make an appointment at Tibbits Opera House, call Charles Burr at 517-278-6029 after Feb. 1 or email him at charles@Tibbits.org.

If you live outside Michigan, a YouTube link may be sent to the email address above or a CD/DVD may be sent to:

Charles Burr, Artistic Director
Tibbits Summer Theatre
14 S Hanchett St
Coldwater, MI  49036

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Professional Design and Technical Positions

Tibbits Summer Theatre hires technical and design positions for the summer. The hiring process begins in February for the following summer. Complete listings are available on: offstagejobs.com Search Tibbits.
All positions are paid and no-cost housing is provided. June 5 to August 13.

Resumes may be sent to Charles Burr at charles@Tibbits.org

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Tibbits Young Audiences/TYA (grades 4-8)

Tibbits produces two shows yearly shows with a full cast of about 50 students. A play 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. For more information on TYA, check out the Youth Programming tab, the calendar, or email Tirsha at boxoffice@Tibbits.org

ARTS ALIVE

Teacher and kid standing by artwork

The local arts organization that is responsible for exhibits displayed in Tibbits’ lower-level art gallery is also responsible for the downtown ArtWalk, the Art of Holiday Food, Drink & Decor event, the annual Kids’ Art Rocks! contest, and other community art projects.

LEARN DETAILS about ART in the Theatre, gallery shows, and arts-related events HERE!