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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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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.


Explanation of benefits


  • 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
  • –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


  • Sponsor receives complimentary tickets
  • 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)


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.


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

“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 ______.”

“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 ______.”


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.


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!


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!


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)


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!


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.



Kids putting on makeup











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.


Professional Acting Auditions

Tibbits Summer Theatre (TST) regularly attends national Regional Combined Auditions such as NETC,  StrawHat, and UPTAs, and will be participating in their virtual versions of these auditions for the 2022 season. If you plan to submit materials for one of these virtual calls, please do not feel the need to make an additional submission for the season. Your materials will be reviewed and considered.

If you do not plan to attend/submit materials for these unified calls, and still wish to be considered for the TST Season, you may send your audition materials (current headshot/resume and audition video/YouTube link) directly to Artistic Director Peter Riopelle at The hiring process for Tibbits Professional Summer Theatre begins in February for the June through August summer season.

Auditions should ideally consist of a comic monologue from modern repertory, and two contrasting vocal selections in the style(s) of the shows being presented in the season (shows announced HERE).

Professional Design and Technical Positions

Tibbits Summer Theatre hires a variety of technical and design positions for the summer.  The hiring process begins in February for the June through August summer season. The 2022 season begins with a company meeting on June 5 and closes after strike on Aug 6.

Typical summer positions include:
    • Production Stage Manager/ Assistant PSM
    • Technical Director
    • Scenic Designers
    • Scenic Painter
    • Costume Designers
    • Costume Stitchers
    • Lighting Designers
    • Master Electrician
    • Sound Designer
    • Carpenters
    • Props Master/ Props Assistant

If you’re interested in getting your technical resume on file for review prior to specific jobs being posted, please send materials to Stephanie Burdick at Complete job openings and descriptions for the 2022 season will be available on soon (Search Tibbits).  All positions are paid and no-cost housing is provided.


Tibbits Young Audiences (TYA) Auditions (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

Click HERE to see the cast list for Tibbits Young Audience’s We the People. Congratulations, We the People cast! Don’t forget our first rehearsal is at Coldwater Free Methodist Church (200 N. Fremont) on January 6 at 4:30pm with a parent meeting at 6pm. I will post on Facebook and Remind when the scripts will be ready for pick up at the office if you would like one before rehearsals start. Please join our Facebook page HERE and Remind by texting @TYAPEOPLE to 81010.


Teacher and kid standing by artwork

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

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