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  • Tibbits Seeking Donations for Annual Auction in November

    COLDWATER – Tibbits’ 42nd Annual Auction, “Auction at the Opera House” a Phantom-Inspired Masquerade, steps off the stage into the Opera House and online this November in the theatre’s main fundraising event.  A time-honored tradition, Tibbits’ Auction is the social event of the year, and organizers expect it to be again this year. As Covid continues, Tibbits is masquerading confidence Continue Reading...
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  • International Opera Singer to Return to Hometown Stage

    COLDWATER – Coldwater’s own Chelsea (Hart) Melcher, now internationally acclaimed opera singer, will return to the Tibbits stage with her award-winning pianist husband Paul Melcher for a special benefit concert on September 18, 2021 at 7:30pm. The duo will be performing for the 20th Annual Smith Memorial Concert, with proceeds this year benefiting area high school choir programs, including Coldwater, Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Names Summer Volunteers of the Month

    COLDWATER – After relying heavily on volunteers to create the best patron experience possible during the busy professional summer theatre season, Tibbits has named their May, June and July volunteers of the month, including Penny Ireland, Ron & Madeline Smith, and Tim & Nedra Kingsbury; respectively. Lifelong Fremont, Ind. resident Penny Ireland, Tibbits’ May Volunteer of the Month, first started Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Announces Auditions for “Comic Book Artist”

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for its fall play “Comic Book Artist” on August 23 and 24 at 5pm at Tibbits Opera House. Written by Pat Lydersen, “Comic Book Artist” follows the life of Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz, who wants nothing more than to become a comic book artist.  When he gets a job as a janitor at Continue Reading...
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  • John Keck Jazz Quartet Comes to Tibbits

    Coldwater- Smooth live instrumental jazz featuring the John Keck Jazz Quartet will fill Tibbits Opera House on Sat. August 28 at 7:30pm. Battle Creek native and bass guitar player John Keck leads the band, playing since the early 80s. A self-taught musician who also was a self-proclaimed orchestra nerd back in high school, Keck jokes that he only became the Continue Reading...
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  • Kids’ Art Rocks Reception To Celebrate Young Artists

    COLDWATER – The community is invited to attend an artist reception celebrating area student artwork and the final night of Arts Alive's annual Kids' Art Rocks! gallery show on Monday, August 16 at 6pm at Tibbits Opera House. The juried exhibit features over 125 pieces of student artwork on display, with 15 chosen for the final lease program exhibit. Those Continue Reading...
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  • Russell Gates Concert on Stage July 31

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation will present a special piano concert featuring Russell Gates Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 pm at the Tibbits Opera House as a way to say thank you to the community while also welcoming a new donation of a baby grand piano from the estate of Dzidra Bonfiglio Shamuluas. Gates will perform selections of film music Continue Reading...
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  • Arts Alive Seeks Artists for ‘All That Glitters is Gold’ Gallery Show

    COLDWATER – The latest exhibit by Arts Alive in the Tibbits Art Gallery invites artists to submit artwork of all mediums inspired by the theme “All that Glitters is Gold”. The exhibit runs August 17 through October 2021 at Tibbits Opera House. Artists may submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings should be ready Continue Reading...
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  • Frederick Family Dental sponsors Tibbits Summer Theatre

    Coldwater, MI – Tibbits Opera Foundation recognizes Frederick Family Dental as one of its top level sponsors for the 2021 Summer Theatre season which continues through August 6 at Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater. Since 2019 Frederick Family Dental has supported Tibbits not just through its Summer Theatre sponsorship but through Tibbits’ auction and golf fundraisers as well as the popular Continue Reading...
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  • Parrish Excavating sponsors Tibbits Summer Theatre

    Coldwater, MI – Tibbits Opera Foundation recognizes Parrish Excavating as one of its top level sponsors for the 2021 Summer Theatre season which continues through August 6 at Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater. Parrish Excavating has been around since 1972 digging holes, trucking topsoil, fixing roads, adding to the water lines and sewer mains, building septic systems, rehabilitating driveways, building new Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Closes Season with “On Golden Pond”

    Coldwater, MI – A golden way to end the summer, Tibbits Summer Theatre will close its 58th professional summer theatre season with “On Golden Pond” July 28 through August 6 at the historic Tibbits Opera House. This heartwarming play tells the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the Continue Reading...
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  • Updated PR: Tibbits Summer Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Perfect for All Ages

    Coldwater, MI – Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends as Tibbits Summer Theatre presents the charming, fun, and witty musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” July 14-23 at Tibbits Opera House. Certain to delight kids of all ages, the family-friendly musical is charming, witty and fun. “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” explores life through the eyes of Charlie Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Moves Inside Tibbits Opera House

    Coldwater- Tibbits Summer Theatre will continue the rest of its season inside the historic Tibbits Opera House. According to Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney, “Back in March, we decided to stay at The Ponds because of continuing restrictions and a spike in Covid cases. The excessive rain last week forced us to move back to the theatre for the safety Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Perfect for Family Outing

    Coldwater, MI – Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends as Tibbits Summer Theatre presents the charming, fun, and witty musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” July 14-23 at The Ponds of Coldwater. Certain to delight kids of all ages, the family-friendly musical is charming, witty and fun. “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” explores life through the eyes of Continue Reading...
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  • Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher recognized for 20 years as Tibbits Summer Theatre sponsor

    Coldwater, MI – Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., located in Coldwater and Battle Creek, marks its 20th season as a sponsor of Tibbits Summer Theatre, demonstrating its commitment to the arts and the community. James A. Fisher, the Firm’s President stated: “We believe Tibbits Theatre in general, and its excellent summer program of plays in particular, are a wonderful asset Continue Reading...
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  • Coldwater Board of Public Utilities sponsors Tibbits Summer Theatre

    Coldwater, MI – Tibbits Opera Foundation recognizes Coldwater Board of Public Utilities as one of its top level sponsors for the 2021 Summer Theatre season which opens June 16 at The Ponds of Coldwater. In a statement about its Tibbits sponsorship Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU) recognized the connection between the two organizations. Strong local support and engagement from Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Names Megan Smith April Volunteer of the Month

    COLDWATER – Through the past year, with ever-changing restrictions on the Tibbits Opera House and its events, volunteers have played a crucial role and for her volunteerism, even through the restrictions, Megan Smith has been named Tibbits' Volunteer of the Month. Smith began volunteering with the Tibbits Young Audiences (TYA) program when her daughter was in fourth grade, and though her Continue Reading...
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  • Elton John Tribute Concert Coming to Tibbits in September

    COLDWATER –With replica costumes and Elton John’s trademark outrageous glasses, Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute concert, will take the stage at Tibbits on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm. Yellow Brick Road will entertain at the evening Elton John tribute concert, featuring performer Gerald Brann and his five-piece band. Brann not only bears an uncanny resemblance to the Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Presents “The Fantasticks”

    Coldwater, MI – A world of moonlight, magic and romance combine in the musical “The Fantasticks,” when Tibbits Summer Theatre continues its professional summer theatre season June 30- July 9 at The Ponds of Coldwater. “The Fantasticks” is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. It’s the Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Opens Summer Theatre with “The Best of Broadway”

    Coldwater, MI – Tibbits Summer Theatre will open its 58th consecutive season of professional performances on June 16 with a fun and elegant musical theatre revue, “The Best of Broadway” at The Ponds of Coldwater. Last summer while the historic opera house remained shut down due to the pandemic, Tibbits became one of the few theatres in the country to Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Names Sylvia Johns March Volunteer of the Month

    COLDWATER – Even through closure and a reduction in performances, Tibbits volunteers have continued to play a role and for March the theatre recognized Sylvia Johns as its volunteer of the month. Johns first became involved with Tibbits in 2005. She has folded programs, helped with bulk mailings, distributed brochures, ushered for community and summer theatre shows, and has helped Continue Reading...
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  • Student Artists Wanted for Kids Art Rocks Contest

    COLDWATER – Celebrating student artwork, Arts Alive will host the Kids’ Art Rocks annual contest and exhibit this spring offering cash prizes, art supply giveaways, and the opportunity for young artists to have their artwork framed and displayed in a local business. Students grades preschool-12 are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual show and contest to be displayed Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Presents “The Nifty Fifties”

      COLDWATER – Travel to the 1950s with poodle skirts, jukeboxes and ice cream sundaes with Tibbits Young Audiences’ spring musical, “The Nifty Fifties”April 23-25 at Tibbits Opera House.  “The Nifty Fifties” by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur is a funny, top-tapping tribute to the 1950s. It tells the story of Gracie Stanley, who has gotten Continue Reading...
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  • Coldwater Sunrise Rotary to Sponsor Elton John Tribute Concert

    COLDWATER – With replica costumes and Elton John’s trademark outrageous glasses, Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute concert, will take the stage at Tibbits on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 pm, sponsored by Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary. “Yellow Brick Road” features trained jazz pianist and Elton John performer Gerald Brann, along with his talented five-piece band. They will entertain Continue Reading...
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  • THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE TIBBITS FOR A SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE WIZARD OF OZ!

    Coldwater – Iconic glittery red shoes, Judy Garland’s famous rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and the classic story down the yellow brick road will fill Tibbits’ big screen on April 10 at 4pm when the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” is presented as part of the Community-Sponsored Programming. Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Continue Reading...
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  • Arts Alive ‘Big and Bold’ Gallery Show Open

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Art Gallery reopened with a burst of color in a spring art show titled “Big and Bold” presented by Arts Alive. From large-scale acrylic paintings to pottery, “Big and Bold” showcases work from a variety of area artists. The gallery show will run until late May. With a desire to give artists the most exposure of their Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS PRESENTS GOOD FRIDAY PRESENTATION OF “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”

    Coldwater – Observe Good Friday with a special screening of “The Passion of the Christ” at Tibbits Opera House April 2 at 6 pm sponsored by Tracy Kelley, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. This film depicts the final hours of Jesus Christ, starting from His prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane and ending with His crucifixion. Memories from His past Continue Reading...
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  • Technical Theatre Added to Kids Summer Theatre Workshop

    Students interested in theatre, both on stage and off, have a chance to explore all aspects of theatre with the professionals of Tibbits Summer Theatre during two workshops July 11 through 17. Tibbits Summer Theatre company member and theatre instructor Chad Tallon will lead two workshop sessions, one focused on performance and the other on technical theatre. The two sessions Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits January Volunteer of the Month: Luba Fry

    COLDWATER – For her recent organizational help with Tibbits’ costume shop overhaul, Tibbits has named Luba Fry as its January volunteer of the month. After moving to Coldwater in summer of 2016, Fry became involved with Tibbits in 2017 as an usher and a bartender. In the fall she helped enter auction items into the database. Recently, she helped sort, Continue Reading...
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  • CLASSIC 80s COMEDY “BETTER OFF DEAD” COMES TO TIBBITS’ BIG SCREEN!

    Coldwater – Audience members are encouraged to grab their acid-washed jeans, scrunchies, jelly bracelets, parachute pants and shoulder pads to dress the part when they attend Tibbits’ next community-planned programming, a screening of 80s comedy “Better Off Dead” March 14 at 2pm. John Cusack stars as Lane, a high school student whose girlfriend Beth dumps him for Roy, the new Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS LIGHTS UP ITS BIG SCREEN WITH “TITANIC”

    Coldwater – After an extended period of darkness, the big screen at Tibbits Opera House will once again light up February 27 at 6 pm with the 1997 love story “Titanic” starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Surrounded by her granddaughter and several oceanic explorers, Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story her journey to America aboard the Titanic on its Continue Reading...
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  • Theatre is Strong Despite Challenges of 2020

    COLDWATER – With an underlying theme of gratitude, Tibbits Opera Foundation & Arts Council, Inc. held its annual meeting as a combined virtual and in-person event at the historic opera house last night.   Despite the challenges of COVID which shut the theatre for months, the organization’s financial position remains strong. The Annual Report for the organization provides a comprehensive Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Announces Auditions for “The Nifty Fifties”

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will move forward with its spring musical, “The Nifty Fifties”to be presented April 23-25 and will hold auditions for the show at 5 pm February 8 and 9 at Tibbits Opera House. After being forced to cancel last year’s production of “The Secret Garden” the week before opening, the TYA team is excited to get Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Installs Air Purifying System

    Coldwater- Among the advances to bring audiences a safer environment in which to enjoy the shows, Tibbits invested in a PHI (Photohydroionization) Unit for its air handling system. Using ultraviolet light, micro-organisms in the air including germs, viruses and bacteria get stuck together killing them and making them larger and easily captured by air filters. After the unit was installed, Continue Reading...
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  • Annual Meeting to Combine Virtual and In-person Options

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation & Arts Council, Inc. will hold its annual meeting as a combined virtual and in-person event at the historic opera house at 5:30 pm Thursday, January 28, 2021. As a nonprofit organization and according to its bylaws, Tibbits must hold a general meeting of its membership in January. The purpose of the meeting is to Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Names Gail Russell November Volunteer of the Month

    COLDWATER – For her willingness to adapt to all the changes of 2020, Tibbits has named Gail Russell as its November volunteer of the month. For the past six years, Gail Russell has rolled up her sleeves and helped with weeding and planting flower beds, preparing bulk mailings, folding programs, ushering, house managing, tending bar, and helping with the auction. Continue Reading...
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  • SANTA PRESENTS “SANTA’S NORTH POLE TALES” AT TIBBITS

    Coldwater— Experience the magic of the holidays as Santa presents a special reading of several classic Christmas tales with “Santa’s North Pole Tales,” a virtual Tibbits production December 19 at 7pm. Filmed at the historic Tibbits Opera House, Santa will read two books, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as well as “The Night Before Christmas or a Visit From St Nicholas.” Continue Reading...
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  • A Letter to the Editor

    December 4, 2020 We all know what a challenge this year has been, for everyone, and in ways we never imagined. I prefer to focus on the amazing things that happened in response to those challenges. On behalf of everyone at Tibbits I’d like to say thank you to each person, business and organization that was behind all those amazing Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits October Volunteer of the Month: Stacy Gilbert

    COLDWATER – Tibbits volunteers play an instrumental role, even this year, including the recent auction; for her dedication to the historic theatre, working on the auction and a variety of positions, Tibbits named Stacy Gilbert as its October volunteer of the month. Since Gilbert retired three years ago, she began volunteering at Tibbits for events and behind the scenes. She Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits to Remain Partially Open for Holiday Requests

    COLDWATER – The offices for the Tibbits Opera House will remain partially open in order to accommodate holiday requests for gift certificates, gift shop items and end-of-year donations. To best serve customers, Tibbits staff requests visitors call first. According to Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney, “Even without events, the holidays are a busy time for us. Many people want to Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits’ First Virtual Auction Raises Over $51K

    COLDWATER, MI – Tibbits 41st Annual Auction took on a brand new form as the event went totally virtual Saturday, November 7, 2020 still raising $51,200 for the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. With the theme “CLUE! The Game is On” the live-stream event filmed in the empty opera house still led viewers through a portion of the auction Continue Reading...
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  • Diane Godfrey Named Tibbits September Volunteer of the Month

    COLDWATER – Tibbits has named Diane Godfrey as its September volunteer of the month for her dedication to the historic theatre as a long-time houser and organizer of its archival materials. A long-time supporter, Godfrey first became involved with Tibbits in 1994 when she and her husband Stan housed for Tibbits Summer Theatre.  She has been a houser off and Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS FUNDRAISING AUCTION GOES ON(LINE) IN NOVEMBER

    COLDWATER – Get in the game with Tibbits’ 41st Annual Auction, Clue! The Game is On!, featuring five days of online fun with silent auctions Nov 3-7 and a live-stream live auction on Nov 7 at 7pm. Over 300 items will be up for bid at what has become one of the historic theatre’s most entertaining benefit events. “With a Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS REOPENS WITH MONSTER FEST

    COLDWATER – For the first time since the pandemic began in March, Tibbits will host an audience with MonsterFest, which takes to the big screen with “A Nightmare Before Christmas” and two Looney Tunes cartoons on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7pm. The feature of the night is the popular 1993 Halloween stop-motion animated film “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” which follows Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits receives MCACA grant awards

    COLDWATER –The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announced its grant awards for 2020-2021 and they included two for the Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. – an Operational Support Grant and a Capital Improvement Grant. Tibbits has received an Operation Support grant each year since the MCACA implemented the program in 2012. This year’s award of Continue Reading...
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  • ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR “A CHAIR AFFAIR” ART FUNDRAISER

    COLDWATER – From tables to wine racks to entry benches, artists and crafters interested in recreating, upcycling and reinventing chairs for Arts Alive’s fundraiser, “A Chair Affair” will have the opportunity to exhibit their talents, win cash prizes, and support the local arts group. Participants are being asked to take a chair of any kind and transform it for the Continue Reading...
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  • Bill Trebilcock Named August Volunteer of the Month

    COLDWATER – Tibbits has named Bill Trebilcock as its August volunteer of the month for his dedication to the historic theatre in a variety of volunteer positions. Trebilcock’s love of theater started at about age 11 when his mom took him to Toledo to see “My Fair Lady” on stage. He has been hooked on live theater ever since. New to Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Postpones “The Secret Garden”

    COLDWATER – Originally rescheduled from its production date in March, the Tibbits Young Audiences musical “The Secret Garden” has been postponed again due to the continued restrictions on theatres and indoor gatherings. The charming, upbeat adaptation of the literary classic had 43 cast members from Coldwater, Quincy, Union City, Allen, Sturgis, Bronson, and even Angola and Fremont, IN. The cast Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Seeking Donations for Annual Auction in November

    COLDWATER – Tibbits 41st Annual Auction, Clue! The Game is On! steps off the game board into the opera house and asks attendees to join game night for Tibbits’ largest fundraiser of the year, which will feature five days of online silent and live auctions in November. A time-honored tradition, Tibbits Auction is the social event of the year, and Continue Reading...
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  • Jeff Daniels Presents Online Concert for Tibbits

    COLDWATER— Emmy award-winning actor, director, singer/song-writer Jeff Daniels returns to Tibbits Sunday, September 20, this time in an online format customized for the opera house. Last seen at Tibbits in 2017 with his son Ben Daniels’ band, Michigan-native Jeff Daniels will live-stream a concert full of original songs, personal stories from his stage and movie career that only he can Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Opera Board Launches Fundraising Match Challenge

    COLDWATER— The Board of Directors of the Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. has launched a fundraising matching challenge campaign in an effort to raise $15,000, approximately one month’s expenses for the historic theatre. Tibbits’ leadership have agreed to match all new donations to Tibbits in September and October, dollar for dollar, up to $7,500.  The COVID Pandemic, and Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits July Volunteer of the Month: Nancy Mahle

    COLDWATER – Tibbits has named Nancy Mahle as its July volunteer of the month for her dedication to the historic theatre during its Tibbits Summer Theatre season. A long-time supporter, Mahle recently returned to the area. She became involved again with Tibbits this summer as an usher and was always available to fill in for last-minute cancellations. Her willingness to Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Names Joan Waterbury June Volunteer of the Month

    COLDWATER – Tibbits named Joan Waterbury its June Volunteer of the Month honoring her dedication to the historic opera house. Waterbury was the first volunteer to return to work in the office after the Michigan governor's mandated shutdown was lifted. She works several hours a week in the office as well as ushers for many of the shows. Both are Continue Reading...
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  • Scene Shop Receives Excavation Improvement

    COLDWATER, MI — The scene shop for Tibbits Opera House received a much-needed excavation improvement this past week as Parrish Excavation of Quincy completed installation of a leach basin and a new gravel driveway. The excavation work took two days and alleviates a long-standing problem of poor drainage. With the grade of the entire property going toward the building, winter Continue Reading...
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  • “It Started With Eve” Closes Tibbits Summer Theatre Season

    Coldwater- Capping off its outdoor summer theatre season, Tibbits Summer Theatre offers a never-before produced treat with “It Started With Eve,” a night of four one-act plays Aug 27-29. All four plays look at relationships in different stages, taking a very distinct view on dating and married life and how to interact with the opposite sex.  “It Started With Eve” Continue Reading...
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  • Laugh With “What Mad Pursuit”

    Coldwater- For those looking for a night out filled with plenty of laughter, Tibbits Summer Theatre offers “What Mad Pursuit,” an original show spun from the 1939 Noel Coward story Aug 19, 20 and 22. In the short story, Evan Lorrimer, a famous English writer, is on a successful book tour in America.  A wealthy patron invites him to spend a Continue Reading...
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  • Artists Wanted for “Once Upon a Time” Art Gallery Exhibit

    COLDWATER –From fairy tales, wings, and castles, to watches, clocks and more, the latest exhibit by Arts Alive, hosted at Tibbits Opera House, invites artists to submit artwork of all mediums inspired by the theme "Once Upon a Time.” The exhibit runs August 10 through September 8, 2020 at Tibbits Opera House. Artists may submit up to three pieces at Continue Reading...
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  • “When Radio Was King” Production Moves to The Ponds of Coldwater

    Coldwater, MI –Tibbits continues to adapt its summer theatre season to meet the governor’s executive orders, moving its next show, “When Radio Was King,” to The Ponds of Coldwater, a beautiful secluded outdoor venue just minutes away from the opera house.  Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney said, “The Ponds staff has been very accommodating in allowing us to move our Continue Reading...
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  • “Man of La Mancha” Dreams the Impossible Dream

    Coldwater- With a timely story of seeking the good and innocent in the world, “Man of La Mancha” will take to the Tibbits stage for a two-week engagement Aug 6-8 and 13-15. One of the longest-running Broadway shows of its time, “Man of La Mancha,” is a remarkable, poignant musical and one of the first shows to musicalize a piece Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits’ Family-Friendly “A Popped Potpourri” Moves to The Ponds of Coldwater

    Coldwater, MI – After an enthusiastic crowd at the opening of Tibbits Summer Theatre’s first show of the season, Tibbits will once again adapt, moving its next show, “A Popped Potpourri,” to The Ponds as well in response to the governor’s executive order which does not yet allow theatres to open.  Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney exclaimed, “With all the Continue Reading...
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  • “Sing Happy” Moves to The Ponds

    Coldwater – Tibbits Summer Theatre will again demonstrate its power to adapt as it moves its opening show of the summer season, “Sing Happy,” from the Tibbits Opera House to The Ponds in response to the governor’s executive order which does not yet allow theatres to open.  Tibbits Executive Director, Christine Delaney explained, “We expected we would be able to Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Alum Featured in “Love Letters”

    Coldwater- With a rotating cast of Tibbits Summer Theatre alumni couples, Tibbits will present four readers theatre performances of “Love Letters” July 30-Aug 1 with a special retirement reception celebrating Tibbits’ Artistic Director Charles Burr following the Saturday matinee. Time magazine sums up “Love Letters” perfectly: “Few plays have been tinier, or more beautiful than this tender sketch of the bond between Continue Reading...
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  • OUTDOOR ARTWALK COMING TO DOWNTOWN COLDWATER

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive celebrates summer by bringing a collection of artists, food, and music to Coldwater’s South Monroe Street Saturday, July 11 with the annual ArtWalk. “From what I’ve noticed, everyone is getting pretty sick of endless screen time, zoom meetings and email threads. I’m so excited that we can all get out of the house, support our local Continue Reading...
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  • Go Back in Time with Tibbits’ “When Radio was King”

    Coldwater- With songs from the Andrews Sisters, vintage commercials, shows, and even the classic “Who’s on First?” routine, Tibbits Summer Theatre will present “When Radio Was King,” an original show to take audiences back to the golden age of radio. Mimicking the radio studio experience from the 1940s, “When Radio Was King” will include a variety of programs like the Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits “A Popped Potpourri” Perfect for Family Outing

    Coldwater, MI – To celebrate its popular Popcorn Theatre, Tibbits Summer Theatre has rolled what everyone loves about those family-friendly productions into a feature performance in its revised season called “A Popped Potpourri.” Called a big cornucopia of fun, the show is designed to delight both young and old, featuring musical favorites from popular kids’ movies like “Chitty Chitty Bang Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Opens Summer Theatre with “Sing Happy”

    Coldwater- Tibbits Summer Theatre will open its 2020 season with “Sing Happy” on July 9, a much-welcomed return of live entertainment for those longing to whistle a happy tune and get back to their pre-Covid lives. In this opening show, professional actors will showcase their favorite songs from Broadway—melodies that are guaranteed to lift spirits! This cabaret-style performance will bring selections Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Announces New Titles in Summer Season

    Coldwater- With the tagline “Conquering Covid One Show at a Time,” Tibbits is forging ahead with a new professional summer theatre season, keeping the safety of all in mind while becoming one of the few theatres to produce a live summer theatre season. Theatre staff has had to reevaluate everything about the season in light of the executive order and Continue Reading...
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  • ARTS ALIVE SEEKING ARTISTS FOR DOWNTOWN ARTWALK FESTIVAL

    COLDWATER – Fine artists and street performers will have an opportunity to exhibit their talents at the downtown ArtWalk Saturday, July 11 presented by Arts Alive. The juried outdoor festival will fill South Monroe Street in downtown Coldwater with a variety of fine art, food, performers, and live music from 2-10pm. Organizers expect to line the street with woodworkers, painters, Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Announces Kids Summer Theatre Workshop

    COLDWATER – Students can explore the world of theatre and performance through a newly expanded two-week summer workshop and showcase performance led by Tibbits Summer Theatre company member Chad Tallon. After a successful implementation of the workshop last year, Tibbits has expanded the workshop to two weeks, running June 15 through 18 and June 22 through 26 with a showcase Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Changes Summer Season

    Coldwater- While it will look very different, the show will go on for Tibbits Summer Theatre this year.   Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney announced, “Tibbits is still committed to bringing live performances to our community this summer. We think it is very important and feel people will be craving something live and personal.”   Theatre staff has had to reevaluate Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits March Volunteer of the Month: Jayne Lillis

    COLDWATER – Volunteer Jayne Lillis has been named March Volunteer of the Month for Tibbits Opera House because of her dedication to the Tibbits Young Audiences program. Lillis has worked with countless children, bringing youth theatre to the Tibbits’ stage over a span of 30-plus years. She first became involved with Tibbits Young Audiences (TYA) in the spring of 1987, Continue Reading...
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  • New Dates for Kids Art Rocks Student Art Contest, Reception and Gallery Show

    COLDWATER – Kids’ Art Rocks at Tibbits has announced new dates to celebrate student artwork with their annual contest offering prizes and the opportunity for young artists to have their artwork framed and displayed in a local business. Students grades K-12 are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual show and contest to be displayed at the Tibbits Opera Continue Reading...
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  • Hometown Artist Seth Pitt Gallery Show Postponed; Reception Scheduled at Tibbits

    COLDWATER –  Conceptual cartoonist Seth Pitt’s solo art exhibition in the Tibbits Art Gallery will now hang until July 11 concluding with an artist reception. Originally from Union City, Michigan, Pitt currently lives and works out of Thomas, West Virginia. There, he keeps a studio and gallery named “Creature” where he spends a lot of his time creating things and Continue Reading...
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  • Peter Riopelle Named New Tibbits Artistic Director

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera House proudly announces Peter Riopelle will join the staff to become the new Artistic Director for Tibbits Summer Theatre when Charles Burr retires at the close of the 2020 season.  Burr has held the position for 30 years. Riopelle brings a wealth of experience to the position and to Tibbits. His career includes Broadway national tours, Continue Reading...
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  • Charles Burr Retires as the Face of Tibbits Summer Theatre After 30 Years

    COLDWATER – For the past 30 years, Charles Burr has been the Artistic Director of Tibbits’ professional summer stock theatre program, but this year when the curtain falls, he will pass the clipboard to a new artistic director. Those familiar with Tibbits Summer Theatre (TST) in Coldwater most likely also know the name Charles Burr. He has welcomed audiences at Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits February Volunteer of the Month: Dusti Donbrock

    COLDWATER – Volunteer Dusti Donbrock has been named February Volunteer of the Month for Tibbits Opera House. Donbrock first got involved with volunteering at Tibbits by ushering for summer theater. When her girls were young, she and her husband used it as their date night. It was a great way to get involved and have a date. Once her girls were Continue Reading...
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  • Theatre Alive at Tibbits; Summer Theatre on Its Way

    COLDWATER – Like many theatres throughout the country, Tibbits has adopted the mantra “Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Hopeful.” and has moved its operations to a web-based approach to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Theatre is alive even though the pandemic has wreaked havoc on Tibbits’ spring schedule, cancelling a long list of March and April events at the theatre. Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Begins Electric Upgrade

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera House this month began a much-needed upgrade to its electric service thanks in part to a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and support from donors to the theatre’s ongoing restoration effort. Tibbits Opera House was built in 1882 and was originally lit by gas lights. Electricity was added a few years Continue Reading...
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  • Andrew French Joins Tibbits Staff

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation & Arts Council, Inc. announced the addition of Dr. Andrew French, CFRM, to its staff as Development Director. French, who began March 4, will oversee all aspects of fund development including membership, special campaigns, grant writing and donor relations. From the Albion area, French brings special training as a Certified Fund Raising Manager from The Continue Reading...
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  • GOLDEN AGE HOLLYWOOD COUPLE SHARE THE BIG SCREEN

    COLDWATER – Legendary couple Bogie and Bacall bring their famous chemistry to the big screen on Saturday, April 4 with the Tibbits Classic Film Series showing of “The Big Sleep”and“Key Largo.” Film stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall shared an iconic romance and a happy, albeit short-lived, marriage. They achieved this despite a 25-year age difference. Bacall wrote in her Continue Reading...
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  • SPOTLIGHT ON TEEN TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB) will hold auditions for its annual “Spotlight on Teen Talent” competition on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31 at 5pm at Tibbits Opera House.  Auditions are open to students age 11 through 18. Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, orators, magicians, and any other creatively inspired performers are encouraged to audition for this showcase.  Continue Reading...
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  • Orphan Auditions Scheduled for Tibbits Summer Theatre’s Production of “Annie”

    COLDWATER – Children who want to experience the limelight as orphans alongside a professional company of actors for Tibbits Summer Theatre’s production of “Annie” can audition April 13 and 14. The show runs July 2 through 11. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s heart despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Set Continue Reading...
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  • LEGEND DANNY KAYE COMES TO THE TIBBITS BIG SCREEN!

    COLDWATER – Experience the tongue-twisting musical mastery of Hollywood legend Danny Kaye on March 21 at 6pm with “The Inspector General” and “The Court Jester,” part of Tibbits Classic Film Series at Tibbits Opera House. Leading man Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Presents “The Secret Garden”

    COLDWATER – Cast members of Tibbits Young Audiences musical “The Secret Garden” are ready to show off months of hard work when they take to the stage March 27 and 28 at 7pm and March 29 at 2pm at Tibbits Opera House. Everyone will love this charming, upbeat adaptation of a literary classic.  Mary Lennox is sent to live in Continue Reading...
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  • Hometown Artist Seth Pitt Featured in Tibbits Art Gallery

    COLDWATER –  Conceptual cartoonist Seth Pitt will display a collection of his artwork in a solo exhibition in the Tibbits Art Gallery from March 9 through May 8. Originally from Union City, Michigan, Pitt currently lives and works out of Thomas, West Virginia. There, he keeps a studio and gallery named “Creature” where he spends a lot of his time Continue Reading...
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  • Holocaust Survivor Lecture and Book Signing at Tibbits

    COLDWATER – In a collaborative effort between the Branch District Library and Tibbits Opera House, Holocaust survivor Irene Butter will share her story of hope at a lecture and book signing at Tibbits on March 28 at 2pm. Irene Butter was born in Berlin and grew up as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Europe. A survivor of two concentration camps, Continue Reading...
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  • Student Artists Wanted for Kids Art Rocks Contest

    COLDWATER – Kids’ Art Rocks at Tibbits will celebrate student artwork with their annual contest offering cash prizes, art supply giveaways, and the opportunity for young artists to have their artwork  framed and displayed in a local business. Students grades K-12 are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual show and contest to be displayed at the Tibbits Opera Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits January Volunteer of the Month: Kim Ashenfelter

    COLDWATER – Tibbits volunteer Kim Ashenfelter has been named January Volunteer of the Month for the historic theatre. Ashenfelter and her husband Matt have volunteered at Tibbits for the past four years. They initially got involved when a friend asked them to volunteer with her. Ashenfelter began her volunteering experience by ushering, but then took the bartender course and currently Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Offers School Programming

    COLDWATER – Area students will experience live theatre and storytelling as Tibbits presents its school programming series this spring with four different shows at the historic theatre. Asama Coldwater Manufacturing has teamed with Tibbits to help the theatre present this series, which will begin with “Life and Times of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” on April 29 at 9:30am Continue Reading...
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  • ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORTS TO BE SHOWN AT TIBBITS

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Classic Film Series will once again showcase the 2020 Academy Award nominees for best animated and live action short films on Sunday, February 9. “We are excited to bring this event back for a second year and present these films on the big screen,” said Tibbits film curator Matt Biolchini. “You have a chance to enjoy these Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Historic Structures Report to be Unveiled before Annual Meeting

    COLDWATER – A new perspective on Tibbits Opera House’s historic structure will highlight the theatre’s annual meeting January 21 at 5:30pm as architect Tom Roberts presents a summary of the most recent research his firm completed on the building. The presentation will mainly focus on the architectural changes to the structure since 1882, and Tibbits’ place over time as a Continue Reading...
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  • Professional Comedians at Tibbits March 14

    COLDWATER – Called “one of the tightest joke writers in the business,” Tony Deyo will headline Tibbits’ Annual Coldwater Comedy Fest March 14 at the historic opera house. An evening of laughter with three professional stand-up comedians will help the audience shake off their winter blues. In addition to Deyo, Jeff Scheen and Will Green will perform. It was New Continue Reading...
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  • Volunteer of the Month Kasprzyk honored by Tibbits Opera House

    COLDWATER – Tibbits volunteer Pam Kasprzyk has been named December Volunteer of the Month for the historic theatre, which relies heavily on volunteer support. Born and raised in Toldedo, OH, Kasprzyk moved to the community in 1991 with her husband Ralph. Kasprzyk’s first introduction to Tibbits was being hired as office staff from 1991-1998. Kasprzyk said, “Ralph and I started Continue Reading...
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  • ABBAMANIA and NIGHT FEVER TRIBUTE BAND ON WINTER FEST WEEKEND

    COLDWATER – A salute to two great rock groups—Abba and the Bee Gees – combine in one concert during Coldwater’s Winter Fest weekend on Saturday, January 25 at 7pm as Tibbits presents AbbaMania and Night Fever. The concert takes the audience back in time when Abba and The Bee Gees ruled the pop music world! With authentic costumes, made by Continue Reading...
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  • RE-DISCOVER TWO AMAZING FILMS

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Classic Film Series will re-introduce audiences to two forgotten masterpieces when they screen Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Miller’s Crossing” and Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” on January 11 at 6pm. Even film makers who are generally regarded as geniuses can make a film that slips into obscurity. “Miller’s Crossing” and “The King of Comedy” are classics Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS ANNOUNCES ART CONTEST FOR 2020 SUMMER THEATRE SEASON

    COLDWATER – Tibbits is looking for artists to create original poster art for their summer theatre productions, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Annie,” “Man of LaMancha,” “Ken Ludwig’s Comedy of Tenors,” and “Love Letters,” whichmarks Tibbits’ 57th season of professional summer. Each year Tibbits draws thousands of audience members from around the country, especially for its summer theatre productions. This contest seeks original Continue Reading...
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  • Volunteer of the Month Luckadoo-Villa honored

    COLDWATER – Many organizations rely heavily on volunteers for ensured success, and Tibbits Opera House is no exception. Each month, Tibbits honors a Volunteer of the Month, and Joi Luckadoo-Villa was given this honor for November. Luckadoo-Villa has been involved with Tibbits since 2006, primarily ushering and serving at the auction and Arts Alive’s holiday event. Originally from Lansing, she Continue Reading...
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  • Arts Alive Releases 2020 Art Gallery Show Themes

    COLDWATER – "Victorian Reflection," the January exhibit by Arts Alive celebrates a bygone era in what ever way artists wish to interpret it and organizers invite artists in all medium to participate. The exhibit runs January 10 through March 6, 2020 at Tibbits Opera House. Artists may submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings Continue Reading...
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  • CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN EPIC MUSICAL FASHION!

    Coldwater— Experience the magic of the holidays in Trans-Siberian-Orchestra style as Siberian Solstice presents a one-night Christmas show at Tibbits Opera House, December 21 at 7pm. Siberian Solstice provides an exciting and inspirational Christmas show with music performed in the style of the nationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). With more than 10 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits 2020 Summer Theatre Season Announced; Gift Certificates Available

    COLDWATER – With more shows and events in one season than ever before, the 57th season of Tibbits Summer Theatre will once again offer something for everyone with a slate full of music, dancing, comedy, romance and drama. Tibbits 2020 Summer Theatre Season begins with three musicals: the sassy romp “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, the beloved “Annie”, and the impactful “Man of Continue Reading...
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  • CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH TWO GREAT CLASSIC FILMS!

    COLDWATER – The warmth of the historic theatre, the smell of hot chocolate, and the sights and sounds of two family-friendly Christmas movies will fill Tibbits Opera House December 22 at 2pm when the Tibbits Classic Film Series offers free showings of “The Polar Express” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Few things are capable of evoking the heart-warming feeling of Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Announces Auditions for “The Secret Garden”

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for“The Secret Garden”at 5 pm December 9 and 10 at Tibbits Opera House for the play to be presented March 27-29. Everyone will love this charming, upbeat adaptation of a literary classic.  Mary Lennox is sent to live in England after her parents die in India.  Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be Continue Reading...
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  • Fraley honored as October Volunteer of the Month

    COLDWATER – Many organizations rely heavily on volunteers for ensured success, and Tibbits Opera House is no exception. With that in mind, each month, Tibbits honors a Volunteer of the Month. Recently, Christy Fraley was given this honor. Fraley became involved in Tibbits when her daughter, Saylor, auditioned for the Tibbits Young Audience’s production of “The Snow White Variety Show,” Continue Reading...
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  • EXPLOSIONS, BULLETS, AND BAD GUYS: TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS AN ACTION-PACKED CHRISTMAS!

    COLDWATER – The big screen will explode at Tibbits Opera House with two unconventional Christmas classics, “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon” on Saturday, November 23 at 6pm with An Action-Packed Christmas. In the world of cinema, few things are as beloved or as comforting as a good holiday movie. Families coming together, lonely hearts finding true love amidst colorful lights, Continue Reading...
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  • MICHIGAN’S OWN ‘THE ACCIDENTALS’ PERFORM LIVE AT TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE

    Coldwater- Named one of Yahoo Music’s “Top ten bands to watch,” The Accidentals, a Michigan-based band with a unique style of music, will play in concert on the Tibbits stage on Saturday, November 30 at 7pm. Traverse City’s female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio The Accidentals (Sav Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) have been called “Defiant, young- powerful, and undaunted” by Continue Reading...
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  • “A Spoonful of Sugar” Auction Will Step in Time November 2

    COLDWATER –Chim, chimney; Chim chimney; Chim, chim cher-ee! Tibbits 40th Annual Auction, “A Spoonful of Sugar” will step in time November 2 at Tibbits Opera House. Over 600 items will be up for bid at what has become one of the historic theatre’s most entertaining benefit events. Proceeds help with daily operations and maintenance of the theatre, built in 1882.  The Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS MONSTER FEST BRINGS FAMILY FUN AND MONSTROUS, MISCHIEVOUS MAYHEM

    COLDWATER – On Saturday, October 26 at 5:30pm, Tibbits Opera House once again unleashes its MONSTER FEST for the fourth year for another evening-long Halloween event. Before Coldwater’s Halloween parade starts, head to Tibbits and watch what is considered to be one of the most beloved family films of the 90s, Disney’s “Hocus Pocus.” In 1693, three sisters, Winifred, Mary Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS CLASSIC FILM SERIES RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN

    COLDWATER—Tibbits Classic Film Series brings another batch of must-see films featuring classics from every decade from modern classics to Monster Fest and musicals to swashbuckling adventures of the past. In 2016, Tibbits began a salute to its movie house days of the 30s and 40s by screening two classic double features each month. The idea was to host a movie-going Continue Reading...
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  • Cast of 40 to Present “Harry Potter” Spoof “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone”

    COLDWATER – The magical wizarding world of Harry Potter takes to the stage when a cast of 40 local students present the parody “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone” at Tibbits Opera House Oct. 11-12 at 7pm and Oct. 13 at 2pm. When Sally falls asleep while reading books about a certain juvenile wizard, she dreams that she is a Continue Reading...
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  • Donations Needed for “Spoonful of Sugar” Fun at Tibbits’ 40th Annual Auction!

    COLDWATER – Embrace the magical world of Mary Poppins and join in on the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious fun with Tibbits’ 40th Annual Auction, “A Spoonful of Sugar” Saturday, November 2, 2019. Plans for the auction with its Mary Poppins theme are underway and volunteers and staff are busy collecting the donations needed to make the event a success. Businesses and individuals are Continue Reading...
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  • Community Thank You Jazz Concert, Tibbits 137th Birthday Party Set

    COLDWATER – Tibbits will be swinging during a thank you concert for the community with the jazz music of the Mardra & Reggie Thomas Ensemble, which will also celebrate Tibbits’ 137th birthday at the Tibbits Opera House on September 21, 2019 at 7pm. The ensemble will be performing for the 19th Annual Smith Memorial Concert. The event is also a Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS PARTNERS TO PRODUCE PULITZER- WINNING MUSICAL “NEXT TO NORMAL”

    COLDWATER – With a gripping story and a surging contemporary rock score, ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, Pines Behavioral Health, and Tibbits Summer Theatre present the dramatic rock musical “Next to Normal” on the Tibbits stage for six performances, September 6-8 and 12-14, 2019. Based on the book by Brian Yorkey, with lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Continue Reading...
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  • THE RAGBIRDS LIVE IN CONCERT AT TIBBITS

    COLDWATER – The unique world class sounds of The Ragbirds return to Tibbits theatre Saturday, August 24 for a concert that fuses folk, pop, rock and global rhythms which Jamie Bradish, from The Ypsilanti Courier called “inspiring and powerful.” The Ann Arbor, MI based Ragbirds and their music defy simple description. Called world-beat-folk-rockers, they fuse folk, rock and pop hooks Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Announces Auditions for “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone”

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone”at 5 pm August 22 and 23 at Tibbits Opera House for the play to be presented October 11-13, 2019. When Sally falls asleep while reading books about a certain juvenile wizard, she dreams that she is a student at Frogbull Academy of Sorcery. There she Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS SUMMER THEATRE “SEE HOW THEY RUN” CLOSES SUMMER SEASON

    COLDWATER – With hilarious action and a rib-tickling plot, Tibbits Summer Theatre's "See How They Run" gallops its way to Tibbits August 8-17. Running in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress (he is now stationed with the Air Force in England), a cockney maid who has seen too many American Continue Reading...
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  • “PINOCCHIO” WRAPS UP TIBBITS POPCORN THEATRE SEASON

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Popcorn Theatre’s version of "Pinocchio" will take youngsters on Pinocchio’s quest to become a real boy as he tangles with tricksters and some no-good buddies in the Land of Toys on August 2, 3, 9 and 10.   "Pinocchio" starts off when carpenter Gepetto (Daren Liff) decides to make a puppet named Pinocchio (Les Gibbs) to ease Continue Reading...
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  • CLASSIC CARTOON CAVALCADE RETURNS TO TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE!

    COLDWATER – Unpredictable and lighthearted cartoon mayhem returns to Tibbits Popcorn Theatre with this summer’s “Classic Cartoon Cavalcade” July 26, 27 at 10am. Ever wonder if Daffy Duck would be a good substitute for Sherlock Holmes? Would having a newborn baby who can do your taxes and talk to honey bees be stressful? Does Bugs Bunny really deserve to be Continue Reading...
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  • ARTWALK FESTIVAL, VINTAGE MARKET, & FOOD TRUCKS COMING TO DOWNTOWN COLDWATER

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive brings the fun and interactive ArtWalk and Vintage Market to Coldwater's downtown area, July 20. The juried outdoor festival will fill downtown Coldwater with art and activities from 3-7:30pm. South Monroe Street will feature a variety of fine and performing artists. The street will be lined with paintings, digital art, photography, hand-crafted furniture and musicians. Festival-goers Continue Reading...
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  • CLASSIC MUSICAL “WEST SIDE STORY” COMES TO TIBBITS

    COLDWATER – With exuberant dance and memorable score, the poignant musical drama "West Side Story" comes to life July 25-27, 31 and August 1-3 on Tibbits' stage. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets of New York City in this landmark Broadway musical considered one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" transforms into 1950s city life as Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS POPCORN THEATRE “THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS” PROMOTES TEAMWORK

    COLDWATER –The story of "The Wind in the Willows" will enchant young theatre-goers with Tibbits Popcorn Theatre’s production July 12, 13, 19 and 20. "The Wind in the Willows" is a tale of a group of animal friends who live in the English countryside and go on many adventures. The story kicks off when Mole (Brooke Jackson) becomes bored and Continue Reading...
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  • Theatrical Student Workshop Coming to Tibbits

    COLDWATER – Students can explore the world of theatre and performance through a special workshop led by Tibbits Summer Theatre company member Chad Tallon and featuring tickets to two shows plus their own showcase performance at the end of the week. The theatre workshop runs July 8 through July 12 with a showcase performance on Sunday, July 14. Tallon, an Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Nominated for Two Wilde Awards

    COLDWATER- Tibbits Summer Theatre has once again been nominated for Encore MI’s Wilde Awards, Michigan’s professional theatre equivalent of the Tony Awards. Each August, Encore MI recognizes the best performances and productions of the previous season. This year’s Wilde Awards ceremony is scheduled for August 26th at The Hilberry Theatre in Detroit. The 2018 Tibbits Summer Theatre performance of “A Continue Reading...
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  • Meet the Cast & Crew of Ken Ludwig’s “Be My Baby”

    Ken Ludwig's Be My Baby runs June 20-22 and June 27-29.  Find out show times and purchase tickets HERE. Keep up with us on social media. Going to a Tibbits Summer Theatre show? Make sure you take a photo and use our hashtags! #Tibbits2019 #TSTtakeover Learn more about the show! Check out interview below:Matthew Scott’s interview  with WTVB -June 11, Continue Reading...
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  • “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” TAKES THE STAGE

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Summer Theatre lights up the stage with the energetic musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" July 5-7 and 11-13. The stage explodes with music, dance and an imaginative retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers, father Jacob, and the coat of many colors.  Joseph has a gift of explaining people’s dreams. Out of Continue Reading...
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  • Historic Theatres Gather for Regional Meeting

    COLDWATER – Historic theatres from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio gathered in Coldwater, Michigan to network and discuss topics relevant to the industry. The informal gathering also epitomized the idea that the show must go on and clearly showed how easily theatre people adapt. A major storm that blew through Coldwater at 5 am the day of the meeting, felled trees Continue Reading...
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  • “GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS” TAKES THE STAGE

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Popcorn Theatre progresses with the classic tale of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" June 28-29 and July 5-6. In this dance-infused version of the classical tale, the little girl lost in the woods twirls her way into an adventure. This expansion of the tale includes humorous bears, a friendly wolf, and several dances sure to delight little Continue Reading...
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  • KEN LUDWIG’S BE MY BABY OPENS TIBBITS SUMMER THEATRE SEASON

    COLDWATER – With a hilarious and feel-good message about life and love, Ken Ludwig’s “Be My Baby” opens Tibbits Summer Theatre’s 56th season on June 20. In this comedy, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, John and Maude, take a journey of a lifetime after his ward marries her niece. When the young couple adopts a newborn, the Continue Reading...
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  • JOSH CASEY RETURNS TO OPEN TIBBITS’ POPCORN THEATRE

    COLDWATER – Sit back and have a big family-friendly laugh when comedy juggler Josh Casey opens Tibbits’ Popcorn Theatre season on June 21 and 22 at 10 am. Casey's show is made up of comedy and antics including juggling, audience participation, jokes and stunts. Stunts include catching a guitar with his face, pogo sticks, spinning balls, punch balloons and slick Continue Reading...
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  • CELEBRATING THE ART OF THE SILVER SCREEN AT TIBBITS

    COLDWATER – Experience the artistry of cinema with two groundbreaking classics when Tibbits Classic Film Series screens “Invitation to the Dance" and "Citizen Kane" on June 9 at 2pm. While the story is always key to a good film, the method of telling the story becomes key in each of these films. “Invitation to the Dance” integrates dance and film Continue Reading...
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  • ROOMFUL OF BLUES TO PERFORM IN COLDWATER!

    COLDWATER - USA TODAY called Roomful of Blues "Swingin' jump blues and R&B…high-voltage yet classy" and this jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, will perform at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Roomful of Blues has earned five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Twice, the prestigious Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Presents Cabarets at Local Restaurants

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Summer Theatre takes the show on the road teaming with three area restaurants for a dinner and music performance featuring members of its professional summer company. The cabaret performances will be presented Monday, July 15 at Olivia’s Chop House in Jonesville, Tuesday July 16 at Schuler’s in Marshall, and Wednesday, July 17 at Sutton’s Deli in Angola, Continue Reading...
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  • ARTISTS AND BUSINESSES SOUGHT FOR “A CHAIR AFFAIR” FUNDRAISER

    COLDWATER –Artists, crafters, and businesses interested in recreating, upcycling and reinventing chairs for Arts Alive’s newest fundraiser, “A Chair Affair” will have the opportunity to exhibit their talents and win cash prizes. Artists are being asked to take a chair of any kind and transform it into a work of art. Businesses interested in participating are being asked to either Continue Reading...
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  • FREDERICK FAMILY DENTAL TITLE SPONSOR FOR TIBBITS GOLF

    COLDWATER –Frederick Family Dental joins Tibbits Opera Foundation as the Title Sponsor for the theatre’s annual Golf Outing Friday, June 21 at the Coldwater Golf Course.  This event has become a way to enjoy a fun game of golf while providing support for the historic theatre. Dr. Evan Frederick said, “It’s an honor to be a part of the Tibbits Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Holds Annual Volunteer Reception

    Coldwater, MI – Tibbits celebrated volunteers on May 14, 2019 and longtime volunteer Diane Riegel was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. Tibbits Opera Foundation Board President, Rick Merrill welcomed over 75 volunteers to kick off the evening before those who reached milestones for service hours were honored. Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney thanked all of the volunteers who contribute so Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits to Host Regional Theatre Meeting

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera House happily hosts a meeting of the historic venues in the Michigan, Indiana and Ohio region Thursday, May 23 to network and discuss topics relevant to the industry. The informal gathering was established with the goal of meeting peers in the industry to discuss common issues and share ideas and opportunities. The first such meeting was Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS CLASSIC FILM SERIES TAKES ON CRIME!

    COLDWATER – Watch ordinary people risk their lives for justice as they investigate seemingly hopeless and hard to crack crimes as Tibbits Classic Film series presents Mystery Night May 25, 2019 at 7pm. First up in this double feature, the 1950 classic starring Ricardo Montalban and Bruce Bennet, "Mystery Street." A small town policeman, Pete Morales (Montalban), is assisted by Continue Reading...
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  • CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR TIBBITS STUDENT FILM CONTEST

    COLDWATER- Students ages 11-19 can test their creativity and explore the world of film production through a 10-day film competition presented by Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB) starting June 14 at Tibbits Opera House with the premiere of the films on June 25. The contest begins with the kick-off event June 14 at the box office in Tibbits Opera House Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Opera House Announces 2019 Popcorn Theatre Titles

    COLDWATER –Tibbits Popcorn Theatre will delight audiences with its 31st season featuring five shows created specifically for kids and their families to enjoy Friday and Saturday mornings from June through August. A time-honored tradition, Popcorn Theatre is the perfect way to introduce kids to live theatre performed by professionals. Tibbits Artistic Director Charles Burr stated, "I am pleased we are Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Receives Funding from Jeffris Family Foundation

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, through a grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation, has commissioned Tom Roberts Architect LLC to complete a Historic Structures Report (HSR) on the Tibbits Opera House, built in 1882. While Tibbits completed exterior restoration including the beautiful French Second Empire façade in 2013, the interior still looks mostly as it did when Continue Reading...
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  • Children’s Choir Auditions Set for Tibbits Summer Theatre

    COLDWATER –Children who want to experience the limelight of Tibbits Summer Theatre’s professional production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat can audition for the children’s chorus May 15 and 16. Auditions will take place at the Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St., at 5pm each night. These auditions are open to students in grades 4-10. Boys’ Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Opera House recognized on National Register of Historic Places!

    COLDWATER – One of Branch County’s architectural gems received additional recognition as the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, has listed the Tibbits Opera House in the National Register of Historic Places. With the completion in 2013 of the restoration of the original 1882 French Second Empire façade, Tibbits began the process to get the building listed. Continue Reading...
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  • ARTS ALIVE SEEKING ARTISTS, MUSICIANS & VENDORS FOR ARTWALK & VINTAGE MARKET

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive’s expanded ArtWalk and Vintage Market Saturday, July 20 offers opportunities artists, musicians, street performers, vintage and antiques dealers, repurposers, chalk artists, magicians and others seeking to exhibit their talents. The juried outdoor festival will fill downtown Coldwater with art and activities from 3-7:30pm. South Monroe Street will feature a variety of fine and performing artists. Organizers Continue Reading...
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  • Talented Teens Prepare to Entertain

    COLDWATER – Students ages 11 to 18 will vie for cash prizes as they sing, dance, and perform during the “Spotlight on Teen Talent” at Tibbits Opera House on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm. They will showcase their skills and compete for prizes during the annual competition, which is produced by Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB). T-TAB produces the Continue Reading...
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  • “Jack and the Beanstalk” Closes Tibbits School Programming Series; Offers Performances for the Deaf

    COLDWATER – The littlest theatre-goers will experience the magic of live theatre when Wild Swan Theater closes Tibbits’ school programming series with “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Tibbits Opera House on May 8 and May 9. This humorous version of Jack’s adventure climbing the magical beanstalk tells the tale of a very silly (and unscary) giant, who is just no Continue Reading...
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  • Area Freshmen Will Experience Production of “Romeo & Juliet”

    COLDWATER – High school students from the surrounding region will see Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” the Shakespearean tragedy of two star-crossed lovers, at Tibbits Opera House on May 7. Tibbits presents the professional touring troupe as it recreates the beloved Shakespearean tragedy between two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This high-energy adaption is part Continue Reading...
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  • JOURNEY THROUGH TIME WITH THE MULTIMEDIA BEATLES TRIBUTE SHOW

    COLDWATER – Relive and experience the sight and sounds, moods and emotions of the Beatles’ influence on music and pop culture on Saturday, July 20, 2019 when the Beatles tribute band BritBeat brings their multimedia show to Tibbits Opera House. BritBeat has spent countless hours to create a show that tells the story of the Beatles that is compelling, accurate, Continue Reading...
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  • HEALTHCARE AND ARTS OPEN MENTAL HEALTH DIALOGUE WITH ROCK MUSICAL NEXT TO NORMAL 

    COLDWATER – In a unique collaboration between healthcare and the arts, ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, Pines Behavioral Health, and Tibbits Summer Theatre will bring the dramatic rock musical “Next to Normal” to the Tibbits stage for six performances September 6 to 14, 2019. Mental Health issues affect more American families than can be accurately measured. It is a disease which Continue Reading...
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  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi Music & Folklorico Dance

    COLDWATER – To promote and celebrate the Hispanic culture in Branch County, El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil returns to Tibbits for a performance of traditional Mariachi music and Folklorico dance on Cinco de Mayo, Sunday, May 5 at 1 pm. This student group combines traditional mariachi music and dance to create performances that have been seen all over the Midwest as Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits and BCCADSV Partner for Free Showings of “Ring of Silence” Film

    COLDWATER – With a feature film “Ring of Silence,” and four local showings on April 12, Branch County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (BCCADSV) along with Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council Inc. bring the issue of human trafficking to the forefront of our community for awareness and discussion. According to Kim Hemker, Executive Director of BCCADSV, “Although many Continue Reading...
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  • School Programming Continues with Campfire Stories from the New World

    SCOLDWATER – Tibbits’ school programming continues with Young Michigan Dances’ “Campfire Stories from the New World” on April 10, exposing students to an exciting melding of theatre, dance, and children’s literature. In this original script by Charles Burr, a variety of stories are told:  adventures, romances, funny stories, and a biographical sketch bordering on a tall tale. The common link: Continue Reading...
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  • COMEDY LEGEND PAULA POUNDSTONE ONE NIGHT ONLY AT TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE

    COLDWATER – ​Don't "Wait, Wait" to buy your tickets for comedian Paula Poundstone, who will make an appearance at Tibbits Opera House on April 11 as one of only a handful of Midwest appearances currently scheduled for the year. Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit that has become Continue Reading...
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  • AUDITIONS FOR THE SPOTLIGHT ON TEEN TALENT SHOW

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB) will hold auditions for its annual “Spotlight on Teen Talent” competition. Auditions are open to students age 11 through 18 and will take place Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at 5pm at Tibbits Opera House.  Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, orators, magicians, and any other creatively inspired entertainers are encouraged to audition Continue Reading...
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  • Authentic Native American Program Comes to Tibbits

    COLDWATER – Tibbits’ spring school programming kicks off with "Reg Pettibone’s Authentic Native American Program” on March 27, giving middle school audiences a better understanding of true native culture. Reg Pettibone, a full blooded Woodland Native American from the HoChunk Nation, along with his wife Marca from the Paiute Nation, present a unique and engaging cultural performance that amazes, entertains Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr

    COLDWATER – With a flying carpet and the magical city of Agrabah, cast members of Tibbits Young Audiences musical “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” are ready to show off months of hard work when they take to the stage March 22 and 23 at 7pm and March 24 at 2pm at Tibbits Opera House. “Disney’s Aladdin JR.” is based on the 1992 Continue Reading...
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  • LEGENDARY ROOMFUL OF BLUES TO APPEAR AT TIBBITS

    Coldwater- En route to an appearance at the Chicago Blues Festival, legendary Blues band Roomful of Blues will swing into Tibbits on June 8. Since the group was formed in 1967, Roomful of Blues’ ensemble has toured the world and recorded over 25 albums. With five Grammy nominations and a slew of music awards and accolades, Roomful of Blues has become Continue Reading...
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  • THE MAGIC OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL COMES TO TIBBITS

    COLDWATER – Experience the magical, exaggerated, and sometimes surreal world of the movie musical when Tibbits Classic Film Series screens two of the best, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”and“Singin’ in the Rain” on March 2 at 7pm. Both films were directed by Stanley Donen and enjoyed the vast resources and reputation of MGM Studios. According to Tibbits Graphic Designer Matt Continue Reading...
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  • Mural Artists Wanted for Winning Splash Pad Design

    COLDWATER – Mural artists are currently being sought to paint Morgan Miller’s winning Rotary Splash Pad mural design. Artists are asked to submit a proposal to the City of Coldwater for recreating the winning design on the 12’ high by 80’ wide foot wall adjacent to the Rotary Splash Pad. Complete details are located on the Request for Proposal (RFP), Continue Reading...
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  • 2019 Academy Award Nominees To Be Shown at Tibbits

    TIBBITS OFFERS A UNIQUE CINEMATIC TREAT FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY COLDWATER – In a first for Branch County, Tibbits Classic Film Series will showcase the 2019 Academy Award nominees for best animated and live action short films on Saturday, February 16. “For fans of the Oscars, there’s always a feeling of being left out when it comes to the nominations Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Offers School Performances 

    COLDWATER – Area students will experience live theatre, dance, and storytelling as Tibbits presents its school programming series this spring with four different shows at the historic theatre. Asama Coldwater Manufacturing has teamed with Tibbits to help the theatre present this series, which will begin with a “Reg Pettibone’s Authentic Native American Program” on March 27 at 9:30am and 12:30pm. Continue Reading...
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  • Student Artists Wanted for Kids Art Rocks Contest

    COLDWATER –Kids’ Art Rocks at Tibbits will this year add cash prizes to its list of benefits for local student artists. Students are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual show and contest to be displayed at the Tibbits Opera House Art Gallery starting in May. In addition to cash prizes, winners will have their artwork framed and displayed Continue Reading...
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  • TICKETS ON SALE FOR PAULA POUNDSTONE PERFORMANCE AT TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE

    COLDWATER – Hype surrounding comedy great Paula Poundstone’s appearance at Tibbits has been building, and the wait for tickets will be over on Monday, January 7 for Tibbits members, with tickets for the general public on sale the following week. Poundstone’s appearance at Tibbits on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 pm highlights the theatre’s 2018-2019 Entertainment Series, which also includes Continue Reading...
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  • FILM NIGHT FEATURES JOHN CARPENTER 80s CLASSICS

    COLDWATER – American filmmaker, screenwriter, and musician John Carpenter becomes the focus of Tibbits Classic Film Series on January 12 at 7 pm as they present “Big Trouble in Little China” and “The Thing.” Though he has film credits in various genres, Carpenter is associated most commonly with horror, action, and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s, many Continue Reading...
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  • Top Three Rotary Splash Pad Mural Designs Up for Public Vote

    COLDWATER – The mural project for the Rotary Splash Pad at Heritage Park has been narrowed to three designs and now seeks community input. The public is encouraged to vote on their favorite design in person at the Tibbits Opera House, the Tibbits Administrative Offices, or at the City of Coldwater or on the City’s HERE. Artists submitted their designs, Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits 2019 Summer Theatre Season Tickets on Sale

    December 10, 2018 COLDWATER – Now in its 56th  year, summer theatre at Tibbits Opera House once again offers something for everyone with a program full of music, dancing,comedy, romance and drama.  Tibbits 2019 Summer Theatre Season begins in June with the romantic comedy of Ken Ludwig’s Be My Baby, then the family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Continue Reading...
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  • CLASSIC FILM COMEDY WITH THE MARX BROTHERS AT TIBBITS

    The comedy of the Marx Brothers highlights Tibbits classic film Series in December with a double feature of Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera December 15 at 7 pm....
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  • COMEDY GREAT PAULA POUNDSTONE PERFORMS LIVE AT TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE

    COLDWATER – Comedy great Paula Poundstone will bring her trademark style of observational humor to the Tibbits stage for one performance on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. She tours regularly performing over 85 shows a year. Continue Reading...
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  • WHETHER YOU’RE A MONKEY MAN OR A MIDNIGHT RAMBLER, YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS CLASSIC STONES LIVE AT TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE!

    COLDWATER – On Saturday, January 26, 2019 step into the 1970s and the heyday of the Rolling Stones with Classic Stones Live, the complete Rolling Stones tribute show at Tibbits Opera House. Front man Keith Call has all of the moves and swagger of Mick Jagger, along with his partner in crime Bernie Bollendorf, who portrays rock and roll outlaw Continue Reading...
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  • March Comedy Fest Features Professional Comedians

      COLDWATER –Roars of laughter will fill the Tibbits as three professional stand-up comedians help the audience shake off their winter blues on Saturday, March 16 at 7pm for Coldwater’s Comedy Fest. Headlining this year is Bengt Washburn, a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has been seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Continue Reading...
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  • Clemens Offers Challenge to Finish Funding Tibbits Boilers

    COLDWATER – Clemens Food Group offers a challenge to finalize the funding of the Tibbits Opera House boiler project. While it has been nearly a year since Tibbits Opera House replaced its 50-year-old boilers, the effort to cover the expense has continued. Clemens Food Group has offered a gift which could finally wrap up the project.  With its dedication to Continue Reading...
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  • Coldwater Band Students get Jazz

    COLDWATER – Band students from Legg Middle School and Coldwater High School get to experience the fundamentals of jazz as Tibbits brings JazzReach to their schools Wednesday, November 28. Established in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized, NYC-based organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, teaching and creation of jazz music. The organization is passionately committed to fostering a greater appreciation, Continue Reading...
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  • Arts Alive Holiday Event Tickets on Sale!

    COLDWATER – Get into the holiday spirit with Arts Alive’s second annual “The Art of Holiday Food, Drinks, and Décor” fundraising event at Tibbits Opera House on Tuesday, Nov 27 from 5:30-9pm. “If you attended last year’s Arts Alive holiday event and liked it, then you will LOVE this year’s event. It’s a little different but there’s a lot more Continue Reading...
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  • Its time to flash back to the 50s, Tibbits style! Join in November 3 at Tibbits Opera House as the theatre shakes, rattles, and rolls for its Annual Auction “Tibbits at the Hop.”

    Over 600 items are up for bid at this “fun-raiser” benefiting the daily operations and maintenance of the historic theatre, built in 1882.  The silent auction will begin at 6 PM and the live auction at 8 PM.   The evening includes food and cash bar. This event features a special theme each year, making it a time-honored tradition.  This year Continue Reading...
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  • NOVEMBER BRINGS THE DARK SHADOW OF FILM NOIR TO TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE

    COLDWATER – On Saturday, November 10 at 7pm, the Tibbits Classic Film Series descends into the dark and gritty world of film noir with the Orson Welles thriller The Lady from Shanghai and the twist-ladened Detour. First up is Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai. Against his better judgment, seaman Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles) agrees to work on a yacht, Continue Reading...
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  • MONSTER FEST RETURNS AND ITS BIGGER THAN EVER!

    COLDWATER – On Saturday, October 27 at 5:30pm, Tibbits Opera House will present an evening long Halloween event by combining the monster movie marathon MONSTER FEST with the Coldwater Halloween parade. In the world of movie trilogies, there is usually an attempt to make the third chapter bigger in scope and sometimes a little ridiculous. That is the mindset that Continue Reading...
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  • Designs Wanted for Rotary Splash Pad Mural

    COLDWATER – Artists interested in impacting the community can create a design for a mural to be installed near the Rotary Splash Pad at Heritage Park. Those interested in submitting a colorful, original design to be painted on the cinderblock wall next to the Rotary Splash Pad can submit one entry at no cost. Designs should complement the park and Continue Reading...
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  • Artists Wanted for “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Art Gallery Show

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with artwork which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery on November 8. Artists of any age are free to submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings should be fitted with a hanging wire. Continue Reading...
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  • Nearly 40 Students Take the Stage for The Snow White Variety Show

    COLDWATER – A cast of nearly 40 local students will present the play The Snow White Variety Show at Tibbits Opera House Oct. 19-20 at 7pm and Oct. 21 at 2pm. The Snow White Variety Show has all the fun of just about every TV-show genre imaginable jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy!  The audience becomes the live studio Continue Reading...
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  • Flashback to the 1950s, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, sock hops and rock and roll and join the fun with “Tibbits at the Hop,” the theme for the theatre’s 39th annual auction, Saturday, November 3, 2018.

    Plans for the auction are underway and volunteers and staff are busy collecting the donations needed to make the event a success. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate. Donations can be goods, services or monetary donations. Past items have included art, baskets, fine jewelry, get-away packages, gift certificates, home décor, garden tools, equipment, crafts, holiday items, sports and theatre Continue Reading...
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  • ArtRAGEous Brings Interactive Music and Art to Tibbits

      Coldwater— With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction, ArtRAGEous will take the audience on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity, and fun on October 10 at 7pm at Tibbits Opera House! As people who live and breathe the arts, creativity, community, and inspiration, the ArtRAGEous troupe created the show Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS CLASSIC FILM SERIES RETURNS!

    COLDWATER— Tibbits Classic Film Series returns for a third year September 29 at 7pm with a double feature showcasing the humorous and dramatic abilities of silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe. The evening will begin with one of Marilyn Monroe’s best dramatic roles, the dark thriller Niagara. While on vacation at Niagara Falls Polly Cutler (Jean Peters) begins to suspect the Continue Reading...
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  • Volunteers Needed for Arts Alive Holiday Event

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive has opportunities available for volunteers as the group plans its unique holiday event “The Art of Holiday Food, Drinks & Décor” happening at the Tibbits Opera House on November 27. According to Stephanie Burdick, one of the organizers of the event, “We’re looking for all skills. Whether you have ideas and like to create things yourself, Continue Reading...
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  • Memorial Concert to Feature Celtic Music with THE FOUNDING

    COLDWATER – With their modern take on the traditional Irish/Scottish Celtic sound, The Founding will be the featured band at this year’s Smith Memorial Concert at the Tibbits Opera House September 15 at 7pm. Diane Smith Pridgeon, organizer of the concert, explains, “The Ruth, Robert, Douglas, and Dean Smith Memorial Benefit Concert celebrates families. The concert began in 2001 to Continue Reading...
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  • Kick Off National Hispanic Heritage Month with Los Bandits

    COLDWATER – As National Hispanic Heritage Month gets ready to kick off, Los Bandits de MIchigan will bring their Tex-Mex style of music to the Tibbits Opera House stage for a special concert on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7pm. The band Los Bandits de MIchigan has been performing since 1991, but each individual member has over thirty years musical experience. Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Auditions for The Snow White Variety Show Announced

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for The Snow White Variety Show at 5 pm August 22 and 23 at Tibbits Opera House for the play to be presented October 19-21, 2018. The Snow White Variety Show has all the fun of just about every TV-show genre imaginable jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy!  The audience becomes Continue Reading...
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  • Profound Impact presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR.

    COLDWATER – Area youth present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR August 17-19, 2018 at Tibbits Opera House as Pines Behavioral Health and Tibbits Young Audiences join forces for a free Profound Impact performance. The beloved musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  It tells the story of Belle Continue Reading...
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  • PNC Sponsors Resident Alien

    As the comedy Resident Alien closes the final week of Tibbits Summer Theatre, the historic opera house recognizes PNC as sponsor again this year. PNC also supports Tibbits through corporate membership and the theatre’s annual fundraising auction. Shortly after joining the Branch County community, PNC began its support of Tibbits, initially supporting the winter concerts including Jeff Daniels in 2006 Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Receives Funds toward Boilers

        COLDWATER –Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. received $5000 from the Coldwater Rotary Club to offset the costs of replacing the 50-year-old boilers in the historic Tibbits Opera House. The Club last year gave a gift of $3000 to the project. While the new boilers were installed in time for last winter, the final piece of the Continue Reading...
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  • ‘Resident Alien’ Closes TST Mainstage Season

    COLDWATER – An “out-of-this-world” situational comedy, Resident Alien closes Tibbits’ mainstage season when it plays from August 2-11 at the historic Tibbits Opera House. Written by Stuart Spencer, Resident Alien plays out with Michael’s son being taken up into an alien space ship, and his testy ex-wife, her slow-witted husband, and the “anything but by the book” sheriff won’t believe Continue Reading...
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  • Popcorn Theatre Continues with ‘Shiver & Shake’

    COLDWATER – Tibbits’ Popcorn Theatre continues with the spook-tacular story of Shiver and Shake showing July 27-28 & August 3-4 at 10am. A young man who has never felt fear wonders what it’s like to shiver and shake.  He spends the night in a haunted castle, and comedy abounds as ghost after ghost try to frighten him. This exciting story Continue Reading...
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  • Artists Wanted for “A is for Animal” Art Gallery Show

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show, “A is for Animal,” which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery in September and will be on display until late October. Artists of any age are free to submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings should be Continue Reading...
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  • 2014 Best Musical Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Plays July 19-21, 25-28

    COLDWATER- The 2014 Tony Award Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder comes to the Tibbits stage in madcap fashion Thursday, July 19 through Saturday July 28 in Coldwater, MI. A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm and a dash of murder. Continue Reading...
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  • THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN WITH CIRQUE AMONGUS!

      COLDWATER – A surprising combination of comedy, circus skills and audience participation will delight young and old when Cirque Amongus comes to Tibbits as part of Popcorn Theatre July 20 & 21 at 10am. This circus-style performance incorporates fundamental circus arts: juggling, movement, and balance creating an exciting and unforgettable experience. This high-energy show appeals to kids and adults Continue Reading...
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  • A CLASSIC TALE OF FRIENDSHIP COMES TO LIFE ON THE TIBBITS STAGE!

    COLDWATER – Tibbits’ Popcorn Theatre continues with the timeless tale of Charlotte’s Web showing  July 6-7 & 13-14 at 10am. Wilbur the pig lived happily on a farm in the country until one day it is revealed that his life may be in danger. Fearing the worst, Wilbur’s friend Charlotte the spider attempts to save him by making everyone think Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Presents Cabarets at Local Restaurants

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Summer Theatre will team with three area restaurants to present special dinner theatre productions in July offering a full meal and a cabaret-style performance that features members of its professional summer company. The cabaret performances will be presented Monday, July 9 at Olivia’s Chop House in Jonesville, Tuesday July 10 at Schuler’s in Marshall, and Wednesday, July Continue Reading...
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  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR OPENS JUNE 28

      COLDWATER – One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the ultimate rock opera experience Jesus Christ Superstar, opening June 28 at the historic Tibbits Opera House. This global blockbuster retells the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his Continue Reading...
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  • TIBBITS POPCORN THEATRE OPENS WITH THE LAST OF THE DRAGONS!

    COLDWATER – Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Last of the Dragons, the first production in the 2018 Tibbits Popcorn Theatre Season showing June 22-23 & 29-30 at 10am at the historic Tibbits Opera House. This imaginative and original tale written by Kristin Walter is based upon the original story of Edith Nesbit. Tradition dictates that on her Continue Reading...
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  • Mixed Emotions Opens Tibbits Summer Season

    Coldwater, MI — “Mixed Emotions,” a funny, touching play opens Tibbits Summer Theatre’s 55th season on June 14 with an inspirational message of starting life a-new; the show runs through June 23 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. A gentle, yet funny and romantic comedy the plays tells the story of two widowed friends in their 60s. Before the Continue Reading...
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  • CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR TIBBITS STUDENT FILM CONTEST

    COLDWATER-Students ages 11-19 can test their creativity and explore the world of film production through a 10-day film competition presented by Tibbits Theatre and Beyond (T-TAB) starting June 8 at Tibbits Opera House with the premiere of the films on June 19. The contest begins with the kick-off event June 8 at the box office in Tibbits Opera House where Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council Welcomes New Board Members

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. recently elected its executive committee while also welcoming several new members to its board of directors. Richard Merrill assumed the position of president, Chris Donbrock vice president, Wayne Weaver treasurer, Laura Lutterbeck secretary and Polly Locke member at large. J. Richard Colbeck takes the role of past president. Newly elected to Continue Reading...
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  • Mariachi Music, Flamenco Dancers & Battle Sounds Part of Cinco de Mayo Celebration

    COLDWATER – Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration filled Tibbits Opera House with mariachi music, stomping feet of flamenco dancers, battle sounds from the film dramatization of the Battle of Pueblo, as well as flags and beautiful instrumental sounds from across the Latin nations. With support of the Michigan Humanities Council, Altrusa International of Branch County and the Branch County Community Continue Reading...
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