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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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  • Tibbits Announces Spotlight on Teen Talent Winners

    COLDWATER – Coldwater High School’s Amelia Gerth won the first-place title and prize money for Tibbits Theatre and Beyond’s 15th annual Spotlight on Teen Talent Show. Students ages 11-18, performing in a variety of twenty-two acts, took to the Tibbits Opera House stage to compete on April 28, with winners taking home cash prizes. Gerth, who also won the High Continue Reading...
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  • Foreigners Journey Returns to Tibbits in July

    COLDWATER – With sonic guitars, booming vocals and crushing drums, the tribute band Foreigners Journey duplicates the sound and style of two of the ‘80s biggest arena rock bands, Foreigner and Journey, July 14, 2018 in a concert at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. This tribute show features keyboardist Paul Kochanski, bassist Joe Pettengill, lead singer Keith Carmichael, guitarist Continue Reading...
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  • THE DUKE ONCE AGAIN SWAGGERS ONTO THE SILVER SCREEN

    COLDWATER – The Tibbits Classic Film Series closes its 2017-2018 with The Duke himself, John Wayne, in North to Alaska and 3 Godfathers on May 26, 2018 at 7pm. The evening begins with the light-hearted North to Alaska, the story of two partners, Sam McCord (Wayne) and George Pratt (Stewart Granger) who strike gold during the Alaskan Gold Rush. Once Continue Reading...
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  • Romeo & Juliet Closes Tibbits’ 2018 School Programming Series

    COLDWATER – High school students from the surrounding region will see the tale of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, as brought to life by the Michigan Shakespeare Festival Tour on May 15 at Tibbits Opera House. Tibbits presents the professional touring troupe as it recreates the beloved Shakespearean tragedy between two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This Continue Reading...
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  • Talented Teens Prepare to Entertain

    COLDWATER – Tibbits held auditions for its Spotlight on Teen Talent show a few weeks ago, attracting a variety of performers to the stage. Those selected to participate in the show will perform for the public on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. The students, ages 11 to 18, will sing, dance, and perform as they showcase their skills and Continue Reading...
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  • Free Cinco de Mayo Celebration Coming to Tibbits

    COLDWATER – To promote and celebrate the Hispanic culture in Branch County, Tibbits will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 12-5pm May 5 complete with music, dance, an exhibit of flags and a film about the fight for Democracy which the day honors. After a procession of 20 Latin flags, which will be put on display with informational Continue Reading...
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  • Call to Artists, Downtown Businesses, and Marketplace Vendors for the 2018 Spring ArtWalk

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive and the Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce are currently looking for artists, downtown businesses, and marketplace vendors for the 2018 Spring ArtWalk on Friday, June 8. Fine artists are paired up with businesses and their work will be on display from 5-8pm the night of ArtWalk. From makeup artists, sculptors, painters, photographers and more, all mediums Continue Reading...
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  • Volunteers Wanted at Tibbits Opera House

    Coldwater, MI – Tibbits offers a variety of exciting volunteering opportunities for those in the community interested in giving their time to the historic theatre. In addition to live performances and entertainment, Tibbits offers volunteer opportunities to anyone who would like to get involved:  usher shows, bartend events, work the concessions and gift shop, give theatre tours, help work and Continue Reading...
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  • Wild Swan brings “A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories” and “Shipwrecked” to Tibbits

    School Programming Series Continues with Wild Swan Shows COLDWATER – Wild Swan Theater will delight young audiences when they travel to Tibbits Opera House with their show A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories on April 12 and Shipwrecked on April 18 for Tibbits’ school programming series. Students from preschool to second grade will enjoy A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories, Continue Reading...
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  • MURDER, MYSTERY, & TREACHERY COME TO TIBBITS WITH A HITCHCOCK DOUBLE FEATURE

    COLDWATER – Come see the master of the thriller genre when the Tibbits Classic Film Series screens Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry and Saboteur on April 14, 2018 at 7pm. Alfred Hitchcock, a man ahead of his time, is credited as the creator of the thriller genre. His repertoire includes a host of films including Vertigo, North by Northwest, Continue Reading...
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  • Artists Wanted for “Pops of Color” Art Gallery Show

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show, “Pops of Color,” which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery in May and will be on display during the evening of ArtWalk on June 8 and through the first two shows of Tibbits Summer Theatre. Artists of any age are free to submit Continue Reading...
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  • Student Artists Wanted for Kids’ Art Rocks Art Gallery Show

    COLDWATER –  Student artists are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual Kids’ Art Rocks gallery show which will be displayed at the Tibbits Opera House Art Gallery during ArtWalk. Kids’ Art Rocks has recognized 133 pieces of student art since the program’s inception, and this year the program is looking to expand by moving to an open submission Continue Reading...
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  • ROYAL CHEVROLET BUICK GMC TITLE SPONSOR FOR TIBBITS GOLF

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation proudly announces Royal as the Title Sponsor for its annual Tibbits Golf Outing Friday, June 22 at the Coldwater Golf Course. Royal Chevrolet Sales Manager Mike Evon said, “Royal Chevrolet is very honored and excited to be a part of an event that has been around for many years.  Tibbits offers a variety of shows, Continue Reading...
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  • AUDITIONS FOR 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 26 and Tuesday, March 27 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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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Presents Tied to the Tracks

    COLDWATER – Cast members of Tibbits Young Audiences musical Tied to the Tracks are ready to show off months of hard work when they take to the stage March 23 and 24 at 7pm and March 25 at 2pm at Tibbits Opera House. Tied to the Tracks will leave you tied up in knots...of laughter!  This action-packed old time musical Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences Cast Members Perform for Local Groups

    COLDWATER – Cast members of Tibbits Young Audiences musical Tied to the Tracks recently delighted several local groups with a preview of their show, which will take the Tibbits stage later this month. Since 2012, TYA cast members have gone on the road with a selection of songs and choreography for their upcoming performance.  Affectionately knicknamed “The Wagon Train Adventure” Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Secures Liquor License

    COLDWATER – As attendees of recent events at Tibbits Opera House have already discovered, Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. acquired a full liquor license in February and “The Ghost Light Bar” is open at the historic theatre. Tibbits Board of Directors opted to pursue a developmental liquor license after members had attended a conference and learned of the Continue Reading...
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  • Artists Wanted for Spring-Themed Art Gallery Show

    COLDWATER – Arts Alive is asking local artists to join their next gallery show, “ACHOO: The Sounds and Sights of Spring,” which will be installed in Tibbits Opera Houses’ art gallery right before their Comedy Fest, featuring three professional comedians, on March 17. Artists are free to submit up to three pieces at $5 per submission. Paintings, photographs or drawings Continue Reading...
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  • Season Tickets & Group Reservations Now Available for 2018 Tibbits Summer Theatre Season

    COLDWATER –Season ticket subscriptions and group reservations are now available for the 54th summer theatre season at Tibbits Opera House, which offers something for everyone with a program full of music, dancing, comedy, romance and drama. Tibbits 2018 Summer Theatre Season begins in June with the poignant comedy Mixed Emotions, followed by the ultimate rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, the Continue Reading...
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  • Abbott & Costello Comedy Mayhem

    HEEEEY ABBOOOOOTT!   COLDWATER – Bud Abbott & Lou Costello bring their patented brand of slapstick comedy to the Tibbits big screen on March 10 at 7pm when the Tibbits Classic Film Series screens Who Done It? and Hold That Ghost. Up first is the murder mystery, Who Done It?. Abbott & Costello play soda jerks who dream of writing Continue Reading...
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  • St. Patrick’s Day Bash 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 March 17 at 7pm for Coldwater’s 5th Annual Comedy Fest, which also features a St. Patrick’s Day twist this year. Headlining this year is Last Comic Standing finalist Michael Palascak, who grew up in the small town of Continue Reading...
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  • Pirate School Coming to Tibbits

    COLDWATER – Area elementary students will experience “piratical fun” while learning about simple machines, navigation, air pressure and more in the one-man educational pirate show Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates for Tibbits’ school programming series on Tuesday, March 6. The SCIENCE of Pirates is the swashbuckling one-man show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Offers School Performances

    COLDWATER – Area elementary students will experience live theatre and celebrate the country’s rich folklore as Wild Swan Theater presents American Short & Tall Tales for Tibbits’ school programming series on Tuesday, February 13. Humor, stories, and music will delight audiences as the performers crisscross the nation, bringing to life the tall tales that helped create our unique “melting pot” Continue Reading...
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  • Classic Film Series – Science Fiction Double Feature

    INVADERS FROM ANOTHER PLANET DESCEND ON TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE! COLDWATER – Experience two science-fiction classics of the 1950s when Tibbits Classic Film Series screens the original versions of The Day the Earth Stood Still and Invaders from Mars on February 17 at 7pm. In The Day the Earth Stood Still, a flying saucer lands in Washington DC and is surrounded Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council Annual Meeting

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. will hold its annual meeting Thursday, January 25 at 5:30 pm at the opera house. The meeting for Branch County’s center for arts and culture includes a review of the 2016-17 fiscal year, a financial report of the theatre and highlights for the year ahead. The community and members of the Continue Reading...
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  • Best of the Eagles, The Eagles Tribute Band

    WARM YOURSELF WITH THE CALIFORNIA SOUNDS OF BEST OF THE EAGLES, THE EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND COLDWATER – Best of the Eagles tribute band will bring that seventies California sound to Tibbits on January 27, 2018 at 7pm. With signature tunes like “Hotel California,” “The Long Run,” and “Desperado,” Best of the Eagles keeps the legacy of one of America’s greatest Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Wins Three Regional BroadwayWorld Awards

    COLDWATER – BroadwayWorld has just announced the winners for the 2017 Regional Awards, and Tibbits Summer Theatre won three of the eleven awards for which they were nominated. The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Isaac Jankowski was awarded Best Actor in a Play for the Tibbits Summer Theatre show The Fox Continue Reading...
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  • ART CONTEST FOR TIBBITS’ 2018 SUMMER THEATRE SEASON

    ART CONTEST FOR TIBBITS’ 2018 SUMMER THEATRE SEASON   COLDWATER –  In June of 2018, Tibbits will begin its 54th season of professional summer theatre and will be looking for four artists to create original poster art for their four productions, Mixed Emotions, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Resident Alien. Each year Tibbits draws Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Announces 2018 Summer Theatre Season

    COLDWATER – Now in its 54th  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 2018 Summer Theatre Season begins in June with the poignant comedy Mixed Emotions, followed by the ultimate rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, the murderous musical romp A Gentleman’s Guide Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences – Auditions for Tied to the Tracks

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for the musical Tied to the Tracks at 5 pm January 4 and 5 at Tibbits Opera House for the show to be presented March 23-25, 2018. Tied to the Tracks will leave you tied up in knots...of laughter!  This action-packed old time musical western melodrama follows the story of stalwart Sheriff Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Replaces Boilers

    COLDWATER – With the arrival of cold weather, Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. announced the replacement of the 50-year-old boilers in the historic Tibbits Opera House. While the heat is on and working well, the effort to raise the funds to cover the improvement continues. According to Christine Delaney, Tibbits Executive Director, “We are extremely thankful for the Continue Reading...
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  • Classic Film Series – Sherlock Holmes Double Feature

    DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN DECEMBER WITH TIBBITS’ SHERLOCK HOLMES DOUBLE FEATURE! COLDWATER – Experience mystery and suspense on Saturday, December 30 at 7pm as the Tibbits Classic Film Series brings two of Sherlock Holmes’ best, House of Fear and Dressed to Kill, to the big screen. The first film of the evening, House of Fear, is a 1945 classic in Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Nominated for 11 Regional BroadwayWorld Awards

    COLDWATER – BroadwayWorld has just announced the nominees for the 2017 Regional Awards, and Tibbits Summer Theatre has been nominated for eleven awards in eight categories. The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Tibbits productions that have been nominated for awards include all four of their summer stock productions of The Cemetery Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Classic Film Series – Noel Night

    11-15-2017 HOLIDAY CHEER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER WITH THE TIBBITS CLASSIC FILM SERIES!   COLDWATER – On Saturday, November 25 at 7pm, the Tibbits Classic Film Series will offer up some early Christmas cheer with the 1947 Christmas staple, Miracle on 34th Street and the Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire song and dance gem, Holiday Inn. Miracle on 34th Continue Reading...
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  • 38th Annual Auction Raises Over $63K

    Volunteers and staff for the 38 Annual Tibbits Auction posed in the lobby before heading to “Tibbits Olde West” Saturday, November 4, 2017.      COLDWATER – The Tibbits Opera House received a huge financial boost Saturday night, as the Tibbits’ 38th Annual Auction grossed over $63,000 for the historic theatre’s annual operating budget. Dinners and special experiences highlighted the Continue Reading...
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  • Get into the holiday spirit with “The Art of Holiday Food, Drinks, and Décor” Event

    COLDWATER – Get into the holiday spirit with Arts Alive’s “The Art of Holiday Food, Drinks, and Décor” event at Tibbits on Tuesday, Nov 14 from 6-9pm. The local art group, under the umbrella of the Tibbits Opera Foundation, is known for its ArtWalk in Coldwater every spring and fall as well as its themed gallery shows at Tibbits. Arts Continue Reading...
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  • Auction Update: “Tibbits Olde West”

    COLDWATER – Imagine a time of rambling cowboys on horseback in the open terrain of the wild frontier- saloons, gold, and covered wagons. Join volunteers and staff of Tibbits Opera House November 4, 2017 and take a journey back to the olde west for Tibbits 38th Annual Auction “Tibbits Olde West.” The silent auction will start at 6 pm and Continue Reading...
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  • Jeff Daniels Makes Return Trip to Tibbits

    October 16, 2017 COLDWATER – Michigan native Jeff Daniels returns to Tibbits for a single performance Saturday, November 11, featuring his own brand of entertainment, songs and stories presented in his down-to-earth style, accompanied by The Ben Daniels Band. The show features Jeff Daniels on guitar singing many of his own songs, some poignant, some funny. The songs themselves tell Continue Reading...
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  • MONSTERS RETURN TO STALK THE STAGE OF TIBBITS OPERA HOUSE!

    COLDWATER – On Saturday, October 28 at 8:30pm, Tibbits will once again pay tribute to classic and B-movie monsters with its creature double feature…MONSTER FEST 2! The evening will begin with the tale of atomic age horror from 1954, THEM! When an F.B.I. agent and his family go missing in the deserts of New Mexico, police Sgt. Ben Peterson teams Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits receives MCACA grant awards

    COLDWATER – Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council, Inc. received two grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the 2017-2018 funding cycle. The awards include an Operational Support Grant as well as a Capital Improvement Grant. Tibbits has received an Operation Support grant each year since the MCACA implemented the program in 2012. The award Continue Reading...
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  • ROBOTS AND THE PYTHON GANG: CINDERELLA HAS BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN FITTING INTO A GLASS SLIPPER

    Date: 09-29-2017 ROBOTS AND THE PYTHON GANG: CINDERELLA HAS BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN FITTING INTO A GLASS SLIPPER  COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences continues to offer classic fairy tales told with a modern and comedic twist as they begin production on their fall play If the Shoe Fits, opening October 20 at 7:00pm at the Tibbits Opera House. Prince Owen is Continue Reading...
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  • Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore First of Entertainment Series

    COLDWATER –  Love, Loss & What I Wore evokes life’s humor as well as its poignancy when it opens at Tibbits Opera House September 22. Known for screenplays such as Michael, You’ve Got Mail, and Mixed Nuts, sisters Nora and Delia Ephron capture the essence of life with a collection of vignettes and monologues in their play, Love, Loss, & Continue Reading...
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  • 17th Annual Smith Memorial Concert on Sept 16

    COLDWATER – Classical music fills the stage as the 17th Annual Smith Memorial Concert brings pianist Rebecca Mayer, violinist Rachael Klaus and cellist David Peshlakai on September 16, 2017 at 7pm at the Tibbits Opera House. The Ruth, Robert, Douglas, and Dean Smith Memorial Concert was originally organized by Diane Smith Pridgeon and her sister Susanne Smith Wise to celebrate Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Announces 2017-2018 Entertainment Series

    Date: 8-14-2017 COLDWATER – A variety of entertainment for all ages and tastes will be featured in the Entertainment Series at the historic Tibbits Opera House. Tibbits Entertainment Series will include the touching play Love, Loss, & What I Wore; Jeff Daniels in concert with the Ben Daniels Band; an exciting Eagles tribute band with Best of the Eagles; and Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Young Audiences – Auditions for “If the Shoe Fits”

    Date: August 7, 2017  Tibbits Young Audiences - Auditions for “If the Shoe Fits”  COLDWATER – Tibbits Young Audiences will hold auditions for “If the Shoe Fits” starting at 5 pm August 24 and 25 at Tibbits Opera House for the show to be presented October 20-22, 2017. “If the Shoe Fits” is a modern twist of the story of Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits in Search of Volunteer Support

    Date: August 3, 2017 Tibbits In Search of Volunteer Support Coldwater, MI –  In addition to the performances and entertainment, Tibbits offers an array of volunteer opportunities for those in the community interested in getting involved in the historic theatre. Tibbits offers a variety of areas of interest for those who would like to volunteer, including ushering, working the concessions Continue Reading...
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  • Puss in Boots Opens August 4

    Date: 07/28/2017 COLDWATER – The crafty cat in boots will come to Tibbits when Puss in Boots opens at Tibbits Opera House on August 4. Originally written by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in 1550, Puss in Boots has continued to entertain generations of children and adults. Over the years, there have been many interpretations of this clever feline, such as the Continue Reading...
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  • GRAB YOUR CLUBS AND HIT THE LINKS WITH THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY

    Date:  07-24-2017 GRAB YOUR CLUBS AND HIT THE LINKS WITH THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY COLDWATER – Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway tees off at Tibbits Opera House on August 10 and plays through August 19. The comedy begins with Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, in a difficult position. He has made a wager with Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Summer Theatre Nominated for Three Wilde Awards

    The 2016 Tibbits Summer Theatre performance of The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy has been nominated for three of Encore Michigan’s Wilde Awards.   COLDWATER-Encore MI has just named Tibbits Summer Theatre as a nominee for the 2017 Wilde Awards, Michigan’s professional theatre equivalent of the Tony Awards. Each August, Encore MI recognizes the best performances and productions Continue Reading...
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  • SWORDS WILL CLASH WHEN RING OF STEEL COMES TO TIBBITS!

    COLDWATER – The Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe demonstrates the art of theatrical combat staging at Tibbits as part of Popcorn Theatre July 28 & 29 at 10am. One of the largest theatrical fencing salles in the nation, The Ring of Steel teaches classes in swordplay and stunt work along with 15 other combat skills and techniques. Continue Reading...
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  • Get Ready to Cut Footloose!

    COLDWATER- The rock-n-roll musical Footloose bursts onto the stage Thursday, July 27 and runs through August 5 at Tibbits in Coldwater, MI. Based on the mega-hit film from 1984 of the same name, Footloose is about high school student Ren and his mother who have recently moved from Chicago to a small farming town. Even though he is prepared for Continue Reading...
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  • Comedian Heywood Banks to Perform at Tibbits

    COLDWATER – A regular on the “Bob and Tom Show” for years, Heywood Banks returns to the Tibbits stage with his unique brand of humor on July 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of Tibbits Entertainment Series. Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe, with a style his very own. Billed as “Equal parts genius and buffoon,” this Continue Reading...
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  • WHIZ, BANG, POOF; DOUG SCHEER UNLEASHES HIS WACKY SCIENCE ON TIBBITS!

    Date: 06/30/2017 WHIZ, BANG, POOF; DOUG SCHEER UNLEASHES HIS WACKY SCIENCE ON TIBBITS! COLDWATER – Doug Scheer mixes humor and off-the-wall antics with scientific experiments in his educational show Wacky Science coming to Tibbits Popcorn Theatre July 7 & 8. For the past 30 years, Doug Scheer has been performing his show Wacky Science for elementary school students around the Continue Reading...
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  • Get to Know the People Behind the Scenes at a Tibbits Talkback

    COLDWATER – Talkbacks, held the first Saturday of each Tibbits main-stage show, are a popular way for theatre-goers to get backstage knowledge from the professional summer theatre company. These sessions are scheduled for July 8, July 29, and August 12. After the curtain falls at the end of the performance, audience members who want to stay and talk with the Continue Reading...
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  • The Troll & the Elephant Prince

    Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Troll and the Elephant Prince, the first production in the 2017 Tibbits Popcorn Theatre Season showing June 11 & 12 at 10am. The citizens of Trolltown are forced to pay gold to an intimidating Troll so that he will protect them from the terrifying creatures that live in the mountains, the One-Eyed Continue Reading...
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  • Cemetery Club – Summer Theatre 2017

    Cemetery Club Opens Tibbits Summer Season Coldwater—A funny,  touching play “The Cemetery Club” opens Tibbits Summer Theatre’s 53rd season with an inspirational message of starting life a-new,  June 15 and running through June 24 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Both humorous and poignant it’s the story of three widows who meet once a month for tea before going Continue Reading...
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  • Kids Art Rocks!

    Tibbits Boosters’ Kids Art Rocks! Ready for 9th Year  Eighteen pieces of artwork by first-grade through high school age artists from schools throughout Branch County will have their work on display at the ninth annual Kids Art Rocks! Open House on June 9, from 5:30 to 7:30, in the Tibbits lower level.  The art will remain on display until mid-July Continue Reading...
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  • PERK UP YOUR EARS ROCK N ROLL FANS, GEORGE BEDARD AND THE KINGPINS ARE COMIN’ TO TOWN!

    Tibbits Opera House will swing with the rockabilly/blues sound of George Bedard and the Kingpins on Friday, May 12, 2017 Sponsored by the Coldwater Swap Meet and Car Show, this event kicks off the area premier car event weekend. For more than 20 years George Bedard has been a key figure of the Michigan roots rock scene. While other kids Continue Reading...
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  • A Month of Cross-Cultural Programming at Tibbits

    A number of special programs celebrating our community’s diverse cultures fill Tibbits this month coinciding with an exhibit in the theatre’s galleries. On Saturday, April 8, Tibbits will host three Islamic scholars for a 2pm presentation, “Conversations about Islam.” The event is free and open to the public and gives non-Muslims a chance to ask candid questions about Islam and Continue Reading...
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  • No Foolin’…Its Mel Brooks!

    HOORAY!! ITS A MEL BROOKS DOUBLE FEATURE Come experience the lighter side of re-animating the dead and being wrongfully accused of murder with the Mel Brooks classics, Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety showing April 1 at 7pm as an April Fools Day double feature. Considered by many fans to be Brooks’ masterpiece, Young Frankenstein is the story of Dr. Frederick Continue Reading...
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  • WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A MONSTER WANTED TO PLAY YOUR VIDEO GAME?

    Closet Monsters, The Dream King, The Sandman, and a group of children trying to capture them all in the act, create musical mayhem in Tibbits Young Audiences’ 2017 Spring Musical, There’s a Monster in My Closet running March 24 - 26. In this fanciful musical, Emily is sent to bed only to find a monster in her closet!  While teased Continue Reading...
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  • TWO CLASSIC COMEDIES, ONE ICONIC ACTOR

    On Saturday, March 11 Tibbits’ Classic Film Series continues with its fourth installment, An Evening with Cary Grant. Starting in December of last year Tibbits Opera House began a six month long showcase of classic movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. So far this event has screened such classics as Miracle on 34th Street, D.O.A., and How to Marry Continue Reading...
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  • STAND-UP COMEDY RETURNS TO COLDWATER MICHIGAN WITH THE 4TH ANNUAL COMEDY FEST

    The howl of the winter winds are replaced with the roar of laughter as stand-up comedy returns to Tibbits Opera House on March 11 at 7pm with Coldwater’s 4th Annual Comedy Fest. For the past four years Tibbits has been helping people shake the winter blues with its Comedy Fest. Beginning in 2013 the Comedy Fest was added to Tibbits’ Continue Reading...
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  • Ed Anser Brings His One Man Show To Tibbits.

    Friday April 28, 7 time Emmy award winner Ed Asner comes to Tibbits with his informative yet comedic one man show about a common medical issue faced by older men. A Man and His Prostate is the brain child of writer and long time collaborator of Asner’s, Ed Weinberger. The idea for the show came to Weinberger after he himself Continue Reading...
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  • FOREIGNERS JOURNEY – The Ultimate Tribute Band

    With sonic guitars, booming vocals and crushing drums, the tribute band Foreigners Journey duplicates the sound and style of two of the ‘80s biggest arena rock bands, Foreigner and Journey, January 28, 2017 in a concert at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater Michigan. This tribute show features keyboardist Paul Kochanski, bassist Jimi Lyons and lead singer Keith Carmichael (all formerly of Continue Reading...
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  • Tibbits Project Part of Prize for Outstanding Public Humanities Programming

    The Federation of State Humanities Councils has presented the 2016 Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in the humanities to the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) for its program, “Heritage Grants: Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People.” The MHC created the program which is funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to support projects that “explore local histories at the intersection of Continue Reading...
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