Tibbits to present Kids Summer Theatre Workshops in July

COLDWATER – From learning acting techniques to design and show production, students interested in theatre have a chance to explore with professionals of Tibbits Summer Theatre during a week-long workshop July 10 through 16.

Veteran Tibbits Summer Theatre company member and theatre instructor Chad Tallon, along with assistance from Tibbits company members Jesse Manson and Dennis Dizon, will lead two, week-long workshop sessions; one in performance and one in technical theatre. The sessions culminate with one showcase on July 16 for students to show off their new skills.

The morning session, available to students grades 3-12, focuses on performance and honing their acting skills. Students in performance will have activities based on age. Through games and collaboration exercises students will learn to be comfortable on stage before quickly transferring into ‘rehearsal’ mode to work on the camp’s performance showcase.

The exciting new afternoon session for students in grades 5-12 explores technical theatre and the world of theatrical design. Whether exploring lighting, prop, set, or sound design, the camp will give a well-rounded, hands-on technical education which students will utilize to design, build and run as crew for the performance showcase.

Tallon expressed, “With the summer camp numbers growing year by year and the addition of new technical components, it’s been exciting to watch the evolution of the entire experience.”

He added, “As we continue to grow and adapt, I’m beyond excited to share my love for theatre with the Coldwater community, and more importantly, excited to watch the kids have an unforgettable summer experience!”

Students can attend one or both workshop sessions. No previous experience is required. The acting workshop will mainly take place from 9am-12, with the technical workshop sessions from 1-4pm. Together the workshops will present a final showcase Saturday, July 16 at 2pm. A full workshop schedule is available at Tibbits.org. Parents are responsible for lunch and transportation between sessions.

The fee for one workshop session is $150 or $125 for Tibbits members. The fee to attend both workshop sessions is $250 with a discounted price of $200 for Tibbits members.

In addition to the workshop instruction, participants receive a t-shirt and a ticket to attend a musical version of “The Jungle Book”, a professional Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production created by Chad Tallon. The workshop will adapt to any COVID guidelines at the time the workshop takes place.

Workshop registration must be completed by June 24. Online registration is available at Tibbits.org. This workshop is generously sponsored by ASAMA Coldwater Manufacturing and Frederick Family Dental.

Workshop sessions will be held at the Free Methodist Church in Coldwater, Tibbits, or another rehearsal location in Coldwater, with the showcase held at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett in Coldwater. For more information on the workshop or other Tibbits events call 517-278-6029 or visit Tibbits.org.

Some of the older students perform during the showcase for the 2021 Summer Theatre Workshop at Tibbits, and pose with instructor Chad Tallon after the showcase. This year’s expanded all-encompassing theatre workshop and showcase runs July 10-16.