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.

Students stand with Reg Pettibone after a performance for Tibbits’ 2019 school programming. 2020 school programming includes ““Life and Times of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” “Frog & Toad,” “Romeo & Juliet” and “Coding to the Moon.”

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 and 12:45pm. Storyteller Rosie Chapman brings Harriet Tubman to life as she tells the life of the famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. She involves the audience in an unforgettable experience as she traces Mrs. Tubman’s life from childhood through adulthood.

On May 12 and 13, Wild Swan Theater will delight elementary school audiences with “Frog & Toad,” a play featuring two of Arnold Lobel’s most beloved characters, Frog and Toad. This tale of friendship will take place at 9:30am and 12:30pm each day.

Next, Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents “Romeo and Juliet” on May 19 at 9am and 12pm. This Shakespearean tragedy of feuding families and forbidden love is the perfect compliment to any high school curriculum.

According to Tibbits Director of Operations Stephanie Burdick, “The arts have always been a great way to compliment the lessons of the classroom—and this play was meant to be seen, not just read. It’s perfect for students.”

Wild Swan Theatre will conclude the series with their gripping drama of the Apollo space mission, “Coding to the Moon” on May 21 at 9:30am and 12:30pm. This production for middle and junior high students celebrates the life and work of mathematician and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton whose brilliant work as a young scientist broke new ground as she led the team that navigated the Apollo missions to the moon.

The program is also funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council. The cost is $2 per person for all performances except “Romeo & Juliet”, with $5 per person for that performance.

More information can be found at Tibbits.org.  To make a reservation for your school or homeschool group, please call Tibbits at 517.278.6029. Arrangements should be made in advance as some performances fill up. All performances will be held at the historic Tibbits Opera House at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.