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 his loneliness. During the night, Blue Fairy (Kat Katona) brings Pinocchio to life with the stipulation that he has to remain honest or his nose and ears will grow each time he lies. Blue Fairy continues to watch over him and sends Cricket (Gil Torres) to guide him as well. Pinocchio stumbles upon situations that test his morals, including a puppet show hosted by the evil puppeteer Lorenzo (Taylor Rivera) and a trickster Fox (Bailey Kote).

Matthew C. Scott will be directing the show, with scenic design by Leon Kriser, light design by Connor Beattie, costume design by Ariel Smith O’Neal, properties by Sarah Gens, and Rachel Marengere as stage manager. “Pinocchio” features actors from Tibbits professional company who performed in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “West Side Story.”

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“Pinocchio” is the last show of the Popcorn Theatre season. All Tibbits Popcorn Theatre presentations are Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Ticket prices include free popcorn and juice at intermission as well as the opportunity to meet actors, get autographs, and pose for photos after the show.

Overall Popcorn Theatre sponsors include Battle Creek Community Foundation and Dr. Jon and Seibra Herbener. Popcorn is donated by Ed Lake, with juice donated by McDonalds: The Maynard Organization.

Tickets are $9 (price includes fees) and are available at Tibbits.org. The box office at the theatre is open for the summer, Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm. Tickets are also available by calling 517-278-6029. Tibbits Opera House is located at 14 S. Hanchett St., Coldwater, MI. Group and family rates are available.


“Pinocchio,” a Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production, will be on stage at Tibbits Opera House August 2, 3, 9 and 10. The show features professional actor Les Gibbs as Pinocchio.