Technical Theatre Added to Kids Summer Theatre Workshop

Technical Theatre Added to Kids Summer Theatre Workshop

Students interested in theatre, both on stage and off, have a chance to explore all aspects of theatre with the professionals of Tibbits Summer Theatre during two workshops July 11 through 17.

Tibbits Summer Theatre company member and theatre instructor Chad Tallon will lead two workshop sessions, one focused on performance and the other on technical theatre. The two sessions culminate with one showcase on July 17 for students to show off their new skills.

Students perform at the showcase for the 2020 Summer Theatre Workshop at Tibbits, which was adapted to an outdoor performance. This year’s expanded all-encompassing theatre workshop and showcase runs July 11-17.

The morning session, available to students grades 3-12, focuses on performance and honing their acting skills. 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 as  the crew for the performance showcase.

Tallon expressed, “I can’t wait to get back to work with the young artists of Tibbits this summer. Actors will continue to work on the art of performance by singing, dancing, and acting and grow at becoming engaging artists. However, I’m equally excited to add a technical component to the week. Without the technical aspects of theatre, the arts cannot function, and so introducing the world of design to our camp is something that really excites me.”

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 17 at 2pm. A full workshop schedule is available HERE.

The fee for one workshop is $150 or $125 for Tibbits members. The fee to attend both workshops 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 professional Tibbits Summer Theatre production. The workshop will adapt to any COVID guidelines at the time the workshop takes place. This may still include universal masking.

Workshop registration must be completed by June 25. Scholarships are available and are due May 21. Online registration and scholarship materials are available HERE. This workshop is generously sponsored by ASAMA Coldwater Manufacturing and Frederick Family Dental.

Workshop sessions will be held at Tibbits or an off-site 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

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