COLDWATER – An enchanted castle, a cursed prince, and a beautiful maiden: “Beauty and the Lonely Beast,” the first Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production since 2019, will open on the Tibbits stage June 17.

This enchanting and magical story tells the beloved lesson that things may not be as they appear, and beauty truly is only skin deep! Beautiful but feisty Beauty rescues her father only to find herself a prisoner in the castle of a monstrous Beast. The Beast must earn her love to break the curse which hides the prince inside.

Making up the professional cast of "Beauty and the Lonely Beast” is Dominic Green as the Beast/Prince, Rachel Schoenecker as Beauty, Gianna Branca as fairy godmother, Dennis Dizon as Belle’s father, Liz Davis and Annie Ross as stepsisters. New to Tibbits, Demetria Thomas takes the helm as the director of this show; with music direction by Lori Hatfield; (additional) music direction, arrangements, orchestrations, and recordings by Matthew Everingham; and choreography by Dennis Dizon. Production staff features scenic design by Maddy Byrnes, light design by Tyler Evans, costume design by Alexander Estes, properties by Liz Reaves, and Lori Wagoner as stage manager.     

Popcorn Theatre is generously sponsored by Judy Bushouse, Jon and Seibra Herbener, and Coldwater Orthodontics and Aligner Center along with additional support from Asama Coldwater Manufacturing, Breco LLC, Dr. Matthew Christopher DDS, PC, Vested Risk Strategies, Coldwater Exchange Club, and Great Lakes Chiropractic. Tibbits also receives grant funding from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Beauty and the Lonely Beast” will run June 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 10am. It is the first show of the Popcorn Theatre season, with a great lineup following: Magician Alan Kazam, “The Jungle Book,” “Patrica Polacco’s Union City” and “Classic Cartoon Cavalcade.” All Tibbits Popcorn Theatre presentations are Fridays and Saturdays at 10am and run through August 10.  Patrons will be treated to free popcorn and juice at intermission. Popcorn is donated by Ed Lake, with juice donated by McDonalds: The Maynard Organization.

New this year, Popcorn Theatre will have reserved seating. Tickets are $10 including fees and available online at Tibbits.org, at the Tibbits Admin Office at 93 W. Chicago Street 9 am to 5 pm weekdays, by calling 517-278-6029, or at the box office in the theatre one hour prior to all performances. All tickets are charged a facility/ticketing fee whether in person or not; there are no additional fees for ordering online. Group and family rates are available.

Tibbits Opera House Coldwater MI "Beauty and the Lonely Beast," a Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production, will be on stage at Tibbits Opera House June 17-18 and 24-25. The show features professional actors Dominic Green as the Beast/Prince and Rachel Schoenecker as Beauty.

All performances will be held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett in Coldwater.

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