Tibbits Summer Theatre Moves Inside Tibbits Opera House

Tibbits Summer Theatre Moves Inside Tibbits Opera House

While Tibbits Summer Theatre initially began their season at The Ponds of Coldwater, excessive rain last week forced them to move from their outdoor location back to the theatre for the safety of their company members, audience and equipment. They will continue their season which includes “The Fantasticks,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and “On Golden Pond” inside at the historic Tibbits Opera House.

Coldwater- Tibbits Summer Theatre will continue the rest of its season inside the historic Tibbits Opera House.

According to Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney, “Back in March, we decided to stay at The Ponds because of continuing restrictions and a spike in Covid cases. The excessive rain last week forced us to move back to the theatre for the safety of the company members, audience and equipment. We made the move in miraculous fashion with full support of the company and staff. We have followed the CDC guidelines throughout the pandemic. Those guidelines now allow us to open inside at full capacity. Rather than again make that huge transition, we will stay at the theatre.”  

Delaney continued, “We are grateful to The Ponds and the Lindsley Family. Their support allowed us to carry on through the unprecedented challenges last summer and assured we would be able to continue through the uncertainty going into this summer.”

Through the past year Tibbits has invested nearly $10,000 in equipment and supplies to improve the safety of the theatre for its patrons. That investment included a unit to help purify the air. The theatre will continue to monitor and follow CDC guidelines and ask that patrons respect the efforts and do not attend if they have any symptoms of illness.

“The Fantasticks” will continue its run through July 9. Then the family-friendly musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will run from July 14-16 and July 20-23. The season concludes with “On Golden Pond” from July 28-30 and Aug 3-6. All performances have a variety of evening and matinee showtimes.

The 2021 TST Season is presented through the generous sponsorship support of Coldwater Board of Public Utilities, Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C.; Parrish Excavating, Inc.; and Frederick Family Dental. Additional sponsors include Coldwater Orthodontics & Aligner Center; Dr. Jon & Seibra Herbener; The Bushouse Family;  ASAMA Coldwater Manufacturing; Coldwater Exchange Club; Matthew C. Christopher, DDS; Great Lakes Chiropractic; Honor Credit Union; and Vested Risk Strategies. Additional funding is provided by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for all shows are $28 (including fees), with discounts available to Tibbits members and $15 children’s rates for performances of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Performance dates and times as well as tickets for all upcoming shows are available online at Tibbits.org, at the Tibbits admin office at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater 9 am to 5 pm weekdays or by calling 517-278-6029. All performances will now be held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St in Coldwater, MI. Doors open one hour prior to performances with seating 30 minutes before. To add to the Tibbits experience, Tibbits' Ghost Light Bar in the theatre’s elevator lobby will open before the show and at intermission.

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