COLDWATER – Comic book heroes, dastardly villains and an outstanding cast of area youth promise an entertaining evening of theatre at Tibbits Opera House as Tibbits Young Audiences (TYA) presents “Comic Book Artist” October 18, 19, 20.
Nearly 50 area youth have been rehearsing for the show since the end of August. They must learn lines and blocking and develop their characters. They help assemble their own costumes and makeup. They even learn teamwork which according to Tirsha Odisher producer for the show is just as critical for theatre as it is for any team sport. Of the show Odisher added, “This is one of the funniest scripts we have presented and along with the excellent cast, the audience is in for a great time!”
“Comic Book Artist” brings to life the incredibly popular comic-book genre with hilarious action-packed excitement! Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz, played by Carson Perz, wants nothing more than to become a comic book artist. When he gets a job as a janitor at Wonder Comics, he anxiously awaits the day that his boss, D.C. Wunderman, played by William Odisher will notice his drawings and discover his artistic genius. It seems like that day will never come until Wunderman invests in a shipment of magical pens, guaranteed to bring to life any character his artists create.
The staff artists unwittingly unleash the dreaded Doctor Shock Clock, played by Haley Robison who devises a dastardly plan and the greatest heist of all time. It is up to Stanley to create his own team of superheroes including the egotistical Star Guy, played by Nolan Nohr with his “Charisma Ray”; Triple Time, Ben Fagen, with his super fast speed; environmentally correct Blossom, Allie Marshall, with her magical sleeping potion flowers; and the slightly grouchy but goodhearted Wombat Woman, Mary Tate. The superheroes must combine their special powers to try to stop Shock Clock and his henchmen, the Minutos, played by Lexi Galliers, Jazmyne Sours and Alison Harvey. Also integral to the story another collection Superheros including Cat Lady played by Helen Blansit” The Jester played by Kaitlyn Colyer, Master Freeze by Nathan King, Meteor Lady by Michayla Lock, The Dynamic Duo played by Alexis Sunday and Rylee Sunday, and Queen comet played by Kaylee Swift,
The rest of the cast features Ignacio Aguilar, Ally Aker, Megan Barnes, William Barrand, Mae Blansit, Janet Boston, Delilah Chatfield, Aja Cornwell, Nicholas Duke, Emily Fagen, Jade Fickle, Anna Foster, Jillian Groves, Makinzie Groves, MaeAnna Marteen, Taylor Medendorp, Abbie Miller, Allison Miller, Linzy Monks, Alexis Napier, Owen Needham, Brynn Niedzwiecki, Jacob Pepper, Joshua Pepper, Alex Pickell, Peran Reif, Rachel Sarles, Hayden Shimizu, Micki Slack, Lucas Stewart, Veronica White and Katelyn Wicker.
TYA strives to touch youth with quality arts experiences with performances for and by youth. Through its two annual shows with a cast of students, Tibbits provides an enjoyable introduction to the world of theatre. According to Jillian Carey, TYA advisor, “By ‘putting on a show’ they learn teamwork, discipline, theatre skills, self confidence and hopefully, an appreciation for the arts.”
“Comic Book Artist” is sponsored by Coldwater Kiwanis and will be presented Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at Tibbits.org, from cast members and at the door. For more information call Tibbits at 517-278-6029.