Youth Programming

SUMMER POPCORN THEATRE

During summer, performances for youth include professional touring events as well as the wildly popular Popcorn Theatre featured Friday and Saturday mornings. Additionally, performances for area schools often meet specific curriculum needs and tours of the building can provide other customizable educational opportunities.

Tickets to Popcorn Theatre are General Admission (first-come first-serve, NON-assigned seating). Tickets for Popcorn Theatre are $10 (includes $2 fee, popcorn, and juice) and can be purchased online and by phone. Patrons are strongly encouraged to buy tickets in advance as there is no additional fee to do so. If purchasing tickets at the door, please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early to avoid lines at the box office and ensure great seats.

Family and group rates available. Please contact Tirsha Odisher at 517-278-6029.

Young theatre-goers have the opportunity to get autographs and pose for photos with cast members after Popcorn Theatre.

TIBBITS YOUNG AUDIENCES/TYA (GRADES 4-8)

Tibbits Young Audiences produces two shows yearly with a full cast of about 50 students. A play in the fall and a musical in the spring provide students an enjoyable introduction to the world of theatre. By putting on a show they learn teamwork, discipline, theatre skills, self-confidence and an appreciation for the arts. Shows are open to youth in fourth through eighth grade.

Audition information for the next production is available HERE.

TIBBITS THEATRE AND BEYOND/T-TAB (MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL)

T-TAB is open to students in grades 6-12 (or ages 13-18) who are committed to participating in at least three T-TAB sponsored activities each year.  A $10 annual due from each member supports refreshments at group parties.

Members of T-TAB receive experience in performing, producing, working behind the scenes, and promoting the fine arts. The programs also develop skills in teamwork, discipline, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-expression.

Experienced T-TAB members have had opportunities to operate spotlights, the light-board, sound and work backstage during professional and community productions. To become involved in T-TAB, fill out the registration form HERE.

T-TAB members backstage
Talented teenagers entertained community members during the talent competition at the Tibbits Opera House. Students, age 11 to 18, sang, danced, and performed as they showcased their skills and competed for cash prizes during the annual competition.