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Children 4 to 9 can take Michael Lee mime workshop at Tibbits August 5

NewsPreviewYouth/Family July 30, 2016 Anne Kiley

COLDWATER—Tibbits Popcorn Theatre will offer performances Opus Mime at 10:00 a.m. August 5 and 6 at the Tibbits Opera House… with a bonus. Children interested in exploring the art of mime for themselves can participate in a workshop offered at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2016. The workshop is open to children aged 4 to 9. Cost is $10 per child in advance or $12 at the door. Contact the box office at Tibbits to sign up for this workshop.

Michael Lee, a master student of Marcel Marceau, and his company of mime performers are dedicated to creating and performing original mime theatre works and furthering the understanding and appreciation of this art form. In addition to the performance, a workshop Friday afternoon will allow children to explore the art of mime themselves.

According to Lee, “When you act with your WHOLE body, the WHOLE audience gets it!” He says the workshop will help children learn to “Make…characters clear and understandable with physical attitudes, rhythm and movement styles.”

Michael Lee and Opus Mime appear across Michigan and the U.S., creating and performing original mime “pieces” that range from brief comedies to full-length dramas and everything in between. Anny Malla and Danielle Gamelin join Lee to create a unique performance with a variety of mini stories. Attendees to the Popcorn Theatre may see Lee in his classic solo Masks as two different circus clowns with a serious problem, or in Cool It, a hilarious duet with Anny Malla about two strangers meeting on a park bench; or Sculptor’s Love, a duet with Danielle Gamelin based on the Greek myth of Pygmalion. One of the favorite pieces, The Best Pizza Maker in the World includes audience participation.

Tickets to the Opus Mime performances are $8 which includes popcorn and juice at intermission and a chance to meet the performers after the performance. Tickets are available at www.Tibbits.org, or by calling or visiting Tibbits box office 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Group tickets are also available. Contact the box office at 517-278-6029 for details.

Photo: Michael Lee at a children’s workshop for mime study.

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