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Season tickets, group reservations now available for Tibbits 2018 summer season

Season Announcement March 10, 2018

COLDWATER—Season ticket subscriptions and group reservations are now available for the 54th summer theater season at Tibbits Opera House, which offers a program full of music, dancing, comedy, romance and drama.

Mixed Emotions by Richard Baer opens the season and runs June 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30 pm with matinees on June 14 and 20 at 2:00 pm. Mixed Emotions is a gentle yet hilarious romantic comedy about two widowed friends in their 60s. Before the deaths of their spouses, the couples had been friends. Christine is in the process of moving to Florida, when out of the blue, Herman appears to request she stay and marry him. She thinks the idea is ridiculous, but Herman persists reliving old times as the movers take out her furniture, piece by piece.

Jesus Christ Superstar runs June 28-30 and July 5-7 at 7:30 pm with a matinee on June 28 and a special Sunday matinee on July 1. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this show tells the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal.

With book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will run July 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 pm with 2:00 pm matinees July 19 and 25. A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder. This musical takes a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs, and one actor who plays all eight of the heirs from the flamboyant country squire to the terrible actress to the aging war hero, all of whom meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.

Finishing the TST season is Resident Alien by Stuart Spencer, which runs Aug. 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 pm with 2:00 pm matinees on Aug. 2 and 8. Audiences will laugh as they follow the story of Michael, whose son has been taken up into an alien spaceship. Michael deals with his testy ex-wife, her slow-witted new husband, and an “anything but by the book” sheriff who won’t believe him. His biggest challenge is an AWOL alien, only interested in watching reality TV and eating Cheese Doodles, who makes himself at home in Michael’s living room.

Along with the four Tibbits mainstage shows, every Friday and Saturday from June 22-Aug. 11 features a variety of professional Popcorn Theatre shows for the kids at 10:00 am. Titles will be announced soon.

The summer cabaret performances will be presented July 9 at Olivia’s Chop House in Jonesville, July 10 at Schuler’s in Marshall, and July 11 at 6 Autumns Food and Spirits in Angola, IN. The performance will feature professional actors from the summer cast who will sing a collection of contemporary and classic Broadway songs.

Season tickets for the four mainstage shows are $109 with fees and are now available by calling 517.278.6029 or by visiting the administrative offices Mon-Fri 9-5 at 93 W. Chicago St. Discounted group tickets are also available at this time, and single tickets for individual shows will go on sale April 1. The box office at the theater will officially open for the summer on May 1. All performances are held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.