Wild Swan brings ‘A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories’ and ‘Shipwrecked’ to Tibbits

Wild Swan Theater will delight young audiences when they travel to Tibbits Opera House with their show A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories on April 12 and Shipwrecked on April 18 for Tibbits’ school programming series.

Students from preschool to second grade will enjoy A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories, featuring childrens’ all- time favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh. Little theater goers will love joining Pooh as he hums his way through the Hundred Aker Wood. Whether he’s pretending to be a cloud to trick bees out of their honey, hunting Heffalumps with Piglet, or stuck in the doorway of Rabbit’s house, Winnie the Pooh is just about the best friend a child could have. Schools currently participating include Max Larsen, Pansophia Academy, Union City Elementary, and several homeschool groups. Though the 9:30am performance is sold out, additional groups, schools and individuals with children are encouraged to make reservations for the 11:30am performance.

Students in grades 5-8 will enjoy Shipwrecked, which will be performed April 18 at 9:30am and again at 12:30 pm. This stirring coming-of-age drama is set during a fierce winter storm on Lake Huron in 1893. Inspired by the desperate circumstances in Thunder Bay’s infamous “Shipwreck Alley,” Aaron Buchanan finds the sailing skills, bravery, and physical strength to help achieve the daring rescue of his family.  This original drama, written by long-time Wild Swan playwright Jeff Duncan, is based on historical accounts of the period and provides students with a valuable opportunity to explore the Great Lakes and Michigan’s history, geography, music, and maritime heritage. Schools currently participating include Legg Middle School, St. Mary’s School, St. Charles Borromeo, and several homeschool groups. Other groups, schools and individuals with children are encouraged to make reservations for either performance.

The final school performance will occur in May when high school students will see their English lesson come to life as Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Romeo and Juliet.Asama Coldwater Manufacturing has teamed with Tibbits to help the theatre present its school performance series. The program is also funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call Tibbits at 517.278.6029. The cost is $2 per person. Arrangements should be made in advance as some performances fill up. All performances will be held at the historic Tibbits Opera House at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.

Cutline: Wild Swan Theater, shown performing recently on the Tibbits stage, will return with several performances of A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories on April 12 andShipwrecked on April 18 as part of Tibbits’ school performance series.