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KEN LUDWIG’S BE MY BABY OPENS TIBBITS SUMMER THEATRE SEASON

With a hilarious and feel-good message about life and love, Ken Ludwig’s “Be My Baby” opens Tibbits Summer Theatre’s 56th season on June 20.

In this comedy, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, John and Maude, take a journey of a lifetime after his ward marries her niece. When the young couple adopts a newborn, the older pair travel 6,000 miles to California to bring the baby safely home to Scotland. The problem is that John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks forcing them to jointly care for the helpless infant. Amidst the humorous challenges they form a partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.

Written by Ken Ludwig, “Be My Baby” is directed by Charles Burr.  Tibbits Summer Theatre features a professional company from across the United States. The cast is made up of veteran Tibbits actors Gloria Logan, Chad Tallon, Bailey Kote, Max Gonzalez, and Suzanne Ogden with newcomer Matthew C. Scott.  The design staff features set design by Rachel Lucas, costumes by Marie Green, lights by Catie Blencowe, and props by Cheyenne Glassburn.  Stage manger is Cori Keto.

“Be my Baby” is presented with the support of first-time sponsor Frederick Family Dental of Coldwater. Frederick Family Dental provides quality dentistry for the whole family in a comfortable, friendly environment. The staff prides itself on treating patients like family providing the best possible treatment options. They offer preventative dental care, cosmetic dentistry, same day crowns, fillings, root canals, and even handle dental emergencies. Locally owned and operated, they take the time to keep their patients informed, assist with insurance and billing and provide a comfortable supportive atmosphere.

Dr. Frederick and his wife Kate are Coldwater natives and Evan enjoys being able to serve the community he calls home.  As a new sponsor to Tibbits, Dr. Evan Frederick and his staff are excited to give to such a cultural cornerstone in the Coldwater community. Dr. Frederick says, “Tibbits was a part of my formative years. I took part in plays like The Music Man and A Christmas Carol, and volunteered as a stage hand for our high school productions. I am excited to now be able to start to give back all that Tibbits has given me.”

Tickets for “Be My Baby” are $36 including fees for reserved orchestra-level seating. Discounts are available for members, groups and students. Reserved seating in the balcony is available for $32, and $15 in the upper balcony. Performances run June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 at 7:30 with matinees on June 20 and 26 at 2 pm. For the best value, season tickets are available for all four shows: “Be My Baby,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “West Side Story” and “See How They Run.”

To add to the Tibbits experience, Tibbits Ghost Light Bar in the theatre’s elevator lobby serves wine, beer, and a limited selection of mixed drinks and themed beverages before the show and at intermission. After the June 22 performance, the public is invited to join the cast and crew for a talkback to discuss the show and ask questions. After the June 28 performance, the public is invited to the lower level art gallery to grab a drink and mingle in an informal setting during “Cocktails with the Cast and Crew.”

Tickets are available online at Tibbits.org, through the Tibbits Box office at the theatre 9 am to 5 pm weekdays or by calling 517-278-6029. All performances are held at the beautiful historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett Street, in Coldwater. For more information call or visit Tibbits.org. To learn more about the cast members go to Tibbits.org/blog.