Summer Theatre Workshop for Students

Students can explore the world of theatre and performance through a special workshop led by Tibbits Summer Theatre company member Chad Tallon and featuring tickets to two shows plus their own showcase performance at the end of the week.

The theatre workshop runs July 8 through July 12 with a showcase performance on Sunday, July 14. Tallon, an experienced actor and drama teacher will lead students on an artistic adventure, exploring the world of theatre and honing their own skills through theatre games, role playing and performance activities. The primary goal is to have fun but through the process young actors will build their confidence, improve their public speaking skills and learn through teamwork. Participants will work together to build their basic theatre understanding and work individually on performances of their choice.

Tallon, a professional actor and teacher from Illinois, has worked as an actor all over the United States including five summers in Coldwater for Tibbits Summer Theatre. His favorite shows at Tibbits include “The Producers,” “Chicago,” “Funny Money,” and “Greater Tuna.”  Currently the drama teacher at Thomas Metcalf School in Bloomington, IL, Tallon has spent the last three years teaching drama to grades 1-8 and directing multiple productions during the school year. Chad’s teaching experience began in 2011 while on a National Tour of “Taming of the Shrew” and “Of Mice and Men” where he worked as workshop master for young audiences. He taught at the college level before moving to Syracuse, NY to work as an actor, teaching fellow, and curriculum coordinator at the Redhouse Arts Center. In Syracuse, he worked with the youth of the Syracuse City School District in the classroom every day integrating theatre into the common core curriculum.

Workshop sessions are based on grade level, with an optional all-day intensive for older students.  Grades 3-5 will attend the workshop from 9am-12, while grades 6-12 will attend 1-4pm unless they choose the all-day intensive from 9am-4pm. All workshop sessions will present a final showcase on Sunday, July 14 at 2pm.

The week-long regular session fee is $125 for non-Tibbits members and $110 for Tibbits or T-TAB Members, with discounted pricing of $100 for each additional family member enrolled in the regular session. The intensive session fee is $175 for non-Tibbits members and $160 for Tibbits or T-TAB Members, with discounted prices of $150 for each additional family member enrolled in the intensive session. In addition to the workshop instruction, students will receive a t-shirt and tickets to two shows— Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production of The Wind in the Willows on July 12 at 10 am and Tibbits Summer Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on July 10 at 2 pm.

Workshop sessions will be held downstairs at Fulmer’s State Farm, located at 55 W. Chicago Street in Coldwater. Use the side entrance across from the theatre. The showcase will be held on stage at Tibbits Opera House, located at 14 S. Hanchett in Coldwater. For more information on the workshop or other Tibbits events, contact Tirsha at 517-278-6029 or visit