The Odd Couple at Tibbits Opera House


“Mellor and Jankowski make great opposites. Mellor is older and moves with a relaxed gait, except when he is angered and then he roars. Jankowski is uptight and moves in ways that are small and quick. They are clearly fond of each other and just as clearly poorly matched roommates.  It is on their shoulders that most of the evening’s entertainment falls and they are more than up to the task. They never hesitate in their choices and have just the right timing to take things from a simmer to boiling over.”

       -Bridgette Redman, Encore Michigan



“Oscar, played by Derek Mellor, gave a strong performance in the opening show of, “The Odd Couple.” Mellor demonstrated excellent timing, and his character interactions with Felix brought smiles and laughter.

...This is Mellor’s first season at the Tibbits, and I look forward to seeing more of him in future shows.  The two leads played off of each other well and created humorous characters the audience enjoyed.”


      -Carl D. Rifenburgh, Special to The Daily Reporter




Pippin at Tibbits Opera House


“Derek Mellor plays Charlemagne, or Charles, an emperor and the father of Pippin. He brings strength to the role and sets a fine example of something Pippin is reaching for.”

       -Bridgette Redman, Encore Michigan



Professional Testimonies


“I've worked with Derek Mellor in a number of different ways.  We met when we had a scene together in a production of DROWSY CHAPERONE and he was a great scene partner, as we tossed the lines back and forth in a rich way.  Then he was an  A student in a directing class that I taught,  and subsequently I directed him in SPEAKING IN TONGUES,  where he delivered a powerful performance as a conflicted cop. He's a real pro.”

        -Bob Moss (Hangar Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Playwrights Horizon)


“Derek is an extremely talented performer. I have worked with him personally and also seen him in a number of other productions. A real professional both on and off stage.”

        -Ed Sayles, Producing Director Emeritus. Merry-Go-Round Playhouse