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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival has become a staple of summer time in the Boise area. But as we get ready for the long dark days of winter, festival planners are already preparing for summer entertainment. We talk with the festival leadership about their upcoming slate of five plays that will run from May through September of 2020.

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This summer, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is presenting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, with a twist. Portraying history’s most famous emperor is veteran actress Carole Healey. Joining Carole on Idaho Matters is Sara Bruner, who audiences will know from her countless performances with the festival, but this season is the director of Julius Caesar and Taming of the Shrew.

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents Meredith Willson's The Music Man, the enduring tale of a con-man who brings hope to River City. George Prentice speaks with the production's director, Victoria Bussert, and cast members about this family favorite.

On The Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jun 24, 2019

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival kicked off its 2019 season last week with the opening of The Taming of the ShrewThis season's program is chock-a-block with drama (Witness for the Prosecution, Julius Caesar) and music (The Music Man, Million Dollar Quartet) and on Friday's Idaho Matters, the festival's marketing director, Hannah Read Newbill, joins us to preview the program. We also meet Eric Damon Smith and Sara Griffin, cast members from The Taming of the Shrew.

On The Friday, May 31, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 30, 2019

  • Our motley crew of reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Charlie Fee previews the 2019 Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

The City Club of Boise hosted Matt Ramsey, an Idaho native who has been a member Blue Man Group in New York for nearly two decades.  His partner for the forum was Joe Golden, former Green Show performer at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.  The two met when they were both performers at ISF and have been friends and co-conspirators ever since.  There were many laughs and a lively discussion of their art, transitioning one’s career from small town Idaho to an internationally famous franchise where performers deliver their message without words.

The 2019 Idaho Shakespeare Festival program has been announced and it includes Petruchio & Katherina, an Agatha Christie classic, 76 trombones, the Ides of March and a lot of blue suede shoes. Charlie Fee and Hannah Read Newbill stop in to give us a preview of this year's Idaho Shakespeare Festival. 

On The Friday, November 30, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Nov 29, 2018

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • The Idaho Shakespeare Festival announces their 2019 program.
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In a summer theatrical season that has already seen record-setting box office success, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is now mounting a new production of "Pride and Prejudice." It's a literary classic and many still consider it a perfect novel ... almost sacred to many Jane Austen fans.


Jillian Kates, Jodi Dominick and Laura Welsh Berg play the leads in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's production of Mamma Mia! and they join Gemma Gaudette to talk about the enduring appeal of ABBA.

On The Friday, July 13, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 12, 2018

  • Our team of Idaho reporters break down the week's headlines.
  • The stars of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Mamma Mia! in studio.

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Shakespeare's Macbeth reminds us that "what's done cannot be undone." Indeed, much is done in one of drama's greatest tragedies that returns this summer to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

The 2018 edition of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is set to begin later this month when the repertory company opens with a stage adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel Misery. A number of high-profile dramas and musicals, including Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice and Mama Mia, will round out the season.

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival begins its 2018 season with an unconventional play from the mind of Stephan King.

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Sweet dreams should fill the amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, beginning next week. A Midsummer Night's Dream is the festival's fourth production of the 2017 season.

Two of its stars, Jillian Cates and David Anthony Smith, visit with Weekend Edition host George Prentice to talk about theatrical chemistry, unconventional love and a whole lot of fairy dust.

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is preparing to open its major musical production of the summer: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring songs from the 1996 Disney animated classic. The theatrical adaptation of the musical has been rarely seen on American stages; only two other U.S. cities have hosted productions of the show.

With just a few days before ISF’s debut of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on Friday, June 30, actors Corey Mach, who plays the title role and Keri Renee Fuller, who plays the gypsy Esmeralda, visit with Weekend Edition host George Prentice.

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Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet, its first in more than a decade, continues at its amphitheater south of Boise through the month of June. The production, directed by ISF’s artistic producing director Charlie Fee, features an Elizabethan set design and on-stage seating for the audience.

But the real talk of the town surrounds the casting of Hamlet. Alternating in the lead role are Laura Welsh Berg and Jonathan Dyrud. And when they’re not playing Hamlet, the actors are also alternating in the supporting role of Rosencrantz.

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This summer, more than 60,000 people are expected to see a play at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Of the five plays this season, perhaps the most anticipated is "Sweeney Todd".

This blood-drenched murder musical by Stephen Sondheim shocked audiences when it debuted more than 30 years ago. It’s had a large and loyal audience ever since, and in 2007 director Tim Burton made a movie version starring Johnny Depp.

This is not the Shakespeare Festival’s first dance with Sondheim but it is its first time with "Sweeney Todd". 

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens its 2013 season this weekend. The organization “Americans for the Arts” estimates the festival put about $3.3 million into Idaho’s economy last year. More than 58,000 people spent an evening under the stars at the festival’s amphitheater in Boise last summer. Managers expect more than 60,000 this year.