Idaho Repertory Theatre to Stage Four Summer Plays and Celebrate 60th Year

Tuesday, May 21 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – For 60 years, Idaho Repertory Theatre – or IRT – has entertained audiences retelling some of the greatest classic plays, and this year is no different with four plays set to run June 27 – July 28 with guest appearances by professional artists, including actor Dan Kremer.

This season includes “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” “Let’s Misbehave – The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

“We’re celebrating our Diamond Anniversary and that’s quite a milestone for any arts organization,” said Ann Hoste, artistic director of Idaho Repertory Theatre. “I want to let the IRT faithful know we’re still here. We also hope to recruit first-timers who are new to IRT. To that end, we’ve put together an appealing lineup with something for everyone.”

Every summer, IRT brings theatre professionals to the Palouse including members of Actors Equity, United Scenic Artists, the Stage Directors and Choreographer Union, and the Associated Designers of Canada. Cynthia White, Stancil Campbell, R.L. Rowsey and Dan Kremer will be featured this year.

White, a freelance stage director from Seattle, has worked with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Campbell has major theater credits in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Ghana and Egypt. He has designed scenery and lighting for the Vancouver Playhouse, Toronto’s Center Stage, The Shaw Festival, The Cleveland Playhouse and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Rowsey has worked as musical director and conductor for many Broadway national tours, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Singing in the Rain” and “Kiss of the Spiderwoman.” Currently, he serves as the artistic director for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music.

Kremer has appeared on stage as King Lear with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He’s also played numerous lead roles at the Denver Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

“We maintain the quality of our work, by hiring seasoned artists in key positions. It’s also a terrific opportunity for our students to hone their craft by working shoulder-to-shoulder with experienced actors and directors,” said Hoste.

Tickets are on sale for all four productions. Tickets for “Jack and the Beanstalk” cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Single tickets for the indoor mainstage productions cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and youth. Season flex passes cost $50 for adults, $40 for seniors and $25 for students and youth. This year, tickets are available through IRT’s website, or at the door.

The 2013 IRT season marks the first full season since the Hartung Theater underwent phase one of a renovation project. Designed by ALSC Architects of Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, the Hartung Theater has been re-envisioned to meet the needs and take advantage of the insights and innovation of the 21st century. In 2012, the theater upgraded the stage deck and rigging system. The University of Idaho is currently fundraising for phases two and three, which will replace and reconfigure audience seating, install sound and hearing impaired wireless systems, replace old drapes, and redesign the lobby and outdoor entrance.

“Phase one was all about actor safety. The construction meant we could only offer one show, but this year we’re back with a full season,” said Hoste. As for the lineup, “It’s been almost 15 years since Sir John Falstaff charmed us in “Merry Wives” – so it was time to bring that character back. And, as musicals are especially popular, we’re offering two this summer: a Cole Porter review that should please long-time IRT fans and a fairy tale for children. If IRT is to thrive in years to come, we’ve got to develop future generations of theatregoers.”

The schedule:

“Jack and the Beanstalk”
By Douglas Jones with music by Ron Barnett
6:30 p.m. June 27-29, July 3, 12 and 2 p.m. June 30; Hartung Outdoor Theater
Bring a picnic and join actors and puppeteers in this fairy tale musical for the whole family. In this 90-minute romp, young Jack uses the power of imagination to escape the 1930s Depression-era farm life.

“The Mystery of Irma Vep”
By Charles Ludlam
7:30 p.m. July 5-6, 19, 24 and 2 p.m. July 7; Hartung Theater
Lord Edgar hasn’t had much luck with marriage. His first wife died mysteriously, and now his second wife is acting strangely. When Edgar seeks answers, he enters a world of werewolves and vampires. Two multi-talented actors play multiple roles in this mile-a-minute satire.

“Let’s Misbehave -The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter”
Conceived by Karin Bowersock and Patrick Young
7:30 p.m. July 10-11, 13, 27 and 2 p.m. July 14, 21; Hartung Theater
Three good friends make a pact to find true love. Their quest is all in good fun until the women discover they have eyes for the same man. Set in 1930s New York, this musical features beloved standards like “Anything Goes” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”
By William Shakespeare
7:30 p.m. July 17-18, 20, 25, 26 and 2 p.m. July 28; Hartung Theater
Falstaff, a lazy, conniving knight, thinks he can cheat two women out of their husbands’ money — but he’s in for a surprise. The price he pays is tenfold in this lively Shakespearean comedy.

For tickets and more information about Idaho Repertory Theatre, visit www.idahorep.org.
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