Performing arts in the Treasure Valley is a bit of a choose-your-own adventure proposition: There's plenty to pick from but finding what option fits your tastes, fancies, budget and interests sometimes requires a guide. Whether you're in the mood for a musical comedy with a great early bird special, a night of dance just for the grown ups, or a way to introduce the kids to classical music, we can help get you there.
Alley Repertory Theater
216 W. 38th St., Garden City, 208-388-4278, alleyrep.org
Semi-pro, semi-community theater that likes to challenge and shock audiences.
$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Drama, Risque/Adult
Opening nights are pay what you can.
Boise Little Theater
100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org
Solidly family-friendly community theater with an emphasis on nostalgic classics.
$-$$, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Check out the flex ticket package--seven tickets to use in any combination--for $60
Boise Contemporary Theater
854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org
As the name suggests, contemporary plays in a black box setting.
$$-$$$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Drama, Adult/Risque
The earlier you buy your tickets, the cheaper they are. Each show has a limited number of $15 tickets, with the price increasing as blocks of seats are sold. Remember, mid-week shows are less expensive. Also, watch for play readings, including a children's reading series.
Boise State Theater Arts Department
2201 Caesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-3957
Boise State's theatrical department offers a wide-ranging season highlighting the talents of its students. Productions are open to the public.
$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Drama, Classical
Boise State students, faculty and staff get one free ticket per production if purchased in advance or $5 at the door.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org
Professional contemporary and classical productions under the stars. Wine and cheese required. Family nights are held on the first Sunday after opening night. It's the only time children younger than 6 are allowed in the theater.
$$$-$$$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Drama, Classical, Musical
Early bird sales on season tickets mean big savings--hundreds of dollars in savings in fact. Students can take advantage of a five-show season ticket for just $55. Patrons age 25 and younger can buy rush tickets one hour before the show for $18. Preview nights on the lawn are also only $18.
Knock 'Em Dead Dinner Theatre
415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org
Family friendly community dinner theater--be prepared for a sentimental favorite.
$$-$$$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Musical, Family
Students can grab rush tickets for $10-$15.
Prairie Dog Productions
3820 Cassia St., Boise, 208-336-7383, pdplayhouse.com
Laugh-your-ass-off, farce-filled community theater.
$-$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Family, Musical
Buy season tickets for $25-$50 depending on age.
Stage Coach Theatre
4802 Emerald St., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com
Made by the people, for the people community theater.
$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Family, Musical
Students and military get a $3 discount.
501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556, balletidaho.org
Classic ballet complete with the tutus, even when there's a contemporary twist. Families are welcome at the Family Series, programs designed for young patrons.
$$$$, Contemporary, Classical, Family
Watch for specials for each production.
Balance Dance Company
854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-3184, balancedance.org
Teen modern dance company that likes experimenting.
Watch for $5 student tickets.
Drop Dance Collective
854 Fulton St., Boise
Boise's revolving modern dance company. You never know who will be on stage.
Occasional specials are announced at bctheater.org.
Idaho Dance Theatre
405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-331-9592, idahodancetheatre.org
Boise's modern dance company with some serious staying power.
Preview nights for each performance are pay what you can, with a minimum $5 donation requested. These performances are open to families. Early season ticket buyers get discounts, as well as students willing to sit in the back.
Trey McIntyre Project
775 Fulton St., Boise, 877-867-2320, treymcintyre.com
World-renowned contemporary ballet: Not a tutu in sight.
There's a new price category for certain floor and balcony sections.
Boise Baroque Orchestra
A small ensemble with a big sound brings 17th and 18th century music to the 21st century.
Season tickets mean price breaks.
516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org
The heavy hitters of Boise's classical scene give a reason to get dressed up.
$$$-$$$$, Classical, Family
Student rush tickets available for $10. Special promotions are offered through the email newsletter and on Facebook. The Backstage With the Artist brownbag lunch series is free on the Friday before concert weekends, and family pricing is available for the Family Concert Series.
Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale
100 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-7901, boisemasterchorale.net
Choral music for those out of high school. The chorale is part of the philharmonic, but it does perform one solo concert each year.
Bringing some culture to the burbs.
Family pack tickets are available for $25 and include three adults or two adults and children.
513 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-3531, operaidaho.org
Belting out everything from the classic to the contemporary.
Student rush tickets are available for $15 one hour prior to performances, and military discounts are offered.