Summer 2006 Report 

June • July • August

Community Playhouse Searches for New Name

The Lake City Playhouse is no more--or at least, it will be called something different in the near future. The theater will be announcing a new name after the community votes on several proposed candidates.

The new moniker will be announced at a fundraiser on July 1. The event will include a Broadway revue with theater alumni and local celebrities. Potential names were submitted via e-mail to the theater, and choices will be made available to the public for voting as of June 1. The theater was known as the Coeur d'Alene Community Theatre and Academy when it was created in 1961. Later, they changed the name to avoid confusion with the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre at North Idaho College.

A name isn't the only new thing at the Lake City Playhouse--the theater also has a new board of directors and a new children's program.

Following the Broadway revue, the summer season will host productions including Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and Newsies Review.

For more information and to cast your vote on the new name, visit www.lakecityplayhouse.org.

Opera Plus Hits the Road

Coeur d'Alene's opera company, Opera Plus, is setting its sights for somewhere warm this summer--Santa Fe, New Mexico. The company will travel to the Santa Fe Opera's 50th anniversary celebration on July 19, and they're inviting the community to participate.

From Salome to The Magic Flute and Cendrillon, these showcased operas will be in addition to a variety of pre-performance lectures. A portion of the funds from traveling community members over this five-day excursion will be donated to Opera Plus.

Following that event, Opera Plus will be taking their love of the opera to the classroom with events like "Opera Matters" and "Opera-tunities" as part of an educational outreach program this September for secondary and post-secondary teachers as well as Post Falls third-graders. Each year, Opera Plus reaches over 1,000 third-graders with its "Opera-tunities" program.

Opera Plus is an all-volunteer and non-profit organization that focuses on the aspects of education, performance and production. For more information, visit www.operaplus.org.

Lewiston Hosts New Dance Series

The Lewiston Council on the Arts has come up with a new way for people to move in North Idaho--now that they're hosting a six-week series of Afro-Brazillian samba dance classes.

This May and June, the people of Lewiston experiment with a type of dance that mixes basic samba movements, modern jazz and African dance techniques to create a style all its own. Synyer Hanesworth, a renowned dancer, choreographer and percussionist has been teaching the classes, described as a "body friendly workout that explores the cultural diversity of dance." The specific dance style is inspired by the works of choreographers like Elio Pameri and Pearl Primus. Hanesworth is also the founder of Tashame Experience.

For more information, visit www.artcouncil.org.

Campus Barbecues Served with a Side of Film

For Moscow and surrounding communities, there is one summer activity that is sure to entice the tastebuds as it satisfies with viewing pleasure. The University of Idaho is offering three barbecues followed by films in the Shattuck Amphitheatre.

With prices ranging from $6.25 to $7, the barbecues are open to the public and will feature films like Glory Road on June 20, National Treasure on July 18 and Curious George on July 25. All films are sponsored by the Idaho Commons and Student Union.

Tickets are available at the Student Rec Center, and all films start at dusk.

For more information or for a complete listing of activities, visit www.today.uidaho.edu.

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