• Musicals Ahoy

    A BLT production, kiddie-style
      There's something both stimulating and frightening about the thought of 40 children congregating on stage for a musical. The right kids and the right (patient) production staff can create magic and fire up the imagination. The wrong ones ... well, we've all seen the disastrous results.
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  • East Meets West

    Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth puts new spin on classic
      Director Charles Fee has taken the Scottish play out of Scotland, visually at least, and dropped into feudal Japan. The East-meets-West effect is strikingly effective and it doesn't take a great leap for audiences to accept the new feel of the classic play.
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  • Full Dance Card

    New Ballet Idaho season offers plenty

      In the last year, dance has taken a giant step into the forefront of Boise's performing arts. With the arrival of Ballet Idaho's new artistic director, renowned choreographer Peter Anastos, as well as the Trey McIntyre Project's relocation to Boise and Idaho Dance Theatre's growing outreach program, dance has suddenly become the rosy blush on the face of Boise's rapidly growing cultural scene.

      Late last week, Ballet Idaho was in the throes of final rehearsals before the Friday, Oct. 3, season premiere, Anastos and ballet master Alex Ossadnik offering words of encouragement and putting the dancers through their paces.

      When the nearly two-decade relationship between Ballet Idaho and the Eugene Ballet ended last year, the dissolution left Ballet Idaho with little more than the leotards on its back. The company, sans costume, props, ballets and artistic director was a free agent. Anastos happily took on the task of starting Ballet Idaho anew, telling Boise Weekly when he first arrived earlier this year that finding a ballet in such a raw state is a rarity and an opportunity an artistic director may never be afforded. If an artist's mood can be seen in his work, Anastos' joy in his new endeavor is visible in his choreography and in his choice of programs for the 2008-2009 season.

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