Arts Compass 

Finding the right performing arts fit

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.


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Alley Repertory Theater

216 W. 38th St., Garden City, 208-388-4278,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Made by the people, for the people community theater.

$$, Contemporary, Comedy, Family, Musical

Students and military get a $3 discount.


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Ballet Idaho

501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556,

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,

Teen modern dance company that likes experimenting.

$-$$, Contemporary

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.

$$$, Contemporary

Occasional specials are announced at

Idaho Dance Theatre

405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-331-9592,

Boise's modern dance company with some serious staying power.

$$-$$$$, Contemporary

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,

World-renowned contemporary ballet: Not a tutu in sight.

$$$$, Contemporary

There's a new price category for certain floor and balcony sections.


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Boise Baroque Orchestra

A small ensemble with a big sound brings 17th and 18th century music to the 21st century.

$$$, Classical

Season tickets mean price breaks.

Boise Philharmonic

516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-344-7849,

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,

Choral music for those out of high school. The chorale is part of the philharmonic, but it does perform one solo concert each year.

$$$-$$$$, Classical

Meridian Symphony


Bringing some culture to the burbs.

$, Classical

Family pack tickets are available for $25 and include three adults or two adults and children.

Opera Idaho

513 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-3531,

Belting out everything from the classic to the contemporary.

$$$-$$$$, Classical

Student rush tickets are available for $15 one hour prior to performances, and military discounts are offered.

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