The 2014 season features two comedic classics by the Bard of Avon; “As You Like It" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." In addition to these, the ISF is producing the murder mystery classic, "Deathtrap," by Ira Lewin, the French opera "Les Misérables" (based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo), and the American comedy "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling.For those fortunate enough to live in the Boise, Idaho area, there are many cultural and artistic events in the community for entertainment. A long-standing fixture in Boise is the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Not only does this acting company feature several Shakespearean plays throughout the season, they also perform contemporary plays, musicals, and participate in community outreach programs.
As its name implies, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is known for its productions of the works of William Shakespeare. However, the company diligently aims to make their performances fresh, lively, and relevant to their audiences.
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been a part of Idaho since 1977. It seeks to educate and entertain though quality theater productions and educational programs. Throughout the past 38 years, the company has touched the lives of many individuals, primarily through their community programs such as:
- Summer Camp – Includes Camp Shakespeare!, Camp Improv!, and Camp Musical!; this impressive program has something for every age group and theatrical interest.
- Apprenticeship Program – Offers extensive training for high school students in all aspects of the theater, and includes a final performance for students to show off what they’ve learned.
- Shakespearience - The ISF is one of forty professional theater groups that have partnered with the National Endowment of the Arts to offer communities throughout the United States a touring production of Shakespearean works every year. Thanks to ISF, even schools in Idaho's far-out counties have a chance to experience the word of the Bard.
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Amphitheater and Reserve is a state-of-the art facility that is nestled in Idaho's capital just off the Boise River Greenbelt, about 6 miles south of downtown. Nature lovers will enjoy the variety of native plant and animal life surrounding the venue. The amphitheater itself can holds over 700 guests, and was built to feature and amplify the human voice. There simply isn’t a bad seat in the house!
DOS AND DON’TS
- DO bring blankets or low-backed lawn chairs for general admission lawn seating. Chairs may also be rented at the souvenir stand.
- DO bring water -- Boise can get hot in the late afternoon, and it is not any fun to pass out.
- DO get involved! The Festival is constantly looking for volunteers to help during the performances, whether they wish to donate or help maintaining the theater's beautiful grounds.
- DON'T spread out across the main aisles -- for the safety of both you, other guests, and the Festival members who may walk that way during the show.
- DON'T miss out on Cafe Shakespeare. This gourmet dining facility located just outside the amphitheater, with a wide variety of dinners, desserts, and beverages for sale, as well as a dining area with excellent views of the Boise River.
- DON'T forget to enjoy yourself!