About the Idaho Falls Arts Council
Since its founding in 1990, the Idaho Falls Arts Council has committed to hosting an array of events, arts, performances, and venues to feature local and international talent within Idaho Falls and its surrounding areas. Now consisting of the Willard Arts Center, the historic Colonial Theater, the ARTitorium, and the Civic Center, these settings provide the means to have an annual impact of $2.7 million on the local community in the form of art galleries, 10 - 16 mainstage shows, 8 visual arts exhibitions, and community events all year long. The continued support of its staff members and volunteers accommodate the thousands of individuals who partake in the local arts community.
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2022 - 2023 Season
Welcome to the 2022 - 2023 Season at the Colonial Theater and Willard Arts Center!
Season Support: Mountain View Charity
Mission Advocate: Willard Charitable Foundation
Educational Support: EIRMC
October 27th, 2022
Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss
These two country and folk legends have finally joined forces to share their celebrated music and personal chemistry on stage for the entire performance, swapping songs, singing harmony, and playing guitar on each other’s biggest hits. Never content to rest on their past achievements, the pair brings new material to these shows, along with two careers worth of humorous and heart-warming stories.
Sponsors: Steve & Jackie Larsen, Mary Lynn Hartwell, Danny & Elaine Gray, Steve & Joan Poulsen, Idaho Environmental Coalition, Jerry & Carrie Scheid, Onyx Financial.
November 11th, 2022
Letters Aloud: From the Front
In this episode, we honor our country’s servicemen and women by presenting their powerful perspectives and heartfelt thoughts via the letters to and from the people they care about. Accounts from the first days of boot camp to the grim realities of the front line will bring the battlefields of our past—and in some cases our present—to life.
Sponsors: Ryan & Dana Kirkham, Fred & Erin Springman, Dennis & Nicole Wilkinson. Education sponsors: Grand Teton Gastroenterology-Larry & April Evans, Ken & Collett Olson, Fred & Erin Springman, Jim & Deb Lively.
February 3rd, 2023
The Magic of Rob Lake
One of the world’s most celebrated illusionists, Rob Lake’s mind blowing illusions dazzle and entertain millions across network television, in Times Square, on the Vegas strip, Atlantic City, Atlantis Bahamas, and before sold-out audiences in casinos, arenas, and theaters worldwide.
Sponsors: MarCom, LLC, BK Auto Collision, Cathy & Pete Wells, Terry Miller, Jay & Megan Kommers, Battelle Energy Alliance of the INL.
Education Sponsors: Grand Teton Gastroenterology-Larry & April Evans, Kevin and Lisa King of Edward Jones, Jody Henley & Kelly Ellis, Jim & Deb Lively.
February 9th, 2023
World of Musicals
An emotional journey through the great world of musicals from “Evita”, “Les Miserables”, and “Phantom of the Opera” to “Dirty Dancing” and “Mamma Mia”, there is something in this show that will leave everyone spellbound.
Sponsors: Virginia Willard- Willard Charitable Foundation, Mario & Glenda Hernandez, Park & Sharon Price, Terry Miller, The Hartwell Corporation, Carol Ormond, Lucy Bean.
March 4th, 2023
The Acting Co. The Three Musketeers
The Acting Company is the only professional theater principally dedicated to the development of young classical actors. Founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley from the first graduating class of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, The Company has launched the careers of some 400 actors while bringing high quality professional theater to hundreds of communities from coast to coast.
Sponsors: BK Auto Collision, Dave & Karin Brown.
March 9th, 2023
One Night of Queen
Relive the glory of Freddie Mercury as we pay tribute to the stage theatrics and iconic music of Queen. Dance in the aisles to the timeless classics as Queen comes alive again on our stage.
Sponsors: BK Auto Collision, ICCU, Idaho Environmental Coalition, The Hartwell Corporation, Snake River Wireless, Bank of Commerce, Juan & Kelly Alvarez, Stifel-Jerry Hong, Emma Hulse, Brad Nelson, Smith, Woolf, Anderson & Wilkinson.
March 31st, 2023
Ray On My Mind: The Ray Charles Story
Ray On My Mind assembles an orchestra of profoundly accomplished musicians whose performances are ingrained in American popular culture. Members of the orchestra have been heard prolifically on Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television. The music is interwoven with monologues depicting how gospel, blues, jazz, and country-influenced Ray’s style, while also reflecting on American social history, his epic battle with drugs, and his triumphant return home to Georgia.
Sponsors: Patricia Scott, Myrna Taylor, Stephine Dunn, Ralph and Mary Lynn Hartwell Family Fund, ICF, Bank of Idaho, Hawley Troxell- Attorneys and Counselors.
April 22nd, 2023
Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award, SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and pop that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the band members who each hail from different regions of Scotland.
Sponsors: Miles Willard Technologies, Wes Ryan, Marcy & Dave Nigg, Idaho Environmental Coalition.
October 11th, 2022
Menopause The Musical®
Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating 18 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.
Sponsors: BK Auto Collision, Alex & Cali Perez-Verdia. Kevin and Lisa King of Edward Jones
November 25th & 26th, 2022
Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, he’s one-of-a-kind. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch and his recent appearances include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Conan, as well as opening spots for Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan.
Sponsors: SelectHealth, Idaho Environmental Coalition, Jeff & Julia Townsend, I.E. Productions, Carrie & Christian Shull.
February 16th, 2023
Legally Blonde the Musical
A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!
Sponsors: Grand Teton Gastroenterology- Larry & April Evans, Carrie & Christian Shull.
January 12th, 2023
Halie Loren is an international, award-winning jazz singer/songwriter. Raised in Alaska, this Oregon-based artist brings a fresh and original perspective to time-honored musical paths, channeling her innate understanding of connectedness across musical boundaries to forge bonds with diverse audiences.
Sponsors: Randy & Deb Kern, Tiny Jellies, Grand Teton Gastroenterology- Larry & April Evans, Mario & Glenda Hernandez.
March 28th, 2023
Direct from Ireland, JigJam combines traditional Irish folk music with the bluegrass style of Americana in an upbeat, high-energy performance.
Sponsors: Ryan & Dana Kirkham.
Education Sponsors: Grand Teton Gastroenterology- Larry & April Evans, BK Auto Collision, Kevin and Lisa King of Edward Jones, Alex & Cali Perez-Verdia, Ralph & Annette Perez, David & Cathy Johnson, Matt & Lara Hill.
May 11th, 2023
Michèle Voillequé, an Idaho Falls native, is a frequent soprano soloist in the San Francisco Bay Area where she now makes her home. She sings a wide variety of repertoire – from classical opera and art song to contemporary Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Her voice has been described as “pure enchantment.”
Sponsors: Mary Lynn Hartwell, Virginia Willard- Willard Charitable Foundation.