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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2023 - 2024 Season
Welcome to the 2023 - 2024 Season at the Colonial Theater and Willard Arts Center!
October 4th, 2023
What if you could experience all the youthful energy and sonic celebration that was 1980’s New Wave & Radio Pop? Every sound. Every nuance. Every time. That’s Electric Avenue. The best 80’s music hits performed the way you remember them.
SPONSORED BY: Bingham Healthcare, Blake & Kristin Hall, SelectHealth, Fred
& Erin Springman, Bank of Commerce, Dennis & Nicole Wilkinson, Idaho Environmental Coalition
October 21st, 2023
Yachtley Crew is a Los Angeles area-based band of talented and tenured musicians with a common set of goals: to entertain music lovers with some of the greatest songs ever written back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and to have as much fun as possible while performing those hits.
SPONSORED BY: Blake & Kristin Hall, Stifel - Jerry Hong & Emma Hulse, Teton Toyota, Patricia Scott, Myrna Taylor, Stephine Dunn, Sue Maginn, IE Productions, Idaho Environmental Coalition
November 16th, 2023
The platinum-certified Chicago-born and Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter exudes an empowering level of charisma and confidence. A timeless voice outlasts eras. It feels just as at home in the sixties as it does in the Snapchat age.
SPONSORED BY: Blake & Kristin Hall, Mary Lynn Hartwell, Danny & Elaine Gray, Steve & Joan Poulsen, Jeff & Julia Townsend
January 17th, 2024
A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, POTTED POTTER will make you roar with laughter.
SPONSORED BY: Grand Teton Gastroenterology - Larry & April Evans, Idaho Environmental Coalition
February 15th, 2024
Sing and Swing – A Jazz at Lincoln Center PRESENTS Production
This new and highly anticipated touring project from Jazz at Lincoln Center PRESENTS celebrates the GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK in all of its playful -- and sophisticated glory -- brought to life by two New York's brightest stars, BRIA SKONBERG and BENNY BENACK III, and a quartet of jazz all-stars.
Boasting prodigious trumpet talent and vocal charm, Bria and Benny will re-imagine some of the classic partnerships in jazz and popular song, including Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin and Peggy Lee. Featuring songs by Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many more, this is an unforgetable night of singin' and swingin'!
SPONSORED BY: Tiny Jelly, Virginia Willard - Willard Charitable Foundation, Park & Sharon Price, Lucy Bean, Carol Ormond.
EDUCATION SPONSORS: Jim & Deb Lively, Abigail Martin, Ralph & Annette Perez, Jerry & Ann Shively, Leslie Jones and Rick Dale
February 28th, 2024
Trailblazing Women of Country
Through their singular voices and artistry, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton defied restrictive gender norms, proving that women can be at once beautiful and strong, vulnerable, and powerful.
SPONSORED BY: Blake & Kristin Hall, Earlene Mickelson
March 16, 2024
Zephyr: A Whirlwind of Circus by Cirque Mechanics
An emotive and exhilarating tale about human ingenuity and our natural resources. In Zephyr –A Whirlwind of Circus by Cirque Mechanics, audiences will witness the tug of war that exists between man and nature, in the name of progress.
SPONSORED BY: Teton Volkswagen, Grand Teton Gastroenterology- Larry & April Evans, Kevin and Lisa King of Edward Jones, Hartwell Corporation
March 29th, 2024
Lightwire Theater combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in complete darkness and are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry.
SPONSORED BY: Blake & Kristin Hall, Battelle Energy Alliance
EDUCATION SPONSORS: Tiny Jelly, Grand Teton Gastroenterology - Larry & April Evans, David & Cathy Johnson, Teton Auto Group, Fred & Erin Springman, Idaho Central Credit Union.
April 25th, 2024
Red Hot Chili Pipers
Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent, and a show so hot it carries its own health warning.
SPONSORED BY: Blake & Kristin Hall, MarCom LLC, Wes Ryan, Bank of Commerce, BK Auto Collision, Miles Willard Technologies, Idaho Environmental Coalition, Steve & Jackie Larsen.
EDUCATION SPONSOR: David & Cathy Johnson, Jay & Megan Kommers.
November 2nd, 2023
Sawyer Brown is a country music band formed in 1981 at a Pizza Hut restaurant in Apopka, Florida, and features original members Mark Miller and Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard, along with Shayne Hill and Joe Smyth.
SPONSORED BY: Bingham Healthcare, Blake & Kristin Hall, Onyx Financial Advisors, Patricia Scott, Myrna Taylor, Stephine Dunn, Sue Maginn, BK Auto Collision, Idaho Environmental Coalition
January 10th, 2024
Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with.
SPONSORED BY: Blake & Kristin Hall, Terry Miller, BK Auto Collision, Carrie and Christian Shull
January 25th, 2024
Bluey's Big Play
Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the
Emmy Award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer Joff Bush.
SPONSORED BY: Dr. Troy & Dr. Amy Brumfield; Smith, Woolf, Anderson & Wilkinson
February 2nd, 2024
Johnny Cash - The Official Concert Experience
Bringing songs and stories from the “Man in Black” to the stage in a way that audiences haven’t seen or heard before. With video of Johnny from episodes of The Johnny Cash TV Show projected on a screen above the stage, a live band and singers will accompany him in perfect sync. This concert experience will showcase iconic performances from the TV show and highlight the spirit of the legend by revisiting some of his memorable words and anecdotes. Cash will perform some of his biggest hits, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire, “And “I Walk the Line,” and share stories of people he met along the way whose causes he championed–the working man from all walks of life. Plus, onstage male and female singers will split vocal duties performing their own takes on Cash hits. The music never stops in this concert event!
SPONSORED BY: Blake & Kristin Hall, SelectHealth, Teton Toyota, BK Auto Collision, Carrie & Jerry Scheid, Idaho Environmental Coalition, Hawley Troxell Attorneys and Counselors, Bank of Commerce
September 28th, 2023
Singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin specializes in a hooky, heartfelt piano pop that has led to collaborations with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Demi Lovato.
SPONSORED BY: Grand Teton Gastroenterology - Larry and April Evans, EIRMC, Ryan and Dana Kirkham
EDUCATION SPONSORS: Jay & Megan Kommers, Dave and Karin Brown, Ralph & Annette Perez, Carol Ormond
October 25th, 2023
Never Come Down
Never Come Down is a Portland, Oregon based 5-piece composed of Joe Suskind, Crystal Lariza, Brian Alley, Kaden Hurst, and Ben Ticknor. Their dedication to thoughtful songwriting and dynamic arrangements highlight polished technical skills and a commitment to listening to each other.
SPONSORED BY: Wayne & Stephanie Austad, Bank of Commerce
November 9th, 2023
Ron Artis II
To say that Ron Artis II plays music from his heart and soul would be a bit of understatement. With his family upbringing and incredible early success, you may even say it has been pre-ordained.
SPONSORED BY: Abigail Martin
EDUCATION SPONSORS: Jim & Deb Lively, Victor & Sharlena Stanley, Mary Lynn Hartwell, Ken & Collett Olson, Leslie Jones & Rick Dale, Ryan & Dana Kirkham