Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Art Briefs

St. Thomas Playhouse
to present summer shows

     Everyone’s favorite Dr. Seuss characters will appear in one big musical show, “Seussical the Musical” at the Community School Theater in Sun Valley from Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25.  Tickets will be available at the door at 1:30 p.m., with curtain time at 2 p.m.

     The St. Thomas Playhouse Company B Performing Arts Day Camp with children from ages 4-13 will perform the show. For two weeks, the children rehearsed the musical and learned about acting, singing and dancing with local professionals and young adult mentors.  For details, call 726-5349.

     See Wood River Valley teenagers and young adults “cutting loose” in the rock musical “Footloose the Musical” at the Community School Theater in Sun Valley from Wednesday, June 22, through Saturday, June 25.  Tickets will be available at the door at 7 p.m., with curtain time at 7:30 p.m.

     The show features Grammy- and Oscar-nominated songs from the original movie in the mid-1980s, such as “Footloose,” “Let’s Hear It For the Boys” and “Almost Paradise,” written bye Kenny Loggins, Sammy Hagar and other notable rock musicians.

     The storyline revolves around a high school teenager, Ren, who moves from the city to a small town that does not allow dancing. Through trials and tribulations, Ren finally convinces the repressed townspeople and their controlling reverend that dancing and singing bring joy and redemption. 

     The St. Thomas Playhouse Summer Theater Project, a program for high school teens and young adults, will present “Footloose the Musical.” The young people are involved with every aspect of producing a show besides acting, singing and dancing.  For details, call 726-5349.


Local artist wins Northwest Art Award

     Wood River Valley resident Megan Murphy has won a Contemporary Northwest Art Award from the Portland Art Museum. Murphy’s work is part of the museum’s biennial exhibit showcasing artistic talent in the Northwest. Seven artists were chosen for the museum’s June show, and each received a small cash prize. One of the seven will also be chosen for the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize, named after the former art dealer and local patron who funded the museum’s Northwest art program.

     Murphy is director of the Ketchum-Sun Valley Heritage & Ski Museum.

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