Theatre/Dance ISU to present ‘MacBeth’ in Stephens Center Oct. 13–14

Shakespeare's 'MacBeth'

Shakespeare's 'MacBeth'Theatre/Dance ISU will present Shakespeare's "Macbeth" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and 19-21 in the Beverly B. Bistline Theatre, in the Idaho State University L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

This is the first performance of the Theatre/Dance ISU 2006-07 season.

This is Shakespeare's dark and grim tragedy that examines the bleak and desolate nature of war. Macbeth contains some adult content and is for mature audiences.

The ISU production features original costumes, designed by resident costume designer Tara Marshall Johnson. The set and lighting design is by D. Brett Harwood, and technical direction by Chad Gross. This production is able to showcase the talents of the ISU theatre faculty as well as the students participating as actors and technicians, not only from ISU, but local area high school students and community members. [Read more…]

ISU to present High School Choral Invitational Festival Concert Oct. 14

NobleThe Idaho State University music department will present the High School Choral Invitational Festival Concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature nearly 500 students from 14 high schools from throughout Idaho who are participating in a two-day workshop for choral groups hosted by the ISU choral music program. In addition, the ISU Concert Choir and ISU Women's Choir will be featured in the evening performance.

Weston Noble, an internationally known choral conductor, will direct the concert and workshop.

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‘Vagina Monologues’ auditions set Oct. 3, 7

Idaho State University will hold auditions for "The Vagina Monologues" at the Pond Student Union Building Bengal Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 and from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 7.

The performance is an annual event to raise money to stop violence against women and girls. All proceeds will go to local organizations supporting that cause.

"You don't need acting experience to be in the production, just a willingness to help a good cause," said Dr. Debra Easterly, research administrator for ISU.

For more information, contact Easterly at 282-2618 or

Orchestra at Temple Square, Russian pianist set Sept. 22 concert

The Orchestra at Temple SquareThe Orchestra at Temple Square, with Russian guest pianist Ilya Itin, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 as part of Idaho State University’s “A Season of Note” series at the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.Tickets are $24 for the main level or $18 for the upper level. Information and tickets are available by calling the Stephens Center Box Office at (208) 282-3595.

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Thelma E. Stephens, namesake of performing arts center, remembered for generous giving to ISU

Thelma E. Stephens

Thelma E. StephensAwe at the generosity of Thelma E. Stephens mixed with sadness among Idaho State University administrators and faculty members, who praised Stephens' life and legacy. The lead donor to the University's new performing arts center died Sept. 15 at age 98.

Stephens and her late husband, L.E., were major donors to Idaho State University. They contributed about $12 million toward the construction of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, on Bartz Hill in Pocatello.

Thelma Stephens died at a Boise hospital after falling earlier in the week and breaking her hip. Funeral services were held Sept. 19 in Boise.

"The impact Thelma made on this University is incredible," said Dr. Kent Tingey, ISU vice president for advancement. "It was her lead gift that made the Stephens Performing Art Center possible, and everyone knows the impact that center is having on this University and this part of the state. We will be forever grateful to her." [Read more…]