For decades, ISU has opened its doors to the community to attend performances as patrons, and as performers, in the world-class Stephens Performing Arts Center. For the past three summers, ISU has presented a special matinee performance during the Summer Theatre production for seniors from assisted living facilities and children from the Pocatello District #25 after school program for a fee. This year, we want to make the matinee performance free!
“I fell in love with theatre at a young age,” said Summer Theatre director Diana Livingston Friedley. “I was given the opportunity to see actors perform with such passion that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. I want to give community members, young, and old the opportunity to fall in love with theatre right here in Pocatello.”
Idaho State University’s College of Arts & Letters and the School of Performing Arts will once again treat Pocatello with a time-honored, classic summer musical. This year’s performance is Fiddler on the Roof created by Jerome Robbins, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book written by Joseph Stein.
The play is set the village of Anatevka, and show Tevye, the milkman, trying to protect his five daughters and way of life from a changing world. The play portrays the theme of tradition and how it reaches across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion.
Each summer over 600 children and nearly 50 residents from assisted living facilities filled the Stephens Performing Arts Center to experience the magic of the summer theatre productions. These children and seniors may not be able to attend an evening performance, and we want to give them the opportunity to appreciate the enthusiasm and passion of our Summer Theatre performance. Previous productions include: