Best performing arts group

June 14, 2013 

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DARIN OSWALD — doswald@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave.,

Boise, 336-9221 idahoshakespeare.org

There's nothing like a beautiful Idaho summer night under the stars. Add some incredible actors, directors, designers and production staff to the breathtaking ambience and you might just convert someone who typically shies away from "high-brow" entertainment.

The approachability of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has contributed to its win in this category for the past eight years. A "come-as-you-are" atmosphere invites everyone -young or old, wealthy or common, theater novice or expert - to spend an evening entranced by spectacularly written and performed plays and musicals. Whether you bring a blanket and a picnic or choose to sit at a table and enjoy the fare from Cafe Shakespeare, you'll get the opportunity to experience Shakespeare the way it was meant to be.

Under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee, the company has developed an accessible theatrical style that is often displayed with contemporary twists on classical plays. Backed by meticulously crafted sets and costumes, and infiltrated by interesting soundscapes created by Tony Award-nominated Peter John Still, this world-class production company is something Boise should be proud of.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Trey McIntyre Project, 2285 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, (877) 867-2320, treymcintyre.com

• Boise Philharmonic, 516 S. 9th St., Boise, 344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org

• ComedySportz Boise, 3250 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, comedysportzboise.com

• Ballet Idaho, 501 S. 8th St., Boise, 343-0556, balletidaho.org

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