With the blossoms of April appearing, we know that May is just around the corner, and that means the Boise Music Week Board is ready to offer its fabulous and free musical events for the 97th year. Board President John Baldwin says these will run from May 1 to 8 and include School Night (May 1), Music in Julia Davis Park (May 2), showcases of musicians and dancers (May 4 and 5), Church Night (May 3), organ recitals (noon May 4-7) and a silent movie at the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street (May 8), accompanied by the magical organ music of Caldwell’s Sean Rogers.
Co-chairman of All That’s Jazz! Shannon Smurthwaite said she is excited to announce that the new jazz event was so popular last year, the organizers have a grant to hold it at the Morrison Center on May 2. Headlining the concert will be Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia, Cheri Buckner-Webb, Kings of Swing and more. Free tickets will be available at the Morrison Center Box Office beginning April 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday. Four tickets per person will be distributed until they are gone. Doors will open at 5:30, open seating for those without tickets begins at 6:30, and pre-show begins at 6:45.
The centerpiece of the week is always the five performances of a Broadway musical at the Morrison Center, which this year will be “Gypsy,” May 6 to 9, directed by Larry Dennis. Production Chairman Allyn Krueger says this show business story about an aggressive stage mom and her two daughters will be “tastefully” presented in keeping with Music Week traditions.
A Nampa resident, Jonathan Perry, will be performing the principle male role of Herbie, the manager and boyfriend of the mega mom, Rose. I met Jonathan many years ago, when we were both in the Music Theatre of Idaho’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” I was the Matchmaker and he was the dynamic leading man. He has gone on to direct, act, sing and become the artistic director of Encore. This group will be presenting Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” – for free – outdoors on the Northwest Nazarene University campus July 16 to 25. Jonathan is also on the City of Nampa Arts Commission and on the board of the Idaho Association of Community Theaters (I-ACT).
Other Nampans in “Gypsy” include Kea Loveland, who is the ballerina “butterfly” dancer, Tessie Tura. Kea has been performing with MTI for about 12 years, she said. Her son, Quinten, 15, and her daughter, Ashlyn, 13, are also in the “Gypsy” ensemble.
For information about dates and times, go to BoiseMusicWeek.org. This site will also have information about the new method of obtaining free tickets through the boise.dealsaver.com site.
KIWANIS TO CELEBRATE 100TH YEAR WITH DINNER, DANCING
The Kiwanis Club of Nampa will hold a fundraiser with a baron of beef or chicken dinner on Friday, April 17. The group is celebrating its international organization’s 100 years of community service and invites the public to join its members for this delightful event, enlivened by the music of the popular High Street Band.
The local Kiwanis group is active in providing support for the Boys and Girls Club and many other activities for kids.
According to member Judy Matthews, the event begins at 7 p.m. in the Nampa Civic Center. Tickets cost $55 per person and include the meal, dessert and great music for listening and dancing. There will be a no-host bar. Reservations may be made online at www.nampaciviccenter.com or by calling 468-5555. The deadline for buying tickets is Tuesday.
PLAY READING SERIES CONTINUES IN NAMPA
The Boise Contemporary Theater’s 5x5 Reading Series will continue this month at 7 p.m. on April 28 in the Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa. The reading will be of “Clarkston,” a new play by Idaho native Samuel D. Hunter.
Tickets cost $12 general, $10 for ages younger than 30. For more details, call 331-9224, Ext. 205, or go to bctheater.org.