Idaho community theaters get their I-ACT together

Idaho Association of Community Theatre (I-ACT) is officially in business.

I-ACT is the state affiliate of the American Association of Community Theatre, a national organization that helps theaters connect, communicate and share resources. It also facilitates theater festivals that seek to elevate production quality and offer a chance to see performances by some of the best theaters in the country.

Its first official meeting is from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 7 at the Downtown branch of the Boise Library! Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend.

Organizers plan a biennial Play Festival that will involve theaters across the state. The first will be in February 2015 in Boise.

After several pre-planning meetings over the past year, the organization is now in full operating mode and is in the process of finalizing its nonprofit status.

The group is allowing a new level of communication, and now community theaters across the state are networking and sharing sets, costumes and other resources. For example, Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene is loaning its Shrek costume to Music Theatre of Idaho.