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University of Idaho closes its summer repertory theater

Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Dan Kremer, center, played Falstaff in Idaho Repertory Theatre’s 2013 production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Dan Kremer, center, played Falstaff in Idaho Repertory Theatre’s 2013 production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

University of Idaho’s Idaho Repertory Theatre brought guest directors and designers, professional actors and students together to produce a variety of theater each summer for 60 years.

It is now out of business, the university announced on Friday, April 8.

IRT productions have decreased in recent years. In the past, the IRT produced as many as six shows each summer. Things fell off in recent years, and it produced only one show in 2015, said Andrew Kersten, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

The theater department’s focus on education and production during the school year will continue.

“IRT has served its purpose well,” Kersten wrote in a press release. “But our mission as a land-grant university and our vision for the future is about academic excellence and opportunities for students and faculty. This change will allow our students and faculty to participate in a wide variety of opportunities in the summer and return to campus refreshed and artistically reinvigorated.”

U of I has a strong theater program that houses the only theater arts master’s degree program in the state. Three of its students — Emily Melgard of Boise, Kadin McGreevy of Moscow, and AnaSofia Villanueva of Portland — recently won honors at the Kennedy Center National Theater Festival in Washington, D.C.

Four UI Theatre Arts productions are scheduled for the 2016-17 school year, including “Titus Andronicus” and an adaptation of “Peter Pan.” Summer youth programs will also continue under a new name, Theatre Arts Youth Camp.

The U of I theater program’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” is scheduled for the last two weekends in April. Click here more information about upcoming theater productions and U of I’s Theatre Arts program.

University of Idaho’s “As You Like It”

7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, April 21-23, 28-30, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 24 and May 1. Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. $15 general, $10 for U of I faculty, staff and seniors, $5 for kids 12 and younger. Free for U of I students. Get tickets at the door.

▪  One-Act Play Festival: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, to Friday, May 6, Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow. Free for students, $10 general. Contains mature content.

Original work written and directed by UI Theatre Arts students

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