Monday, July 13, 2015

See Morrison Center The New Stage Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Morrison Center




Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp

Directed by JACK O'BRIEN

A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien, will tour North America beginning September 2015. This lavish new production is having technical rehearsals and tour previews at the Morrison Center, September 14-16, 2015. Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise announced today that single tickets will go on sale Friday, July 17th at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available at the Morrison Center Box Office (2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, ID 83706), by visiting or call 208-426-1110.
September 14-16, 20157:30 PM
Morrison Center
The tour will launch at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Center Theatre Group, and will then tour North America for multiple seasons, playing multi-week and week-long engagements. Announced cities for the 2015-16 Touring season are below. Casting and additional cities will be announced at a later time. For more information, please, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. This new production is directed by Jack O'Brien (credits include: Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia), and choreographed by Danny Mefford (Broadway's Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). The design and production team is comprised of Douglas Schmidt, Set Design (Tony Award® nominee: 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Jane Greenwood, Costume Design (2014 recipient of Special Tony Award ® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), Natasha Katz, Lighting Design (Four-time Tony Award® winner: Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Ken Travis, Sound Design (Aladdin, Newsies, Memphis).

According to director Jack O'Brien, "THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be. But it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever. It's no longer 'your mother's' familiar SOUND OF MUSIC. We are tearing off the varnish of the past from one of the great glories of our theatergoing experience and making it fresh! This is an opportunity we've all longed to create!"

Producer Beth Williams (Grove Entertainment) said, "It's a great privilege to bring this beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical to theaters across North America. We hope that people of all ages will continue to fall in love with it for the first time, or all over again, and that it will truly become one of their 'favorite things.' From our distinguished team led by the creative master Jack O'Brien, audiences can expect a truly magnificent production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC."

In the words of Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, "THE SOUND OF MUSIC continues to be the world's most beloved musical.  When a major national tour was suggested, I not only agreed, but was willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever I could to fashion a new stage production that would re-engage today's theatergoing public. The show was originally created for Broadway, and seeing it on stage only reinforces the power of the story and the score. And with Jack O'Brien at the directorial helm - well, we simply couldn't do better. Landing somewhere between The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray (shows for which Jack won the Tony®), his production will be smart, focused, and surprising.  I can't wait."

THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. For more information, please

Facts and Figures about THE SOUND OF MUSIC

*      The original Broadway production (1959)

o   Won 5 Tony Awards® including Best Musical
o   Original Cast Album won the Grammy Award
*      Worldwide

o   Tens of thousands of productions worldwide, with over 500 professional, amateur and school production each year in North America alone
o   Award-Winning London production set box office records with an all-star cast from award- and ratings-winning UK television program "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?"
*      The motion picture (1965)

o   Won 5 Academy Awards® including Best Picture
o   The most successful movie musical in history and one of the top-grossing films of all time
o   Annual network television ratings winner
o   Millions of VHS and DVD copies sold; the 40th Anniversary edition (2005) shipped over 1 million copies
*      The Music

o   Decades of popular artists have recorded songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC
o   Over 12 million copies of the best-selling film soundtrack to date
o   "The Sound of Music Live!" was #7 on US Billboard 200
*      "The Sound of Music Live!"

o   Seen by more than 44 million viewers
o   Top rated NBC non-sports program since the Frasier and Friends finals in 2004

JACK O'BRIEN (Director)

Broadway: It's Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award®), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony® nomination),Henry IV (Tony Award®), Hairspray (Tony Award®), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony® nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony® nomination), More to Love, Getting Away With Murder, Pride's Crossing, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award, Best Director), Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony® nomination), Porgy and Bess (Tony® nomination). Metropolitan Opera: Il Trittico. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Public Theater Central Park: Much Ado About Nothing. London: Love Never Dies, Hairspray (Olivier nomination). National Theatre: His GirlFriday. Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre, 1981-2007. Six movies for PBS's "American Playhouse." Books: Jack Be Nimble, publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,037-seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's premier performing arts center. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River, with a panoramic view of the city, parks and foothills, the Center's 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol's picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison, and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984. Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, annually hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages. As a Boise State affiliate, the Center is a non-profit organization supported by ticket sales, facility rentals, donations and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. For more information on our programs, or to find out how you can play an active role in our ongoing success as a donor or volunteer, please visit us at:


Monday, April 6, 2015

See Pop Rock Sensation R5 at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

Morrison Center logo


   Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
$32.50, $39.50, & $59.50
Price does not include applicable fees.
Tickets on sale: Friday, April 17th @ 10:00 AM  
Tickets available at:  
MC Box Office | | (208) 426-1110




(April 6, 2015) - After almost two years of touring the world to packed-house crowds in more than 20 countries, enthralling fans across the globe with their live show, pop-rock quintet R5 has announced the upcoming release of their sophomore album, Sometime Last Night, and a major U.S. summer headlining tour of the same name.

Due out July 10 worldwide, the album is available for general public pre-order (U.S. only) beginning April 6 at 12 p.m. Eastern HERE. Those pre-ordering the album will receive a special presale code that allows early access to purchase tickets to R5's summer tour.

The 30+ date U.S. tour, featuring special guests Jacob Whitesides and Ryland, will bring R5's electrifying show to every corner of the U.S. The tour kicks off July 7 in Orange Park, FL at the Thrasher-Horne Center For The Arts and will include stops in Boston, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Houston, San Jose, Phoenix and Los Angeles at the famed Greek Theatre on August 23.

R5 fan club members will have first access to concert tickets through the band's fan club presale beginning April 14 at 10 a.m. local time while those with a presale code from the album's pre-order can purchase tickets starting at 12 p.m. local time at Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public in select cities starting April 17 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, please visit and

"We can't wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them this summer," said the band. "Playing such amazing venues has always been a dream of ours and we're so excited to have our fans be a part of it."

Adding to the excitement, R5 today premiered the video for the first single from their upcoming album,"Let's Not Be Alone Tonight" exclusively on Vevo. The video was shot in Los Angeles with award-winning video director Robert Hales, who has also directed hit music videos for Justin Timberlake, Death Cab For Cutie, Imagine Dragons, and Alicia Keys, among others.

As previously announced, R5 teamed up with Fathom Events and AEG Live to bring the pop rock sensation's incredible story to the big screen in R5: All Day, All Night. This special concert documentary event comes to nearly 400 select cinemas nationwide for one incredible night on Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. local time and includes epic concert footage - including the band's standing-room-only performance at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre -, never-before-seen interviews and a look at the band from where they started to where they are now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices.

R5 U.S. Summer 2015 Tour Dates
July 7, 2015Orange Park, FLThrasher-Horne Center For The Arts
July 8, 2015Boca Raton, FLMizner Park Amphitheater
July 10, 2015Alpharetta, GA*Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 11, 2015Raleigh, NCRaleigh Memorial Auditorium
July 12, 2015Vienna, VA**Wolf Trap
July 14, 2015Mashantucket, CTThe Grand Theater at Foxwood Casino
July 16, 2015Gilford, NHBank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
July 17, 2015Boston, MAHouse of Blues
July 18, 2015West Windsor, NJMercer County Park Festival Grounds
July 20, 2015Pittsburgh, PAStage AE - Outdoors
July 21, 2015Kettering, OH***Fraze Pavilion
July 22, 2015Sterling Heights, MIFreedom Hill Amphitheatre
July 24, 2015Milwaukee, WIRiverside Theater
July 25, 2015St. Charles, MOThe Family Arena
July 26, 2015Kansas City, MOArvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
July 28, 2015Bloomington, ILU.S. Cellular Coliseum
July 29, 2015Louisville, KYIroquois Amphitheater
July 30, 2015Whites Creek, TNThe Woods At Fontanel
August 1, 2015Oklahoma City, OKFrontier City Starlight Amphitheater
August 2, 2015Grand Prairie, TXVerizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
August 4, 2015Houston, TXBayou Music Center
August 5, 2015New Braunfels, TXWhitewater Amphitheatre
August 8, 2015Denver, COElitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
August 11, 2015West Valley City, UTMaverik Center
August 12, 2015Boise, IDMorrison Center For The Performing Arts
August 14, 2015Redmond, WAMarymoor Park
August 15, 2015Eugene, ORCuthbert Amphitheatre
August 18, 2015San Jose, CACity National Civic
August 20, 2015Henderson, NVHenderson Pavilion
August 22, 2015Mesa, AZMesa Amphitheatre
August 23, 2015Los Angeles, CAGreek Theatre

*Tickets on sale April 17 at 12:00 p.m. local time
**Tickets on sale April 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time
***Tickets on sale April 18 at 9:00 a.m. local time

Led by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ross Lynch, R5 came together in 2009 and is comprised of Lynch's siblings Riker (bass/vocals), Rocky (lead guitar/vocals) and Rydel (keyboard/vocals) and friend Ellington "Ratliff" (drums/vocals). R5 has rapidly emerged as an exciting new voice in the world of pop rock. The band has moved one step closer to world domination with the release of their much-anticipated first single "Let's Not Be Alone Tonight" off their upcoming sophomore album, the follow up to their hit debut album LOUDER, which rocketed to No. 1 on iTunes in 10 countries upon its September 24, 2013 release. The band has recently appeared on Good Morning America, Ellen and LIVE! with Kelly & Michael.

Riker can currently be seen on Season 20 of ABC's smash hit Dancing With The Stars, consistently receiving high praise from the judges and fans alike.

Ross currently stars as Austin Moon, one-half of an internet music duo, on the Disney Channel's hit comedy series Austin & Ally, which is in its fourth and final season. On Saturday, Ross won his third consecutive Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Actor for his role on the show. This summer, fans will be able to catch him on the silver screen as modern day surfer Brady in the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach 2, the sequel to 2013's smash hit Teen Beach Movie.

The band self-released their first EP, Ready Set Rock in 2010 and signed with Hollywood Records in April of 2012 and released their second EP, Loud, on February 19, 2013. The quintet starred in a 5-part VEVO series titled "R5 on R5," which saw cameras follow them on a 2013 sold-out tour that included shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, England and France. The band made a triumphant return to Europe in early 2014 and recently released a 6-part VEVO series, R5 Live in London, capturing the mania of R5 fans during a magnetic show in London this past March. In April, the band will bring R5: All Day, All Night to the big screen for one night only. The documentary offers a never-before-seen look at the band's career from inception to the present and includes exclusive interviews, concert footage and footage from the band's early years.

Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,037-seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's premier performing arts center. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River, with a panoramic view of the city, parks and foothills, the Center's 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol's picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison, and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984. Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, annually hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages. As a Boise State affiliate, the Center is a non-profit organization supported by ticket sales, facility rentals, donations and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. For more information on our programs, or to find out how you can play an active role in our ongoing success as a donor or volunteer, please visit us at: 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

‪#‎Facebook‬ ‪#‎Tips‬ from Bri Clark of Belle Consulting: Offer value

Here are some great ideas from the sassy social media maven,  Bri Clark of Belle Consulting

"Offer value. Your Facebook page is a great venue for updates on your ‪#‎business‬, but don’t get carried away. People don’t want or need an in-depth report on your latest company picnic. Instead, offer greater value by combining a timely mix of content about your business (product tips, sales events, behind-the-scenes items and photos) with third-party content, such as ‪#‎links‬ to industry blogs and forums. This builds your credibility as a resource of value to users."
Bri adds:
"Try including a regular weekly or monthly feature, such as a 'discount of the week' with a special offer on a product or service. Let fans know this is an ongoing feature, so they’ll come back next time as well." 

And see:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Making Grammar Fun

Garner makes grammar fun, and readers will not only find elucidation but also moments of pure delight while browsing these pages. This edition includes more than 10,500 entries (an increase of approximately 1500 over the 2003 volume). There are preface statements from all three editions as well as new, worthwhile introductory essays: "Making Peace in the Language Wars" and "Ongoing Struggles of Garlic-Hangers" (a consideration of the descriptive vs. proscriptive debate). As always, the entries are not only filled with clear lessons about language usage, trends, and problems inherent in misuse, but they are also peppered with cleverly chosen examples of both usage and misusage. Entries run anywhere from a line or two about spelling ("espresso" not "expresso") to a full column (see "effete") or more (see "irregular verbs" and the table following). Added to this edition is a language-change index that rates where a disputed usage falls on a scale of 1-5 (with 1 being "widely rejected" and 5 being "universally accepted") so that readers can gauge the correctness of a phrase such as "Hopefully, it won't rain tomorrow." Garner isn't a snob, though. His book is the best of its kind in that it simply reports the facts in an engaging way; language evolves and usage changes. The book ends with a 46-page glossary of grammatical, rhetorical, and other language-related terms, and a 10-page time line of books on usage. An invaluable ready-reference tool.—Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX

Every once in a while, an author or book from outside the Idaho boundaries of this blog moves me to write about it here. It is because some topics are discussed widely by the people around me.

Here is one of those:

According to Booklist:

The “prescriptive/descriptive” debate in usage is alive and well with this newest edition of Garner’s readable work. Featuring more than 10,500 entries (up from 9,000), this edition features several enhancements. They include identifying poor usage with an asterisk before the terms and ranking certain entries with a “Language Change Index,” which measures “how widely accepted various linguistic innovations have become.” The scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being rejected and 5 being fully accepted. For example, coupon being mispronounced “kyoo” instead of “koo” is given stage 4 (“the form is virtually universal but is opposed on cogent grounds by a few linguistic stalwarts”). More
Bryan A. Garner
than 2,000 usages are ranked. Extras in the volume include a new essay from Garner (“The Ongoing Struggles of Garlic-Hangers”) as well as the essay that appeared in the previous edition (“Making Peace in the Language Wars,” in which Garner describes himself as being “a kind of descriptive prescriber”) and a concluding 47-page glossary of grammatical terms and a time line of books on usage. The main focus remains Garner’s entries and usage notes. They range from word entries that simply verify the spelling (mayonnaise), to those clarifying two terms (sight, site), to those where he offers his never dull opinions (such as holocaust, which he calls “one of our most hyperbolic words, beloved of jargonmongers and second-rate journalists”). But the longer essay entries on usage, ranging from the half-page Officialese to the 9-page Punctuation, are Garner’s bread and butter. One would be tempted to say that this is clearly one of the best works on the topic, but doing so would be using one of Garner’s weasel words (intensives such as clearly that “actually have the effect of weakening a statement”). Suffice it to say that it is highly recommended for most libraries. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Win a Sony Blu Ray Player With Author Sky Alexander

Book 1 of The Fires of Love & Hate Series
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 This is why my company was designed to help authors. Authors who joining myself and my team at Rising Phoenix will have the full support of a publisher. This includes the editing, marketing, cover design, formatting and all services you would find at a large publisher. The difference is that my publishing house will split the profits 50/50 with the author and help them be able to finally see the benefits of their hard life’s work. My dream is to help authors who really want to write and become the next JK Rowling, Stephen King or Tom Clancy. Mission Change the world one book at a time.

Here is an example of Sky's riveting work:

FORCED TO LOVE is one of 20 books in Sky’s series The Fires of Love & Hate (Historical Romance Collection).

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 Sky was born in Utah and raised in both Utah and California. He has been writing for many years and enjoys spending time with his family as well as staying up on the newest technology. A single father of two little boys, Lucas & Matthew. Sky lives in Idaho.

Sky holds a degree in Network Engineering and is currently finishing a degree in Software Engineering. Sky is currently working on two different series "The Fires of Love & Hate" (A Historical Romance series) & "Aspen Falls" (Action Adventure, Thriller series).

Sky welcomes emails from his readers and can or on Facebook at 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Emptying the Skies: Documentary examines slaughter of millions of migratory songbirds in Europe

The screening and panel discussion of the film “Emptying the Skies” – which chronicles how European trappers slaughter millions of migratory songbirds every year for large sums on the black market – will be held 7-9:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Idaho State University.

The free event will be held in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room.

Event poster.
Even though these birds are protected under European law, rampant poaching is leading to their imminent extinction, according to the filmmaker. In 2010 American novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen published his essay “Emptying the Skies” on the plight of these birds and has now co-produced this powerful film on the actions some have taken to save them.

Following the hour-long screening of “Emptying the Skies,” the following panelists will discuss the challenges of environmental regulation in Europe and the United States:

• David Delehanty, professor of biology at ISU and curator of birds, Idaho Museum of Natural History;
• Steven Hall, lecturer in English at ISU;
• David Kampwerth, field supervisor of the Eastern Idaho Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and
• Chuck Trost, professor emeritus of biological sciences at ISU and founder of Portneuf Valley Audubon Society.

The discussion will be moderated by Curt Whitaker, associate professor of English at ISU and Portneuf Valley Audubon Society board member.

This event is co-sponsored by ISU’s Department of English and Philosophy, the ISU English Graduate Student Association, and Portneuf Valley Audubon Society.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Through the Trees: The poetic end to a toxic relationship

I first met author Nina C.Palmer at a group signing run by the Idaho Authors Community. Immediately striking was her passion for poetry and a particular cohesiveness between her presence, our chat and her work.

Each chapter of her book is a stage, each poem a part of a the journey taking you through denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. *** Written from personal experiences, it truly captures the occurrence of verbal and emotional abuse experienced in a toxic relationship. Whether your loss is a friend, husband or wife, a brother or sister, mother or father, these writings will hit home with all. A truly inspired collection of work, it relates with the heartache of the loss but also uplifts and inspires. This poetry acts as an emotional guide leading you through each stage and leaves you at the end with the courage and strength to move on.

I sat down with Nina last week at a coffee shop in Boise, to learn more about this  intriguing journey.
“Writing the book was part of the process, but publishing the book is the closure,” Nina said. “I needed it, because, being in a toxic relationship, there is a lot of shame and guilt … so by publishing, it really speaks out against it. So it’s a final way of being able to stand up and take that part of myself back.”
Nina’s childhood home was nestled in Matilija Canyon, a remote area outside of Ojai, CA. Her home was secluded which granted a unique and enchanting place to grow up. It is no wonder that her work is filled with its imagery. Her earliest writings of poetry began as early as elementary school. It is a realized talent that has remained throughout her life.
I asked Nina why she chose the art form of poetry as her outlet.
Growing up I had an undiagnosed, but definitely … either emotionally handicapped or mentally ill mother. I didn’t have a lot of privacy in my home, so I didn’t really have a way of expressing myself without any kind of persecution for it. So when I wrote poetry, it was like being able to talk about those feelings, almost like in code … because it didn’t pinpoint the exact circumstances that brought out that emotion, but it clearly represented the emotion. So it was a way of being able to speak about something without getting in trouble.
Nina is now currently working on her next collection of poetry, to be titled Reaching The Castle Wall a composition of heartache and love poems derived from the fairy tales we all grew up with. It is scheduled to be released for Valentine’s Day 2016. In the meantime, a series of children’s books are also underway.

“Palmer’s poems depict through natural imagery of rain, sunshine and forests what it is like to live within and then gradually to be able to leave a toxic love relationship. Palmer’s poems radiate wisdom that can guide others along similar routes out of suffering. The poems in Palmer’s [book] are at once immediately accessible and at the same time deeply enlightening. If you have been or are now involved with someone who has toxic impacts on you, and whether you think of yourself as someone who reads poetry or have never read a poem before, I highly recommend this book.” -Psychology Today
I asked Nina what she meant by the “persecution” in her home, and what would happen when she expressed herself.
I just wasn’t allowed to. would be the best way put it. Kids were supposed to be quiet, and in their rooms, and out of the way, and to do what their told. A lot of the things that happened to me when I was younger, wouldn’t make sense to even an adult, to treat a child that way.
Nina went on to talk about how her experiences were abusive, even though many things that happened could not fall onto the traditional chart when experts track and talk about abuse.

“I have been truly inspired to write this collection of poetry,” Nina said. “It is my hope that these works with inspire your heart to embrace every stage of grief and not only find peace, but the strength and courage to move on.”
Amazon Review:
So many of these poems hit home through the hurt and sorrow I’ve endured through my own relationships romantically and friendship wise. The empathetic passages really perked up my spirits knowing that this is normal to go through all these emotions. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone happy or going through a depressing time. One poem or many of them will pull you in and wanting to read more!
There is much of a hero’s journey sketched-out in these words. Nina’s electric collection massages the heart, and nourishes the mind and soul.