Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Have Family Fun with PBS Kid’s - Odd Squad Live!

Attention Odd Squad fans, there is oddness in your town and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve it. The Velma V. Morrison Center Presents PBS Kid’s - Odd Squad Live!

Team up with brand new agents Orion and Oleanna in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible.

Recommended for ages 4 and up. Click here for tickets.
  • 2:00 PM
  • $6.50 (ticketing fees not included)
Featuring an original script by the creators of Odd Squad and new music including songs by Soundcheck, “Odd Squad: Live!” is a funny, action-packed experience not to be missed.

Support for this production was provided by the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation and Greenbelt Magazine.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Experience the Southern soul, R&B, country and blues of Taylor Hicks at the Nampa Civic Center

Writing about music is among my favorite topics. Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular AMERICAN IDOL winners of all time. Hicks brings his unique Southern soul style mixed with a little bit of R&B, country and blues to the Nampa Civic Center Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7PM.

From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country and blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.

 Tickets start at $44.

Purchase tickets by calling 208-468-5555 or visiting

Unique Southern soul style mixed with a little bit of R&B, country and blues at the Nampa Civic Center. Among the best seasons of American Idol, season five contained a shocking elimination and an intense battle between two substantial contestants to the end for the win. 200 million television viewers watched that night as Taylor Hicks won ... Less than three weeks after his Idol triumph in 2006, Taylor’s debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales Charts at the No. 1 spot. People magazine then named him “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.” Hicks’ star continued to rise after he stepped off the IDOL stage.

Less than three weeks after his IDOL victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. Coinciding with the single’s release, a cover story named him People magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.” His self-titled album (Arista), debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum.

In 2007, Hicks penned a brisk-selling autobiography “Heart Full of Soul” (Random House). Hicks is the first male IDOL winner to be featured on a Grammy Award-winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s “Blow Your Pants Off,” which took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. On Broadway,

Hicks starred in the hit musical, GREASE as Teen Angel, and when asked to join the national tour, happily agreed. The 18-month tour connected him with fans across North America. In June 2012, Taylor Hicks began his residency at Bally's Las Vegas.

As a testament to his musical talent and showmanship, Hicks will continue to bring the roadhouse to the Las Vegas Strip with a year-long extension through 2013 at a larger venue, Paris Las Vegas, making him the first Idol winner in history to secure a long term residency in Las Vegas. Hicks has since rapidly evolved into one of the most popular acts in the city.

On August 30, 2012 Hicks performed at the closing night of the 2012 Republican National Convention, playing to a crowd of 18,500 delegates in Tampa, Florida, and a national TV audience of over 30 million viewers.

 Hicks, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., had music on his mind from childhood. As a young adult, he became a fixture around the Southeast, playing concerts and club dates with visiting stars like James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’ and Widespread Panic, among others. Hicks also released the independent albums “In Your Time” and “Under the Radar.”

Later, these albums were compiled and released by Vanguard Records as “Early Works.” Hicks has also performed with artists like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire and The Allman Brothers, appearing in concerts worldwide. In addition to headlining at Paris Las Vegas and other Caesars Entertainment properties all over the United States, he is currently in studio working on his first country album.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Experience BODYTRAFFIC at the Morrison Center

In collaboration with Ballet Idaho, the Morrison Center is proud to present BODYTRAFFIC.

“One of the most talked-about companies nationwide” (L.A. Times) and named as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the dance world.

Internationally recognized for performing work by many of today’s top choreographers, and for an approach uniquely reflecting the diverse landscape of its Los Angeles home base – warm, innovative and sexy BODYTRAFFIC is a family of vibrant dancers driving the company’s commitment to art and entertainment.

TIME: 8:00 PM 
TICKET PRICES $30.00, $40.00 (ticketing fees not included) 

 BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, the young company is already internationally recognized for their high quality of work.

BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals throughout North America, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance, Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Laguna Dance Festival, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, and World Music/CRASHarts in Boston. Recent performance highlights include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Opening Night Gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and a collaboration with choreographer Victor Qujida, sculptor Gustavo Godoy, and composer Jasper Gahunia for a site-specific endeavor for Dance Camera West at the Music Center Plaza. In 2015, BODYTRAFFIC engagements include The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, American Dance Festival in North Carolina as well as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.

See Menopause the Musical at the Nampa Civic Center

Now celebrating 13 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.
Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”

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January 22, 2017 7:00 PM 
January 23, 2017 7:00 PM 

$59 Tier 1| $41 Tier 2 | $45 Tier 3 

Purchase Tickets

John Brandt Performing Arts Theater 

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® was created as a celebration of women who find them-selves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Menopause The Musical®, now in its thirteenth year of production, is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Exuberant Personality and Joyous Movement: Experience Parsons Dance at the Morrison Center

Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company based in New York City, celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Under the artistic direction of David Parsons, the company presents uplifting, family-friendly contemporary dance to audiences around the world.

The athleticism, exuberant personality and joyous movement that is Parsons Dance is composed of eight fulltime dancers. The company style is a fusion of the gesture and movement that makeup the modern dance vocabulary and the discipline and precise execution one expects from a classical company. This performance will feature their popular piece "Caught" and Trey McIntyre's "Hymm".

Parsons Dance Company

Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, BoiseID

FriJan 8, 2016 08:00 PM
Please Note: Supported by Boise State University President's Club 



2014: Parsons Dance launched its educational outreach program at PS 75 in New York City. Through this program Parsons Dance company members engaged with elementary school students to bring creativity, artistic expression, and bodily awareness to the classroom through dance.

2014: On May 10th, Parsons Dance gave a world premiere in collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Allen Toussaint Orchestra in New Orleans. The NOLA Defender described the premiere as a “world where reality and fantasy are no longer at odds” but rather “in a beautiful dance together.” This collaboration also saw the premiere of “Whirlaway.”

2014: Former company dancer, Natalie Lomonte, was chosen as the recipient of the new GenerationNOW fellowship program, a project which gives one emerging American choreographer the opportunity to create a new work for the company to be performed throughout its season.

2014: On January 14th, Parsons Dance kicked off its 30th Anniversary Season at its annual Gala.

2013: Parsons Dance gave a world premiere of “Black Flowers” by Katarzyna Skarpetowksa during its Joyce season. Edge NY described the work as a “romantic dance” featuring “languoro

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Come and meet those dancing feet! 42nd Street at the Morrison Center

Come and meet those dancing feet! Broadway is back in Boise.

Nov 6 and 7: This sparkling new production is directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival. 42ND STREET delivers everything you want in a Broadway musical – singing, dancing, hopes, dreams, laughs and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” ” Lullaby of Broadway” and, of course, “42nd Street,” at the Morrison Center.

42nd Street is an American musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin, and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production, produced by David Merrick, directed by an ailing Gower Champion and orchestrated by Philip J. Lang, won the Tony Award for Best Musical and became a long-running hit.


The show was produced in London in 1984 (winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical) and its 2001 Broadway revival won the Tony for Best Revival. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 Hollywood film adaptation, the show focuses on the efforts of famed dictatorial Great White Way director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression.

This dance-heavy 1980 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the 1933 Academy Award-winning musical film.

The shows official website details the story:

Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City from Allenstown, PA with hopes of becoming a Broadway star. Facing adversity from all directions, the young but talented performer learns about show business and discovers which relationships are most important in life. With highs and lows in her early career, Peggy experiences growth as both a performer and a young woman.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Rising Phoenix Studios was designed to bring both Inspirational Messages and Entertainment to the World

Rising Phoenix Studios was designed to bring both Inspirational Messages and Entertainment to the World.

In a recent updates, CEO Sky Alexander wrote:

Getting ready to go into Pr-Production our newest feature film Out of the Darkness will put you on the edge of your seat with a drama created to raise awareness about Suicide. 

This film is dedicated to Hart Inspired As it sits right now I am halfway done with my script for HART Inspired Org. Out of Darkness is going to be a killer script! Rising Phoenix Studios is rocking along as I am about to meet with some other potential members of this up coming project!

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Posted by Michael Strickland on Sunday, September 20, 2015