I have always loved the theatre. Always, always. Growing up, I took acting classes, was involved in our school's theatre program, and was even managed by a local talent agency and drove down to Salt Lake City at least once a month for auditions for Disney movies. Once, I auditioned for—and didn't get—the role as Natalie the Pink Troll in Halloweentown High. The final audition was between me and Olesya Rulin from High School Musical... needless to say, she got it!
Anyway, the purpose of sharing my love for the theatre is to introduce an amazing Idaho attraction, Starlight Mountain Theatre. Starlight's outdoor amphitheatre is found in Crouch, Idaho, a little less than halfway between Boise and McCall off Highway 55. The theatre backs up to a creek and rolling hills, and it's not uncommon to see deer grazing in the field as the sun sets.
Daniel's family brought me up to Starlight in 2011 for High School Musical (my favorite!), and last year I got to see Fiddler on the Roof and Cinderella. This year we have season tickets and we've gone up for 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and Oklahoma, and this last Friday before we went camping, we saw South Pacific. We'll be going up for one last show, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, sometime in the next couple weeks.
They always perform Broadway musicals, and the acting and voice quality is exceptional. My favorite part is that the actors are kids! Their actors range in age from about 12 years old up to their mid-20's, with the occasional older actor who comes in to play a parental role, though the actors normally apply makeup and gray hairspray and just play the parts themselves. The actors all live up in Crouch for the summer and have performances almost every day of the week, running multiple plays at the same time. It is a lot of work! My favorite shows to attend are the final performances of each play, where they play little pranks on each other throughout the performance. These guys are the kings & queens of on-the-spot improv.
If you're in Idaho and you've never been to Starlight before, I can't recommend it enough. Make sure to bring bug spray and a blanket for after the sun goes down—it can get chilly up there! Here's a calendar of their remaining shows—come join me up in the mountains & under the stars!
Loving the mountains & theatre with my mother-in-law, Michelle.
An awesome tepee at Starlight's campground.
Enjoying the mountains with my brother-in-law, Adam.
/ / Starlight Mountain Theatre did not compensate me in any way to write this post, nor are they aware that I have written it. I just love their theatre and think everyone in Idaho should attend one of their fabulous & family-friendly performances.