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Mountain Home, ID — The Mountain Home Arts Council is proud to present Empire Trio’s Bravissimo Broadway, a thrilling 70+ year adventure of the best songs and behind-the-scene stories Broadway musicals have to offer, on Tuesday, March 14, at the First Congregational Church, 515 E 15th N. Bravissimo Broadway combines classic show tunes from the most beloved Broadway musicals, with Empire Trio’s own, unique arrangements. The performance includes highlights from shows such as Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Phantom of the Opera, mixed with outstanding original arrangements, such as the hauntingly beautiful Edelweiss from The Sound of Music, in three-part harmony, and a gorgeous ‘mash-up’ of Ghost: The Musical’s With You with Ghost: The Movie’s Unchained Melody. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 Seniors/Military and $5.00 for Students, available at the door.
Empire Trio is an exhilarating and uniquely talented classical crossover ensemble formed in 2012 when three musicians came to live in New York City to pursue their dreams of becoming world-class performing musicians. Since then, the ensemble has been selling out major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (who also commissioned their first show), The Redlands Bowl, CA (to a crowd of 7,000+), Ronnie Scott's, London, and over 350 other venues all over the United States, Canada, and the UK. Empire Trio features the lush and mesmerizing voice of soprano Erin Shields, the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin, the world’s first (and possibly only) musician to play violin and piano simultaneously. The third member of the trio is the illustriously talented baritone Adam Cannedy.
The Mountain Home Arts Council will also host Empire Trio for a community engagement program at The Cottages earlier in the day.
Also upcoming for the Mountain Home Arts Council, OPEN MIC NIGHT! HOSTED BY BILLY SPLASH at the Mountain Home Public Library, March 17, 6 PM and MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE, casting local K-12 performers, Mountain Home High School, auditions April 3, Shows April 8. Also, in April and May look for a WRITING WORKSHOP WITH NATALIE DISNEY (April 25), the SPRING ART SHOW (May 5-6), and the SPRING COFFEE HOUSE FEATURING IDAHO WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE CMARIE FUHRMAN (May 12). All these programs will be held at the Mountain Home Public Library.
Open Auditions: Missoula Children’s Theatre’s King Arthur’s Quest
The Mountain Home Arts Council is proud to bring you Missoula Children’s Theatre production of King Arthur’s Quest. Auditions will be held Monday, April 3, at the Mountain Home High School’s Lloyd Schiller Gym, 300 South 11th East Street, Mountain Home, ID. Sign-ups are at 3:30 pm, and auditions begin promptly at 4 pm. Approximately 50-60 local K-12 students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Directors. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Those students cast for roles will be asked to pay a nominal $25 fee for the week-long residency. Families with multiple children will be given a $5 discount per additional child. If this is a hardship, please contact the Mountain Home Arts Council. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-minutes after the audition. This is a group audition–no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time! The performances will take place at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 8, at the Mountain Home High School Gym. Tickets are $5.
Rehearsals will be conducted every day from 3:45 pm to 8 pm at the MHHS Gym. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week; and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role and be available for all scheduled performances. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4 hours and 15 minutes will be asked to bring a sack dinner to be eaten between sessions.
Among the roles to be cast are King Arthur; Guinevere; Merlin; the Raven; Taliesin; Lancelot; the Knights; the Squires; the Camelotians; the Lady of the Lake; Mordred, Morgan Le Fey; Uther Pendragon; the Damsels; and the Minis. Assistant Directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. MCT is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana. This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers! The residency in Mountain Home is made possible by the Mountain Home Arts Council with support from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Whittenberger Foundation, the Mountain Home Air Force Base Officers’ Spouses’ Club, St. Luke’s Foundation, and First Interstate Bank, as well as the generous support of the City of Mountain Home, Hampton Inn/Johnson Brothers Hospitality, Idaho Power, Mountain Home News, El-Wyhee Hi-Lites, Winger’s, and other local business and individual patrons
OPEN MIC NIGHT!
Beginning January 20, 6 PM
Mountain Home Public Library (790 N 10th E)
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Mountain Home, ID—The Literary Committee of the Mountain Home Arts Council and the Mountain Home Public Library have announced plans to host an open mic every third Friday of the month, beginning January 20. Local singer/songwriter Billy Splash will emcee the programs at the library, 790 N 10th E. Writers, poets, singer/songwriters, comedians, and other performing artists are invited to share their art. Sign-ups will begin at 5:30 pm—first come, first serve—and the program begins at 6 pm. While this is an open event aimed at showcasing local artists and fostering creative expression, we ask that performers keep in mind that the program is meant to be family friendly. Performance time: 5 to 7 minutes. Refreshments will be served and available for purchase.
Upcoming dates include January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15.
Mountain Home Arts Council community events and educational outreach programs are supported in part by grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Whittenberger Foundation, the Mountain Home Air Force Base Officers’ Spouses’ Club, St. Luke’s Foundation, and First Interstate Bank, as well as the generous support of the City of Mountain Home, Hampton Inn/Johnson Brothers Hospitality, Idaho Power, Mountain Home News, El-Wyhee Hi-Lites, Winger’s, and other local business and individual patrons.
Local Journal Seeks Original Writing, Visual Art
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The Whistle Pig, a Southwestern Idaho literary journal published annually by the Mountain Home Arts Council, is now accepting writing and art submissions for its fifteenth volume, which will be published in Fall 2023. The journal seeks original short stories, poems, memoir, personal musings, drama, song lyrics, and other short literary pieces; it also features a variety of visual art such as drawings, paintings, and photography.
SPECIAL THEME: Uncertainty—Will it provoke awe, wonder, fear?
DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted by Monday, May 1, 2023. Those selected for publication will receive one complimentary copy.
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “The Whistle Pig submission.”
Art work may also be submitted to Brenda Raub at the Mountain Home High School.
*Include a cover sheet with a brief biography (approximately 50 words), name, address, email, and phone number.
*Prose: no more than 5,000 words.*Poetry: Three pages or 1,200 words, appropriate spacing. *Font size: 12 pt., Times New Roman.*Include, in the upper-right-hand corner, a header on each page stating title and page number (please no name; submissions are judged anonymously).*All writing must be original and production ready. The editorial committee reserves the right to make small adjustments in the writing such as spelling, punctuation and usage. *Visual Art should be no more than 8 1/2 by 11 inches or in digital format. The work will be published in black and white except on the cover. The selection committee for these works will be members of the Visual Arts Guild.
For more information contact:
Chris DeVoreEditor, The Whistle Pig, a Southwestern Idaho Literary JournalExecutive Director, Mountain Home Arts Councilliteraryarts@mharts.org(208) 587-3706
Community Canvas of MoHo, a public art campaign of the Mountain Home Arts Council created by Brenda Raub, Amber Cobos, and Eric Tautfest, is an outdoor gallery giving visual artists an opportunity to be seen by the public and the public the opportunity to view and admire the talents of our local community. We currently have 160 beautiful murals, spanning 8 blocks of downtown Mountain Home. We start painting the second week of June and have a reveal on the 4th of July.For more information please visit the Community Canvas of MoHo Facebook page or email email@example.com
The Visual Arts Guild provides display venues for area
visual artists and assists with their identified needs.
In addition to Community Canvas, these events
feature the work of our local artists!
Meetings: Second Monday , 7:00 pm @ the MH Public Library
Art at the Inn
A social evening at the Hampton Inn. Mingle with local artists.
Art will be exhibited by the Visual Arts Guild and will be
available for purchase. Out of the Box items support the
scholarship program for graduating seniors.
Catered by Smoky Mountain. TBD
Spring Art Show
One of the artists’ favorite shows—The Visual Arts Guild
artists display and sell their art for under $100. This event is
held at the MH Public Library in conjunction with the
Friends of the Library book sale. MAY 6 & 7, 2022
For more information, visit The Guild’s Facebook page: