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C of I welcomes Music Theatre of Idaho to campus

The College of Idaho is pleased to begin its new partnership with Music Theatre of Idaho, which has moved to Jewett Auditorium on the Caldwell campus for the 2015 season. MTI’s 130-member company will host a total of eight shows this year on the Jewett stage, adding to an already robust calendar of fine arts performances at the C of I.

“Our partnership with MTI brings more opportunities to connect with our Caldwell community,” said C of I special events director Tracylea Balmer. “We want to be known as the place that provides low cost, community-based events in the Treasure Valley. We want everyone to have access to those experiences.”

MTI’s season-opener, Into the Woods, begins Thursday, with 7:30 p.m. shows set for Feb. 12-14 and an additional matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. For tickets, info and a full season schedule, visit www.mtionline.org.

For the past 20 years, MTI has been has been providing the local community with diverse and entertaining shows for all ages. Despite the economic shifts of the past decade, the nonprofit has maintained a loyal following and has created a legacy of professional quality theatre centered on local talent. Previously housed in the Nampa Civic Center, MTI looks forward to earning new fans in the Caldwell community.

“We would love to be a regular part of the cycle of events at the C of I,” said MTI CEO Jean Andrews. “We can’t say enough about how supportive, proactive and absolutely wonderful everyone at the College has been in just the short time we’ve been working here.”

In addition to popular productions such as Miracle on 34th Street and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, MTI is known for sharing lesser-known productions with its audiences. Shows on the docket for 2015 also include Pippin, Young Annie, Godspell, Chess and Young Frankenstein. Tickets are available online or by phone at (208) 468-2385. All tickets purchased at the door cost $22. Discounted tickets are available, including for C of I faculty and staff. C of I students are able to attend Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon performances for free.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.