C of I theatre department to tell ‘The Winter’s Tale’

A magnificent tale of jealousy, blame, regret, loss, love, longing, and, ultimately, redemption. And it’s all done as only the master of word and feeling can do it.

The College of Idaho Department of Theatre and Speech Arts proudly presents its fall production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Nov. 5-7 and Nov. 12-14 in the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts on the C of I campus in Caldwell. A special matinee show at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 will cap the two-week long production.

The Winter’s Tale begins with the king of Sicilia, Leontes, who convinces himself that his wife, Hermione, and his oldest and dearest friend, Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, are having an affair. Since she is with child, Leontes assumes it is Polixenes’ baby. Nothing can convince Leontes he is mistaken in his jealousy—not even an oracle from the great Apollo. He attempts to have Polixenes killed but his friend learns of the plot and slips away. Leontes condemns his wife to prison where she gives birth to a daughter. Leontes sends his trusted advisor to carry the newborn babe, far away to die in the wilderness. Or so he thinks…

How the play resolves is nothings short of miraculous. Toss in some comedy, music, anachronistic songs and aerial silks and you have The College of Idaho’s unique production of The Winter’s Tale.

“This has been one of my favorite shows to be a part of at The College of Idaho,” said sophomore John Wicks. “The cast is not only huge, but hugely talented! I have learned something from each of my cast members and feel honored to be a part of this production.”

For Wicks, who plays Leontes in the play, the character has been one of the most difficult to tackle as an actor, he said. Audiences may find it difficult to empathize with the King of Sicilia at first, but Wicks aims to show that there is more to this character than meets the eye.

“I hope through my performance I can allow audience members to see part of this story through his eyes and follow the way he justifies his actions,” Wicks said.

Tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and non-C-of-I students, can be purchased online by clicking here, or by calling the box office at (208) 459-5426. College of Idaho students, faculty and staff receive a free ticket.

The Winter’s Tale is directed by Professor Joe Golden with scenic design by Professor Mike Hartwell. Lighting design is by Kait Newberry, with costumes by Delpha Carver, and sound design by Tom Newby.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit