Christmas concerts set in Hailey, Sun Valley
Footlight Dance Centre will help celebrate the holidays with “Vanilla Soul Christmas,” which features the Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus under the direction of Patty Parsons, in a free performance at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus in Hailey.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, dancers will share in the merriment with both the Intermediate Ballet 1 students dancing to “Joy to the World” and Beginner/Intermediate Modern students dancing to “Carol of the Bells.”
And at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, the chorus invites the public to a “Classic Sun Valley Christmas Concert.” Singers, dancers, decorations, a live band, the Sun Valley Carolers and other special guest artists will share the holiday spirit at the historic Sun Valley Opera House. Tickets cost $20.
The concert will feature arrangements of favorite Christmas songs such as “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” as well as a touch of the contemporary with “Home” (Phillip Phillips recent hit) and some gospel songs.
The dancers will perform and Cliff Cunha and his band will add their spirited accompaniment. Baritone Steve Antry will visit from Tulsa, Okla., just for this show.
Comedian to appear at fundraiser
Comedian Mike Murphy will give a performance to benefit the nonprofit group Higher Ground on Friday, Dec. 27. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the nexStage Theater in Ketchum. The show will start at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $75 per person with limited VIP tables going for $1,000 for 8 people. To purchase tickets, call 726-9298 or stop by 120 Second Ave., Suite 206, in Ketchum. For more information, visit the Higher Ground website at www.highergroundsv.org.
Winter camp for drama students
St. Thomas Playhouse is offering parents and their children a program called Company B Winterized, a performing arts day camp for children 4-13 years old at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley from Dec. 26-28 and Dec. 30-31.
Young thespians will arrive at 9 a.m. and will be introduced to their instructors for rotations of singing, acting, movement and choreography sessions. The younger children (4-6 years) will stay until 12:30 p.m. and the older group will continue until 3 p.m.
The camp will culminate in a presentation of a short musical revue, “In Search of the Golden Microphone,” on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 4:15 p.m. at the church.
To register and get detailed information, call Sara Gorby at 726-5349, ext. 16.
Teens and young adults are invited to try a new adventurous exploration of Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida.” The workshop will take place from December 26-31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Church. It will be led by Shakespeare and language professional Freddie Harris and thespian choreographer Peter Burke. Participants will do a showcase performance of the tragic love story of Troilus and Cressida during the Trojan Wars, while exploring the interplay of Shakespeare’s written language and dance.
Partial scholarships are available. To register and get detailed information, call Gorby at 726-5349, ext. 16.
Celebrate the holidays at Rotarun
Rotarun ski area will celebrate its season opening with a free pancake breakfast and party on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the ski hill west of Hailey.
Author Margaret Fuller will be on hand to sign her book “Ski the Great Potato: Idaho Ski Areas: Past and Present.”
The will honor Art Richards’ legacy in the founding of the ski area and, weather permitting, there will be free skiing, too. Donations will be accepted.
In addition, the public is invited to an Early New Year’s Eve Spaghetti Feed and Fireworks on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 6-9 p.m. For $7, people can enjoy all-you-can-eat spaghetti, regular season night skiing and a drawing to win a lift chair painted by artist Melissa Graves Brown.
For more information on Rotarun, go to www.rotarunskiarea.org.
Attend a drug-free New Year’s Eve bash
The Drug Coalition, iDFY (Idaho Drug Free Youth) and Boulder Mountain Crossfit are sponsoring a New Year’s Eve bash for all high-school-aged kids. The event is set for Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Boulder Mountain Crossfit, at 810 S. Main Street No. 8 (behind the post office in Hailey).
Tickets are free and can be found at all high school offices and at the Drug Coalition office in the Community Campus. A limited number of tickets are given out.
The event will feature games, food, music, movies and prizes.
The 2nd annual Super Food For The Soul held Dec. 21 and 22
Super food For The Soul was the brain child of a senior project by student Madi Hendrix. After studying with Cathie Caccia and Lauri Bunting, attending yoga classes, reading books, practicing chanting, the student organized a weekend yoga festival to raise funds for the Hunger Coalition. “It was a wonderful success. Attendees enjoyed the combination of donating food and/or cash in exchange for yoga classes so much that before the weekend was over people were already asking if it was going to be held again in 2013,” says Caccia. This year in addition to the yoga that was offered last year they have added a meditation and blessing session with some of the folks who recently returned from the Oneness University India and Marma (vital junction) release and Group acupuncture with Dana Henry Bernston L.Ac. to make the weekend accessible to
a broader demographic.
For a full list of events, 721-0767.