The 2013 season of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will be packed with royal skullduggery, a demon barber, a hilarious seance and much ado about youthful bliss.
"We'll open the season with Blithe Spirit, a production which I'll be directing," said Charlie Fee, ISF's producing artistic director, referring to what many consider Noel Coward's shining achievement.
"We've cast Laurie Birmingham as Madame Arcati, the wonderful role of the eccentric medium and clairvoyant," said Fee.
Birmingham garnered praise during ISF's 2012 season for her performance as the nurse in Romeo and Juliet.
Blithe Spirit will be followed by Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Sharon Ott.
"And the costumes for Much Ado will be designed by Paloma Young who just won this year's Tony Award on Broadway for her production of Peter and the Starcatcher," said Fee.
The 2013 season's big musical production will be Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
"Tom Ford will play Sweeney," said Fee
Ford has had numerous musical successes at ISF, including two previous Sondheim shows: Into the Woods and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
"And our main summer season will wrap with Richard the Third," said Fee. "Our September production will be The Foreigner, an award-winning, contemporary American comedy by Larry Shue."
A full schedule of ISF's 2013 season is expected to be mailed to festival subscribers in the coming weeks.
Moving from the stage to the gallery, Brumfield's Gallery (formerly Basement Gallery) will welcome new work by Molly Hill with a show opening Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1513 N. 13th St. in Hyde Park.
Hill's paintings pay homage to Asian aesthetics interwoven with her own narrative. In this series she turns her attention to Polly Bemis, a Chinese pioneer and heroine whose home and final resting place outside Riggins are preserved by the National Register of Historic Places.
"The Chinese motif often expressed in my work is the outcome of a longtime interest in Chinese culture and history," Hill wrote on her website.
Hill's work remains on display at the gallery through Saturday, Dec. 22.
And in public art news, Idaho Ice World welcomed a new splash of color by Boise artist Byron Folwell. The public art piece, "Razor Sharp and Fast," is an interactive metal sculpture animated with colorful LED lighting which responds to skaters as they glide by.