‘Stepping Back’ in time

The Idaho Falls Opera Theater wants it audience to slow down, escape the fast-paced world of 24-hour news and jam-packed schedules, and enjoy a simpler time.

They hope to do it with “Stepping Back,” which the opera theater described in a news release as a snapshot of the 1930s and 40s where audiences can experience a time when people got dressed in their finest and danced to the music of the big bands.

The show features “hits of the era, selections from popular musicals and cinema, commercials on Radio IFOT, and songs people listened to as they went about their daily lives,” the release said.

“Stepping Back” celebrates “America’s Greatest Generation” through the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and other idols of the 30s and 40s. It recreates defining moments from before World War II to the start of the war when thousands of Americans longed for the end of the war and to be reunited with loved ones.

The release said the show features great music performed by local talent.

“As a special treat, we are pleased to feature Jerry Shively performing a piano medley of many memorable melodies,” the release said. “Idaho Falls Opera Theater offers the opportunity to relive some special memories and make new ones as well. It’s something for the whole family.”

The show, which is free to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at Trinity Methodist Church, 237 N. Water Street.

“Anyone interested in adding to the ambience of the occasion by dressing in period clothing is encouraged to do so,” the release said.