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Jersey Boys Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

The Nutcracker Courtesy Idaho Falls Arts Council

‘Jersey Boys’ kicks off Broadway at the Civic

“Jersey Boys,” the inside story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, kicks off the Idaho Falls Arts Council’s 2017-18 Broadway at the Civic series Dec. 9.

The show highlights the careers of hall of famers Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, four guys from New Jersey who made it big.

“They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of,” an Arts Council release said. “But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.”

The show features hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

“Jersey Boys” begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $62 and are available at the Arts Council offices at 498 A Street, by calling 208-522-0471 or by visiting

Season tickets and custom packages for the four-show series are also available (10 percent off all four shows or 5 percent off three shows). The other shows are “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” (Dec. 20), “Rent” (Jan. 13) and “Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage” (April 23).

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Idaho Ballet Theatre to perform ‘The Nutcracker’

The Idaho Ballet Theatre will host its showing of “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 and 11 at the Colonial Theater in downtown Idaho Falls.

The Arts Council described the show this way:

“Clara is gifted a beautiful nutcraker from her godfather Drosselmeyer. During the night, after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara returns to the parlor to check on her beloved nutcracker. As she reaches the little bed, the clock strikes midnight and she looks up to see Drosselmeyer perched atop it. Suddenly, mice begin to fill the room and the Christmas tree begins to grow to dizzying heights. The nutcracker also grows to life size. Clara finds herself in the midst of a battle between an army of gingerbread soldiers and the mice, led by their king.”

Tickets are $16 and are available at

First Lutheran Cantata scheduled

The public is invited to the First Lutheran Church’s annual Christmas Cantata performances, scheduled for Sunday and Dec. 10 at the church, 455 W. Sunnyside in Idaho Falls.

The cantata presentation will be Joseph M. Martin’s “Appalachian Winter.” The programs are scheduled for 8:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Hand bell preludes will begin 10 minutes prior to each performance. There will be a special presentation at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 for anyone with special needs, followed by a soup and bread luncheon.

Child care is provided and a monetary offering will be taken for the Community Food Basket - Idaho Falls and the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen.

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Rexburg Community Theatre to perform comedy play

The Rexburg Community Theatre will host the comedy play Martin and Margaret and the M.I.N.D. S.W.A.T. team for five shows in December.

“This hilarious comedy features five actors in six roles, but keeping track of who’s who will have you laughing until you cry,” a Rexburg Community Theatre news release said. “Watch a brilliant professor, his plucky granddaughter, and an American hero try to outwit two meddling Nazis. They’ll do anything to keep the professor’s invention out of Hitler’s grasp … even if it means losing their minds!”

Shows are scheduled for Dec. 8, 9, 11, 15 and 16, and all shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Romance Theater, 2nd E. Main St. in Rexburg.

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According to its website, the Rexburg Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization focused on providing “professional, quality, affordable family theatre.”

LDS Singles Choir announces Christmas Concert

The LDS Regional Singles Choir will perform its annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the North Idaho Falls Stake Center, 955 Memorial Drive.

The show will feature the local talent of the Andrus Sisters.

The public is invited to attend this free show.

The choir formed in 2004 and this will be the group’s 15th Christmas Concert. The choir is made up of single adults with members from as far north as Rexburg and as far south as the Snake River area and some east of Ririe. For more information visit