Opening night of Idaho is a “spud-tacular” success

10 Jul

Following three days of previews that left fans cheering for more, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts celebrated the opening night of its new “mash-hit,” IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL, exclusively at Reynolds Hall last night ( SAT)

Serving as The Smith Center’s second homegrown production, IDAHO! performed to an enthusiastic full house, kicking off its debut with a standing ovation as guests roared with applause.

To celebrate the exciting new show, Mayor Carolyn Goodman kicked off the opening night festivities with a special proclamation ceremony, where she declared July 9, 2016 “IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL DAY.” The ceremony took place at Symphony Park against a “spudtacular” backdrop featuring an epic 18-wheel, 6-ton Big Idaho® Potato Truck.

Following the proclamation ceremony, guests were invited to dust off their boots inside Reynolds Hall as IDAHO! brought to life a hilarious new love story. Cassie Purdy, a mail-order bride from Ohio, arrived to Idaho to marry the notorious Jed Strunk, a real toad gagger who’s got the personality of a festered wart and enough money to buy every last spud in town. Upon her arrival, Cassie encountered the handsome Whip Masters, falling in love to Strunk’s dismay and setting in motion a whirlwind of events that ended in three couples discovering—or rediscovering—the loves of their lives.

The cast of 18 was led by Alex Ellis as Ida Dunham, Carmen Ruby Floyd as Mavis White Eagle, Jessica Fontana as Cassie Purdy, Nathaniel Hackmann as Whip Masters, Matt Loehr as Slim Johnson, Jen Perry as Aunt Pearlie, Jay Rogers as Uncle Fate and Paul Vogt as Jed Strunk. Together, they thrilled the crowd with original hits like “Boise’s Just as Noisy as Can Be,” “IDAHO!” and “Don’t Be Thinking.”

To conclude the evening’s events, guests enjoyed country music, complimentary wine and delectable potato-themed hors d’oeuvres with all the fixin’s at a special Ida-Ho-Down immediately following the show. Patrons also had the rare opportunity to mingle with the cast and creative team.

IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL performs now through Sunday, July 17. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office, by phone at 702-749-2000 or online at


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