Celebrate at the Historic Nuart Theater! FREE ADMISSION! This Broadway Revue is part of the grand re-opening of the Nuart Theater taking place during Celebrate Blackfoot. The show will take place on June 27, 28, and 29 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Because it is a Broadway Revue, the audience will get a taste of several different shows. This production features some of the best talent from Bingham, Bonneville, and Bannock counties.
The Nuart Theater has been a part of Blackfoot since the 1930s. The Blackfoot Community Players have renovated and restored the building. Come check it out during Celebrate Blackfoot. FREE ADMISSION!!
Logan was born and raised in Blackfoot and spent many hours performing on the Nuart stage. His most recent work in Blackfoot was directing The Foreigner. Most recently, Logan has been attending BYU-Idaho, pursuing a degree in theatre. His passion for theatre can be traced back to his family, who have been major supporters of Blackfoot Community Players. Some of his credits include two seasons at the Playmill Theatre, and several productions at BYU-Idaho including You Can’t Take It With You, Man of La Mancha, and this fall he will be playing Antigonus in The Winters Tale. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!
Tiniel Williams grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho where she attended Hillcrest High School. While in high school, she discovered her love for the stage and singing under the direction of Camille Blackburn. Tiniel went on to study music and vocal performance at BYU-Idaho and Idaho State University with private instruction from Professor Kathleen Lane and many other influential musicians and teachers. Tiniel has been a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah several times on a collegiate as well as community level. She is currently the Fine Arts President in the Snake River School District with a focus on fundraising for scholarships for the fine young musicians and artists at Snake River High School. Tiniel loves opera and musical theater and has performed in many in supporting, chorus, and lead roles. Most recently she was Mrs. Pearce in the Blackfoot Community Players production of ‘My Fair Lady’. Tiniel teaches private voice lessons to many dynamic young singers and instructs a voice class in her home to junior high aged young ladies. She also loves assistant directing the musicals in the Snake River School District under the direction of Jana McBride. Most importantly she is a wife and a mother of two amazing children. She loves being a homemaker and enjoys photography and calligraphy.
Abby is from Idaho Falls and will soon begin her junior year of high school. She has been part of choir all through school, performed in Newsies, Singing In The Rain, My Fair Lady, and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Abby also does stage and special effects makeup.
Emily is from Idaho Falls and just graduated from Idaho Falls High School. She will play multiple parts in this show. She has previously performed in Newsies, My Fair Lady, and Honors Choirs through high school. She was voted Best Female Vocalist in the school.
Sarah is from Idaho Falls and is a Nursing student at Idaho State University. She’ll graduate in 2020. She has been performing since the age of five and was in Ruddigore and Pirates Of Penzance at the Virginia Theater in Shelley. She will have multiple parts in this show. She has been married for two years and has one dog-child.
Jeni Todd arrived late to theater starting seven years ago. From her first role as Eulalie Makecknie Shinn in “The Music Man,” through Sounds Summer Musicals, she was hooked! Since then, she has had roles in productions through IFYAC, including Chef Louie in The Little Mermaid. She had many leading and supporting roles in plays and musicals through the Virginia Theater in Shelley, The Forth Wall Theater Company, and Snake River Radio Players. Most recently, she played Little Buttercup in “H.M.S. Pinafore” through Idaho Falls Opera Company. Jeni’s favorite roles so far have been: Madame Arcati in “Blythe Spirit,” Dame Hannah in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore,” and Mrs. Skillin in “See How They Run.” Jeni acted as Music Director for “Ruddigore” and for IFYAC’s Summer Theater Camp’s production of “James and the Giant Peach.” She also directed the Idaho Falls A Capella Chorus. She has narrated 7 books for Audible under the name of Paige Jensen and is working on her 8th. She is married to a multi-talented, supportive and tolerant husband, Dr. Steven Todd. Her two college-aged sons pop in and out of her home regularly.
Kaden is from Blackfoot and has been performing since he was a little kid. He has been singing with several groups during the last few years. He is currently studying Business Management at BYU-Idaho.
Jake Spjute is a tenor from Boise, Idaho. He graduated from Borah High School in 2007. During that time he learned that he loved to sing in musicals, and even a little bit of opera. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Neuquen Argentina, he attended Utah State University where he studied with Dr. Cindy Dewey, Dr. Errik Hood, and worked extensively with the Dean of the College of the Arts, Craig Jessop. After earning a bachelors degree in vocal performance and starring in various lead roles in both the music theater and opera departments at Utah State, and also performing with Opera Idaho, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Company, Music Theatre West, and Cache Theatre Company, Jake married his college girlfriend, Kiah Brown. They’ve been trying to sing and perform together as much as possible while balancing full-time jobs and trying to start a family. He loves living in Blackfoot and has adapted well to becoming a “country boy.” He especially loves fishing with the Browns on the weekends.
Kiah Spjute (Brown) is excited to be performing on the Nuart stage once more. She was a 2012 graduate at Blackfoot High School and went on to study Voice and Performance at Utah State University, graduating with her BFA in Vocal Performance in May 2018. She had the privilege of studying voice with Dr. Cindy Dewey during her collegiate career. She has performed in musicals and other stage productions since childhood and finds that the stage is still her happy place. She has been a featured soloist on the award-winning album On a Cold Winter’s Night produced by the USU Chamber Singers, and has played various roles including Belle in Beauty and the Beast in BHS’s 2012 production, Mary in Savior of the World with the Boise LDS Institute, and Emma in Jekyll and Hyde with the Cache Theatre Company where she starred opposite her husband, Jake Spjute. Jake and Kiah are currently living and working in Blackfoot as well as teaching private voice lessons. They are also starring as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in the Blackfoot Community Player’s upcoming production of Annie Get Your Gun running August 9-17.
Porter Williams is 18, and has been in more than 15 musicals, most of which were in Blackfoot, and has loved every one of them. A couple of his favorite roles he has taken are Jack Kelly (Newsies), Nicely Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls), and Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). Porter has taken first place in Tenor Vocal State Solo and owes it all to his teacher Tiniel Williams. Porter is leaving on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in July. In the future, he plans to go to college and get a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.
Soprano Diane Burt is a recent Doctor of Arts graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Previously, she taught private voice, opera workshop, and music education classes at Brigham Young University-Idaho and at Idaho State University. She is published in the 2014 September/October Journal of Singing: “Temporomandibular Dysfunction and the Developing Singer” (TMD). She presented the article on TMD and also “The Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet in the Choral Rehearsal” at the eighth International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT), Brisbane, Australia (2013). Her poster presentations include: “Sleep Apnea in Singers” at the 55th National Conference of NATS, Las Vegas, Nevada (2018) and at the ninth ICVT, Stockholm, Sweden (2017), (TMD) at the 52nd National Conference of NATS, Orlando, Florida (2012) “Vocal Health” at the 51st National Conference of NATS, Salt Lake City, Utah (2010). She has performed more than twenty-five faculty recitals and thirty-five guest recitals. Her operatic experience includes many staged lead and supporting roles. She also performs in sacred and oratorio settings and volunteers for community and high school vocal coaching in staged productions.
Cindy has been involved with Blackfoot Community Players since the early ‘90s as an actor, director, and board member. She has also acted and directed in many memorable productions from Idaho Falls to Twin Falls. Memorable roles include Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly!, Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Honey Raye Futrelle in Dearly Beloved, Christmas Belles and Southern Hospitality, and Olive Madison in Neil Simon’s Female Odd Couple. She is thrilled to be in this production with such great talent, and directed by Logan Lindholm, whom she helped direct in Oliver! and directed in The Music Man. Great job Poke! The restoration and remodel of the Nuart is wonderful. A shout out to the board members who made this happen. She is thrilled to be in another show at the Nuart. Here’s to many more!
Michael Farnes received theater degrees from BYU and ISU, traveled nationally as the lead in It’s a Miracle and Charly, toured with BYU’s Young Ambassadors on six international tours, and performed for a summer at Disneyland. Locally he played leads in My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Joseph, Scrooge, The Drowsy Chaperone, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Hello, Dolly, and The Odd Couple to name a few. Michael directs and scripts many local productions. He loves performing with his wife, six kids, and grandkids when he gets the chance.
Patrick Carlile realized his love for theater when he was six-years-old and saw a production of “The Music Man.” With more than forty stage credits he originally saw himself as an actor and intended on obtaining a degree from SUU. However, after serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Berlin, Germany, he found himself at BYU-Idaho studying Directing and Writing. Recently he wrote and directed an original play titled Star Crossed, which he has recently submitted for publication. He has also worked as an assistant director on BYU-Idaho’s productions of You Can’t Take it With You and The Pirates of Penzance. This fall he will again work as an assistant director on Williams Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. He is also a local award-winning screenwriter. When he’s not working on a show, his favorite things to do are to go to the movies, read and write plays, perform stand-up comedy, and spend time with his family and friends.
As a Blackfoot native, Nancy grew up with the Nuart as a movie theater and was thrilled to see it’s conversion to a live theater, as it would save this beautiful example of Art Deco architecture for future generations. She began her career as a costume designer when she said “yes” to the question of could she put some trim on a jacket, about 30 years ago. (Has it been that long?) Since then, she has designed shows for The Mystique Theater (now the Palace Playhouse) in Pocatello, Blackfoot High School, and The Playmill Theater in West Yellowstone, Montana. Some of her favorites include Tarzan, Singing In the Rain, The Addams Family, Cinderella, and most recently, My Fair Lady. Nancy loves this building and hopes to see many more years of wonderful theatrical experiences for performers and audiences alike. Enjoy the show.