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Boeing Boeing at the Modern Theater in Spokane

Best of Broadway It's called the Best of Broadway for a reason — this theater series brings all the greatest broadway shows to Spokane, convenient for all resident broadway aficionados. This season brings a range of shows, from the Tony award-winning and critically beloved The Book of Mormon, to a one-night show with TV stars Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters. Also included: two great Disney musicals (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast) and 42nd Street. INB Performing Arts Center 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. •

Blue Door Theatre Spokane's home for improv comedy lies at the Blue Door. Improve (or make) improv skills in classes for youth, teen and adults, go to performances on Friday and Saturday nights or even participate in an improv lab on every first Tuesday. Make sure to check their website before you bring along the kids — not all the shows could be considered Rated G. 815 W. Garland Ave. • 747-7045 •

Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater is Idaho's oldest performing arts organization and one of the few groups to bring Broadway musicals to the panhandle. Coming up for the 2016 season, you'll be able to catch three shows: Peter and the Starcatcher, The Little Mermaid and Music Man (shows subject to change). 208-660-2958 •

Gonzaga University Theater Department Between dance concerts, Broadway productions and senior projects, the Gonzaga theatre department constantly fills their Magnuson Theatre with artistic activity. 502 E. Boone Ave., College Hall #432 • 313-6553 •

Christian Youth Theater  Christian Youth Theatre in Spokane and North Idaho has options for the spectators and aspiring actors: you can take classes and perform in shows during the school year as well as participate in a number of camps over the summer. Audience members can buy tickets for shows shown in Spokane and North Idaho theaters throughout the year. 827 W. First Ave. • 487-6540 • | 208-762-9373 •

Ignite! Community Theater This community theater lives up to its name — Ignite! is all about getting the community involved with every part of putting on a show. The 2015-16 season includes Play On!, How the Other Half Loves, and Around the World in 80 Days. In addition to performances, they host the annual Playwrights Festival Showcase, giving writers in Spokane a chance to get their work onstage. 10814 E. Broadway Ave. Spokane Valley, Wash. • 795-0004 •

Liberty Lake Community Theatre This community theater prides itself on involving the whole community — especially all-ages. It showcases musicals, readers' theaters, improv and shows throughout the year. 22910 E. Appleway Ave., Ste. 1 Liberty Lake, Wash. • 342-2055 •

The Modern Theater Interplayers Professional Theater (Spokane) and Lake City Playhouse (Coeur d'Alene) merged in late 2014 to become The Modern Theater, with a location in both towns. The 2015-16 season, which they identify as their 55th, includes a wide range of dramas to comedies, unknowns to award-winners: Other Desert Cities, All My Sons, Anything Goes, Maybe Baby and Man of La Mancha are just a sampling of the 14 shows in the season. 174 S. Howard St. • 455-7529 • | 208-676-7529 •

Moscow Art Theatre (Too) The Moscow Art Theatre (Too) opened in 2011 inside an old grain silo. Since then, they've upgraded to the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center in downtown Moscow. The four show 2015-16 season includes a one-man adaptation of The Iliad and the classic Macbeth in the summer (subject to change). The Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, 508 S. Main St. Moscow, Idaho • 208-918-1882 •

Pend Oreille Playhouse The playhouse strives to offer opportunities for everyone to learn and perform. The 2015-16 season includes A Christmas Carol, Aladdin, Jr and Clue, the Musical. 236 S. Union Ave. Newport, Wash. • 447-9900 •

Sixth Street Theater and Melodrama This Wallace, Idaho, theater may have started as a summer theater, but now productions make the stage year-round. November's Curtain Call: A Vaudeville Revue is a collection of skits, songs and wit from 32 years of Sixth Street's Kelly's Alley Revues. Shadowlands, which opens in February, tells the love story of author C.S. Lewis and poet Joy Davidman. 212 Sixth St. Wallace, Idaho • 208-752-8871 •

Spokane Children's Theatre Priding itself as one of few completely indepedently sponsored community children's theaters, Spokane Children's Theatre is having their 70th season including shows like The Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, and Charlotte's Web. 2727 N. Madelia St., Suite 5 • 328-4886 •

Spokane Civic Theatre The Civic Theatre has won many a "best of" award for its outstanding productions through the years. This season will probably follow this precedent: Catch Me If You Can, the Musical, White Christmas, Les Liasons Dangereuses, Little Women, The Fox on the Fairway and Ghost the Musical are all showing. 1020 N. Howard St. • 325-2507 •

Stage Left Theater Retired physicist Bob Nelson wanted to bring offbeat, politically edgy plays to Spokane, so he started up Stage Left Theater in 2013. In a small space downtown that seats 80, Nelson lets small groups perform without too many rules and sneaks in some performances himself, too. 108 W. Third Ave. • 838-9727 •

StageWest Community Theatre This year, StageWest Community Theatre is showing Anne of Green Gables, a radio theatre rendition of Miracle on 34th Street, and Getting Sara Married. The second saturday of every show is Dinner Theatre — where you can enjoy dinner and a show in one sitting! Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St. Cheney, Wash. • 235-2441 •

University of Idaho Department of Theater Arts Along with full productions staged each year, the theater department puts on the Festival of One-Act Plays with premieres of student-written and directed plays. Other events include the 10 Minute Play Festival, White Tie Improv and summer shows by the Idaho Repertory Theatre. 6th and Rayburn, Shoup Hall, 2nd Floor Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-6465 •

Whitworth University Theatre Department The Whitworth University Theatre Department features two annual main-stage productions, a festival of short plays, a musical every other year, as well as solo, dance and touring theatre performances year-round. 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Cowles Auditorium • 777-3707 •

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