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Field Daze to return in June

Outdoor performance series showcases local, national talent

May 28, 2021​  |  Chris Melville

 

Field Daze, the outdoor summer performance series at Reinheimer Ranch just south of Ketchum, is set to return this year at the end of June.

 

Longtime local arts supporter Cathy Reinheimer co-founded Field Daze with Lila Claghorn last summer to fill a much-needed performing arts void in the Wood River Valley. With theaters still shuttered and strict limits placed on public gatherings, Field Daze provided a safe, outdoor alternative and met with great success.

 

“Field Daze brought us together as a community at a time when a pandemic tried to keep us apart,” said Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “I am truly thankful for those magical evenings of chorus and culture and I look forward to more delightful ‘Daze’ ahead.”

According to Reinheimer, a return in 2021 wasn’t always the plan. The original Field Daze was founded in response to specific circumstances and to fulfill a need—as local actor Kagen Albright said last year, “It’s time for live entertainment to bring people together again, as it always does. During uncertain times, we need to laugh again, and begin it at the grassroots level.”

 

However, throughout the winter, people kept approaching Reinheimer and Claghorn, asking them to consider returning.

 

“Lila and I would run into people in Atkinsons’ or on the mountain or at the post office, and they would say please do the field theater again,” Reinheimer said. “That was going on constantly during the winter and we decided we could make it happen. Many of the artists said to us immediately after the season closed that if we were in Stage 4 of reopening again [in 2021], they would love to be on board.”

 

Sure enough, Gov. Brad Little returned the state to Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds reopening scheme on May 11, so Field Daze is coming back with a bang, now with additional backing from Laughing Stock Theater Company, longstanding theater supporter Prue Hemmings and other sponsors and volunteers. Warfield’s food truck will be at the ranch this year serving appetizers and signature cocktails, though like last year, audience members are welcome to bring picnics.

 

The 2021 season has an even more extensive roster than 2020. Between June 30 and Aug. 27, Reinheimer Ranch will play host to eight separate events. Kicking things off on June 30 and running through July 10 is “A Case for the Existence of God,” a joint presentation by Sawtooth Productions, Laughing Stock Theater, Field Daze and the Argyros Performing Arts Center. The workshop production of the new play by Samuel D. Hunter stars Aaron Shipp and Pete Simpson, with Paul Lazar in the director’s chair.

 

On July 16 and 17, local vocal choir Caritas Chorale will take to the stage for the first time in over a year. Then, on July 24, Field Daze will host a fundraiser for the Senior Connection featuring some of “the most talented performers in the valley,” Reinheimer said. On July 30 and 31, local stars Aly Wepplo, David Janeski and Janna Arnold will join Claghorn on stage for two evenings of music and comedy.

 

Field Daze will hold a Children’s Faire on Aug. 6. On Aug. 13 and 14, renowned sketch comedy and improv troupe The Groundlings will return to the valley. The tentative plan for Aug. 20 and 21 is to showcase the yet-to-be-named new theater company emerging from the former Company of Fools. Then, on Aug. 26 and 27, the 2021 season will come to a close with a grand finale reprise of last year’s R.L. Rowsey & Friends Cabaret, featuring many of the valley’s most beloved local performers.

 

Tickets for all shows will be available online June 15 at fielddazesunvalley.org.

 

“The most important thing is what Kagen Albright said last summer when we first came up with the idea of Field Daze,” Reinheimer said. “It’s about returning to live theater in a safe, grassroots way to bring people together as we move out of the pandemic.”

‘Field Daze’ is a remarkable feat

Aug 19, 2020​

 

I am so happy to be able to commend Cathy Reinheimer for trying to keep live events happening with her Field Daze of Summer during COVID shutdowns. With so many starved for live entertainment, she has creatively and safely put together a schedule of outdoor entertainments at her Reinheimer Ranch just south of Ketchum. From outdoor live theater to comedy to musical performances, she has stepped up to the plate in generously giving the community a feeling of hope, a small glimmer of returning to normal in the performing arts. Distancing, hand washing and masking is all mandatory for a stress-free experience. It is all the more remarkable that it is nonprofit and done on a shoestring budget. Cathy for Woman of the Year!

Field Daze of Summer reignites local live theater

Mike Murphy, Jana Arnold and more join outdoor lineup​

Aug 19, 2020​  |  Chris Melville

 

A group of local thespians, led by area arts stalwart Cathy Reinheimer, is making sure that in-person theatrical performances are not a thing of the past amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, restrictions on gatherings and seemingly endless cancellations.

 

Beginning next Thursday, July 30, and continuing hopefully into September, Reinheimer and her cohort will host Field Daze of Summer 2020, a series of outdoor, COVID-safe performances by top local talent like Mike Murphy, Melodie Taylor-Mauldin, Jana Arnold, Kagen Albright and many more.

 

“Basically, a bunch of the theater companies in town gathered with me to talk about the state of theater through COVID, how they had to remain closed for their summer seasons,” Reinheimer explained. “I called the meeting to talk about what would be possible this summer on a private property. It’s all about making sure the artists could be part of the summer experience and making sure the audiences have something fun to enjoy.”

R.L. Rowsey to headline all-star Field Daze

Local favorites line up for outdoor show

Sep 18, 2020​  |  Chris Melville

 

A group of local thespians, led by area arts stalwart Cathy Reinheimer, is making sure that in-person theatrical performances are not a thing of the past amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, restrictions on gatherings and seemingly endless cancellations.

 

Beginning next Thursday, July 30, and continuing hopefully into September, Reinheimer and her cohort will host Field Daze of Summer 2020, a series of outdoor, COVID-safe performances by top local talent like Mike Murphy, Melodie Taylor-Mauldin, Jana Arnold, Kagen Albright and many more.

 

“Basically, a bunch of the theater companies in town gathered with me to talk about the state of theater through COVID, how they had to remain closed for their summer seasons,” Reinheimer explained. “I called the meeting to talk about what would be possible this summer on a private property. It’s all about making sure the artists could be part of the summer experience and making sure the audiences have something fun to enjoy.”

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Field Daze 2020 - Mike Murphy

Aug 13, 2020

 

FIELD DAZE 2020

This weekly event connects us all back into the world of live theatre & cinema this summer, highlighting the incredible gifts of our local, talented artists ranging from ages 15 to 70 + up! You can look forward to comedy, short plays, movie screenings, music & more.

 

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy is the Valley’s original and beloved “Funny Man”. arriving in Sun Valley from Southern California in 1978, he has been performing comedy for close to 43 years, doing a regular “apres ski” show for Sun Valley Resort, and at countless venues in the Ketchum area. He started his career in comedy during a summer gig at Disneyland.

 

Mike has appeared with Jerry Seinfeld, the Smothers Brothers, and opened for singers Tanya Tucker, Elvis Costello and the late, great Charlie Daniels. His performances for corporate parties are too numerous to mention, and Field Daze 2020 are so grateful for his willingness to reignite his talents with us. He will generously donate his proceeds from these shows to the Sun Valley Culinary Institute.

 

Sun Valley Culinary Institute (SVCI), an Idaho 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, opened in March 2020 to provide a wide variety of culinary educational experiences for residents and visitors to the Wood River Valley.  SVCI is a professional culinary school led by Chef and Dean Chris Koetke, and Director Karl Uri industry leaders, who brought into being a new fabulous destination for culinary enthusiasts and aspiring chefs.

Field Daze 2020

Wood River High School Showcase

July 31, 2020

 

FIELD DAZE 2020

This weekly event connects us all back into the world of live theatre & cinema this summer, highlighting the incredible gifts of our local, talented artists ranging from ages 15 to 70 + up! You can look forward to comedy, short plays, movie screenings, music & more.

 

Wood River High School Showcase

Wood River High School’s Performing Arts Players will present comedic pieces and musical numbers from much loved, hit shows from the past few years; the actors include current students and alums from the prestigious theatre program. The themes are uplifting, comic and zany-mostly love stories!​

testimonials

"Field Daze brought us together as a community last year, at a time when a pandemic tried to keep us apart. I am truly thankful for those magical evenings of chorus and culture and I look forward to more delightful Daze ahead!" Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw

 

"Lila and Cathy created a safe, special and wonderfully unique event series seemingly out of thin air with Field Daze. Spending an evening under the stars at Reinheimer Ranch (with takeout from Rickshaw and a bottle of wine, naturally) was a highlight of the summer!"

 

"There's nothing in our community quite like Field Daze, and the fact that it grew and succeeded in such a challenging time is a testament to how needed and enjoyed it is."


"Thanks to Lila's tireless work, and Cathy's kindness and generosity in opening up her beautiful ranch to all of us, we just can't wait for Field Daze again."

 

"We enjoyed Field Daze last summer and how much we are looking forward to the shows this summer.  A big 'thank you' to Lila Claghorn & Cathy Reinheimer for this addition to our wonderful Sun Valley/Ketchum evening entertainment options!"

 

"Being able to enjoy laughter, food, friends, and music under the stars and next to the horses was an incredible tonic after months of being away from all of those comforts. I take heart in knowing that Field Daze will continue and that we will be able to come together as a community once more to enjoy the arts."