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Every time they step on stage, the Dilettantes have 59 years of community musical theater to uphold.

1959: The Dilettante Group of Magic Valley — formed by notable members Roger and Margaret Vincent, David and Marty Mead and Harry Brumbach — stages its first annual show, "Carousel," in the Filer High School auditorium.

1960: Magic Valley Symphony starts as Twin Falls Civic Symphony, made up of pit orchestra musicians from "Carousel." After starting rehearsals in fall 1959, the symphony has its first performance in February in the old O'Leary Junior High auditorium under the direction of Richard Smith, string teacher for Twin Falls schools.

1965: Magic Valley Little Theatre is formed by Dilettantes who want an organization that doesn't do musicals.

1973: Magic Valley Chorale is formed and a board of nine directors elected. Roger Vincent is president and directs the Chorale for five years. 

1984: Marty Mead founds JuMP Co., introducing youth to the performing arts and promoting higher education. JuMP will award more than $75,000 in scholarships and community donations over the years.

1984: The Dilettantes add a seventh show to accommodate their audiences for "Annie," a 1977 smash hit on Broadway. The show makes $12,600 and is one of the highest-grossing shows in Dilettantes history. 

2000: The Dilettantes Hall of Fame starts with the induction of Art Frantz, Marty Mead, Jim LaGrone and Roger Vincent. 

2001: For every ticket sold at "South Pacific," a dollar is donated to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Dilettantes will receive a letter from the memorial in 2004, the year it opens to the public. 

2008: "Titanic" commemorates the Dilettantes' 50th anniversary.

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2009: "My Fair Lady" is the last show to use a pit orchestra. Lori Henson is the last induction into the Dilettantes Hall of Fame.

2007: "The Wizard of Oz" is the first time the Dilettantes offer five performances instead of six and opening night is on Thursday instead of Friday.

2010: All five showings of "Beauty and the Beast" sell out, and people are turned away at the door. Nearly 1,000 people attend.

2015: Dilettantes hold productions of "All Shook Up" and “Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” — at the Orpheum Theatre for the first time. 

2017: "Jekyll and Hyde" is the Dilettantes' 60th show, though this is the group's 59th year. (Remember those two shows in 2015.)

—Tetona Dunlap


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