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Kaleidoscope Theatre Newsletter
Volume 6, Number 3
March 2010

 


Welcome to the first Spring edition of our newsletter!
 
For a complete list of our upcoming performances, click here.
 
For up-to-date information about Kaleidoscope Theatre, you can also check out our two online blogs at:
www.kscopetheatre.blogspot.com (for general news) and www.kaleidonews.blogspot.com (for our members)
 
For pictures and video clips (old and new) come visit us on MySpace at www.myspace.com/kaleidoscopetheatre or find us on YouTube or Facebook!
 
In this issue you can read about:
1. Upcoming Performances
2. Jack & the Beanstalk
3. Recent winner - RI Justice Award
4. Fundraiser - “Alice through the Kaleidoscope”
5. Skills on Stage - Acting classes!
6. “Rapunzel”
7. Supporting Our Members
 



1. UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
 
On March 21, we will be presenting “Goldilocks & the Three Bears” at 2:00pm in Saugus, MA. The close and intimate performance venue of the Saugus Senior Center is always a joy to perform in and the crew
there has truly become a part of the Kaleidoscope family. To reserve your tickets, please contact Paul Ryan at grouptixne@aol.com or (781) 230-EXPO. Tickets are $12 and include a yummy free ice cream.
 
Kaleidoscope will continue to present a monthly production in Saugus throughout 2010. Our schedule through June is as follows:
* April 25th – “Jack & the Beanstalk”
* May 16th – “Rapunzel”
* June 13th – “Mother Goose”
 
Details for performances in July and August will be announced shortly.
 



 2. JACK & THE BEANSTALK
 
Besides the performance in Saugus on April 25th, we will be performing “Jack & the Beanstalk” in Rhode Island on April 10th. Wood River Pre-School is sponsoring this performance that will take place on Saturday,
April 10th at 10am at Chariho Middle School. Tickets are $5/person at the door starting at 9am and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. 
 
Wood River Preschool is a non-profit, parent cooperative preschool and this April 10th performance will help raise funds to bring increased educational opportunities to students and will also give the community the opportunity to enjoy professional theatre. Hope to see you there!
 


3. JUSTICE AWARD
 
Kaleidoscope Theatre’s “BULLY” program was recently awarded a Special Justice award from Rhode Island’s Attorney General, Patrick Lynch! The award letter we received stated -
 
“Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre has been selected as a 2009 recipient of the Justice Award, symbolizing not only it’s tradition of artistic excellence but also the Theatre’s commitment to educating our children about crime and harmful behavior such as in its excellent production of  “BULLY.”
 
Congratulations and thank you to all who made this award possible by sharing their dedication, hard work, and talents.  We would especially like to thank those responsible for our most recent touring production, “High School BULLY”, which was so positively reviewed by members of the RI Attorney General’s office. Our Executive Director, David Payton, has written a thank you letter to everyone involved in the
program; to view the letter, check out our website http://www.kaleidoscopechildrenstheatre.com/hsbullythankyou.htm
 
If you’re interested in bringing our award-winning anti-bullying program to your local elementary, middle, or high school, please contact our office at (401) 942-3637.
 


4. “ALICE THROUGH THE KALEIDOSCOPE”
 
To help raise money to bring our anti-bullying program to schools that could otherwise not afford it, Kaleidoscope is planning an exciting fundraiser for this spring! The event will be open to the public, so save the date and spread the word!
 
Come join Alice on an original adventure through fairytale land and help ensure that all your favorite Kaleidoscope characters get the happy ending they deserve!
 
This event will be held Friday, May 28th at the Scottish Rites Auditorium in Cranston, RI and will feature a family-friendly collection of Kaleidoscope Theatre songs and characters, along with an original storyline. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12, and all proceeds will benefit Kaleidoscope
Theatre programs.
 
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 5. SKILLS ON STAGE
 
With the recent increase in demand, Kaleidoscope is going to start offering theatre classes for children! The first session will be an eight-week class for children in grades 3-5 (ages 8-10).
 
In this class, children will begin to learn about the skills necessary to become an actor. The class will focus on the skills of Observation, Imagination, Concentration, and Cooperation and the students will practice them using a variety of theatre games and exercises. All students in the class will also participate in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s production of “Alice through the Kaleidoscope” on May 28th at the Scottish Rites Auditorium in Cranston. This show is being produced as a fundraiser for our “BULLY” program and will offer the students
a chance to work alongside professional actors. The class will be taught by Jamie Dellorco, who currently serves as Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Education Coordinator as well as an actor for the company.
 
Classes will begin Friday, April 9th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm and will run every Friday at the same time through the performance on May 28th. This class is being offered for a fee of $200, and students will be asked to help sell tickets for their final performance at the fundraiser. All classes will be held in the function room of the Orchard Church located at 180 Oaklawn Ave. in Cranston.
 
Call (401) 942-3637 to reserve your slot!
 


6. “RAPUNZEL”
 
Tickets are still on sale for our annual spring production at Scottish Rites Auditorium in Cranston, RI. This year, we will be presenting “Rapunzel” on May 13th. Our enchanting adaptation closely follows the classic and timeless tale we all know and love. Lovely and lively songs create a mood of enchantment and romance as Rapunzel meets her true love and is rescued from her tower with help from the audience. It is a delightful experience the entire family will enjoy and remember!
 
The performance will begin at 10am and run for an hour. Tickets are only $5.50 and can be reserved by calling Kaleidoscope at (401) 942-3637. This event is perfect for class fieldtrips, but individual families are welcome to attend as well!
 
If your school needs help financing transportation costs to the event, check out RISCA”s website for possible funding! http://www.arts.ri.gov/bus/
 


7. SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS
 
     A. Sarah Pothier (Princess Cassandra in “The Frog Prince”) will be starring as the Witch in East Providence High School’s production of  “Into the Woods.” This production opens March 25th!
 
     B. Bob Macaux (Henry in “The Frog Prince), Sam Hood (Prince Stefan in “Sleeping Beauty”) and Kayla Quirk (Jen/Lori in “BULLY”) will be featured in the Artist Exchange’s production of “The Cider House Rules”. Part one and two will be presented in May.
 


That concludes our March newsletter! If you have any questions about our new programs, you can always contact us by e-mail at kaleidoscope@kaleidoscopetheatre.com or call our office at (401) 942-3637.

 

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