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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tune in this week!

On Sunday, December 30th, listen to your radio for Phil Marlowe’s “Up Front” program on WCTK 98.1 FM to hear him do an interview on Kaleidoscope Theatre featuring our very own Executive Director, David Payton, along with Holly Shadoian, the chair of our 30th Anniversary celebration. It’s on kind of early – 7:30am – 8am on 98.1FM – or you can catch it at 8:30am on WLKW AM station!

This Weekend: Cinderella's Christmas

What happens when you cross the most wonderful time of the year with the most wonderful fairytale of all time?

You have the Kaleidoscope Theatre musical production, Cinderella’s Christmas, which will be performed on Saturday, December 22nd at The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI. Showtime is 2:00 pm and admission is $10.00/person. For tickets and further information, please contact the Stadium Box Office at (401) 762-4545.

A second performance will be on Sunday, December 23rd at the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford, CT. Showtime is at 1:00pm and tickets can be purchased by calling (203) 269-8721.

This musical adaptation of the famous fairytale is loaded with beautiful songs, gorgeous costumes, exciting magic, lots of audience participation, and a Christmas twist that makes this production tons of fun for everyone!

For more information about Kaleidoscope Theatre, please call our office at (401) 942-3637 or check out our brand new website at!

Monday, November 19, 2007

This weekend at Homestead Gardens!

Come explore Homestead's Winter Wonderland!

Starting Friday, November 23rd, Homestead Gardens, in
North Smithfield RI, will be transformed into a Christmas
Wonderland. Come explore the beautifully decorated grounds
and purchase handcrafted gifts at the General Store. The
Homestead Barn will be home to Santa, Mrs. Claus, and
Santa’s toy workshop.

For only $5, children (adults are free) can tour the workshop, meet Santa, make a holiday ornament, and even have cider and cookies with Mrs. Claus!

Santa's Wonderland will be open every Friday (5-8pm), Saturday (4-8pm) and Sunday (2-6pm) from November 23rd through December 23rd!

We hope you all can join us!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Now on sale!

Kaleidoscope Theatre's Cinderella Music CD
Celebrate the holiday season with songs from Kaleidoscope Theatre's Cinderella.

Songs include:
*Cinderella, Cinderella - The two stepsisters Disgustia and Putricia
*When You Find the One You Love - Cinderella
*She'll Be at the Ball - The King, Minister and Prince
*I Had a Dream - Cinderella and the Prince
*The Shoe Will Do - The King and the Minister
...and many more!

Order now for delivery for the holiday season!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Halloween Extravaganza @ THG

This Sunday (October 21st) at Homestead Gardens, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm - kids of all ages can participate in a Halloween costume contest, parade, and interactive games! Homestead Gardens also offers a picturesque fall setting and a country craft store, so stop by and enjoy the gardens!

For more information, check out their website at's%20Happening.htm!

Monday, October 15, 2007


On Saturday, November 3, 2007 Kaleidoscope Theatre is holding open auditions! They will be held from 1:00pm-6:30pm at the Meshanticut Park Church (180 Oaklawn Ave.) in Cranston, RI.

Actors of all types are encouraged to audition for our Winter/Spring 2008 tours. We are in specific need of male teenagers for our school-touring program. All shows are musical, and all roles are paid. Come prepared to sing a cappella or to taped accompaniment, and to read from a script. CALL FOR APPOINTMENT!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (401) 942-3637 and ask for Nicki.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

This Sunday!

On October 14th, Kaleidoscope will be performing Cinderella at Westborough High School in Westborough,MA. The show is at 2:00pm and is open to the public! Tickets are now on sale for $8.00 and can be purchased by calling Jackie Semalis at (508) 756-6519.

This performance is being used as a fundraiser to support Westborough Special Education, please come and show your support for a worthy cause!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Tickets are now on sale for our production of Cinderella's Christmas at Rhode Island College!

The show is on Sunday, December 9th at 2:00pm. Anyone interested in tickets, please call the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Hello! Just wanted to remind everyone that the RSVP deadline for the 30th Anniversary Party is quickly approaching! Please send in your responses by 9/30/07. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend…please visit our website here and download a pdf version!

Also on our website, there are online forms where you can submit your name and the roles you played in the past - help us remember 30 years of casting, crew, and concessions!

We are also looking for volunteers to help out with the set up, clean up, and running of the party. If you’d be willing to volunteer some of your time either before the party, after the party, or during the party (running sound, taking photos, manning the video camera etc…) please let us know! Thanks so much (in advance).

Hope to see you all there!
The Kaleido-Staff

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

E-mail Snafu

We are currently switching over to our new website! In the end, the domain will point to the new site (which is currently online and available by using the address

During the switch over, all our e-mail that uses "" (for example, is not working!

So, if you need to contact us, either call the office at (401) 942-3637 or e-mail us directly at

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

30th Anniversary Party!!

By now, many of you have probably received an invitation to our 30th anniversary party on October 27th! If you haven't, or if you know any kaleidoscopians who haven't, please check out the party page on our brand new website

Fill out a sign up form and mail it in to Kaleidoscope Theatre (65 Freedom Dr. Cranston, RI) to reserve your spot at the party! Don't be left out, everyone must RSVP by the end of September!

Please let other members know about the party...trying to track down 30 years of kaleidoscopians is quite the daunting task! We don't have current addresses and phone numbers for many of our former members and we want to make sure everyone who wants to come can do so! Spread the word!


Thursday, August 23, 2007

This Week at Kaleidoscope...

We're wrapping up the summer with:
Goldilocks & the Three Bears!

Come with us on a delightful romp through the traditional tale of Goldilocks, but be prepared for a new twist at the end! Did you ever wonder what happened after Goldilocks ran all the way home? Well, we answer that question in a fresh and fun way and teach some lessons about proper manners, too -- this is a show you just can't bear to miss!

This is the last performance of our summer series, so don't miss out! The performance is this Tuesday, August 28th at 11:00am, and tickets (which are $8 in advance, $10 at the door) can be purchased through the Rhode Island College box office at (401) 456-8144.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

This Week at Kaleidoscope... August 21st


Come join Little Red (Rebekah Philip) on her amazing journey to Granny's house on Tuesday, August 21st at Rhode Island College. She better beware of that Big Bad Wolf... you never know where he might be hiding!

To purchase tickets for the 11:00am performance, please call the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144!

See you then!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Week Six: The Three Pigs

Come join us, as the three pigs try to make it onto America’s Barnyard Idol! But watch out for that big, bad Elvis-loving wolf who has stolen their ticket to the big audition! Can they get their ticket back in time? Can Mama Pig save them from the Wolf? Will the Pigs make it big in show business? There's lots of music and laughter in this original take on The Three Pigs – tons of fun for everyone!

The Three Pigs will be performed on this Tuesday at Rhode Island College! The show begins at 11:00am and tickets (which are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door) can be purchased by calling the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144!

Friday, August 03, 2007

This Week at Kaleidoscope...

Come join us on Tuesday for the performance of The Frog Prince at Rhode Island College! The show begins at 11:00am and tickets (which are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door) can be purchased by calling the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144!

Splash! Young Prince Noble is having a really bad day - a smelly Gypsy woman is in love with him, he gets pushed down a well, and then he’s transformed into an icky green frog! Now instead of traveling the land looking for a beautiful wife, he's short, green, and hoping to catch a fly for dinner!

Will Prince Noble learn a lesson in humility and win the lovely Princess Cassandra’s heart? Watch as plots twist, stories intertwine, and all the characters discover that Happy Endings can happen when you least expect them!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Siara to appear in 48 hour film project!

Siara Padilla (this summer's Ziggy Piggy in The Three Pigs) recently performed in a movie created as part of the 48 Hour Film Project! The film, Just a Conversation, will be screened this Thursday at 7:00pm at the Columbus Theatre... come see the film and vote for your favorite 48 Hour project! For more information, visit!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

This Week at Kaleidoscope!

Come join us this week for the debut of our brand new musical, Cinderella, Too! This fun-filled show picks up right where Cinderella left off!

Cinderella's excitement over her upcoming wedding to the Prince is soon overshadowed by the sudden appearance of the Spanish Ambassador with an ancient document betrothing the Princess of Spain to Prince Charming. But where does that leave Cinderella? Is Spain really involved, or are Stepmother and the Stepsisters scheming again? With exciting new music and amazing dance numbers, Cinderella, Too! will be a ton of fun for everyone!

The show will be at Rhode Island College on Tuesday, July 31st at 11:00am. For more information or to order tickets, please call the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144.

Cinderella and her Prince will also be appearing this Saturday at Homestead Gardens in North Smithfield, RI from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Come join us!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

For those of you who missed it....

For anyone who was unable to make our performance of Snow White at RIC - we do have another local performance coming up! On Thursday, July 19th, at 11:00am we will be performing Snow White at the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro, MA (which is only 30 minutes from Providence). To order tickets, please call their box office at (508) 543-ARTS.

On August 17th at 6:30pm, we will be returning to the Orpheum for a peformance of Cinderella.

See you there!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Kaleidoscope will continue it's 2007 Summer Series with Alice in Wonderland at Rhode Island College this Tuesday, July 17th! Showtime is 11:00am and admission is $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door. This original musical adaptation of the famous Lewis Carroll story is by David G. Payton (Kaleidoscope's Executive Director) and is filled with all the wonderful characters you have come to know and love in the book. When Alice leaves behind Dinah, her kitten, and follows that strange White Rabbit, she gets more adventure than she could ever have dreamed! There's the Duchess and her Pepper Soup, a baby that turns into a pig, the Queen of Hearts (who's rather cross!) and a Cheshire Cat who keeps leaving his smile behind! Kaleidoscope Theatre's musical adaptation of this Lewis Carroll classic is a great favorite with something for everyone! Join Alice in the wild and wacky world of Wonderland - you'll find a smile that will follow you home! For further information, please contact the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144.

Alice will also be appearing with her friend the Mad Hatter on this coming Saturday, July 14th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Stop by and get the characters' autographs, pose for photos, and explore the wonderful grounds at Homestead Gardens (200 Industrial Dr., North Smithfield). The Garden is also home to a nifty gift boutique and a snack/ice cream shop. For more information about Homestead Gardens, please call Angela at (401) 309-1882.

Kaleidoscope fairytale characters will be appearing on Saturdays throughout the summer:
July 14th - Alice and the Mad Hatter 12:00pm-4:00pm
July 21st - Cinderella's Fairy Godmother 11:00am-2:00pm
July 28th - Cinderella and Prince Charming 11:00am-2:00pm
August 4th - Prince Noble and Prince Henry 11:00am-2:00pm
August 11th - Iggy and Ralph Piggy 11:00am-2:00pm
August 18th - Little Red Ridinghood and her mother 11:00am-2:00pm

August 25th - Goldilocks and Baby Bear 11:00am-2:00pm

* Please note - Starting July 21st, characters will be appearing from 11:00am to 2:00pm! Any questions - please call, Kaleidoscope Theatre at (401) 942-3637!

Sunday, July 08, 2007


Kaleidoscope will kick off its 30th anniversary season with a performance of Snow White this Tuesday at Rhode Island College! The show will begin at 11:00am at Robert's Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 day of show - to purchase tickets, please call the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144!
As part of Kaleidoscope's 30th anniversary celebration, fairytale characters will be appearing every Saturday at Homestead Gardens (200 Industrial Dr., North Smithfield, RI) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. These characters will be on hand to greet fans, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. Each Saturday, a winner of two free tickets to Kaleidoscope's next show will be chosen from those that sign up for our monthy online newsletter!

This past Saturday, Snow White visited with many of her fans! Come visit Alice and the Mad Hatter on Saturday, July 14th and be eligible to win two free tickets to Alice in Wonderland on July, 17th!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Join us on Saturday! (July 7th)

To kick off our summer series at Rhode Island College, Snow White will be appearing this coming Saturday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Homestead Gardens! The beautiful gardens, which are also home to a unique gift shop and a delicious ice cream store, are located at 200 Industrial Dr. in North Smithfield, RI! Snow White will be on hand to meet her friends, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. So, stop by and visit with one of Kaleidoscope's favorite fairytale characters!

The actual production of Snow White is on Tuesday, July 10th at 11:00am at Rhode Island College. For tickets, please call the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

This Week at Kaleidoscope...

To kick off our summer season, Rapunzel and several of her fairytale friends will be appearing this coming Saturday at Homestead Gardens (located at 200 Industrial Dr. North Smithfield, RI). The characters will be on hand from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to meet their fans, sign autographs, pose for pictures, and even make balloon animals! Homestead Gardens is also home to a beautiful lake, a cozy gift shop, and a welcoming ice cream shop! Join Kaleidoscope for a day of summertime fun and explore the wondrous grounds at Homestead! For more information about Homestead Gardens, please call Angela at (401) 309-1882!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Come to the Cabaret!

Kaleidoscope Theatre will be performing “A Killer Cabaret” on Friday the 13th of July at Homestead Gardens!

What good is sitting alone in your room? Life is a cabaret, and so is death in this entertaining song- and dance-filled night of merriment where audience members become stars, and danger lurks around every table. The Cabaret's producer, Agrava Krispie, famous author of such mystery novels as Ten Little Indecisions and Death on Denial, presents her first Cabaret. Her all-star cast includes Lucky Charms as the Master of Ceremonies, Agrava's niece and nephew Coco Krispie and Rhyce Krispie, her ex-sister-in-law Sugar Smax and last but not least (and he will certainly tell you!) former child star Razen Brand. They combine their talents to make for an evening of sweet entertainment. But someone is trying to murder the Queen of Murder
Mysteries! Audiences help track down the 'cereal' killer in time to remind us that there is truly 'no business like show business'.

Tickets, which include dinner and the show, cost $35.00.
To reserve your seat, call Angela at (401) 309-1882!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Cinderella Coloring Book Preview!

It's time for another coloring book preview!

Kaleidoscope Theatre and The Homestead Group have been working hard to get Cinderella's Holiday Ball coloring book and sing along CD ready for this coming holiday season. Recently, several sample copies were produced to present the project to financial backers and potential distributers. (The cover of this mock up is pictured here.)

While the coloring book won't be ready until the holidays, Kaleidoscope plans to sell Cinderella CDs this summer at the concession stand!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Kaleidoscope Theatre - now on MySpace!

Kaleidoscope is happy to announce that it now has its very own MySpace page. It can be found at!

Like the blogs, we hope that MySpace will be another way for Kaleidoscope to keep in touch with all its members and fans. It's also a very efficient way to share photos. Right now, all the photos we have on record since the summer of 2002 are up on the page. Feel free to leave us comments, picture comments, and messages - and if you have any photos that we do not, send them on over to us and we'll put them up!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Congratulations Abby!

Abby Spare, who currently plays Iggy Piggy in our production of ‘The Three Pigs’, was just cast in the national tour of ‘Annie’! She will be playing the role of “Tessie” and will be on tour from September 2007 to May 2008. Congratulations Abby; we’re so proud of you!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Congratulations Bobby!

Recent Olympian, Bobby Macaux, seen here with fellow cast mates in I'm Special, Your Special, just won the gold medal in the shot put! For more information, about RI's Special Olympics, check out their homepage!

This photo was taken at the recent performance of I'm Special, Your Special at North Scituate Elementary School. The cast included (clockwise from top left): Tommy Iafrate, Jamie Dellorco, David Payton, Bobby Macaux, and Alyce Hagopian. For more information about I'm Special, take a look at our online school touring brochure!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Congratulations, Eric!

Eric Desnoyers, who recently played Prince Charming in "Cinderella", Wilhelm in "The Emperor's New Clothes", and the Hunstman in "Little Red", has been cast for the summer productions at Foothills Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts! This summer, he will participate in four children’s productions: "The Wind in the Willows", "Tom Sawyer", "Stuart Little", and "School House Rock". Luckily for us, Eric's schedule will still allow him to appear as the Huntsman in "Little Red" the summer! The show will be Tuesday, August 28 at Rhode Island College.

For more information about Foothills, check out their website at:!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dinner Theatre!

Hello Kaleidoscope Theatre fans!

We have good news for those of you who have contacted us about our Dinner Theatre Murder Mysteries!

On Saturday, June 9, 2007, Kaleidoscope will be presenting our production of Dial M for Matrimony, a comic Italian wedding murder mystery, at The Homestead Gardens in North Smithfield, Rhode Island! This evening of entertainment will include both a murder mystery performance, and a wonderful meal!

The evening's schedule will be as follows:
6:00pm - Cocktail Hour
7:00pm - Wedding begins!
8:00pm - Reception/Dinner

Tickets are only $25.00 per person, and will help to benefit your two favorite not-for-profit organizations: Kaleidoscope Theatre and The Homestead Group!

For tickets or for more information, contact Angela at (401) 309-1882.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Congratulations Jamie!

Jamie Dellorco has been hired by the Merry-Go Round Theater in Auburn NY as part of their Youth tour for the 2007-2008 season. She was offered the job based on an audition tape that she put together with the help of Tommy and Nicki (Thanks Guys!) She then received a call back with the company at the New England Theater Conference (NETC), where she met with Tour director James Cantu. After relocating to New York in September, Jamie will be spending the year performing and running workshops along with 15 other performers at schools in upstate New York area.
This photo is from the 2007 summer production of Cinderella, Too! - a brand new musical that will debut this summer! Jamie is part of the original cast and is pictured here as 'Putricia' (right). The other stepsister, 'Disgustia' (left) is Lisa Hufnagel.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Coloring Book Preview!

As the coloring book project moves forward, we plan to give our fans and members snippets of the finished project. This month, we've released colored versions of Molly's sample drawings. (Check out our Members 'blog for the Little Red Ridinghood sample.)

Stay the future we'll preview an actual drawing from the book and a sound bite from the Cinderella CD!

Friday, April 06, 2007


Hello everyone! It's time to vote for all your favorite local businesses! From April 1st through May 15th, you can go online to and vote for everything from "best cheeseburger" to "best customer service". If you'd like to vote for Kaleidoscope, please nominate us in the "Live Music" category and/or write-in to the editors suggesting we receive an Editors' Award ( In 2005, we were named 'Best Kids Theatre in Rhode Island' (which was an editor's award) and we'd love to have the honor again!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Congratulations Siara! She is the winner of this month's online contest! The contest, which was announced in our April Newsletter, challenged our fans and members to find a hidden trivia question (on our blogs) and then locate the answer (on our website).

The question: "What was Kaleidoscope Theatre's first fairytale musical?"
The Answer: Little Red Ridinghood

Little Red, Mother Goose, and Pinocchio made up Kaleidoscope's first season of fairytale musicals in the summer of 1982. For more on Kaleidoscope's history, check out our website at

The photo of Siara as 'Ralph Piggy' is from the 2005 Summer production of "The Three Pigs". This year, Siara will be playing 'Ziggy Piggy'.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tommy’s High-Seas Adventure!

An exciting opportunity has come up for Kaleidoscope Theatre’s own Artistic Director, Tommy Iafrate! In the past, Tommy has worked as a musician for Royal Caribbean, International aboard their cruise ships, where he has played the saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Royal Caribbean recently contacted Tommy in regards to their brand new ship, the Liberty of the Seas, and asked him to be a part of the ship’s premiere company! This ship (along with its sister ship, the Freedom of the Seas) holds the title of world’s largest ship, and boasts such amazing features as an on-board ice-rink, a rock-climbing wall, and the FlowRider. As this is a brand new ship, the employees will be flying out to Finland (where the ship is built) and touring in Europe before heading back to the Caribbean for the busy summer season.

We here at Kaleidoscope could not be happier for Tommy, and feel that this is too wonderful an opportunity for him to pass up. Furthermore, Tommy will be gaining experience and expertise working on Royal Caribbean’s world-class production shows that he can bring back to Kaleidoscope upon his return in the fall. As this would take him away from Kaleidoscope for the summer however, it means that we will need an Acting Artistic Director for the interim while Tommy is gone. Fortunately for us, we have a very talented individual, Frank Galligan, who has worked for us since he was young enough to play a mouse in Cinderella! He will soon be graduating from Assumption College, and has built himself quite an impressive resume over the years. Frank will assume the role of Kaleidoscope’s Acting Artistic Director for the summer of 2007.

We wish Tommy the best of luck on the ship, and look forward to updates from him while he is away!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Coloring Book Preview!

Kaleidoscope Theatre would like to thank Molly Rodman for her wonderful work on the upcoming “Cinderella’s Holiday Ball” coloring book project! The coloring book, along with a corresponding music CD, should be on sale this coming holiday season at the Kaleidoscope Theatre concession stand and CVS stores nation-wide! Between now and then, we plan to release 'sneak peeks' of both the coloring book and the CD here on our blog and on our website. This is a sample of Molly's amazing line-art! Let us know what you think by posting a comment on our blog or by e-mailing us at!

Thank you Russ!

Kaleidoscope would also like to thank Russ Martin from Viscount Studios.
He was instrumental in making the CD recording process go as smoothly as possible. For anyone interested in more information about Viscount Studios, which is based out of Cranston, RI, check out!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Now Announcing our 2007 Summer Series!

We have announced our 2007 summer schedule on our website! Check it out, and see if your favorite fairytale is coming to your local theatre!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Kaleidoscope Theatre Birthday Parties!

If you are looking for a creative and fun event to plan for your child's birthday party, then Kaleidoscope Theatre just might be the entertainment you've been looking for!

What could be more exciting to a child than having Cinderella herself stop by to say "Happy Birthday!" and play games with your guests? Or how about having a tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter? Maybe the handsome knight Prince Stefan can teach your guests about the bravery and chivalry of the code of knighthood!

We have a variety of packages detailed on our website. Take a look, and let Kaleidoscope Theatre help create a birthday party that they'll never forget!

Photo courtesy of Lisa Alves. (Birthday Party on March 3, 2007.)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Congratulations, Rob!

Kaleidoscope Theatre's Technical Director, Rob Ferland, has just received a promotion at Rhode Island College! He is now serving as the Interim Technical Director of the three theatrical spaces at RIC, including Roberts Hall Auditorium (where you might have seen Kaleidoscope Theatre performing our fairytale musicals!), Sapinsley Hall, and the Helen Forman Theatre.

Rob is a hard-working, diligent individual who has come through for us countless times, so none of us here at Kaleidoscope are surprised that his talents and abilities are being recognized at Rhode Island College. Congratulations, Rob - we couldn't be prouder!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Backstage Pass: Recording Session with Fallon Healy!

Kaleidoscope Theatre is currently in the process of recording our version of Cinderella's Christmas. We will be creating a new CD of this show, to be sold in conjunction with a coloring book in the holiday season of 2007.

Fallon Healy, who has appeared in the Kaleidoscope productions of Cinderella (Putricia), Jack & the Beanstalk (Jack's Mom), Mother Goose (Queen of Hearts, pictured left), will be singing the role of "Putricia" on the recording. She took a few moments of her time to write about the experience for the reading enjoyment of all our readers in the blogosphere! Here's what she had to say:

Hey guys!! My name is Fallon Healy, I'm 23 years old and a 2005 musical theatre graduate from Rhode Island College. I have been working on and off with Kaleidoscope Theatre since the winter of 2004. My first show with Kaleidoscope was Cinderella's Christmas where I played the role of Putricia. I don't often get to do as many shows with the company as I would like because I currently live really far away and I have a pretty busy full time job. So that's why when Tommy called and asked me to do the recording of Cinderella's Christmas, I was very excited! At first, I had no idea it would be something that was going to be so widely sold. That was just a major plus of it all!

The whole experience was very different for me, but it was a lot of fun. First, I met with Tommy and we just ran through the music a couple dozen times. The rehearsal process wasn't too bad seeing as I had already been in the show; it had just been a really long time since I had sang and I needed some touch-ups on the harmonies. Then, about a week or so later, we met at the recording studio. I was very excited. I don't know about anybody else who did the recording but this was a first for me! You had to put on these big earphones and stand exactly right on a white taped line on the floor. It was weird because the singer was downstairs and Tommy and everyone else who was listening were upstairs. They communicated to you through the headphones. After the recording, it was very cool to hear everything being played back - my voice sounded so clear and I loved hearing it with the music, as opposed to me hearing everything from onstage.

Another thing that was a little bit different was that in the staged version of Cinderella's Christmas, the stepsisters and sometimes the whole step family sing together, but in the recording studio we all sang separately. As a matter of fact, Debbie (Stepmother) wasn't even there the night Carolyn (Disgustia) and I sang. It was explained to me that we all sang separately so that if someone messed up, one track could be erased or fixed instead of the whole group’s track, which makes sense. If I was asked to do it again, I think I would definitely be a little bit more prepared in terms of all the little nit picky types of things (like cut off times), and for the parts I was self conscious about, I would make sure I had them completely right before I entered the studio.

I am very excited to hear the final product! The whole experience for me was just really awesome. I am so glad I was asked to participate in this project and rejoin the Kaleidoscope family. I hope this helps anyone who has questions about the studio experience!! :)

Monday, February 05, 2007

Open Auditions!

With the wonderful turn out we had at our last set of auditions in January,
we've decided to open our doors again. This time we are looking specifically for men ages 15-30 for Prince roles and ages 20+ for character parts.

There are multiple roles in several shows that are available, so performers of all types, ages, and ethnicities are still strongly encouraged to audition!

Please come prepared to sing a song of your choice (a cappella or with taped accompaniment) and to read from a script. Kaleidoscope Theatre is a professional, non-profit theatre company, and all roles are paid.

Open auditions will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2007 from 2:00pm until 7:00pm at the Meshanticut Park Church, 180 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920. Please call Nicki at Kaleidoscope Theatre, (401) 942-3637, to set up an appointment.

Friday, February 02, 2007

It's Opening Night!

Hello cyberspace!

Welcome to Kaleidoscope Theatre's first official Online 'Blog!

We here at Kaleidoscope have decided that it's time to catch up to the 21st century, and start a blog so that we can keep our fans informed of all of our exciting news! This is a great opportunity for us to tell you about our upcoming performances, tell you a little about some Kaleidoscope Theatre company members, give you a hint of what's up in the rehearsal studio, discuss the adventures of a day-in-touring, and post any other ramblings from the K.T. H.Q.!

Please stay tuned for more postings in the future from Tommy (Kaleidoscope's Artistic Director), Nicki (our Office and Stage Manager), David (Executive Director), and Rob (Technical Director).

Thanks for your support - we look forward to hearing your comments!

What's your favorite fairytale?