Welcome to Kaleidoscope Theatre's online blog! Kaleidoscope is a professional theatre company that tours throughout New England with educational shows (topics: bullying, inclusion, and drug education) and full-length fairytale musicals.
But where is she? That's exactly what Alice is trying to find out! Alice needs the Fairy Godmother to get back home, but no one in Fairytale Land seems to know where she is! Do you know where she is? Join us this Friday to help Alice find the magical Fairy Godmother and make sure all your favorite fairytale characters get the HAPPY ENDING they deserve!
They may be small... but these animals know a lot about what's happening in the forest. This Friday, they will help Alice and the Big Bad Wolf solve the problems of the Fairytale Land Forest and help ensure that everyone lives, 'Happily Ever After."
Tickets for Alice Through the Kaleidoscope will be available at the door, so come on down and support a great cause! For more information, check out our official website.
Summer is just about upon us. The weather is starting to warm up, school is ending for us college folk and will be ending soon for everyone else, and I already had the task of lugging the clunker of an AC into my living room. Summer also means the ending of school touring for Kaleidoscope, as well as the beginning of the annual summer tour. For me, this is where Kaleidoscope is at home. Don't get me wrong, the school touring shows have been doing very well, and in a way they are the crux of the theater's business, but when I think of Kaleidoscope, like many other people who grew up with the company in its thirty-plus years, they think of going to places like the Warwick Musical Tent to see their favorite fairy tales come to life through fun performances and music. I remember seeing Alice in Wonderland when I was very young, probably at the Warwick Musical Tent. All I remember was that it was in the round and there was a guy running around singing "Smile". I think at the time I didn't even realize it was Alice in Wonderland, or at least that is how memory serves me now.
Everyone will always have a favorite show with Kaleidoscope, or at least one that is dear to them, but there was always something about Cinderella. The creme de la creme of the summer tour. If any fairy tale has stood the test of time, it is certainly the one with the fair girl, her mean old mother, the ugly stepsisters, the prince among princes, a fairy godmother, and one very particular slipper. There is something about the tale itself that makes every little princess in New England and beyond want to be Cinderella. Sure, there are a few Snow Whites and Belles, maybe a Sleeping Beauty here and there. But you could toss a magic wand in the air at one of our shows (available at the Kaleidoscope concession stand, just ask for Bob) and it will probably land near a tiny Cinderella. Here at Kaleidoscope, there are fairy tale musicals, and then there is Cinderella. The glass slipper stands alone.
This summer, I get the honor of playing the Minister in Cinderella. Of all the parts in the play, this is one I can really sink my teeth into. There is a lot of room for creating a unique character, there are some great scenes that the character is involved in, and last, but certainly not least, great actors to work with directly who have done their respective parts for some time. Many of the scenes with the Minister and the King are real crowd pleasers, and I do not intend to do anything less than what I've seen in the past.
That's probably the biggest difference between the other shows I've done with Kaleidoscope and my upcoming work with Cinderella: the pressure is on! Without a doubt, this is going to be the toughest character to pull off. Not to knock any of the other shows I've done, or any of the other shows for that matter, but I know the workload is going to be the greatest with the Minister. I can handle the idea of this being a show with high expectations in itself, however I know I'm going to be very tough on myself when it comes to meeting those expectations.
If anything, this show is going to test my singing like nobody's business. Character voices won't cut it this time around. This part takes a serious singer, so I'm going to have to start thinking like one. I've got past recordings of the parts I need to do. Now I need to listen, practice, listen, practice, listen, and practice until I can, and am, singing this in my sleep. This is nerve wracking, it's exciting, and it's all going to come together in a matter of time.
Welcome back to summertime at Kaleidoscope.
In the words of Garrison Keillor, "be well, do good work, and keep in touch."
Alice and the Wolf are looking for someone with magical powers to help Alice get home... but the Three Good Fairies aren't going to be able to help. They cast a sleeping spell to protect the castle until Sleeping Beauty awakes, but it rebounded and put them to sleep instead!
The Blue Fairy is having trouble with her magic too, but she can still tell when someone's lying to her... Perhaps it's time for the Wolf to come clean... What do you think he's hiding?
Somewhere deep in the Fairytale Land Forest lives Snow White and her friends - Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, and Friendly. But will hiding in the forest really keep Snow White safe from the jealous Evil Queen? Join us May 28th to find out!
The 3 Pigs are not having a good day! The Big Bad Wolf has been at it again... huffing and puffing till all their houses blew down. But, is the Wolf trying to actually eat the Pigs or is he just upset about something? Maybe the Pigs should just learn how to build stronger houses... In the meantime, they're moving into another fairytale's neighborhood. Whose house do you think they'll decide to live in?
Find out on May 28th!
The Gypsy Queen is a woman who's used to getting what she wants... And what she wants is Prince Noble to fall in love with her. Unfortunately, the dashing Prince is more in love with himself than with anyone or anything else. Look out Prince Noble, if Anya uses her magic, you might be spending the rest of your life living in the nearby well. What do you think she might do to him?
Jack and Little Red have not been very good! Jack stole a golden harp from the Giant and Little Red never took her basket of goodies to granny! To make matters worse, they lied about what they did! Now their stories are all askew and they're looking for some magic to help put things to right. Let's hope the angry giant doesn't find them first... join us May 28th to find out!
To purchase tickets for the fundraiser, please call (401) 942-3637.
Come join us May 13th at 2pm for Rapunzel at the North Shore Musical Childrens Theatre in Saugus, MA. (466 Central St.) Tickets are $9 in advance and $12 at the door. Call (781) 979-4185 to reserve seats!
Alice's sister is just trying to educate her sister in the ways of the world... by making sure she's well read in literature, fairy tales, and poetry. Unfortunately, Alice is more concerned with chasing a rabbit she's found in the yard. What Alice's sister doesn't know is that this Rabbit has a pressing engagement at the Queen of Heart's royal court... and if Alice follows the rabbit, she'll embark on a wonderful and crazy adventure.
Cinderella is trying to get to the ball... but the stepsisters destroyed the dress she fixed up from the attic and then her Fairy Godmother vanished before being able to help her! Not to worry, the stepsisters aren't having a good day either... They want to marry the Prince, but they'll never catch him looking like that! Find out on May 28th if any of them get to the ball and win the Prince's heart.
On her way to Wonderland... everything suddenly goes dark and Alice finds herself lost in Fairy Tale Land! While wandering the forest, Alice meets the BIG BAD Wolf that she's read about in some of her favorite fairytales, but she soon realizes that this Wolf isn't so scary after all. He agrees to help her find someone magical to send her back home... but he wants to find someone magical for his own reasons. He's keeping secrets from his new friend Alice... join us on May 28th to find out what's going on with the Wolf and to see if Alice is able to find her way home.
Want to support a great cause and promote awareness about bullying in schools? Join us for an evening of all of your favorite Kaleidoscope songs and characters in a brand new original story for the whole family to enjoy! All proceeds will go toward bringing our H.S. BU.L.L.Y. presentation to area high schools around the Rhode Island and Massachusetts area.
Alice through theKaleidoscope: The Fairy Godmother is missing and without her magic all of Fairy Tale Land is in chaos. No one’s story is following the path that it should and it seems that Happily Ever After may be a thing of the past. Even Alice (of Wonderland) has not ended up where she is supposed to be. Now she must team up with the Big (not so) Bad Wolf to find the Fairy Godmother and put everything right.