To create original, innovative and relevant theatre experiences that stimulate and inspire young people to think critically about the world around them, and to engage in constructive and creative self-expression.
Kaleidoscope Theatre is Vancouver Island’s resident professional theatre company and theatre school for young audiences.
A charitable, not-for-profit organization established in 1974, Kaleidoscope has created and produced more than one-hundred original plays / original adaptations for young audiences. Over the past 40 years, Kaleidoscope has delighted the imaginations of children in British Columbia, throughout Canada, and on International tours around the world including performances in Singapore, Brunei, Israel, and across the United States.
In addition to award-winning professional theatre experiences for families, Kaleidoscope Theatre runs a theatre school for young people offering classes in musical theatre, acting, dance, and performance for film and television. For young artists, Kaleidoscope is a launching pad – providing professional support, training, and experiences to develop their vision and craft through various workshops, productions, and classes through the society’s Performing Arts Studio, engaging over one-hundred full times students annually.
Under the vision of Artistic Director Roderick Glanville, Kaleidoscope Theatre presents: a mainstage season of plays relevant to the BC School Curriculum; a year-round theatre school for young people ages 6 to 17 years; a Young Playwrights Festival for aspiring playwrights, a Family Theatre Festival that presents original productions; as well as numerous camps and workshops for all ages.
Kaleidoscope Theatre will be among North America’s most respected professional theatre companies producing unique and relevant Theatre for Young Audiences; and recognized as a leader in young actor training in Western Canada. We will honour the vision of our Founders and their commitment to creative growth and innovation.
What People Are Saying
"Live theatre encourages young people to develop critical and creative thinking. It fosters imagination, and a love for the arts – your support makes this all possible. Thank you for believeing in the power of live theatre. "
— Pat Rundell; Artistic Associate
"My children grew up watching Kaleidoscope performances, and I am honoured to be part of a team that has brought them many lasting memories and helped them develop into the next generation of theatre-goers. "
— Barbara Clerihue
"Kaleidoscope has the power to open hearts and minds to the possibilities of change and growth for young people. "
— Roderick Glanville; Artistic Director
"Kaleidoscope is a necessary community for my daughter. Kaleidoscope is a gift. "
— Tasha Diamant