VTC and The Princess Theatre to Host Statewide Competition in 2019

(republished with permission from VTC’s March 23 newsletter)

Get ready for a smorgasbord of theater to brighten up the dark months of winter next March when Valley Theater Company will host Kaleidoscope 2019, welcoming community theatre companies from all over Washington State to perform on the Princess Theatre stage in Prosser.

The festival is a biennial celebration of theatre for participants and the public. It’s also a competition, a first step in the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) festival cycle. The winners in Prosser will go on to the regional festival in Spokane, and from there, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the national AACTFest 2019 in June 2019.

Sponsored by the Washington State Community Theatre Association (WSCTA), the 2017 festival was hosted by the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Ted Miller, President of the WSCTA, said the organization “is thrilled that Kaleidoscope 2019 will be held in Prosser,” and Candace Andrews, VTC Artistic Director, agreed, seeing it as “an opportunity to be the face of community theatre in Washington, to share the Princess Theatre with acting troupes from throughout Washington and to showcase all that Prosser has to offer.”

In addition to local hotels, other area businesses will partner with the festival; Airfield Estates Winery and Horse Heaven Saloon have already signed up. “With more than 100 participants expected to spend three or four nights in town,” said Jim Milne, the Outreach Coordinator for the festival, “the local economy will certainly get a boost during our off season in late February and early March.” And audiences, who will be able to take in every performance, or just sample a few, will be treated to a wide variety of theater experiences, from musicals to serious drama.

VTC members will also benefit. “Kaleidoscope is a great opportunity to make new friends