Kaleidoscope 2019 spots are filling up!

By Candace Andrews, Kaleidoscope 2019 Festival Chair

Does your theatre troupe plan to participate in WSCTA’s Kaleidoscope 2019 theatre festival, February 27 – March 3 at the Princess Theatre in Prosser? If so, you will want to get your entry in soon!

Eleven theatre troupes have already committed to the twelve available spots in the biennial competition, hosted in 2019 by Valley Theater Company (VTC): Edmonds Driftwood Payers, Stage West Community Theatre, Tacoma Little Theatre, The Bellingham Theatre Guild, The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, The Rude Mechanicals, Valley Theater Company, Western Washington Center for the Arts, Spokane Civic Theatre, Richland Players, and The Academy of Children’s Theatre.

To register your troupe, go to the AACT website at aact.org/handbook and follow links to download Entering Company Forms. Complete and electronically submit form T-1. Be sure to print a hard copy; send it and a check, payable to VTC, to: Kaleidoscope 2019/VTC, 1228 Meade Avenue, Prosser WA 99350. Other forms can be completed later; the Kaleidoscope team will provide details and deadlines early next month.

Here are the remaining deadlines and registration fees for entering the festival. Your registration fee includes performance passes for your participating performers and production team. Additional performance passes will be available later.

  • Places, registration deadline of Nov 30, 2018, cost $125
  • Curtain, registration deadline of Jan 10, 2019; cost $150.

Kaleidoscope’s host hotel is the one-year-old Holiday Inn Express in Prosser. We have secured a block of rooms at the terrific price of $90 per night – which includes all taxes and a full breakfast! The hotel has an indoor pool and an exercise room.

We have some fun events in the planning stages, including afternoon winery tours, Thursday evening at Airfield Estates (winery), Friday evening at Horse Heaven Saloon, Saturday night closing night celebration and Sunday awards brunch. Tickets for these will be available later.

Feel welcome to contact us with any questions. Please use this email address for the festival: Kaleidoscope2019@ThePrincessTheatre.net.


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