We are only a few weeks away from our state community theatre festival! Kaleidoscope is part of the national AACTFest cycle and is the first step towards the national festival held in June. It’s a great opportunity to see a range of theatre while networking with colleagues from around the state.
Each entering company starts from a 10X10 foot square, completes their set-up within 10 minutes, and then has 60 minutes to perform. They must then strike back to the 10X10 square in a final 10 minutes. Following each performance, a panel of adjudicators provides immediate feedback to the entering company. All performances are open to the public.
Here’s the lineup:
Thursday March 2nd 7:00 pm
Jewel Box Theatre (Poulsbo), Over the River and Through the Woods
The Richland Players (Richland), Cathedral
Friday March 3rd 6:30 pm
Academy of Children’s Theatre (Richland), Snap Judgment
Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma), Second Samuel
Pullman Civic Theatre (Pullman), Brilliant Traces
Saturday March 4th 7:00 pm
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (Tacoma), The Addams Family – Act One
The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, Love: You’ve Got to be Kidding
Note that the plays in each session will be performed in order, followed by an open adjudication. Start times for subsequent performance in the same session are approximate and will begin after a short break following the previous performance. Tickets for each session are available on Tacoma Musical Playhouse website at tmp.org.
Saturday Night Social. WSCTA will host a Dessert After Party following the performances on Saturday night. A variety of delicious desserts will be available, and all proceeds from tickets will benefit WSCTA. TMP will also have a no-host cash bar during this event to help celebrate. Purchase your $10 tickets at the WSCTA booth during the festival!
On Saturday morning, there will be workshops open to all! Workshops will be $10 each and include:
- “Monologue/Song Doctor”
- “Creating a Volunteer Coordination and Social Media Outreach Program” – Mary McDowell
- “How to Get Your Original Play Produced” – Mark Harvey Levine
- “How to Start a Late Night or Cabaret Theatre Program” – Darren Schroader
- “DIY Venues: Creating Alternative Performance Spaces” – Brian Freeland
Sunday morning. Awards and shows that will advance to the Region IX festival will be announced at an Awards brunch to be held at TMP Sunday morning at 9:00. Tickets for the brunch will be available at TMP.
More information and tickets can be found at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse website, tmp.org.
TMP is able to accommodate up to 12 entering companies. If you are planning to enter, I encourage you to register and pay the entry fee as soon as possible (you can provide the other forms and information later, just before the deadline). Entering your theatre company, point of contact and the entry fee will secure your place. The registration deadline is January 31st (there was an error on the website).
Note that your company must be a member of AACT and WSCTA to participate.
If you are considering entering, but aren’t sure yet, please let us know. If you have any questions, you may contact the festival chair, Jon Douglas Rake, at Jon@tmp.org. Or you may contact me at Ted.Miller@wscta.org.
And, if your company isn’t able to enter, we’d still love to see you at the festival to share the joy of community theatre with others from around Washington State.
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