Kaleidoscope is back at Lindsay Little Theatre

By Lindsay Advocate

Two actors rehearse a scene for a Lindsay Little Theatre production.

Lindsay Little Theatre continues its longstanding tradition of nurturing the performing talents of Kawartha Lakes youth and adults through the remounting of a scene performance workshop “Kaleidoscope.”

Kaleidoscope was created by director and acting coach Altaire Gural for the Lindsay Little Theatre Youth Group in the spring of 2017 with the purpose of exploring scene study and in-depth character development. In 2019 the program was remounted to include adult actors as well as youth, and the same premise applies in this year’s production.  

“Kaleidoscope is based on scene studies.  A scene study is a tool in theatre where actors take very specific scenes from plays, movies, and television and work on them in a learning environment.  The goal of a scene study is to improve the craft of acting and increase an actor’s toolbox,” explains director Kathryn Wooldridge-Condon.  

Kaleidoscope 3 (or K3 as the cast and crew call it) is being headed this time by past-president of LLT, Kathryn Wooldridge-Condon and co-produced by actor Rebecca Anne Bloom alongside Logan Gerzymish. Having participated in previous scene study workshops, this trio of leading ladies felt that the tradition needed to continue, especially after such a tough year for the arts and culture industry.  

“I acted in the last kaleidoscope acting workshop run by Altaire, and it was a phenomenal learning experience. It was one of my first times on stage and it taught me a lot about acting and myself as a person. I was thrilled when Kathryn decided to bring back Kaleidoscope for a third time. I remember what it was like being the new actor in a show and I’m so happy to see everyone thrive and succeed in their scenes. I’m overall just really proud of everyone and all the work we’ve accomplished, especially with all of the struggles this year has given us,” says co-producer of Kaleidoscope 3, says Gerzymisch.  

Rebecca Anne Bloom echoes this sentiment, having started her acting career on the Lindsay Little Stage five years ago. “It’s productions like Kaleidoscope that foster the talents and confidence of the youth within this area. Many of us, including myself, began acting through youth productions at LLT and have now gone on to have professional acting careers. It’s a wonderful space to learn without judgement and feel accepted.” 

Tickets are $18 a person, with seating for the outdoor stage starting at 6:30 pm or 1:30 pm (for matinees). Seating is socially distanced and audience members must bring their own chairs.  Performances are Aug. 20, 21 and 22, beginning at 7 pm and 2 pm for the Saturday matinee. Visit www.lindsaylittletheatre.com to purchase tickets online.     

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