Kaleidoscope


  • In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Kaleidoscope Series, we are expanding our programming from a school-time matinee series to a series that includes more evening performances for families, in-school programs and residencies, weekend workshops for children and their families, and special arts events.

    Kaleidoscope School and Family Series feature a combination of professional touring groups and student-produced plays from the Division of Communication and the Arts. Performances are held at the Bromeley Family Theater during school hours and evening hours. Teachers interested in having students attend Kaleidoscope events can contact the arts programming assistant director Patty Colosimo at (814) 362-5155. Families can purchase tickers through our Box Office site below. The Kaleidoscope selection committee is composed of Pitt-Bradford Arts Council members, community members and university staff.

    Members of the Kaleidoscope Committee include: Mrs. Flora Cohen, Ms. Patricia Colosimo, Ms. Terri Leven, Ms. Courtney Mealy, Ms. Jeanie Satterwhite, Mrs. Diane Schuler, Mr. Rich Johnson, Ms. Marie Troskosky, Ms. Patti Neidich

    Download the 2017-2018 Kaleidoscope Brochure

    Upcoming Performances:

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    smART Saturday Morning Art (smART) workshops are a community outreach program and part of the Kaleidoscope Series that promotes the arts to area residents.  All workshops are FREE and engage students, Pre K to 4th grade, and their families in artistic learning through a variety of music, theater, literature and visual arts workshops. Workshops take place on Saturday mornings during the school year and provide family fun and learning while growing a passion for the arts.

    Cost: FREE!

    Who: Pre K - 4th grade, and their families

    Where: Blaisdell Hall,University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

    When: Saturdays from 10am-11am

    Please arrive by 9:45am

    Parents and guardians must accompany their children. Some workshops will have limited space.

    To register for workshops please contact Courtney Mealy at 814.362.5027 or email  cmealy@pitt.edu.


    Colorful Yoga

    Colorful Yoga

    October 13, 2018 / 10am

    The Colorful Yoga Workshop is a fun introduction to yoga for little ones. Participants will be encouraged to be creative and explore movement, breathing and meditation through an imaginative, structured play approach. The workshop will incorporate animal and nature imitations as well as focus and expression games with pops of color.

     

    Storyfaces

    Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces

    Tales of Transformation and Wonder 

    November 3, 2018 / 10am

    StoryFaces is an exciting and innovative performance in which volunteers are brought on stage to get their face painted that illustrates the stories as they are told. Artist and storyteller Christopher Agostino captivates the audience with folktales and his uniquely animated original stories that are an inspiring fusion of theater and visual arts.


    Family Folk Dance

    Family Folk Dance Party

    January 12, 2019 / 10am

    Whether you love to dance or you’re looking for a Saturday morning solution for your cabin fever, we have the energetic fiddle music and a great workout for the whole family! (No experience necessary) Dances will be drawn from the rich folk traditions of Appalachia, France, England, Ireland, and beyond. Dance instructor Sarah VanNorstrand along with music by Eloise & Co. will keep your feet very happy!


    Books and Brushes

    Books and Brushes

    February 9, 2019 / 10am

    This workshop will focus on art-themed books. An activity will follow the reading and give families the opportunity to immerse themselves in a hands-on creative connection to the story. Join us for this hour-long discovery bridging literature and art!




    School and Family Programming


    STEM the Musical

    STEM: The Musical

    September 25, 2018

    10am & 12:30pm

    Grades: 2 – 6

    $8 regular seating / $7 discount seating for reservations made by June 30, 2018

    In STEM: The Musical, four students are given the seemingly impossible homework assignment of explaining the universe and everything in it. In an effort to complete their task, they take the audience on a tour through the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), using high-energy music in styles ranging from rock to Motown, hip-hop to Samba. STEM: The Musical covers age-appropriate STEM subjects for second- through sixth-grade students, using content taken directly from Common Core Standards. STEM: The Musical is the first theatrical production to earn STEM.org’s Approved Trustmark.

    Study Guide and activities: www.stemthemusical.com

    Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


    The Nutcracker

    New York Theatre Ballet presents

    a Family-Friendly one-hour performance of

    The Nutcracker

    December 6, 2018

    7pm

    $10 students / $15 adults

    From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, The Nutcracker is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 with innovative choreography and a beautifully imaginative set. Founded in 1978, the New York Theatre Ballet has earned national acclaim for its restoration and revival of small masterworks by great choreographers and for its innovative hour-long ballets based on children’s literature. NYTB, known for its theatrical expressiveness, high-production quality, and intimate accessibility to every audience member, tours family and adult programs both nationally and abroad. www.nytb.org


    Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

    Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

    February 5, 2019

    11am – School Matinee Performance / Grades: K-5

    $8 regular seating / $7 discount seating for reservations made by June 30, 2018

    7pm – Family Performance / $10 all seating

    The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take you on an all-new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

    Study Guide:  www.prehistoricaquarium.com

    Curriculum Connections: Life Science, Natural History & Paleontology, Marine Life, observing, predictions and connections, investigating and exploring the natural world, forming hypothesis.

    Ending our 10th Season with our first show from 10 years ago...


    Charlotte's Web

    Theatreworks USA presents

    Charlotte’s Web

    May 3, 2019

    12:30pm – School Matinee Performance / Grades: K-5

    $7 regular seating / $6 discount seating for reservations made by June 30, 2018

    7pm – Family Performance

    6pm – Animal Petting Zoo * included in ticket price

    Theatreworks’ production of Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution that not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

    Study Guide: www.theatreworksusa.org

    Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.