Updated March 30, 2020
April 8, 2020 – All Currently Registered Students have now been sent lesson overviews and virtual class links for their first online class. If you did not receive a class link, please reach out to your instructor by email.
The message below was sent to all current students by email on March 30, 2020.
To the students and families of Kaleidoscope’s Performing Arts Studio.
Thank you for your patience as Kaleidoscope develops plans to move forward with theatre school programming as we all adapt to the limitations resulting from COVID-19.
Here at Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, we know that you – as members of our theatre family – will have questions and concerns about our plans for your weekly theatre classes at Kaleidoscope’s Performing Arts Studio.
Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People’s number one priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, instructors, and artists. We care deeply about your well-being and will do all that we can to support you and your children at this difficult time.
The impact of COVID-19 is affecting all of us in both immediate and profound ways. We are all following the news and working hard to adjust and make good choices, based on the constantly evolving events.
As Spring Break comes to an end, we want to keep our families and students informed with what we have planned for the final 5 weeks of classes. On March 17, 2020, Kaleidoscope suspended all public programming at our University Heights location and our studios and administrative offices are now closed to the public. Kaleidoscope administrative staff have been working remotely from home since March 18.
Our faculty and staff have been working diligently over the past two weeks to develop plans to move our curriculum online in a way that will allow our students to continue with their theatre training. At this time, we do not know how long in-person instruction will be suspended, and we are committed to continuing our training programs and providing a creative outlet for our students.
Moving forward, we are going to delay the commencement of weekly classes by one additional week to allow our faculty enough time to adapt the curriculum for online learning. Weekly Group Classes will resume again online using a digital platform during the week of April 6, 2020. Classes will take place online at the regularly scheduled times.
We have been working with our colleagues from theatres across the country, in order to share information, ideas, and work together to best support our sector. Information about how to access your online classes will be distributed by email on or before April 6, 2020. Your instructors will reach out directly to provide further information and plans for the continuation of learning.
Undoubtedly, there will be bumps along the way as we settle into a new way of theatre training. However, our instructors have the skills, fortitude, and desire to tackle the tasks ahead of us.
These are unprecedented times. As a non-profit charity and youth-serving organization, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and trust as we go through this new journey together.
We anticipate that email volume will be high for the next few weeks, so we thank you in advance for your patience as our staff respond to your inquiries.
We are inspired by our community and are grateful for the dedication of our team who play a vital role in helping to grow new generations of theatre lovers. As a community, our mutual support of each other in the interests of all young people will help see us through these unprecedented times.
Thank you again for being a part of the Kaleidoscope Family and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Victoria, BC, V8N 6J1
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory Kaleidoscope works and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.