Pre-Professional Training Program
Since 2001, Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People’s Young Company program has introduced hundreds of aspiring young performers to the inner workings of a professional theatre production.
19 years later, the Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People Young Company Program continues to provide training at the highest calibre for a dedicated group of young people who are serious about pursuing a career in the theatre.
The Kaleidoscope Young Company Program is an immersive, challenging, and supportive training intensive for the next generation of theatre creators. Open to young people aged 12 – 18, participants will work beside Kaleidoscope’s esteemed team of industry artists made up of professional actors, directors, designers, and stage management. The rehearsal period is full-time and offers the experience of being part of a professional theatre company. The program culminates in a full-production performance run at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse, and is one of the largest, local holiday theatrical offerings each year.
The Kaleidoscope Young Company program provides students with fundamental acting training. Specialty weekend workshops begin each September where students work on developing their skillset as a performer through improv, movement, voice work and partnered scene study. This program serves as an excellent introduction to the world of professional theatre!
Admission to the Kaleidoscope Young Company program is by audition only.
Completion of a Kaleidoscope Foundations or Intermediate level program is highly recommended but not required.
Auditions are typically held in May or June each season.
PREPARE FOR THE AUDITION
All prospective participants will need to bring/prepare:
- One monologue or side from the Upcoming Young Company production ( options will be provided when you book your audition)
- A headshot, school photo, or similar
- A résumé that includes any theatre experience or training (including other performing arts, such as music or dance)
- A cover letter that explains why you are interested in the Kaleidoscope Young Company program, what you hope to get from the program, and which role/s from the production interest you and why.
The Kaleidoscope Young Company is a demanding program and demands a great deal of commitment from all those involved. All scheduled rehearsals are mandatory. Once rehearsals commence, they are held during the evening on Monday and Wednesday, and all day Saturdays. Extra rehearsals may be added closer to the production dates.
(Students registered for Private Voice Lessons with Kaleidoscope, will be excused from rehearsals for their class times)
There is No Cost Associated with being a part of the Kaleidoscope Young Company Program.
Kaleidoscope Young Company Program
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Sarah Jane Pelzer & Adam Holryod in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2003). Photo by: Ian de Hoog.